‘The Cosby Show’ returning to TV ‘by popular demand’

HOLLYWOOD — “The Cosby Show” will return to the airwaves next month on Bounce TV.

Reruns will begin airing on Dec. 19 as a result of the network’s decision to bring back the show “by popular demand.”

The network pulled reruns of “Cosby” in July 2015 after news that the show’s star and namesake Bill Cosby had allegedly given Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. Numerous sexual assault allegations against the sitcom star also contributed to the decision.

Cosby reportedly expects to be cleared of criminal sexual assault charges and resume his career, according to his lawyer Angela Agrusa. Last year, he repeatedly denied all allegations against him.

About 50 women have claimed Cosby forced unwanted sexual contact on them over several decades.

“The Cosby Show” originally aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992.

Bounce TV is the first African-American broadcast network, according to their website. Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young are co-founders.