The lack of network restrictions allowed the producer to delve into more mature subject matter.
A notable episode ("Busted") featured the kids having an inadvertent brush with the law and given a Scared Straight!
-style tour of an occupied maximum security prison, even contained utterances (by the jail's inmates) of the words "damn" and "bastard" (Cosby had appeared in the beginning of the episode advising viewers that those words would be used as part of the story's dialogue to realistically depict jail life).
Another notable episode, "Gang Wars", featured a child being shot and killed.
For this, Ken Mundie relied on animator Amby Paliwoda, a former Disney artist.
Paliwoda not only created all the Gang's characters, but painted a "group portrait" which was eventually shown on the front page of TV Guide magazine shortly before the showing of the special.In addition, at the end of the early episodes, the gang typically gathers in their North Philadelphia junkyard to play a song on their cobbled-together instruments, summarizing the show's lesson.In 1969, Cosby and veteran animator Ken Mundie brought Fat Albert to animation in a prime-time special entitled Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert.It also spent another season in first-run syndication (1984–85).Three prime-time holiday specials (Halloween, Christmas, and Easter) featuring the characters were also produced.In 1979, the show was re-titled The New Fat Albert Show and featured a new segment titled "The Brown Hornet" detailing the adventures of an African-American crime fighter in outer space whose design resembled a caricature of Bill Cosby, who also performed vocal talents on the character.In 1984, the show was syndicated and renamed The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an American animated television series created, produced, and hosted (in live action bookends) by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert and himself.Filmation was the production company for the series.The musical sequence was dropped during the Brown Hornet/Legal Eagle years.The series would enjoy one of the longest runs in the history of the Saturday morning cartoons.