on 30 April 2013
Bosom Buddies has one of the most unusual set ups of any television series I've ever seen. The idea is that the two friends get into dressing as women to get to live in a flat in a hotel that only allows women. There's other reasons too, such as Hanks falling in love(lust) with the beautiful blonde who lives opposite and Scolari thinking the crazy idea will give him inspiration with a book. So every episode there's scenes of them changing clothes in phone boxes, in alleys, in the sewer, as they make their way to and from their new residence. Only the two friends and a workmate called Amy know the secret. The rest of the show is more sit-com standard, but it all fits around this unusual idea. There's great interplay between the two leads and a well picked regular supporting cast. The pilot episode doesn't quite match the main series(such as the office set changing)but is included in this set and is important to be watched first. The series also has one of the longest intro themes which I found myself skipping to get straight into the episodes. Every episode is well scripted and full of laughs, and is only let down a little bit by some sentimental moments. One of the best episodes has Adrian Zmed appearing as an old friend of Hanks who is now a rock star, and one of the best scenes in another episode is when the two friends take on some muggers dressed as women in the all women hotel. The show is dated and has a laughter track, but I recommend it as you can see the cast are having fun and there's plenty to enjoy.
on 26 February 2011
This sitcom first came out in 1980; the styles and speed are therefore reflective of that time period; but the banter, the spontaneous comedy is what I've come to expect of Tom Hanks, and he delivers. Peter Scolari delivers a well-rounded performance, and the two buddies have remained close friends all these years, which tells you something of the chemistry and comedic chops of the duo.