He was also a regular on the children's television series The Electric Company during the show's first two seasons.Using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area.Cosby was lauded for using African-American performers such as Lillian Randolph, Moms Mabley, and Rex Ingram as characters.According to commentary on the Season 1 DVDs for the show, Cosby was at odds with NBC over his refusal to include a laugh track in the show (he felt that viewers had the ability to find humor for themselves when watching a TV show).Cosby produced the Cosby Show spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993, starred in The Cosby Mysteries from 1994 to 1995, starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000; and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000.Many sexual assault allegations, the earliest of which date back decades, have been made against Cosby; those allegations did not become highly publicized until 2014.
While only a modest critical success, the show was a ratings hit, finishing eleventh in its first season.
However, this time he met with poor ratings, and the show lasted only a season.
More successful was a Saturday morning show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, hosted by Cosby and based on his own childhood.
After entertaining his customers with humor and seeing his tips increase, he proceeded to take his talent to the stage. While many comics of the time were using the growing freedom of that decade to explore material that was controversial and sometimes risqué, Cosby was making his reputation with humorous recollections of his childhood. I Spy became the first weekly dramatic television series to feature an African-American in a starring role.
He booked dates in cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, D. In the summer of 1963, he received national exposure on NBC's The Tonight Show. Records, who, in 1964, released his debut LP Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow... Many Americans wondered about the absence of race as a topic in Cosby's stories. At first, Cosby and NBC executives were concerned that some affiliates might be unwilling to carry the series.