Bill Cosby created The Cos — perhaps unofficially in the early 1970s, after breaking a color barrier by being cast in in I Spy in 1965 — as a means of convincing us he wasn’t at all like that lecherous curmudgeon Bill Cosby. Again.
Cos was, and still remains, your crazy uncle at the family reunion who
seemingly was always around whenever something happened and was able to
recall the situation in order to put someone — maybe you —
in their place. I’m nearing my mid-forties now, and I’m starting to recognize myself in that role.