Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: "Busted" (lost uncensored version of animated series episode; 1984)


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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids “Busted”
A screenshot of the episode.
A screenshot of the episode.
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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was a cartoon Produced by Filmation and made by Bill Cosby. The show was based on Cosby’s childhood and his stand-up comedy acts in the 1960’s. It ran from 1972 to 1984.

The episodes consisted of the characters getting into trouble and learning a lesson. Many people looking back do not consider this series to be child friendly. The series had episodes pertaining to STD’s, white supremacy, pornography, and, most infamously, an episode on gang violence in which a child is shot and killed trying to protect his older brother. The series was also known for handling some topics poorly, such as an episode about an autistic child where the word “retarded” was used by a teacher to describe the child.

The episode “Busted” was used to teach children about the consequences of breaking the law, and how the characters visit a real prison and learn about the hardships of being in prison. The original airing of the episode contained uncensored swearing from the inmates, but later airings were censored. Since then, no recordings or clips of the original airing have surfaced online. Even the DVD releases do not have the uncensored version. One possibility is that the original studio may have it, but it’s a slim chance if the censoring was put over the original tape. However, since the episode aired in 1984 there is also a possibility that a VHS recording may exist somewhere.


A clip of the censored version of the episode that can be found on YouTube

Sources:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/YMMV/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Fat_Albert_and_the_Cosby_Kids_episodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_eO98ynJTU

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Pokematic

10 days ago
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I remember watching the censored episode on hulu and there were many coments saying "the lip syncing looks off, I remember there being swearing." It'll be interesting if this gets found.
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