The WORST episodes of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Every episode of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids!

A group of urban adolescents who stick together through thick and thin, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids show us that if you put your imagination to work you can achieve anything!

Last Updated: 2/19/2024Network: CBSStatus: Ended
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The Joker
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#1 - The Joker

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/15/1984

Dumb Donald's cousin Jason comes to town, but quickly wears out his welcome with the gang when his various pranks cause nothing but trouble. One prank results in the clubhouse TV being damaged, forcing the gang to work to earn money to buy a new one. Unfortunately, another prank from Jason ruins their efforts. Mudfoot tells him and the gang about an episode of Legal Eagle dealing with a similar situation. However, Jason doesn't take the lesson to heart when he pulls another prank that results in Bucky getting injured and unable to compete in a skating competition that would have earned the gang the money they need to buy the new TV. Feeling remorseful, Jason decides to take a job and surprises the gang with the new television. He apologizes and the gang invites him to watch the new set with them.

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Write On
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#2 - Write On

Season 8 - Episode 46 - Aired 7/13/1985

Fat Albert gives his classmate Richard the encouragement he needs to write a blue ribbon poem for the school writing contest.

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Faking the Grade
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#3 - Faking the Grade

Season 8 - Episode 45 - Aired 7/6/1985

Dumb Donald's schoolwork needs to improve or he may not be able to advance to the next grade. This catches the attention of a teenager who previously had Dumb Donald's teacher, and offers to sell him the answers to future tests. Donald is conflicted amongst himself about the meaning of academic success and facing the stigma of being held back.

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Wheeler
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#4 - Wheeler

Season 8 - Episode 44 - Aired 6/29/1985

Fat Albert and the boys try to help their new friend Chuy, a.k.a. the Wheeler, feel welcome at school.

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Rudy and the Beast
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#5 - Rudy and the Beast

Season 8 - Episode 43 - Aired 6/22/1985

Rudy thinks it's his big break when the Cosby Kids meet a new girl whose father is a big time movie producer.

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Painting the Town
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#6 - Painting the Town

Season 8 - Episode 42 - Aired 6/15/1985

Fat Albert and the boys try to help their friend Lenny find a job.

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Superdudes
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#7 - Superdudes

Season 8 - Episode 41 - Aired 6/8/1985

Hoping to be like his hero, Dexter attempts a death-defying stunt.

We All Scream for Ice Cream
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#8 - We All Scream for Ice Cream

Season 8 - Episode 40 - Aired 6/1/1985

Weird Harold is left in a sticky situation while working at his new job serving ice cream at Mr. Cooper's Ice Cream Shop.

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Computer Caper
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#9 - Computer Caper

Season 8 - Episode 39 - Aired 5/25/1985

Fat Albert exposes his classmate Greg as a computer hacker while working on a history assignment.

Gang Wars
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#10 - Gang Wars

Season 8 - Episode 38 - Aired 5/18/1985

Fat Albert tries to save his friend Tito from getting involved with his older brother's gang life.

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Amiss with Amish
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#11 - Amiss with Amish

Season 8 - Episode 37 - Aired 5/11/1985

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids visit an Amish community and learn the values of Amish society with their friend Sharon.

You Don't Say
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#12 - You Don't Say

Season 8 - Episode 36 - Aired 5/4/1985

Everybody wants to be on the school pep squad but will Fat Albert and Weird Harold win a place?

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The Jinx
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#13 - The Jinx

Season 8 - Episode 35 - Aired 4/27/1985

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids visit Rudy's uncle's ranch and leave the big city behind.

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The Double Cross
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#14 - The Double Cross

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/10/1981

The gang's friend Melinda tells them of a group she's taken interest to known as Double Cross. However, they don't care for Fat Albert and company because they're not of the same ethnic background. Mudfoot introduces Fat Albert to a rabbi who tells him of the tough life he had when the Nazis invaded his homeland. Later, Fat Albert confronts George, the Double Cross leader about his racism. Then late at night, George tries to vandalize a Jewish synagogue before he slips and gets himself in danger. Fat Albert and the police are able to mount a rescue, and George is arrested for his vandalism. Afterward, Melinda learns her lesson about who the true special people are in her life.

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Cable Caper
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#15 - Cable Caper

Season 8 - Episode 47 - Aired 7/20/1985

When the Cosby Kids find out that Mr. and Mrs. Gibson may lose their home, they hit the airwaves to tell their neighbors' story.

Love Live the Queen
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#16 - Love Live the Queen

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/8/1984

For the upcoming America Day assembly at school, an honorary queen will be selected. Fat Albert suggests the gang's friend Keiko Imora be nominated, much to the opposition of some classmates, including Cindy Collins, the other nominee. They feel Keiko shouldn't run because she's from Japan and only became a naturalized U.S. citizen a couple of years ago. Initially, she's discouraged, but with the gang's help, Keiko is confident enough to run with the rest campaigning for her. However, her opponents attempt to sabotage her at the debate, which backfires and leads to danger. Keiko gets Cindy out of harm's way, making her humble enough to admit her opinions of her were wrong. She concedes the election, enabling Keiko to become queen, much to the gang's delight.

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You Gotta Have Art
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#17 - You Gotta Have Art

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/1/1984

Fat Albert and the gang notice their new classmate Leola drawing at the junkyard. At school the following day, they find she's a talented artist and Fat Albert invites her to decorate their clubhouse with some of her work. When the rest of the gang arrives later, they disapprove, with Rudy in particular, criticizing the changes she made. Leola overhears him and runs off to the docks to sketch on her own. But after the gang find her sketchbook, they see her work is very good and look for Leola so they can apologize. When they arrive, she runs off again, but nearly falls into the ocean. Rudy rescues her in time, complements her work, and helps redecorate the clubhouse, but overdoing it where some of Leola's work is obstructing the doorway.

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Video Mania
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#18 - Video Mania

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/24/1984

Weird Harold finds a lost wallet and does the right thing by returning it to its owner, who runs the local arcade. Mr. Sherman rewards Harold with enough cash to play his favorite Brown Hornet video game. He eventually becomes obsessed with the game to the point that he borrows the gang's lunch money, then steals the money they were raising for a picnic they planned with their teachers. The gang eventually confronts Weird Harold at the arcade where he's faced with having to pay them back. Mr. Sherman allows him to work there so he can raise the money so they can have the picnic after all. Weird Harold learns a valuable lesson in moderation.

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The Runner
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#19 - The Runner

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/17/1984

The gang is concerned that their friend Louis is using drugs, pushed into doing so by the creepy Ross. They wonder whether or not they should tell on him, fearful doing so will make them look like finks. Even though they do the right thing, the other students at school turn against them, as does Ross, who eventually leaves school to be a drug courier for a pair of dealers. Initially, he's happy that he's making a lot of money, but soon regrets his choice when his little sister overdoes on some of the drugs she received from the dealers. Ross vows he's going to turn them in, but the thugs pursue him. He then seeks help from Fat Albert and the gang, which leads to a madcap chase where the bad guys are all wet and arrested by the police. Ross admits his wrongdoing as well and wants to set things straight much to the gang's delight.

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Never Say Never
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#20 - Never Say Never

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/3/1984

Weird Harold's young cousin Robin is staying with his family for a while. He tells the gang she has kidney disease and must undergo dialysis three times a week. Robin's been waiting so long for a kidney donation that she's giving up hope in ever getting one. The gang takes her to a carnival to help get her mind off her predicament. After they take her home, the gang go to the local clinic where they learn about organ donation. Robin goes back to the carnival to have fun rather than spending more time in the hospital. With efforts from the gang and the kidney foundation, a donor kidney is found. The group must act quickly to find Robin so she can be prepared for surgery to get the new kidney. They narrowly make it in the nick of time and with after some post-operation monitoring, Robin will likely be able to live a normal life.

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It All Ads Up
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#21 - It All Ads Up

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/27/1984

At school, the gang is assigned to gather some items that they can sell at an upcoming sale so they can raise money for the school library. But most of what they've collected is defective junk. Despite the gang's better judgment, Rudy hawks the items to people making them believe they're better than they cost, particularly an inflatable raft to a young boy. When Henry tries it out afterward, he's endangered as the raft has a hole that Rudy sealed with only chewing gum. Fortunately, Fat Albert and Rudy are able to save him in time. And the gang's teacher shows them the consequences of false advertising.

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Busted
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#22 - Busted

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/20/1984

Rudy's friend Larry returns to town, hoping to get the gang to join him in some fun activities. However, his kind of fun usually leads to trouble. Larry decides to drive the group to the local pool, but the car he's using is not his! After they're stopped by the police, the gang discovers Larry stole the car. They're all placed under arrest and taken to a detention center. All except Larry are cleared of charges, but with their parents' permission, the gang is taken to prison to see what happens to those who break the law. Their experience there and the fact Larry will be serving time again certainly puts a scare in them, making them vow never to break the law.

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Handwriting on the Wall
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#23 - Handwriting on the Wall

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/13/1984

The gang is initially impressed with some graffiti on the fence nearby the school until their teacher announces their field trip to the shipyards will be cancelled due to the fact that the school fund money will be used to paint over the fence. To salvage the trip, Fat Albert and the gang repaint the fence themselves and their strategy works. But when they see Marlon writing on the fence again, Fat Albert encourages him to write for a talent show that will raise money for the school activities fund. The play's main theme is discouraging marking graffiti on public properties, which turns out to be hit for the audience, including the missing Marlon, who was hiding out in the last row fearful the play would bomb. He eventually comes out on stage to receive credit and hopefully will put his talent on paper instead of public property.

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Sinister Stranger
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#24 - Sinister Stranger

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/6/1984

At school, the class is fingerprinted by the police, so they can be put in a identification program in case anyone is harmed or kidnapped. Officer Gomez, giving the lecture, provides them tips on how to deal with potential dangerous situations, particularly if a stranger attempts a kidnapping. The lessons come in handy when a stranger tries to abduct Russell, who's able to escape. Another young boy, Hank, isn't as lucky when the man kidnaps him. But after the gang witness the abduction, they quickly spring to action, giving chase and contacting the police. They track them to an old theater where they're able to rescue Hank and the police are able to apprehend the kidnapper. Hank and the gang get a scary firsthand experience on a hard lesson.

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Rebop for Bebop
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#25 - Rebop for Bebop

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/29/1984

The gang enters the Battle of the Bands against a number of competitors, including Buddy "Slash" Warren, for a $100 cash prize. Mudfoot introduces the gang to Lester Vincent, a jazz and saxophone player who was famous in the 1950's. Unfortunately, he was the same old man the gang encountered earlier when Buddy came by the junkyard and insulted him and his old time music. Lester is reluctant to help them, but finds himself in danger during a windy night. Fortunately, the gang arrives in the nick of time and saves him. After their initial misunderstanding, Lester agrees to help them work on their music for the Battle of the Bands. On the big night, the Junkyard Band wows the crowd and wins the competition. Afterward, they perform an encore with Lester leading them with his saxophone.

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