The Gynecologist in the Basement, The Strange Case of Dr. Huxtable and Mr. Cosby


Cosby as Dr. Huxtable in his basement OB/GYN office Cosby as Dr. Huxtable in his basement OB/GYN office

by Sola @lasentienttruth

The Cosby Show was an iconic TV show that became the model for upper middle class black America, but there was one paradox in the plot, one muffled script hiccup that never fully made sense to me:  The gynecologist in the basement.  I remember watching as a kid, obfuscated first by the fact that Cosby casually ran a doctor’s office from his basement, not an office or hospital, but even more, I was perplexed by why he had selected OB/GYN for the good Dr. Huxtable’s practice.  Even a seven year-old knows a gynecologist is an odd choice for a television representation of the ideal profession for a man with five kids, particularly since it didn’t add much to the character or plot.  I’d sit in front of the television, unconvinced that Dr. Huxtable could hold a steak sandwich…

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