The Cosby Mysteries
|The Cosby Mysteries|
|Created by||David Black
|Composer(s)||Craig Handy, David Weiss|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (18 + pilot)|
|Running time||60 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Sah Enterprises
Columbia Pictures Television
|Original release||January 31, 1994 – April 12, 1995|
The Cosby Mysteries is an American television mystery series that starred Bill Cosby. It is the first television series to star Cosby since The Cosby Show (which ended in the spring of 1992) and lasted only one season (1994–1995). Actor/Rapper Mos Def appeared in several episodes (credited as Dante Bezé).
Cosby played Guy Hanks, a New York City Police Department criminalist who retired from the force after winning $44 million in the lottery. His peaceful retirement was frequently interrupted by his former colleagues, Detective Adam Sully (James Naughton) and Medical Examiner John Chapman (Robert Stanton), who ask him to consult on tough cases. As Hanks used his wits and his forensics knowledge to solve crimes, he dealt with his holistic housekeeper Angie (Rita Moreno) and his girlfriend Barbara Lorenz (Lynn Whitfield).
The show was created by David Black and William Link. Link's previous series included Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. Link developed the series at Cosby's request, as Cosby wanted to do an intelligent, character-driven mystery series that did not rely on graphic violence.
The show began in January 1994 as a two-hour movie, and regular episodes began airing on NBC in September. Critics expressed hope that The Cosby Mysteries would fare better than Cosby's previous two ventures, Here and Now and the game-show remake, You Bet Your Life. The Cosby Mysteries only lasted 18 episodes.
In popular culture
- In The Simpsons episode "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", Homer laments the cancellation of The Cosby Mysteries, saying "That show had limitless possibilities!"
- A Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Patrick Stewart on February 5, 1994, did a parody sketch of the Cosby series. Adam Sandler played Cosby as a buffoonish character who rambles on incoherently with dialog full of made-up nonsense words.
- In February 2010, as a promotion for the show Glee, character Rachel Berry used Twitter to show her lament and surprise at the show's cancellation, exclaiming "Wait, The Cosby Mysteries was cancelled?!?!".
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- Randolph, Laura B. (1994). "Activist-Actor Celebrates 30 Years of Wedded Bliss, Continues Fight Against Black Stereotypes on TV". Ebony 49 (7): 104. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "FuzzyMemories.TV – Saturday Night Live – "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994)". February 5, 1994. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- Official Bill Cosby Site
- The Cosby Mysteries at the Internet Movie Database
- The Cosby Mysteries at TV.com