When I was a kid, I must have played Bill Cosby's "Revenge" album about a million times. Ditto to "Himself," which is comprised of seven ingenious tracks I can just about recite word for word to this day ("It was because of my father that from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ. And my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit"). I tell you this to clarify up front that I have a major soft spot in my heart for Bill Cosby and I think he's one of history's all-time greatest comedians … but I have grave doubts about his new NBC sitcom.
The Cosby Show pretty much rebooted the genre back in the mid-80's, and who among us doesn't have fond memories of the Huxtable family? But it's been a long time -- three decades! -- since Bill Cosby dominated the sitcom scene, and I'm just not sure sentimentality is enough to make this new show a hit.