'Sex' and 'The Cosby Show,' together at last

9837__cosby_lSeason 1 of The Cosby Show finally arrives on DVD today, and not coincidentally, HBO just announced its plans to release the 20-disc complete series of Sex and the City in November. After all, it’s painfully obvious that Sex‘s spunky quartet of singles was created as an homage to Bill Cosby’s family sitcom.

Consider the evidence:

Both shows centered on attractive, upwardly mobile residents of New York City, including ambitious attorneys with children (Cosby‘s spunky matriarch Clair Huxtable, Sex‘s neurotic redhead Miranda Hobbs), doe-eyed ingénues known for hilariously precious outbursts (Cosby‘s adorable Rudy, Sex‘s optimistic Charlotte), and even persnickety guys with funky names (Cosby‘s Elvin Tibideaux, Sex‘s Stanford Blatch).

And, of course, the show’s plot lines were so similar, it was almost too close for comfort. Think about it. Theo borrows his dad’s credit card to pay for an expensive shirt; Carrie gets a loan from Charlotte since she’s spent her life savings on Manolo Blahniks. Vanessa quits playing the clarinet; Carrie quits her column to follow her lov-ah to Paris. Samantha has nude photos taken of herself; Denise makes bloody voodoo love to Mickey Rourke. Oh, wait, that was Angel Heart. Anyway, you know what I’m saying. Feel free to post your own Cosby-Sex parallels, too. There’s hundreds to choose from. Really.

addCredit(“The Cosby Show: Everett Collection; Sex and the City: HBO”)

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  • EP Sato

    There’s the episode where Cosby refused to let Theo Carve the Turky, wheras “Sex” featured four turkeys who had been carved and sculped several times over…
    Oh, and the prom episode with Adam Chandler as Theo’s friend featured really shallow girlfriends, a limo and a helicopter ride around New York. Of course, the women on the date all get their hair tussled up by the helicopter ride. There’s got to be a parrallel with a “sex” epsiode there somewhere…

  • duchess99

    Actually, Carrie borrowed the money from Charlotte, not Samantha as any good SATC fan would know.
    I would like to say that it’s almost impossible to differentiate between the episode of Cosby where Rudy’s Auny Flo comes for a visit and the episode of SATC where Samantha gets her visit while sleeping with her neighbor on his expensive sheets.

  • SATC

    I actually was going to correct Slezak’s loan mistake…but it looks like duchess99 already did that. Good looking out, duchess!!

  • Ed

    Our bad: It WAS Charlotte. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • duchess99

    How about when Denise hits Stevie Wonder’s limo with her car and Charotte hits it with a movie star in the back of his limo? Jammin on the one yo.
    When Rudy changes her friend Kenny’s name to Bud and when Samantha changes Jerry Jerrod’s name to Smith.
    When Cliff bounced the kids on his leg at the slumber party to keep them entertained and when Samantha used her vibrator to bounce Brady up and down in his chair to keep him quiet.

  • NB

    When Theo cheats on his girlfriend Justine (Justine! Justine!!) and Carrie cheats on Aidan with Mr. Big…

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