mastermind Bill Cosby became incensed when Lisa Bonet, his daughter on the show, filmed an explicit sex scene with Mickey Rourke and then posed for naked photos to promote it in INTERVIEW magazine. He created a spin-off series for her (A Different World) where she would go for its first season before returning to The Cosby Show for a little while before a pregnancy gave Cosby a reason finally to fire her. Cosby was, for decades, an influential voice in the industry. His partnership with Robert Culp in I, Spy gave him particular clout in a climate that is to this day notoriously unwelcoming to black creators. When asked to create a show for Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner’s new production company in the early ’80s, Cosby conjured the affluent, Brownstone-dwelling Huxtables who moved among the 1% with nary a mention of the race issues that continue to divide this nation. The Cosby Show, while aspirational for some, is a dangerous fantasy of a post-racial America for others. Like so many things our leaders told us in that decade, it was all a disgusting lie.
In 1990 Warner made an awesome TV movie all about saving our Earth. Not only was everyone from the Warner world who was famous at the time but it also showed us our favorite characters continuing the act; like how Doc Brown helps save the day and Doogie Howser is Mother Earth’s doctor.