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Bosom Buddies: Season 1 (1980)

Tom Hanks , Peter Scolari , Chris Thompson , Don Van Atta  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon, Holland Taylor, Telma Hopkins
  • Directors: Chris Thompson, Don Van Atta, Herbert Kenwith, Joel Zwick, John Bowab
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 478 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LE16VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bosom Buddies: Season 1" on IMDb

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  • All 19 episodes from the 1980 season on 3 discs

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Kip and Henry work at an advertising agency as an artist and writer respectively. When the apartment that they were living in was condemned, they had no place to live. So Amy their co-worker, who has a crush on Henry, suggests that they stay with her but the only the problem is that it's for girls only. So they get into drag and assume the personas of Buffy and Hildegarde. When Kip meets Sonny, Amy's attractive roommate, he is smitten and when they learn that there's a vacancy in the building, Kip convinces Henry to take it so he can be close to Sonny, and so that this experience might be good material for a book that Henry can write.

Some like it Hanks in this cross-dressing sitcom that launched one of Hollywood's most accomplished careers. It doesn't get any "Before They Were Stars" than this. The future Oscar-winner hadn't even made Bachelor Party yet! Hanks (in riffing, wiseass mode that lives on in Vince Vaughan), and Peter Scolari star as struggling ad-agency artist and writer Kip and Henry, best friends whose apartment building is demolished. Desperate for a place to live, they transform themselves into Buffy and Hildegarde so they can live in the for-women-only Susan B. Anthony Hotel. Kip and Henry pass themselves off as the "girls': brothers, allowing Kip to romance nurse and aspiring dancer Sunny (Donna Dixon), and Henry to write a book about the experience. "This is nuts, stupid, crazy," Kip rants, and so it is, but Bosom Buddies is never a drag, thanks to Hanks and Scolari's spontaneous chemistry. They are a comedy team without, pardon the expression, a straight man. The late Wendie Jo Sperber is a force of nature as Amy, the ad-agency receptionist with an unrequited crush on Henry, leading to one of this season's less jokey, more character-driven episodes, "Beauty and the Beasts." Holland Taylor is at her imperious best as Kip and Henry's credit-grabbing boss. Lucille Benson replaces the pilot's Edie Adams as the Susan B. Anthony's formidable new manager.

Bosom Buddies fitfully finds its voice in its inaugural season. Hanks and Scolari are able to elevate the clunkiest of jokes with seemingly ad-libbed asides or physical bits of business. Greeting the morning in wigs and shaving cream while singing "Macho Man" is a signature giddy moment. A Hanks-Scolari reunion for the DVD release would have been nice, but if Bosom Buddies requires any kind of makeover, it is to restore the show's original theme song, Billy Joel's "My Life," which has been replaced by some generic tripe that ages the series at least 25 years. --Donald Liebenson

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edited and destroyed March 21, 2007
I like Bosom Buddies when it was an 1980's show. You heard Billy Joel's My LIfe as tne theme song. A young Tom Hanks, a pre-Newhart Peter Scolari. Telma Hopkins, (The late great) Wendy Jo Sperber, Holland Taylor and Donna Dixon. It was "Some Like It Hot" in a boarding house. Hanks and Scolari sold us Kip (buffy) and Henry (hildy) to save money. It was two guys trying to woman for less rent. it was a cute, fun little show that was good for a few laughs

Now the DVD incarnation is not great. Some of the shows seemed over edited, as these were the syndicated shows and NOT the original masters. It is missing Billy Joel's My Life for some lame theme which does not work against the opening credits. There are NO extras to speak of and the stuff thats here is not up to quality

Paramount/CBS video should have known better. They should have spend a few extra dollars and gone for the best (like Billy Joel's My Life), not like the Mama's Family (see the reviewe) [...] that Warner Brothers heaped upon us last year. Yes, It seems cut

It is worth it to see a young Tom Hanks, but PLEASE PARAMOUNT/CBS get us the real thing and not wash out, syndicated shows that seem cut to ribbons and my opinion destroyed, that why only 3 stars

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are missed, Wendie Jo October 24, 2007
The first season of "Bosom Buddies" is the very best. Because everything is so fresh and comedic. There are a total of 19 eps from Season One. I got this set partly because I am a big fan of Wendie Jo Sperber. She was always so cute and funny. I loved her in "Back To The Future." Wendie Jo sorta reminded me of Mama Cass (and who doesn't love Mama Cass?) This show came out before I was born, but I have seen most of the reruns on TBS and I fell in love with it. If you've never seen "Bosom Buddies" before, it's a lot like "Three's Company" or "Prefect Strangers" but even better!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Show Ever -- but not on DVD -- yet September 22, 2007
This is my favorite TV show ever. I have every episode on video tape. I've been waiting for it to come out on DVD so I can have every episode recorded on the pureness of digital and with no scenes cut out. So it's terribly disappointing to be missing the theme song, and it's also missing some jokes that require songs, too. In one scene, Kip goes into the bathroom and you're supposed to hear him singing "Happy Days Are Here Again..." but you don't hear anything. In another scene, Isabelle's date is honking the horn for her outside and we're supposed to hear the horn playing "Dixie" or something, but we just hear a regular horn. The audience laughs, but what are they laughing at? Something we no longer hear on the DVD. I'm not going to buy this DVD set until all this is fixed!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Sure, the storyline had been done before in "Some Like it Hot", but I really loved this show. The obvious reason for looking back on it now is to see Tom Hanks "back in the day" before he hit the big screen. After all, he was the only actor besides Spencer Tracy to ever win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars. Wouldn't you be curious if we had 40 or so half-hour episodes of Spence as a young man parading around in a dress in a situation comedy? I know I would. Besides Tom Hanks, the other castmembers were terrific, and most had pretty good careers. Peter Scolari (Henry Desmond) had a long run on "Newhart" in the 80's, Donna Dixon (Sonny Lumet) was adequate enough as Hank's love interest on the show, the late Wendy Jo Sperber (Amy Cassidy) was very good as the overweight girl who hoped against hope that Scolari's character would come to love her, and finally there's the early appearance of Telma Hopkins (Isabelle Hammond) who had other comedic roles on "Gimme A Break" and then "Family Matters". There were 19 episodes in the first season, even though it didn't debut until late November 1980:

Pilot" - Kip and Henry dress up as women so that they can live in a hotel that is restricted to women.

"My Brother, My Sister, Myself" - Kip is discovered in Hildy's room, which is strictly against hotel rules.

"Loathe They Neighbor" - After an argument with Amy, Sonny moves in with Buffy and Hildy.

"Macho Man" - Henry becomes a macho man when their masquerade has him doubting his masculinity.

"What Price Glory?" - Kip and Henry try to get the account of the unscrupulous Dr. Bob without losing their self-respect.

"Kip and Sonny's Date" - Kip blows his first date with Sonny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny guys April 7, 2012
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I love 80's tv. So much better than today's tv. I enjoyed watching this again, will be buying season 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 27, 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not preserved as originally aired…WTH! May 29, 2014
By B Huck
This makes me sad. If you're reading this, then you're a fan of this show, as I am. I am so sick an tired of Hollywood production companies thinking they can just half ass their product to us and we'll be happy little sheep. I realize some of you may say, "Hey, at least it's on DVD. Can't you just be happy?" I'd love to, but if you watched this show like I did, that outstanding theme song really excited me for the show every time. It set the perfect tone for the humor this show delivered. And when they edit down scenes or remove songs from within the show for rights reasons, they destroy all the moments the show makers and actors crafted. I am tired of this, Hollywood. A very key and heartwarming moment in "Quantum Leap" was ruined by this same "oh, we don't have the rights for that song so let's just dump in this song that doesn't fit" issue. Enough!

I loved this show as I saw it, and if you refuse to reproduce those versions, then I pass. I know for a fact that when EVERY EPISODE starts and it has the wrong music, that will serve as a distraction and it will do the exact opposite of what I wrote before. That Billy Joel song was perfect. Can you imagine Happy Days without "Happy Days" or "Friends" without "I'll be there for you" or any other show you connect it's theme song too not having it's original theme song? Not this guy.

"Friends" managed to release every episode on DVD uncut, some with extended scenes and NO music was replace in the whole series, that I noticed. Even if you stripped us of any bonus features (which may have made up for this issue) but gave us the original episodes as they appeared, we'd all be happy. So if we can't treat Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's classic comedy with the respect it deserves, then don't do it. I doubt they will every change this release, so if you want this DVD set just have it, go for it. I'll have to pass.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The show must go on...
I love this show! I just wish there hadn't been controversy surrounding the theme song. No disrespect to Ms Stephanie Mills but, I've always liked the original, and was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K~Boogie
5.0 out of 5 stars one of a kind
This was how I was introduced to Tom Hanks back in the early 80's. Then he got BIG... har har
Published 14 months ago by C. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars I came on time ,and was fine.
I felt you did the order very well ,and the produce came on time.This a very good job,and it was great
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3.0 out of 5 stars Editing
I just recently purchased this item and one thing I noticed right off that I found very disappointing was that the theme song was not the original and I knew right away it was... Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by cheeta28
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shipping ++++++++++++++++++
I remember this show when I was kid. It's made me so laugh as hard. Finally it's have captions! That's great!
Published on February 27, 2012 by Caleb R. Lemming
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosum Buddies was AWESOME!
One of my very favorite series EVER!! the duo of Hanks/Scalaria (sp?) was very "right" and I hear Tom Hanks joke about a BB movie in interviews...sure wish they'd do it!!! Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by SevierVol
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love this show
Yep, I am NOT afraid to admit I have always loved this show.

Silly, a cheesy story line.

But, it was funny. Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by mskrisclark
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Billy Joel 'my life' theme song is not in intro - some dorky lady singing lame song instead. Thank god there's a way to skip over the intro!
Published on April 8, 2008 by Christopher A. Boone
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It's about time!
I've been waiting a long time for this as well. Ive seen episodes in the last few years and it still makes me laugh. Does anyone know why, in the reruns they did not have the Billy Joel song for the credits? I think Billy may need the money more these days so who knows?
Dec 12, 2006 by M. G. Mora |  See all 3 posts
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