Best Of Fat Albert Cartoon: ‘Remembering The Lessons’

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments


The character Fat Albert first appeared in Cosby’s stand-up comedy routine “Buck Buck,” as recorded on his 1967 album Revenge. The stories were based upon Cosby’s tales about growing up in inner city North Philadelphia. In 1969, Cosby and veteran animator Ken Mundie brought Fat Albert to animation in a one-shot prime-time special entitled Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert. It was loved so much that CBS approached Cosby about a weekly show. The show was a hit! and it ran from 1972 to 1984 , right before Cosby opted to do the Cosby Show instead of the Saturday weekly cartoon.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, centered on Albert (known for his catchphrase “Hey hey hey!”), and his friends.

During each episode, Fat Albert and his friends (aka The Junkyard Gang), dealt with an issue or problem commonly faced by young urban children, ranging from stage fright, first loves, medical operations, and personal hygiene to more serious themes (though toned down for younger children) including vandalism, stealing, racism, smoking, being scammed by con artists, sexually transmitted diseases, child abuse, kidnapping, drug use, gun violence and death.

Checkout the best of Cosby show :

“This is Bill Cosby comin’ at you with music and fun,
and if you’re not careful you may learn something before it’s done.
So let’s get ready, OK? (Fat Albert voice) Hey, hey, hey!”

Fat Albert – “Readin’ , Writin and Rudy”

In this episode, a flamboyant fashion king named Suede Simpson wonders why girls can’t stand him and the Gang avoids him. Could it be that horrible body odor?

Fat Albert: “Take Two – They’re Small” Part 1

In 2004, Twentieth Century Fox released a film adaptation of the series titled Fat Albert. The film stars Kenan Thompson as Fat Albert.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids — Lying Part 1

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids received an Emmy nomination in 1974. Production of the final season of the series overlapped with the start of production of Cosby’s live-action sitcom, The Cosby Show, which began airing in the fall of 1984.

In 1993, TV Guide named Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the best cartoon series of the 1970s in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.

On January 15, 2013, Bill Cosby posted the following on his Facebook page,

“I’m telling you there are people at work, who I think, will make Fat Albert happen again. And it will be loved by all generations to come.”

, hinting that the series might be brought back once again. No further word has been given yet.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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