The Cosby Mysteries

The Cosby Mysteries

Created by David Black
William Link
Starring Bill Cosby
Robert Stanton
James Naughton
Rita Moreno
Composer(s) Craig Handy, David Weiss
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20 (18 + pilot)
Running time 60 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Sah Enterprises
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network NBC
Original release January 31, 1994 – April 12, 1995

The Cosby Mysteries is an American television mystery series that starred Bill Cosby. It is the first television series to star Cosby since The Cosby Show (which ended in the spring of 1992) and lasted one season (19941995).[1] Actor/Rapper Mos Def appeared in several episodes (credited as Dante Bezé).[2]


Cosby played Guy Hanks, a New York City Police Department criminalist who retired from the force after winning $44 million in the lottery. His peaceful retirement was frequently interrupted by his former colleagues, Detective Adam Sully (James Naughton) and Medical Examiner John Chapman (Robert Stanton), who ask him to consult on tough cases. As Hanks used his wits and his forensics knowledge to solve crimes, he dealt with his holistic housekeeper Angie (Rita Moreno) and his girlfriend Barbara Lorenz (Lynn Whitfield).[3]

The show was created by David Black and William Link. Link's previous series included Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. Link developed the series at Cosby's request, as Cosby wanted to make an intelligent, character-driven mystery series that did not rely on graphic violence.

The show began in January 1994 as a two-hour movie, and regular episodes began airing on NBC in September. Critics expressed hope that The Cosby Mysteries would fare better than Cosby's previous two ventures,[4] Here and Now and the game-show remake, You Bet Your Life. The Cosby Mysteries only lasted 18 episodes.

The Cosby Mysteries has been re-run in the United Kingdom on digital channel ITV1, and in the US on A&E and TVOne.


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