Father's Day is the 13th episode of Season 1 of The Cosby Show, also the 13th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by John Markus and Elliot Shoenman. The episodes originally aired in the United States on NBC on December 20, 1984.


Cliff complains about the poor quality of his annual Father's Day gifts. He challenges the children to find some better presents for a December Father's Day. They give him thoughtful—if not quite attractive—presents.


It's Father's Day, and Cliff dreads the presents the children will give him as they are always ill-fitting or unusable. This year he asks them to think about him and get meaningful gifts. Well, they come up with some unique thoughts and gifts. With just days to go before Christmas , Cliff and Clair have a bedroom discussion about gifts given to them on that holiday and other holidays. This prompts Cliff to pull out a trunk and show her, and then later the kids, the silly Father's Day gifts he's gotten. When Clair takes the kids out shopping, they hope to make up for their past indifference to their Father's feelings.

Trivia Edit

  • It is stated that Cliff's birthday is in October.
  • The tie Cliff mentioned in "A Shirt Story" was shown.


  • Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable: [about the silly Miami necktie he bought Cliff for Father's Day] And, Dad, sorry about that tie.
  • Cliff: [holding a ridiculous tie he got for Father's Day] It's ok, son. Somewhere out there I'm sure there's a suit that goes with this tie. *But don't get the suit!*