Cosby Show Cast Reunites for 25th Anniversary

Celebrity News May. 19, 2009 AT 11:08AM
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Can you believe it's been 25 years since The Cosby Show first aired? To mark the anniversary, the cast reunited on The Today Tuesday to relive their favorite moments. "Our stuff is funny. There's love there. It's all genuine," Bill Cosby explains of the endurance of the show, which premiered Sept. 20, 1984.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable, says the show is still popular after all these years because of Bill Cosby's "vision. He wanted the show to be timeless. If I wanted to put slang in, he'd say, 'No, let's make up slang so 20 years later, it's still relevant.'" Keshia Knight-Pulliam, who starred as 4-year-old Rudy, says she thinks of the Huxtables as more of "an American family" than an "African-American family...that was what was so groundbreaking and still so relevant today. The family issues weren't about race."

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Mom Phylicia Rashad continues: "We were always an African-American family...that's an American family. We were not a novelty. This American family has existed for decades and decades and centuries...we were just new to television." Knight-Pulliam also opens up about learning her lines when she was just four years old. "I couldn't read and I had to learn lines. I memorized them [with my parents]," she says. To see Raven-Symone discuss her memories, Bill Cosby do the dance from the show's opener -- and more! -- watch the Today show video.

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