Great Job, Internet!: Read This: The New York Times struggles to separate Cliff Huxtable from Bill Cosby

New York Times correspondent Rachel L. Swarns is “grieving,” but not necessarily for a person. Instead, in a new piece for the Times, Swarns mourns for a television show that was an important part of her life. From 1984 to 1992, NBC’s The Cosby Show broke new ground by presenting a prosperous, professional African-American family in a warm, friendly, relatable manner. This was crucial, Swarns points out, decades “before Shondaland, or Empire, or Black-ish. Before a black president sat in the Oval Office in 24. Or in Washington.” The sitcom debuted during Swarns’ senior year of high school and became a “weekly ritual” for her and her family. When she went away to college, the writer says, she and her friends watched via a 13-inch portable set. Clearly, The Cosby Show was more than just a funny sitcom for her. In the stern but loving Cliff Huxtable, the show …

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