Season One
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Meet the Huxtable family of Brooklyn, New York. Dad Cliff is an obstetrician, and mom Clair is an attorney. Despite their busy schedules, they are extremely dedicated to their children—teenagers Denise and Theo, tween Vanessa, adorable young Rudy, and grown daughter Sondra, who's off at college. Despite their affluence, Cliff and Clair deal with the same issues as most American families—a son struggling in school, a daughter dating an older man, a child crushed over...
Season Two
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As summer ends, Cliff and Clair are delighted to see the kids go back to school, but they're the only ones. Theo develops a crush on one of Denise's friends, and Vanessa pines for Robert, one of the coolest kids at her school, while little Rudy is a victim of bullying. Cliff deals with his dislike for Sondra's boyfriend Elvin, and gets a little too zealous helping Denise shop for a car. Denise's friend Michelle comes to Cliff and Clair with a medical problem...
 
Season Three
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Clair tries to whip a weak-willed Cliff in shape after one of his friends has a medical scare. Rudy spots a snake in the basement, which causes havoc to erupt in the Huxtable household. Cliff arranges for the Count Basie Orchestra to play at a party for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary—and the family also celebrates Cliff's 50th birthday in lavish fashion. Theo continues to let girls distract him from his studies, and Cliff and Clair have their hands full as...
Season Four
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Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon and announce big life changes. The Huxtables explore a novel way of dealing with Theo's suspected dishonesty. Rudy attempts to play her parents against each other, and learns a hard lesson. Theo gets into a little trouble with the law, causing Cliff and Clair to turn on each other. The Huxtables use anecdotes from their recent past to help Elvin put yet another fight with Sondra into perspective. The tables are turned when Cliff...
 
Season Five
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After a series of setbacks, Cliff and Clair start to worry that their nest will never be empty. Denise deals with job woes, while Theo becomes concerned that he's not college material. Vanessa is the victim of rumors at school and Rudy learns important lessons about friendship. Theo learns some painful lessons himself, inspired by second thoughts about monogamy and commitment. Clair works overtime to get herself into shape, but Cliff proves to be no help at all. Vanessa...
Season Six
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Denise returns from a trip to Africa with a huge surprise—she's married to naval officer Martin, and stepmom to his 3-year old daughter Olivia—and the new family "temporarily" moves in with the Huxtables. Theo gets evicted from his apartment, causing Cliff to go into crisis mode. Vanessa and her friends experiment with alcohol, Theo learns that he is dyslexic, and Rudy reports her first "boy trouble." Denise impulsively invites Martin's ex-wife...
 
Season Seven
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As another school year begins, Vanessa is off at college, Olivia starts pre-school, and Rudy struggles with the embarrassment of being prepubescent. Theo, meanwhile, returns from a trip to Europe, and his decision to hire a stripper for Martin's belated bachelor party sparks a full-blown battle of the sexes. Clair's teenage cousin Pam moves in with Huxtables and the couple's rules cramp her style, while Cliff learns that having grown children does not exempt you...
Season Eight
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Vanessa returns home from college and stuns everyone by announcing her engagement Dabnis, an older employee at her college. Cliff's plans to build Clair her own room are postponed when Elvin, Sondra and the twins move in, eventually causing nerves to fray. At Theo's first parent-counselor night at the community center, Rudy—who is becoming an increasingly sullen teen—falls in love-at-first-sight with Stanley, one of Theo's students, much to the horror of her...