The TV show that I wish never ended was The Cosby Show. I remember when that show used to come on at 8:00pm every night when I was a little girl. When times were tough, I used to look forward to Bill Cosby as Dr. "Cliff" Huxtable and his beautiful family, to give me something to laugh about. There was always great episodes focused on real life issues and family. Mrs. Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad, was always on top if her game and knew how to keep her children, Rudy Huxtable, Vanessa Huxtable, Denise Huxtable, Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, and Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux all working together.
Sometimes I look at family television today and wonder, "what happened"? I know it's 2013, and times have changed but what happened to the television that told the family story. If it was family television, when did it become okay to use the B-word? Nowadays, sex is so common on television, kids have to be monitored around the clock on what they're watching. You just never know what you're going to get.
I was inspired by that African American, Huxtable family. They were the best representation the Black community had for the "family unit". I don't see that anymore. It breaks my heart to see so many marriages ending and children caught in the middle of it all. Watching the difficulties of marriage, parenting, peer pressure, and struggle, through the fictitious characters on The Cosby Show expressed a hope that no matter how hard things got, the family would stick together. Where has the family unit gone?
As a little girl I was so fascinated by the development of a child in the womb of a woman. I would look at these books my father had up in a closet, showing the trimesters of it all. Then once I realized that Dr. Huxtable on The Cosby Show was an obstetrician/gynecologist, I was even more enthused. He had the job of caring for women and delivering babies too. At one point, I even thought about being an obstetrician/gynecologist, but the events in my life took me into another direction that has been set for me.
I look at young children today and wish so deeply that they had their innocence a lot longer. I wish that they could see the shows I saw and learn from them. I know they are on cable stations late at night now, but some children's families can't afford cable. Times have surely changed since The Cosby Show. I miss it.
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