The Gang

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The Gang

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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an American animated series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. The producers initially wanted NBC to bring Fat Albert to Saturday mornings, but the network programming managers refused because the series was too educational. Bill Cosby and a new production company, Filmation Associates, then took the property to CBS where the show premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Cosby's remembrances of his childhood gang, centered on Fat Albert (known for his catchphrase "Hey hey hey!"), and his friends.


Fat Albert primarily spoke to Black youth, a segment of the population previously ignored by Saturday morning programming. However, the show had an impact on children across the United States, regardless of race. The show always had an educational lesson emphasized by Cosby’s live-action cameos, and the gang would always gather in their North Philadelphia junkyard to play a song on their cobbled-together instruments, summarizing the show's lesson. Cosby’s Kids had an upbeat attitude and were eager to learn, in spite of their apparent poverty.

                                               

Featured in The Gang are Russell, Dumb Donald, and Mushmouth.

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