Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids-Poster.jpg
Premiere September 9, 1972
Finale May 14, 1985
Creator Bill Cosby
Network/Provider CBS (seasons 1-7)
syndication (season 8)
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Filmation
Seasons 8
Episodes 110 + 4 holiday specials
Origin USA

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is a Saturday morning cartoon based on characters created by comedian Bill Cosby and produced by Filmation Associates.

Cosby himself appeared in live action to introduce the episodes, which featured an African-American cast of youths interjecting pro-social messages along with the cartoon frolics. Fat Albert, whose catch phrase was "Hey hey hey!", was introduced in a comedy routine by Cosby. Fat Albert was first animated in 1969 for a prime time special, Hey, Hey. Hey, It's Fat Albert, animated by Ken Mundie.

In 1979, the series was renamed The New Fat Albert Show and introduced the adventures of the gang's favorite cartoon superhero, the Brown Hornet.

An additional batch of new episodes were produced for syndication in the 1984-85 season. NBC, who turned the series down when Cosby pitched it in 1972, would eventually replay the series at mid-season of the 1988-89 TV year. An episode was featured in the 2004 movie Fat Albert starring Kenan Thompson & Kyla Pratt.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Bill Cosby Himself (live action and animated) * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Fat Albert * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Mushmouth * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The Brown Hornet * * * * * *
Jan Crawford Russell * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Bucky * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Lou Schiemer Dumb Donald * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Stinger * * * * * *
Gerald Edwards Weird Harold * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Eric Suter Rudy * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 9, 1972 December 9, 1972 14
Season Two September 8, 1973 October 27, 1973 8
Season Three September 9, 1975 October 11, 1975 6
Season Four September 11, 1976 October 30, 1976 8
Season Five: The New Fat Albert Show September 8, 1979 October 27, 1979 8
Season Six: The New Fat Albert Show September 6, 1980 November 1, 1980 9
Season Seven: The New Fat Albert Show September 18, 1982 November 13, 1982 8
syndication
Season Eight: The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 1984 May 14, 1985 50

Specials

Title Network Airdate
The Fat Albert Halloween Special CBS October 24, 1977
The Fat Albert Christmas Special CBS December 18, 1977
The Fat Albert Easter Special CBS April 3, 1982

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series June 25, 2013 purchase 15

External Links