What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. May 21st, 2024

Bosom Buddies – 80s TV Sitcom

Bosom Buddies is 80s sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. It aired for two seasons on ABC from November 27, 1980, to March 27, 1982, and in reruns in the summer of 1984 on NBC.

Bosom Buddies TV Series


Tom Hanks as Kip Wilson/ Buffy Wilson
Peter Scolari as Henry Desmond/ Hildegrade
Desmond Donna Dixon as Sonny Lumet
Holland Taylor as Ruth Dunbar
Thelma Hopkins as Isabelle Hammond
Lucille Benson as Lilly Sinclair
Wendie Jo Sperber as Amy Cassidy

Series Run

First Telecast: November 27, 1980
Last Telecast: September 15, 1984

Broadcast History

November 1980- September 1981, ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm
October 1981, ABC, Thursday 9:00-9:30pm
November 1981- January 1982, ABC, Friday 8:30-9:00pm
February 1982- March 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm
May 1982- June 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm
July 1984- September 1984, NBC, Saturday 9:00-9:30pm


The show features the misadventures of two single men, working in advertising while disguising themselves as women in order to live in the one apartment they could afford. Gender stereotypes and male/female interpersonal relationships were frequent themes.

The show became known for its quirky humor and its frequent use of improvisation, especially between stars Hanks and Scolari. Though the show started out with good ratings, it failed to hold the public’s interest and was canceled after two seasons.

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosom_Buddies

Theme Song and Opening

“My Life” written by Billy Joel

Bosom Buddies Theme Song Lyrics

Got a call from an old friend
We used to be real close
Said he couldn’t go on the American way
Closed the shop, sold the house
Bought a ticket to the West Coast
Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.
I don’t need you to worry for me cause I’m alright
I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home
I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, and leave me alone
I never said you had to offer me a second chance
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
I still belong, don’t get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time
They will tell you you can’t sleep alone
In a strange place
Then they’ll tell you you can’t sleep
With somebody else
But sooner or later you sleep
In your own space
Either way it’s okay
You wake up with yourself.