Bosom Buddies

1980 TV-PG 1 season

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Bosom Buddies

1980 TV-PG 1 season
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Tom Hanks became a breakout star with this sitcom about two young advertising executives -- Kip Wilson (Hanks) and Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari) -- who transform themselves into single gals Buffy and Hildegarde to obtain cheap housing at a women's hotel in pricey New York. Kip happily accepts the arrangement in order to pursue lovely neighbor Sonny (Donna Dixon), while Henry hopes to launch his writing career with an exposé of their wacky exploits.
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (1980) - 3 discs

After their building is condemned, two New York admen disguise themselves as women so they can move into the one apartment they can afford. The simple premise affords plenty of laughs in this sitcom, best known for being Tom Hanks's first big role. In the role of Kip/Buffy, the future megastar shares the small screen with Peter Scolari as Henry/Hildy. The popular but short-lived series also stars Donna Dixon and Wendie Jo Sperber.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this '80s sitcom (which still airs in syndication) centers around two men who pretend to be women in order to live in a cheap apartment. While their donning of drag isn't sexually motivated, it is dishonest -- although the dishonesty angle is downplayed in favor of wacky hijinks. The show also demonstrates some dated gender stereotyping, and the dialogue has its share of sexual innuendo (most of which should go over the heads of young viewers). Kip and Henry's relationship is a good example of a strong, positive friendship between men.

Sexual Content

Some lighthearted sexual innuendo (which all seems pretty tame by today's standards), which will probably go over the heads of younger viewers. Subtle references to homosexuality.


Some shoving and pushing, but these actions don't cause any real harm.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The show plays to dated gender stereotypes including references to "dumb blondes." On the plus side, the main characters usually mean well, and the show presents a strong relationship between childhood friends. The few ethnically diverse characters are often criminals or service workers (except for Telma Hopkins' Isabelle).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some limited adult consumption of wine, beer, and tobacco products.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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