'Cosby Show' meets Robin Thicke hit in perfect video mash-up

Courtesy NBC News

Kurt Schlosser

Twenty years after "The Cosby Show" went off the air, Bill and his TV family still have the moves to make them suitable stand-ins for Robin Thicke's super catchy "Blurred Lines" video.

In a mash-up of the practically saintly and the definitely sexy, a new viral video replaces the opening theme song to the late-'80s sitcom with the 2013 hit from Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.

In the original, Cliff Huxtable, wife Clair, and kids Vanessa, Theo, Denise and Rudy all get down to a jazzy instrumental number — "Kiss Me," composed by Cosby and Stu Gardner. Bill Cosby's grimace and stiff moves are lovingly juxtaposed alongside his groovier family members.

In the remake — complete with a giant #COSBY stamp to match the #THICKE one it mimics — the family's dance moves don't miss a beat when set to Thicke's R&B track. Every spin, arm swing and knee bend makes it seem like the actors are really dancing to "Blurred Lines."

You just can't let visions of the scantily clad models in the real Thicke video (84 million views on YouTube) re-enter your mind. And maybe don't think about the "Blurred Lines" lyrics while you watch the Cos bump up against his kids: "I know you want it, but you're a good girl. They way you grab me, must wanna get nasty ..."

An unrated version of Thicke's video would definitely not be suitable viewing at the Huxtable residence, as it contains a good deal of nudity. The singer has also had to defend the song against critics who call the lyrics "rapey."


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