‘Bosom Buddies’ Up For Two Seasons

If you’re a kid of the 80s, you may have been introduced to Tom Hanks as Kip Wilson and his alter ego, Buffy Wilson. Bosom Buddies aired for two seasons on ABC from November 27, 1980 to May 27, 1982 and in reruns in the summer of 1984 on NBC.

Bosom Buddies 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.

The series was conceived by Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett as a male counterpart to their hit sitcom Laverne & Shirley. They originally pitched it as a straightforward buddy comedy done in what they described as “a sophisticated Billy Wilder kind of way.” When ABC executives asked Miller and Boyett to explain what they meant by the comparison to Wilder, the producers mentioned Some Like It Hot and ABC bought the show on condition that it would include men in women’s clothing, just like the movie.

“We weren’t there to pitch that,” Miller recalled. “And they jumped on it! We drove back to the studio in the car saying, ‘Oh my God, what are we gonna do? We have to do something in drag.’”