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Katie Couric: "Maybe We Need a Muslim Version of The Cosby Show:"

In her @katiecouric Web show analyzing the trends of 2010, the CBS Evening News anchor made a serious speech (in her serious, deep-thinker glasses) against the deep "seething hatred" against Muslims in America:

I also think sort of the chasm, between, or the bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year. Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn't enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong -- and so disappointing.

She really winced on that last word. When comedian Mo Rocca said he went to "really fancy schools" and "I cannot tell you five things about Islam," Couric shot back "Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show."

But we've already had one in real life. Like Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable, the prosperous and well-dressed couple enjoyed the good life in New York State. And Like Cosby himself, the paterfamilias of the series worked in the television industry:

Unfortunately though, while the writing held up well during much of the series, as with the ambiguous final episodes of Seinfeld, the Prisoner and Twin Peaks, the show's ultimate denouement confused many newspaper critics, casting a slightly negative light on an otherwise boffo show business run.