Buddies (TV series)
|Created by||Carmen Finestra
|Written by||Peter Tolan|
|Directed by||Paul Lazarus
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (8 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Carmen Finestra
|Camera setup||Videotape; Multi-camera|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Wind Dancer Productions
|Picture format||NTSC (480i)|
|Original release||March 5 – April 3, 1996|
|Related shows||Home Improvement|
Home Improvement connection
Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer attracted the attention of TV network executives with their guest appearance in the March 14, 1995 episode of ABC's highly rated sitcom Home Improvement. The storyline had Chappelle and Breuer play a duo of friends who appear on Tool Time to ask Tim Taylor advice on their girlfriends. The characters' single outing on the episode proved so popular that ABC decided to give Chappelle and Breuer their own half-hour sitcom.
After subsequent rehearsals, Jim Breuer was replaced with Christopher Gartin as Dave Chappelle's "buddy". The unique comic timing and chemistry that Chappelle had with Breuer, his real-life friend, was not present with Gartin, and Breuer's abrupt firing exacerbated ill will. This prevented Chappelle and Gartin from developing the rapport and comedic chemistry necessary for the characters' believability and likeability.
Buddies premiered on Tuesday, March 5, 1996. The show garnered disappointing ratings. Buddies was off the air on April 3 after a broadcast history of only five episodes out of the 13 that were produced. Dave Chappelle himself, was not proud of his involvement with Buddies in retrospect:
|“||It was a bad show. It was bad. I mean when we were doing it, I could tell this was not gonna work.||”|
- David Chappelle as Dave Carlisle
- Christopher Gartin as John Bailey
- Tanya Wright as Phyllis Brooks
- Paula Cale as Lorraine Bailey
- Judith Ivey as Maureen DeMoss
- Richard Roundtree as Henry Carlisle
|Series #||Title||Notes||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||No synopsis available.||March 5, 1996|
|2||"A Room with a Pyew"||No synopsis available.||March 13, 1996|
|3||"Regarding Henry"||No synopsis available.||March 20, 1996|
|4||"Famous Last Words"||No synopsis available.||March 27, 1996|
|5||"Marry Me ... Sort Of"||No synopsis available.||April 3, 1996|
|6||"Lights, Camera ... Yuck!"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|7||"Pet Peeves"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|8||"The Content of Their Character"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|9||"There Goes the Groom"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|10||"The PSA Story"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|11||"John, I've Been Thinking"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|12||"Engagement Hell"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
|13||"Whack and Blight"||No synopsis available.||Unaired|
For a limited time in 2005, Best Buy had an exclusive DVD available that contained 10 episodes of Buddies, including all 8 unaired episodes. The DVD was originally released on May 15, 2005 but seems to have been discontinued as Best Buy currently lists the item as "backordered." It is unclear why the DVD did not include all 13 episodes or if the remaining 3 episodes will ever receive a home video release.
- Home Improvement episode listing for "Talk to Me." IMDB.com.
- "Spin Off: Buddies and Home Improvement. Poobala.com. Last accessed November 10, 2007.
- Buddies page at TV.com. Last accessed November 14, 2007
- "Chappelle: An Act Of Freedom." CBSNews.com. December 29, 2004.
- "Best Buy to get exclusive release of Dave Chappelle's 1996 series." TvShowsOnDVD.com. April 25, 2005.
- Best Buy ad for DVD release. BestBuy.com. Last accessed November 10, 2007.