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Bosom Buddies - The Complete Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Hanks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I3YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bosom Buddies - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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The opening narratives from the show are very much on the DVDs. I was puting off buying the set because of what Lu had commented, but finally broke down and did purchase the complete series. I'm glad I did. I still haven't seen all the episodes and know that there are some changes, but still enjoyable. And, yes...the opening narratives start on the episode "How Great Thou Art." I believe that when it aired on the ABC-TV network, they had the producers start that intro earlier, but that this is the real master.
Also, yes I do miss the Billy Joel theme, but the theme used is the really the original theme to Bosom Buddies that was replaced last minute. If you notice the narrative instrumental music matched this theme song and also matches the end theme. It was also the theme that was used when they aired repeats on The USA Cable Network.
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This show is hilarious. Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari make a great comedic team. This show is not a social commentary on sexual orientation, it is a funny look at what would happen if two men had to dress up as women to have a place to live. The way they make fun of themselves and their situation is funny. The supporting characters are great too. The fact that these two men could in no way pass for real women is part of the humor. I loved it!
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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 then there's the early appearance of Telma Hopkins (Isabelle Hammond) who had other comedic roles on "Gimme A Break" and then "Family Matters". Holland Taylor as Ruth Dunbar rounds out the cast as Kip and Henry's boss in the first season and partner in the second one. She's part foil and part friend to the leading duo at a time (the early 80's) before the boomers had aged to the point where they would admit that there was such a thing as a beautiful older woman, which she was.

The show lost some of its appeal when the women found out that Buffy and Hildy were really Kip and Henry, but then the ruse couldn't have gone on for another entire season without the show losing even more appeal. Things were kept pretty interesting in the second season though by changing scenery - Kip and Henry buy their own ad agency - and by Kip blowing it in the worst way by cheating on Sonny.
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This is a great tv show, they just don't make them like they use to. The only complain I have is it doesn't not have the original opening song from Billy Joel :( I would prefer it having the original opening song
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I recently purchased this series for my wife -- when we first met fresh out of college in the mid-'80s, one reason we knew we were meant for each other was our shared love of this under-appreciated series.

The production value of this show was pretty low and, presumably, typical for the era. But talent is talent, and what made this show work was the total commitment, chemistry and comedic timing of the cast and especially, of course, the two leads, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. You can already see Hanks' charisma and his gift to make any line reading funny, while keeping it rooted in character. In re-watching the show, it's surprising at how much heart it had amidst all the silliness.

At the end of the day, the show holds up because of the leads and the opportunity to see Tom Hanks (and Peter Scolari)at the start of their careers but clearly already gifted and destined for greater things. This was underscored by the fact that other comedians enjoyed and respected the show (I recall once reading an interview with Carl Reiner at the time, mentioning this show as a favorite).

It says much that Hanks and Scolari have remained friends, with Scolari occasionally showing up in Hanks' projects.

One caveat: The original theme song was a cover of Billy Joel's "My Life." Due to licensing reasons, the theme song is not used on the DVD (nor on reruns). This is a shame and, I must admit, detracts much from this DVD release. The song used for the DVD apparently is the end theme with lyrics, but it's pretty awful, bland, and unlistenable. I just skip the opening credits.
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I've loved Bosom Buddies since the instant it was first broadcast in 1981, and was overjoyed to discover the show was finally out on DVD. However, this package is highly disappointing, almost to the point that I considered returning it. Not only is the original opening music gone, but so is the narrative which explained the premise of the show. Pieces of dialogue, and in some cases entire scenes, are missing. The packaging is spare ... OK, it's cheap ... and there is no bonus anything.

Frankly, the occasional reruns on TBS are better than this DVD set.
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