Wednesday

Remember This? I Spy

I Spy premiered in the fall of 1965 and was the first TV show in the US to feature an African-American in a co-starring role, and that trailblazing actor was non other than Dr. Cliff Huxtable himself, Bill Cosby. The show featured two partners, played by Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as a tennis player and his manager/coach, respectively - who also happened to be spies. Sheldon Leonard was the producer of I Spy, and brought us other memorable shows such as The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was the one who thought to cast Cosby after seeing him perform his wildly popular stand-up comedy act. This was groundbreaking stuff in 1965; the two characters were very much portrayed as a team, as equals, and Cosby won an Emmy for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" for each of the three years the show ran - along with plenty of hate mail and death threats...


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