We Need to Talk About Cosby Explores What Lead To Comedian's Crimes

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The first footage from We Need to Talk About Cosby, a four-part docuseries from Emmy-winning director W. Kamau Bell, has been released by Showtime Documentary Films.

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The docuseries will follow Bill Cosby's lengthy and successful career as an actor and comedian, as well as his eventual fall from grace. The showrunner for the series is Katie A. King.

We Need to Talk About Cosby Gist


We Need To Talk About Cosby is a four-part documentary series that will contain interviews with fellow comedians, cultural commentators, and journalists, as well as women who will describe their traumatic personal encounters with the 84-year-old.

Over 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual offenses such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual battery. In 2018, he was sentenced for drugging and sexually abusing a woman in 2004, but his conviction was overturned earlier this year owing to a procedural flaw.

The series combines archival footage and testimonies to give new insight on "Cosby's cultural contributions and impact at the height of his disgrace," when he was accused of rape, drug-assisted sexual assault, sexual violence, and other misconduct by more than 60 women dating back over 60 years.

Bell’s Storytelling

Cosby's ambition for power, which fueled his professional success, could be the same motivating reason that prompted his alleged crimes against women, according to the director, who grew up idolizing Cosby.

“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.”


We Need to Talk About Cosby Air Date

We Need to Talk About Cosby will premiere on Jan. 30 at 10 p.m., following its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

Executive producers include Bell, King, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn, and Sarina Roma, with Geraldine Porras serving as co-executive producer.

We Need to Talk About Cosby is a Boardwalk Pictures Production in association with WKB Industries for Showtime.