Bill Cosby Docuseries From W. Kamau Bell to Explore the Comedian’s Infamy

Bill Cosby mugshot from the 'We Need To Talk About Cosby' documentary series. Credit: YouTube/Showtime

Bill Cosby was embraced by audiences as “America’s Dad,” now after sexual abuse allegations and a conviction that was later overturned, the actor and comedian lives in infamy.

The upcoming Showtime Documentary Films’ series We Need To Talk About Cosby will explore Cosby’s revolutionary career and his personal descent, the premium cable network announced Monday. The four-part docuseries comes from Emmy-winning director, producer, and comic W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell).

“As a child of Bill Cosby, I was a huge fan of all his shows and wanted to be a comedian because of him,” Bell said in a statement. “I never thought I’d ever wrestle with who we all thought Cosby was and who we now understand him to be. I’m not sure he would want me to do this work, but Cliff Huxtable definitely would.”

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“Kamau has bravely ventured into a very complicated and nuanced area of the Bill Cosby story, which has yet to be explored in this depth. It’s an important and under-reported perspective on the legacy of one of history’s most iconic African American entertainers,” added Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president of nonfiction programming at Showtime Networks.

In a teaser trailer for the series, comedians, cultural commentators, journalists, and some of the women who accused Cosby of assault share their thoughts on the comedian.

“What do we do about everything we knew about Bill Cosby and what we know now? How do we talk about Bill Cosby?” Bell asks in the teaser.  

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We Need To Talk About Cosby is a Boardwalk Pictures Production in association with WKB Industries for Showtime. The series is executive produced by Bell, Andrew Fried, Katie A. King, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn and Sarina Roma. King also serves as showrunner and Geraldine Porras serves as a co-executive producer. 

The series premieres Sunday, Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.  All episodes will be available across Showtime streaming and VOD platforms on Jan. 30.

Watch the trailer below:

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