Jitterbug Break is the 16th episode of Season 1 of The Cosby Show, also the 16th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Matt Williams. The episodes originally aired in the United States on NBC on January 31, 1985.


Cliff tries to impress Denise's friends by teaching them how to jitterbug. Some of Clair's friends also show off their dance moves. Soon, the whole house is full of dancers.


Denise asks her dad if she can join friends overnight on New York's 32nd Street to wait in line for concert tickets. After Cliff refuses, her friends stop by, letting her know they've been refused also. One of them has a boom-box and starts playing break-dance music, leading to an impromptu dance party. Soon, the family has joined in and when Cliff and Clair's 2 friends show up, they give the kids a lesson in Jitterbug dancing from their era and the kids teach them some new moves too ,musically bridging the generation gap.

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