`The biggest show in the world': race and the global popularity of The Cosby Show

@article{Havens2000TheBS,
  title={`The biggest show in the world': race and the global popularity of The Cosby Show},
  author={T. Havens},
  journal={Media, Culture & Society},
  year={2000},
  volume={22},
  pages={371 - 391}
}
  • T. Havens
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • Media, Culture & Society
The Cosby Show changed the face of international television distribution as profoundly as it altered American television culture. However, while many scholars have addressed the show's domestic popularity, its international acceptance remains a virtual mystery. This article investigates the various economic, textual and audience practices that led to The Cosby Show's international success, and that continue to make middle-class African American sitcoms lucrative international fare. The Cosby… Expand
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