The Cosby Show

THE COSBY SHOW/NBC/1984-92 (Dyslexia)

Theodore “Theo” Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), fourteen-year-old African American teenager living at 10 Stigwood Avenue in New York City, NY (Brooklyn Heights). His catchphrase is “No problem,” but there was a problem.


For years, Theo’s parents OB/GYN physician Dr. Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) and his attorney wife, Clair (Phylicia Rashad) were frustrated with their son’s study habits and inability to apply himself in his school work.

Finally, in his teenage years, Theo was diagnosed with a dyslexic reading disorder (Episode No.129. “Theo’s Gift”). With special help, Theo’s grades and outlook on life steadily improved as he pursued a college degree at New York University and graduated.

On episode No.175/176 “Theo and the Kids,” Theo interns as a 7th grade junior counselor at the community center and discovers a boy named Stanley who refuses to do his homework and is unable to read a book. Theo realizes the boy has dyslexia and consequently tells Stanley about his own bout with dyslexia. As a favor to Theo, Stanley agrees to be tested for his learning disability.

Note: The idea for Theo’s disability was inspired by Bill Cosby’s dyslexic son, Ennis.


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