Hulu Subscription Service Adds 'The Cosby Show,' Other Classic Sitcoms

The Cosby Show
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The Cosby Show was a huge hit in the '80s, practically revitalizing the sitcom genre. It was one of the first sitcoms to feature a predominantly African-American cast, and addressed numerous social issues of the time. Bill Cosby wanted the show to not just entertain, but also educate -- qualities shared by good fathers across the world. However, the show's legacy has been  tarnished by the recent sexual assault charges against the star.

Hulu Plus is now also offering "3rd Rock from the Sun" and eight other Carsey Werner series.

NEW YORK - Online video joint venture Hulu has added The Cosby Show, Whoopi, 3rd Rock from the Sun and eight other Carsey Werner classic sitcoms to its Hulu Plus subscription service.

A spokeswoman for Hulu, in which Walt Disney, News Corp. and Comcast's NBCUniversal are partners with private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, declined to comment on the deal, which kicked in mid-month.

The content deal covers 11 classic shows and 580 episodes, a source confirmed. The other series included are Grounded For Life, That 80’s Show, The Tracy Morgan Show, Damon, Men Behaving Badly, Game Over, Davis Rules and Normal, Ohio.

Financial terms weren't immediately clear. Hulu Plus costs subscribers $7.99 per month and offers them a deeper content library.


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