(The cast of the Cosby Show. Image from http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/the-cosby-show/photo-gallery-detail/EP00017073/292916?aid=zap2it.)
In honor of Black History Month, I would like to recognize the best shows from my childhood, which had a small part to play in who I am today. These shows taught history and life lessons through humor and drama. A few still come on as reruns today; they are evergreen, and ever-needed in today’s society. The following television series placed a strong emphasis on family, character and education: (Click on the links to view an episode.)
Cosby Show– Doctor Huxtable (Bill Cosby) and his wife Claire Huxtable Esq. (Phylicia Rashad) work hard to raise five kids: a boy and four girls with. Reruns of this show still air on TVLand and Centric at various times.
A Different World– A spin-off of The Cosby Show, this series follows the lives and relationships of students at a Historically Black College. Reruns of this show air on TVOne at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. daily.
Little Bill– This pre-school series created by Bill Cosby followed the adventures of Little Bill and his friends, aired on Nick Jr.
Sister, Sister– Identical twin sisters Tia and Tamara Mowry, separated at birth, reunite with each other and live under one roof with their adoptive mother and father. The show aired Disney Channel in the late 1990’s.
That’s So Raven– Raven Symone played Raven, a high schooler who had “visions” that often leaded to trouble and silly costumes. The show ran on Disney Channel from 2003-2007.
Proud Family– Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) who lives with her snack-making dad, mom, “suga mama,” two young siblings and a dog named Puff, tries new things and sometimes gets into mischief with her friends. Outspoken and determined, she respects her parents and makes mistakes along the way. The show aired on Disney Channel from 2001-2005.
Feel free to check out these shows and tell me about some of your favorite classic shows below!