Bill Cosby Wanted To ‘Take The House Back’ From The Kids On The Cosby Show

Beloved family man Bill Cosby wasn’t just known for his funky knit sweaters but for his unique way of holding down the household in his classic sitcom The Cosby Show.

In a recent interview with ABC News, the man known as Cliff Huxtable says he aimed to shine a more brilliant light on parenting in the family series, which showed a doctor and his lawyer wife raising their five children in New York and ran from 1984 to 1992.

“I based the series on two important things: Number one…I hated those series where the children were brighter than the parents, and those parents had to play dumb,” Cosby said. “Number two was that I wanted to ‘take the house back.’”

He says that it becomes a problem when showing a child’s intelligence comes at the cost of portraying poor parenthood on the small screen.

“[We] parents make it difficult because we want to be well-liked,” he added. “And I’m not saying that parenting, you shouldn’t want to be well-liked, but you also have to have some kind of judgment.”

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