A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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).
Violence & Scariness
Some shoving and pushing, but these actions don't cause any real harm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some limited adult consumption of wine, beer, and tobacco products.
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Parents Need to Know
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.
Is It Any Good?
Bosom Buddies contains its share of dated racial and gender stereotypes, sexual innuendo, and homosexual subtexts. But despite its implausible premise and occasionally frat house-type humor, the show does have many funny moments -- looking back, it's impossible not to see Hanks' star funnyman power just waiting to be tapped.
Perhaps a bit unexpectedly, the show's humor doesn't always stem from the men's feminine attire, but rather from the tensions that emerge as the friends begin to pursue separate interests. In the end, Bosom Buddies is really about friendship's power to withstand even the most unconventional challenges.
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