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Julius Caesar: The Cosby Show (1987)

TitleJulius Caesar: The Cosby Show
Release LocationsUSA
MediumColor video
Length6 mins
Audiencegeneral public
high school
Play ConnectionsJulius Caesar (excerpt(s))


In this episode of the popular situation comedy, "The Cosby show," the children are studying Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The father brings two professors home, who, with the grandfather (Earle Hyman) do a brilliant reading from Julius Caesar. The children are sufficiently impressed so that they come up with a "rap" travesty of the play. There should be more such entries in this book recording episodes from Shakespeare that appear in commercial television entertainment.They are elusive and difficult to catch, unless one happens to be watching. Moreover, they do not appear in the television programs with any degree of regularity. I relied on a colleague, Dolores S. Sandoval, for this account

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Professor From HillmanRoscoe Lee Brown
Cosby FatherEarle Hyman
The Columbia ProfessorChristopher Plummer

Company Overview

Producer NBC

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell