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Bosom Buddies 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1980–1982)
Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.
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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Hanks ...  Buffy Wilson / ... 37 episodes, 1980-1982
Peter Scolari ...  Henry Desmond / ... 37 episodes, 1980-1982
Donna Dixon ...  Sonny Lumet 37 episodes, 1980-1982
Holland Taylor ...  Ruth Dunbar 37 episodes, 1980-1982
Telma Hopkins ...  Isabelle Hammond 37 episodes, 1980-1982
Wendie Jo Sperber ...  Amy Cassidy 37 episodes, 1980-1982
Lucille Benson ...  Lilly Sinclair 17 episodes, 1980-1981


Henry and Kip are two advertising designers who had a real problem with finding a place to live. At the beginning, the sole place they could afford was condemned, but they only found out when the wrecking ball was smashing up the place while they were sleeping. A female friend suggested they stay at her building, but the snag is that the place is for women only. In desperation, they assume the identities of the women Hildegard and Buffy in order to rent a room. Now as they pursue their dream of success in the ad business, they also struggle to keep their deception at the apartment building so they won't be evicted, but the beautiful neighbours they have are a constant temptation. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


Jokes about Anson Williams was a running theme through out the series. See more »


In a second season episode, an opening shot of Kip and Henry's building shows a California flag flying outside. It's obvious stock footage of a downtown Los Angeles office building. See more »


Kip 'Buffy' Wilson: I ate my albino snake.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD sets of both seasons that were released did not feature Billy Joel's My Life, which originally opened the show when it aired because of the reuse fees for the song. As in syndication, the DVD features the alternate theme by Stephanie Mills featured in the alternate opening throughout each set. See more »


Referenced in Sorority Boys (2002) See more »

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charming actors with a gimmick
25 September 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Graphics artist Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) and writer Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari) are best friends who work in an advertising agency in NYC. Ruth Dunbar (Holland Taylor) is their boss and Amy Cassidy (Wendie Jo Sperber) is the receptionist. Amy is desperately in love with Henry. When the boys lose their apartment to the wrecking ball, they find a place with Amy's help in her ladies-only Susan B. Anthony Hotel. Kip falls head over heels for Amy's roommate Sonny Lumet (Donna Dixon). The boys have to cross-dress as their fake sisters Buffy and Hildagar. In the second season, Kip reveals their secret identities to Ruth, Sonny and Isabelle Hammond (Telma Hopkins) who becomes the new manger of the hotel. The boys buy their own video production agency "60 Seconds Street" with Amy and help from Ruth.

The gimmick allows the boys to cross-dress but it doesn't take full advantage of its comic potential. Hanks and Scolari have great chemistry. Wendie Jo Sperber is great fun as a third wheel option. Donna Dixon is gorgeous and charming. Her character is great in the first season but diminishes without the chase in the second season. Telma Hopkins doesn't get much interesting material and Holland Taylor is a good boss character. I think revealing their secret to each character could be great fun. Doing it all at the same time takes away some comedic possibilities. Isabelle should have uncovered the ruse early on. Sonny could have discovered it at the end of the first season as a cliffhanger. I like The Reunion and its after-school special message. Most of this show's best stuff comes from the fun duo's great chemistry.

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27 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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