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Funny Medicine: TV's classic comedic doctors

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"The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)Bill Cosby, the go-to guy for networks in trouble, played Dr. Cliff Huxtable, ostensibly an obstetrician, though Cosby didn't do much doctoring. Mostly, he just sat in a big chair and scowled at his brood of five kids, fuming over their inability to live up to his confusing values. An African-American variation on "Father Knows Best," "The Cosby Show" was surprisingly critical of African-American culture and ostentatiously promoted values that coincided with Cosby's own apparent philosophy and lifestyle. Nevertheless, the show was noble in attempting to offer up positive role models.
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