Phylicia Rashad and Bill Cosby at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards last night at the Javits Center in New York City.
For the first time in its nine-year history, the TV Land Awards pulled up stakes in Los Angeles and headed for New York, bringing a Big Apple feel to the Javits Center last night.
The Cosby Show, set in Brooklyn and taped in New York, was honored with the Impact Award. The cast, including co-creator Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad, reunited.
“It means that not only are we still relevent today…We made some sort of a difference, and some sort of an impact 25 years ago,” Sabrina LeBeauf (above) , who played Sondra on the hit sitcom, tells FishbowlNY.
The Cosby Show, which helped resurrect NBC from 1984 to 1992, had another “impact” on television viewing.
“I don’t see any show on now that impacts people in that way… [that] family show [did],” Geoffrey Owens (who played Elvin) says. “I think it’s fair to say that, unfortunately, that’s a little bit … of the past right now.”
Owens says Cosby remains a unique and important show years later given that TV is so markedly different today.
Stevie Wonder, who had a memorable guest shot in 1986, presented the award.