Bill Cosby Re-Enters Prime Time Television Teeming with Non-Traditional Families

The television landscape looks far different than when Bill Cosby ruled as NBC's Must See TV patriarch.

The comedian's landmark sitcom The Cosby Show existed before binge viewing, DVRs and streaming competition. One other new element worth mentioning as Cosby plots to re-enter the sitcom arena is how television shows depict the nuclear family.

Consider The New Normal, Modern Family and The Fosters as three examples of shows with a non-traditional image of the family unit.

Cosby vows to bring his patented mix of good values back to prime time no matter how times--and popular culture--may have changed.

The new comedy will be built around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multi-generational family and, like the comedian’s previous family sitcoms – Cosby Show and Cosby on CBS — will channel his take on marriage and parenting.

Cosby has consistently talked up family values since leaving his classic NBC series. He vowed late last year that any new show he appears in will offer similar lessons for viewers.

They would like to see a married couple that acts like they love each other, warts and all, children who respect the parenting, and the comedy of people who make mistakes. Warmth and forgiveness,” Cosby told Yahoo TV in November. “So I hope to get that opportunity, and I will deliver the best of Cosby.


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