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25. Denise Huxtable Kendall

Piece: The Cosby Show (1984-1992 television series)

Portrayed by Lisa Bonet.

In the show’s eight seasons, Denise was a main character in seasons 1-3 and 6-7. In season 7, she only appears in a handful of episodes. She was a recurring character in seasons 4-5, appearing in only four episodes in each of those two seasons. She was totally absent from the show in season 8. She was in 106 out of 202 total episodes.

Denise is the second oldest child of Cliff and Claire Huxtable. She is one of their five children. She has an older sister Sondra, a younger brother, Theo, and two younger sisters, Vanessa and Rudy. She later becomes wife of Martin Kendall and stepmother of his daughter, Olivia.

Denise (seasons 1 and 2): Denise loves fashion and music, is very popular, and marches to the beat of her own drummer. She is headstrong, so this usually causes her to learn lessons the hard way than learning from others’ experiences.

Denise (seasons 3 and 4): Denise expresses ideas that leave her family puzzled. He flighty personality leads her to drop out of college, which she started in season 3. She drops out of college at the end of season 4, to see where she can lead herself. In season 4, Denise was written out of Cosby to focus on A Different World, a spin-off that focused on Denise’s adventures in college. Denise’s character only lasted one season in the spin-off, and A Different World went on to air for five more seasons without Denise.

Denise (season 5): Denise becomes a photographer’s assistant and travels to Africa for a year. The actress became pregnant, so her non-involvement in Cosby lasted for another season.

Denise (seasons 6 and 7): Denise comes back from Africa with surprising news for the family - she has married Lt. Martin Kendall, a single father to Olivia. Olivia immediately wins the hearts of the entire family.

Quotes: (while Cliff is dancing) “Dad, promise me something. When my friends come over, don’t do that.”


Denise (rapping): Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. When he got to the shore he said, “Let’s talk,” on the place he called Plymouth Rock.

Teacher: Denise, the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

Denise: Oh


Denise: I’ve decided to discontinue my college education.

Clair: Come again, young lady.

Denise: I’m not going back to Hillman.

Cliff: Wanna bet?


Denise: And, who am I? An industrious young woman who wants to examine life without… pressure!

Cliff: And how much does that pay?

Denise Kendall (née Huxtable), The Cosby Show

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Denise is the second daughter of Clair and Cliff Huxtable.  She is stylish, brilliant and babely.  The level of grace with which she holds herself is paralleled by no other (excluding her lovely mother, of course).  Denise changes boyfriends as frequently as she changes hairstyles, because Denise she does what she wants.  She travels to Africa for a year to work as a photographer’s assistant.  She meets a military man and secretly marries him.  Denise is so inspirational as a character because she’s brave.  She relies on the power of love to guide her choices, through college, shotgun marriage, and becoming a stepmother.  She doesn’t really care about what other people think, or ultimately about many of the consequences of her actions; she is impulsive and carefree and always remains true to herself.