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23 Life Lessons You Learned From "The Cosby Show"

Dear Huxtables, thank you for everything. Sincerely, humanity.

1. You gotta make your own way in this life.

2. Don't mess with your mother. Period.

3. If you're feeling a little blue, it might be time for a dance break.

4. That goes for the whole family.

5. You can't always get what you want.

6. Food is not just sustenance, it is JOY.

7. Ditto music.

8. You control your own destiny.


9. Look to Denise Huxtable for all fashion inspiration.

Although in fairness, though, pretty much all Huxtable fashion is amazing.

10. A kid that's cute enough will always get her way.


11. Traditional gender roles are for the birds.

12. You can't expect everyone to be on your level.

13. Dads that are good sports are the best dads.

14. Being a parent is exhausting.

15. But it helps when you have a loving, goofy, functional partnership.

16. Education is serious business.

17. Sometimes you have to go through some trauma to learn that important life lesson.

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18. This important health tip:

19. Sometimes parents just don't understand.

20. Marriages can still be hot.

21. There's nothing quite like a full family lip sync routine.

22. Getting good grades is important because LIFE IS EXPENSIVE.

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Such a legendary scene. And it's from the first episode of the first season!

23. At the end of the day, it's all about family.