10 Kinda Fun Facts About ‘The Cosby Show’

Rudy was supposed to be a boy? Phylicia is only 10 years older than her daughter?

Think you know everything about The Cosby Show? As the show celebrates its 25th anniversary, here are some facts you may find surprising:

1. Phylicia Rashad is only 10 years older than Sabrina Le Beauf, who played her daughter, Sondra.

2. Speaking of Sondra, a 21-year-old Whitney Houston was in the early running for the role.

3. Originally, Rudy was supposed to be the Huxtables’ youngest son, but when producers had trouble finding a boy, they went with a girl, played by Keshia Knight Pulliam.

4. Before the opening credits of a 1989 episode, Olivia walks up to Cliff wearing a Bart Simpson mask. The sly nod was a reference to The Simpsons (FOX) gaining continued viewership against The Cosby Show.