For years people have complained that we need more positive and family-oriented sitcoms like The Cosby Show or at least a Huxtable-like family to grace our TV screens. Well, looks like this is going to happen in the near future.
According to TVGuide, Bill Cosby will star in an NBC sitcom where he plays a grandfather who is the patriarch to his multi-generational family. Apparently, no other details have been released about the show as of yet.
Some have voiced concerns that the proposed show won't do as well as The Cosby Show because times have changed. The Cosby Show was highly successful for eight seasons due to the chemistry between Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad and the comedic (and sometimes serious) portrayal of everyday family life. However, that formula worked in the 80s, over 30 years ago. Can it work today?
It is true that people don't really watch sitcoms. Instead, there is a heavy reliance on reality TV. Some viewers like fights, sex, profanity, and drama. But, others may want something a little more wholesome, so there may be an audience for the new show. Plus, classic sitcom reruns (Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, and others) are still pretty popular on television. My younger cousins, who are in elementary and middle school, enjoy watching Full House for pete's sake. They weren't even born in that era, but they still think it's funny and like it.
Another source of contention is that Bill Cosby is elderly (76 to be exact). People have questions like: Is he still funny? Will he be able to work at his age? How can he relate to this generation? These are all legitimate concerns, even though they reek of ageism. I do have a question, though. Have these people not heard of Betty White? She's 92! She has sitcoms, movies, commercials, and many other projects. Not to mention, I find her hilarious, and she has over 60 years over me. Face it. We're all getting old, not young. The older generation can still have opinions and be relatable; all of them aren't senile and living in nursing homes.
I guess time will tell whether or not Cosby's new show will be a hit or a dud. I'm willing to give it a chance. I feel that it can't be any worse than some of the junk that comes on television now.
Anyway, what do you think about a new Cosby show? Does he need to retire, or should he go for it? Share your thoughts below.