TITLE: THE COSBY SHOW - SEASON 6
Release Date: November 6, 2007 (First Look Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 550 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: None
English Closed Captioned; Spanish Subtitles
Special Features: None
The Cosby Show is back on DVD from First Look Studios, this time with Season 6 (Season 5 is also coming out on a separate set the same day!). Join OBGYN Dr. Cliff Huxtable, his wife Clair Huxtable the lawyer and the rest of his family for some great laughs, fun, and a just a good time in 26 hilarious episodes. The sitcom held TVs #1 slot for a record five consecutive seasons and stayed in the top 20 for all eight seasons on NBC.
Season six stars Dr. Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theo Huxtable, Tempest Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Joseph C. Phillips as Martin Kendall, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable and Raven Symone as Olivia.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This season is season six and you might remember the episodes more if I tell you that the opening credits were set at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. This was one of the most memorable opening themes they have done. As for the episodes, there were some great ones again, as this season yet again was #1 in the ratings (tied with ABC’s Roseanne). In the season premiere, “Denise: The Saga Continues,” Denise returns from Africa a week earlier than expected and she is accompanied by Martin Kendall, a naval lieutenant whom she recently married. In “I'm 'In' With the 'In' Crowd,” everybody loses when Vanessa and friends play drinking games at an unsupervised get-together. In a wild episode, “The Day the Spores Landed,” Cliff dreams that the eruption of a volcano in Peru has sent spores into the drinking water and caused men to become pregnant. Then we have a Thanksgiving episode, “Thanksgiving at the Huxtables,” where The Huxtables host a large gathering for Thanksgiving dinner. In “Isn’t It Romantic?,” Theo brags to his dad and brothers-in-law about his romantic evening with Justine. Vanessa and her friends go to see their favorite group, the Wretched, and don't tell any of their parents that the concert is in Baltimore, in “Off to See the Wretched.”
Some very notable guest stars for season six include Tatyana Ali in “Shall We Dance,” Elaine Stritch as Mrs. McGee, Wallace Shawn as Jeffrey, Moses Gunn and Jazz singer Nancy Wilson guest star as Martin's parents in “Grampy and Nu-Nu Visit the Huxtables,” The Muppets (Performed by Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, and Kevin Clash) in “Cliff’s Nightmare,” B.B. King in “Not Everybody Loves the Blues,” and Victoria Rowell as Paula, Martin’s ex-wife.
Recurring guest stars include Theo’s friends Michelle Thomas Justine, Alex Ruiz as Lou, Reno Wilson as Howard, and Troy Winbush as Denny; Rudy’s friend Peter Costa played by Peter Chiara, Vanessa’s friends Kara and Janet played by Elizabeth Narvaez & Pam Potillo; Clarice Taylor playing Cliff’s mother Anna Huxtable, Earle Hyman playing Cliff’s father Russell Huxtable, and Deon Richmond as “Bud” (aka Kenny), another of Rudy’s friends.
The packaging is similar to seasons three, four & five -- we get an outer box with three slim cases! That is better, I think than the digipaks from season’s one and two. The box art is very simple and not as good as the first two sets, but similar to seasons three, four & five. It is a plain looking and has a photo of just Cliff holding up six fingers in a nice sweater. It would have been better to match each set with the opening credit’s style. The color scheme is white and red. The back of the box has synopsis of the season and set, with a breakdown of each disc (episode titles for each disc). There are many small promotional images in little squares. Inside the box are the aforementioned slim cases. The cover of each slim case is the same as the box. The back of the slim cases are also the same as the box, but the episode breakdown shows what is on that disc only. They could have at least changed the artwork for the slim cases. All of this is very similar to season five’s set also coming out this day.
The artwork on the disc is the same really as the box cover and the slim cases cover, except no photo of Cosby. There is no artwork inside the slim cases, just a plain black background. Disc one holds episodes 1-9 from this season, disc two holds episodes 10-18 from this season and disc three holds episodes 19-26 from this season.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are very nice again, like how they are for every set after season three. If you read my reviews of those sets, then you will know how the menus are still good. The main menu starts with little video clips reciting classic lines from the season. Each disc has different lines. It is very cool. Then the actual main menu appears with the season six theme playing in the background. The color of the menu matches the packaging, with green/white style color. There are still clips playing on the left, with no audio of course. There are two options: Select Episode and Set Up. Set Up is where we can choose English CC, Spanish Subtitles, or None. Select Episodes menu is very cool. The closing theme song is playing in the background with clips from the episode selected playing on the top, with the episode title, a Play episode option, and an option to skip to Act 1 and Act 2. On the first two sets, there was an option to go right to the end credits, but that is not on here. I wish they put it on here, too. Anyway, so there are three chapter skips (Opening, Act 1 and Act 2). On the bottom of the episodes menu are the rest of the episodes indicated by episode number and little video clips. It is very cool.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio both are great, and in the same vein starting with the season three set. The video is crisp and clear, but it has some debris from time to time, though it is not bad at all. The audio is very good, but I am not sure if it is in stereo or not, as it was on the first two sets because the packaging doesn’t mention it. After the season one mess, we got unedited seasons thereafter, and this set is no different! We get season six all unedited just as it aired on NBC! The episodes primarily run around 23-24 minutes. The highest on this set is 23:49 and the lowest is 22:48. The episode runtimes per disc are listed below:
1. “Denise: The Saga Continues” 23:49
2. “Surf’s Up” 23:49
3. “I’m In With the ‘IN’ Crowd” 23:48
4. “Denise Kendall: Navy Wife” 23:48
5. “Theo’s Gift” 23:48
6. “Denise Kendall: Babysitter” 23:18
7. “Shall We Dance?” 23:49
8. “The Day the Spores Landed” 23:49
9. “Thanksgiving at the Huxtables” 23:49
10. “Grampy and Nu-Nu” 23:18
11. “Cliff La Douce” 23:49
12. “Getting to Know You” 23:50
13. “Elvin Pays for Dinner” 23:49
14. “Cliff’s Nightmare” 23:49
15. “Denise Kendall: Singles Counselor” 22:48
16. “The Birthday Party” 23:18
17. “Not Everybody Loves the Blues” 23:18
18. “Rudy’s Walk on the Wild Side” 23:48
19. “Mr. Sandman” 23:48
20. “Isn’t it Romantic?” 23:49
21. “Theo’s Dirty Laundry” 23:49
22. “What’s It All About?” 23:48
23. “Off to See the Wretched” 23:49
24. “The Moves” 23:48
25. “Live and Learn” 23:48
26. “The Storyteller” 23:49
We got an ample amount of special features on the first two sets by UrbanWorks. We get nothing here from FirstLook, just as we got nothing on seasons three and on. It is really a shame because all of the cast would love to do some interviews. The kids from the show hosted a Nick at Nite marathon earlier this year, so I’m sure they would have participated on the DVD. We had bloopers and commentaries last time that would have sufficed this time, but nothing at all here for one of the top sitcoms of all-time in the ratings and quality.
Well, we got two sets once again on the same day in seasons five and six. So, that means if the pattern continues, we will get the final two seasons on the same day as well. That will be in either May or June, I would think. I can’t wait to finish this series on DVD! Let’s just hope they reissue season one, since they had syndicated prints on that DVD.
Anyway, at least the episodes are all unedited on this set. So go out and buy this set and the season five set on the same day! Getting two classic seasons on one day is so cool. See also our season five review.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 11/03/07
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