Cosby was lauded for using African-American performers such as Lillian Randolph, Moms Mabley, and Rex Ingram as characters.According to commentary on the Season 1 DVDs for the show, Cosby was at odds with NBC over his refusal to include a laugh track in the show (he felt that viewers had the ability to find humor for themselves when watching a TV show).He was also a regular on the children's television series The Electric Company during the show's first two seasons.
Cosby played a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles high school.
While only a modest critical success, the show was a ratings hit, finishing eleventh in its first season.
After The Bill Cosby Show left the air, Cosby resumed his formal education.
He began graduate work at the University of Massachusetts.
It produced films as well as records, including Cosby's television specials, the Fat Albert cartoon special and series and several motion pictures.