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Blacks in Film and Television

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The Cosby Show, 1987

Courtesy of AP

With the 1980s came The Cosby Show. The depiction of an upper-middle-class black family living in Brooklyn proved irresistible to the American viewing audience and The Cosby Show became one of the most watched television shows in history. Even so, The Cosby Show was often criticized for not dealing with issues of race directly enough and for portraying an idealized and unrealistic family. This critique was often tied to the show taking place primarily inside the Huxtables' home, producing an idealized world sheltered from more realistic and less comedic situations. Family sitcoms of the same period such as Family Ties and Who's the Boss followed the same tradition of living room and kitchen-based sets yet these shows did not face the same types of criticism because they were not centered on an African American family.

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