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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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Meet a Sensational New Comedy Team! Two Lucky Guys Living in Their Own "Paradise"...A Hotel for Women Only! See more »




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Did You Know?


Ironically this predated the cross dressing trend for comedies in movies by a couple years. After this show was cancelled there was a slew of cross dressing comedies like Tootsie, Yentl, Just One of the Guys and Victor Victoria that were all very popular movies for a while. 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: Sonny. Sonny, Sonny, Sonny.
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Alternate Versions

A different theme was used on the USA Network reruns. The alternate theme,"Shake Me Loose", was performed by Stephanie Mills. See more »


Referenced in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) See more »

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This Show Sucks
11 June 2005 | by mico-1See all my reviews

A local TV station began showing episodes of 'Bosum Buddies' and all I tell you is that unless you were old enough to remember watching this show back in the eighties, don't bother looking for it. I was a big fan of 'Bosum Buddies' back in grade school but after twenty-five years it has dated badly. While I admit it's interesting to see Tom Hanks back when he was young and unknown, the jokes are of the early PC variety and the plot lines revolve around Tom Hanks' and Peter Scolari's attempt to hide their cross-dressing secret from the women at the hotel. Watching this show in 2005, it's incredible how preachy everybody was back then.

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27 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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