Season 1 of The Cosby Show finally arrives on DVD today, and not coincidentally, HBO just announced its plans to release the 20-disc complete series of Sex and the City in November. After all, it’s painfully obvious that Sex’s spunky quartet of singles was created as an homage to Bill Cosby’s family sitcom.
Consider the evidence:
Both shows centered on attractive, upwardly mobile residents of New York City, including ambitious attorneys with children (Cosby’s spunky matriarch Clair Huxtable, Sex’s neurotic redhead Miranda Hobbs), doe-eyed ingénues known for hilariously precious outbursts (Cosby’s adorable Rudy, Sex’s optimistic Charlotte), and even persnickety guys with funky names (Cosby’s Elvin Tibideaux, Sex’s Stanford Blatch).
And, of course, the show’s plot lines were so similar, it was almost too close for comfort. Think about it. Theo borrows his dad’s credit card to pay for an expensive shirt; Carrie gets a loan from Charlotte since she’s spent her life savings on Manolo Blahniks. Vanessa quits playing the clarinet; Carrie quits her column to follow her lov-ah to Paris. Samantha has nude photos taken of herself; Denise makes bloody voodoo love to Mickey Rourke. Oh, wait, that was Angel Heart. Anyway, you know what I’m saying. Feel free to post your own Cosby-Sex parallels, too. There’s hundreds to choose from. Really.