The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family.

[after the saxophone opening theme ends]
Cliff: This is the best elevator music I've ever heard!
Clair Huxtable: Cliff, why did we have four children?
Cliff: Because we did not want five.
Vanessa Huxtable: Rudy, what are you gonna do in life with a fourth grade education ?
Rudy: Teach third grade !
Cliff: [watching all the news reports about nuclear bombs on TV] Rudy, hurry up and become president because we need you now!
Clair Huxtable: Please!
[repeated line]
Cliff: Look at me when you lie.
Theo: You two are the most obnoxious people that I ever met.
Rudy: Thank you, your grumpiness.
Theo: [trying to get Rudy to eat her Brussel sprouts] Okay, pretend you're King Kong and those are the Three Stooges.
Rudy: No!
Cliff: Clair, we don't even know if the joint is Theo's and you already got the boy going to Turkey.
Cliff: If you call a female surgeon 'old', she will tear you apart.
Cliff: [to Vanessa's 12 year old friend] When Mrs. Huxtable comes home, you bring the car around.
Cliff: [to Rudy] No, no, don't take my bubble thing.
Cliff: Your grandson got his ear pierced.
Russell Huxtable: On purpose?