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‘The Cosby Show’ Is Too Important to Erase From TV History

When I was a kid, I watched The Cosby Show. This is not surprising information: Basically every kid, every person, that I knew — black or white, but especially black — watched The Cosby Show. Older friends had the pleasure of watching the show during its original run; I was grateful for its existence in syndication, airing 24/7. It was on Netflix for a while, and now it’s on Hulu. There is always a way to watch it. But yesterday, in the wake of the seemingly endless and horrifying rape allegations against Bill Cosby, TV Land pulled reruns of The Cosby Show. Earlier that day, Netflix pulled his stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77, which was set to air over Thanksgiving, and NBC axed his upcoming sitcom. The latter two decisions are not only understandable but absolutely necessary. The former is a bit trickier to dissect. … Read More

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NBC Kills Upcoming Cosby Comedy Series in Light of Rape Allegations

NBC has announced that Bill Cosby’s (furiously) anticipated comeback on NBC will not be a comeback: the untitled comedy is not… Read More

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Why So Many Women Are Accusing Bill Cosby Now, and Why They Didn’t Do It Earlier

The story of the rape allegations against Bill Cosby continues to expand and swell on a tide of considerable public support (finally!) for the alleged victims’ stories, and the sheer number of accusers. In the past two days, several more woman have stepped forward and publicly added their names to the list of accusers, which is now at 15. This new list includes, most notably, model Janice Dickinson, who also spoke of her residual trauma after the attack. … Read More

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Bill Cosby’s Refusal to Address Rape Allegations Shows Shocking Level of Denial

Bill Cosby has canceled several forthcoming media appearances after over a dozen decades-old rape allegations have resurfaced — and a furor has rightly ensued. But when he does show up to talk about his other work, he’s adamantly refusing to talk about the accusations. … Read More

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10 TV Events to Look Out for in November

After September and October’s slew of premieres, November is a bit of a weird month for TV. Late fall is a grab bag of cable shows, reality TV, Lifetime specials, and stand-up comedy, with a few scattered network dramas in between. Still, with Grumpy Cat, Gordon Ramsay, and Aaron Sorkin on the agenda, November’s hardly lacking in water cooler conversation material. Here are the top ten events to line up on your DVR this month. … Read More

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Why the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations Won’t Go Away This Time

Sexual assault allegations against publicly beloved sitcom star and comedian Bill Cosby have come up many times in the past decade, only to disappear again and fade from cultural consciousness. But now they may be here to stay. … Read More

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The Comprehensive New Bill Cosby Biography Is Missing One Big Story

The facts are these: In January of 2005, a woman accused Bill Cosby of inviting her to his Pennsylvania home a year earlier, drugging her, and molesting her. In the months that followed, 12 more women accused Cosby of similar assaults, both anonymously and in television and magazine interviews, dating from 2005 to as recently as this year. The initial accuser hit the comedian and actor with a civil lawsuit; it was settled out of court in 2006 for an undisclosed sum. Those are the facts, in a single paragraph. And that’s one paragraph more than you’ll find on the matter in the entire 468-page text of Cosby, a new biography by Mark Whitaker that comes billed as “the first major biography of an American icon.” “Major,” perhaps; exhaustive, certainly, based on the hours of interviews detailed in its 29 pages of endnotes. And yet, thanks to that exclusion, Cosby certainly isn’t complete. … Read More

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The 10 Greatest Lip-Sync Scenes in Pop Culture History

This weekend, the Bill Hader-Kristen Wiig dramedy The Skeleton Twins rolls out in limited release, and it’s well worth a look. When I saw the film at Sundance earlier this year, I had one immediate thought: that lip-sync scene is gonna be huge on YouTube. It’s part of a long tradition in pop culture, wherein a mood of camaraderie, eccentricity, or affection is established by having our characters throw themselves into a live, mimed performance of a recorded classic. These are a few of our favorites. … Read More

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