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Bosom Buddies (TV Series 1980–1982) Poster

(1980–1982)

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The advertising agency where Kip and Henry worked in during the first season was Livingston, Gentry & Mishkin.
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In summer 1984, Splash (1984) made Tom Hanks a household name. NBC bought the rights to the ABC sitcom and re-aired select episodes to lead off their Saturday night line-up.
The pilot episode was shot on film, the rest of the series was shot on videotape.
The main characters are named after two bars in Berkeley, CA: "Kip's" and "Henry's."
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The producers pitched the series to ABC as a relatively straightforward buddy comedy in the spirit of Billy Wilder's comedy films. When they used the film Some Like It Hot (1959) as an example, the network agreed to the series, but only if the main characters were disguised as women. Although the producers had to change the series quickly, they were able to produce it with little network creative interference.
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Tom Hanks girlfriend portrayed by Donna Dixon went on to marry Dan Akroyd. He played Tom Hanks partner in the movie Dragnet (1987).
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In an interview in TV Guide, Donna Dixon explained how she landed the role of Sonny, her acting debut. She knew that as an unknown she would be competing against a lot of women. To stand out, she wore a bright red tracksuit to the audition.
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Although the show is set in NYC, Palm trees are visible in the opening scenes and credits as the show was filmed in Los Angeles.
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Tom Hanks first meet his future wife, Rita Wilson when she made a guest appearance in this series in "All You Need Is Love" in 1981, but both were in other relationships at the time. They began dating a few years later when they met again on the set of Volunteers (1985).
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Peter Scolari was cast in a small role in the 1996 film "That Thing You Do!", directed by Tom Hanks.
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Cast member Thelma Hopkins was in the music group Tony Orlando and Dawn as a vocalist. She showcases her singing talents in many Bosom Buddies episodes. In the episode "One For You, One For Me", in which Kip goes to jail, Thelma Hopkins makes a reference to tying a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree in front of their building. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" was Tony Orlando amd Dawn's biggest hit single.
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