Great TV Openings: “Bosom Buddies” Is Anything But a Drag

“When we first moved to New York we had a great apartment that was dirt cheap. And we found out why it was so cheap. Our friend Amy said there was a great apartment in her building. Dirt cheap! But it’s a hotel for women! Okay, we made one adjustment. Now these other ladies know us as Buffy and Hildegarde. But they also know us as Kip and Henry — Buffy and Hildy’s brothers. I am, uh, crazy about the blonde. This experience is gonna make a great book! See? It’s all perfectly normal!”

With those words began Bosom Buddies, the cross-dressing 1980-82 ABC comedy series starring Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Wendie Jo Sperber, Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins (make it funky, Liz!) and Holland Taylor. Although never a ratings smash, it did help propel Hanks into stardom, and the show still holds up as one of the 1980s greatest (if goofiest) shows. Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series just hit DVD in a new set, proving yet again that great sitcoms are, forgive me, never a drag,