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Bosom Buddies

Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: November 27, 1980

Last Telecast: September 15, 1984

Musical Theme: "My Life," written by Billy Joel

Broadcast History:

November 1980-September 1981, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

October 1981, Sunday 9:00-9:30 on ABC

November 1981-January 1982, Friday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

February 1982-March 1982, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

May 1982-June 1982, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

July 1984-September 1984, Saturday 9:00-9:30 on NBC


Kip Wilson / Buffy..... Tom Hanks

Henry Desmond / Hildegarde..... Peter Scolari

Amy Cassidy..... Wendie Jo Sperber

Sonny Lumet..... Donna Dixon

Isabelle..... Telma Hopkins

Lilly Sinclair (1980-1981)..... Lucille Benson

Ruth Dunbar..... Holland Taylor


The old-guys-in-drag gag was revived in this 1980 sex farce. Henry and Kip were two young studs working at a New York City advertising agency, Henry as a junior copywriter (and aspiring novelist) and Kip as a junior illustrator (and aspiring painter). They were also roommates, but one day they found a wrecking ball in the bedroom - seems the building was being demolished. Office receptionist Amy, who was smitten with Henry, came up with the bright idea that they move into her building, which just happened to be an all-girl residence - the Susan B. Anthony Hotel. Henry and Kip liked the low rent and being surrounded by beautiful women in various stages of undress, so in they went, gussied up as Hildegarde and Buffy. Amy was the only one who knew their true identities, even though Henry and Kip kept showing up at the hotel as themselves (passed off as Hildegarde's and Buffy's brothers). Sonny and Isabelle were two sexpots at the hotel, and Lilly Sinclair its fearsome manager. Ruth Dunbar was the idea-appropriating boss at the office.

Eventually, the boys revealed their ruse to the girls at the hotel, but nobody else seemed to catch on. They also went into the commercial production business with Amy, taking over the failing firm owned by Henry's uncle Mort. Sonny pursued her career as a nurse, while being pursued by Kip, and Isabelle took over as manager of the hotel, while waiting for her big break as an actress.

NBC aired reruns of Bosom Buddies during the summer of 1984.