Getting Acquainted with “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”

Digital illustration I made of a heavy black man with his arms out and smiling while in a pale blue background with the sun on the top left

I don’t know why, but for some reason, Fat Albert randomly popped into my head. So, I first researched the live-action movie from 2004. The reviews weren’t good, nor did the synopsis on Wikipedia sound appealing. 

So, then I researched the cartoon from the 70’s. It sounded exciting as I read about it on Wikipedia. 

If you’ve watched “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” you probably already know what I state below. For those who don’t, the information might intrigue you. 

Overall concept 

The series is both funny and educational, according to what I read. At first, I was worried that they would teach things that a kiddie show would. Nope (thank goodness). The lessons taught include those more suitable for older kids, and even adults. 

They include morals, such as not to lie or steal. They also teach things, like getting past stage fright… and even serious topics, such as death. 

Which brings me to my next point – any episode that does not deal with a serious subject, like death or drugs, ends with a song about a lesson a character learns. 

My thoughts on what I’ve seen so far 

I have only watched and enjoyed the video where the characters sing, “Don’t Go Tellin’ a Lie.” The format is similar to that of the “Schoolhouse Rock” videos, except not with academic subjects, like English or history. For those who don’t know about “Schoolhouse Rock,” it started in the early 70’s, too. You can search for it to learn more about it. 

There is another “Fat Albert” video, where the characters sing, “Stealing is Uncool.” Sadly, that bored me. 

But the show’s opening, especially when Fat Albert introduces himself and then sings the theme song, is exciting. He starts with his signature catchphrase, “Hey, hey, hey.” He also does it 4 more times throughout the opening. At first, I found that annoying. But then I got used to it. 

What I am learning 

I am a beginner at identifying the characters, other than Fat Albert. So far, I was only able to identify Mushmouth and Dumb Donald. 

While getting acquainted with the program, I read a few episode summaries, and they sounded interesting. However, there is nowhere to buy digital versions of the episodes, nor are there streaming services that offer the show. 

It was a little bit disappointing to me. Yet, I have barely seen anything from the program. I don’t even know what each character is like, not even Fat Albert, other than his signature phrase. So, I can’t call myself a fan. 

What I (and even you) can expect 

It will probably be very difficult to become a new fan – maybe even impossible, as of now. The show’s unavailability to stream online (except for possibly some third-party websites) is presumably because of Bill Cosby’s numerous crimes. He has assaulted many girls and women since the 60’s. Some of those assaults were very disturbing, too. 

If you use Paramount Plus, and you watched the Nick Jr. show, “Little Bill,” you won’t find the series there at all. It’s likely the same reason why you can’t stream “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” anywhere. 

Now, just to let you know, developing interest in “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” doesn’t mean I support Bill Cosby’s crimes. I never like any crime, especially if it’s directly harmful to people. 

Conclusion 

Maybe someday in the future, “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” will become available to stream. Until then, I am just a prospective fan – if I ever can become one at all.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, www.sunaynaprasadbooks.com. Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

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