Cosby was Bill Cosby's sitcom return after The Cosby Show, airing on CBS from 1996 to 2000 and repairing Cosby with Phylicia Rashad (this time as a senior citizen couple). Co-stars included Madeline Kahn and Doug E. Doug (as twitchy Griffin, who becomes a teacher in the final season). The show was shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which is also where Sesame Street tapes.
- The double-length fourth season episode "Superstar" (November 17, 1999) has Griffin imagining a world where teachers have eclipsed athletes and entertainers as high salaried celebrities, while many public figures appear as themselves to weigh in. Elmo, identified as "Furry Red Monster," appears in front of a newsstand, looking sad. He explains he loves Griffin, but Griffin stopped returning his calls and now he has to talk to his people. Elmo says Oscar told him this would happen, before returning disconsolate to Sesame Street. Kevin Clash receives credit, without specifically listing Elmo.