Buffalo Bill (TV series)

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Not to be confused with another television series Buffalo Bill, Jr..
Buffalo Bill
Buffalo bill show.svg
Created by Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Starring Dabney Coleman
Max Wright
Joanna Cassidy
Geena Davis
John Fiedler
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Bernie Brillstein
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release May 31, 1983 (1983-05-31) – April 5, 1984 (1984-04-05)

Buffalo Bill is an American television situation comedy that featured the misadventures of an egotistical talk show host, played by Dabney Coleman and his staff (including Geena Davis and Joanna Cassidy) at WBFL-TV, a small TV station in Buffalo, New York. It premiered May 31, 1983 on NBC and ran for only part of two seasons (1983–84). It was also shown on the then-new UK fourth TV channel Channel 4.

Characters[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

Most of the humor came from Bill's completely unredeemable qualities and from the staff's frustration at dealing with him.

Episodes[edit]

In 2005, Lionsgate released the entire series on Region 1 DVD.[1]

Season 1: 1983[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Tom Patchett Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses 1 June 1983
2 2 "Buffalo Beat" Tom Patchett Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses 8 June 1983
3 3 "Woody Quits" Jim Drake Jay Tarses 15 June 1983
4 4 "Buffalo Bill and the Movies" Jim Drake Mitch Markowitz 22 June 1983
5 5 "Mrs. Buffalo Bill?" Jim Drake Merrill Markoe 29 June 1983
6 6 "Wilkinson's Sword" Tom Patchett Tom Patchett 13 July 1983
7 7 "Guess Who's Coming to Buffalo?" Tom Patchett Carol Gray 20 July 1983
8 8 "Below the Belt" Tom Patchett Carol Gray 27 July 1983
9 9 "Ratings" Tom Patchett Gary Markowitz 3 August 1983
10 10 "True Love" Jim Drake Dennis Klein 10 August 1983
11 11 "The Fan" Jay Tarses Tom Patchett 17 August 1983
12 12 "Hackles" Dennis Klein Dennis Klein 24 August 1983

Season 2: 1983–84[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
13 1 "Hit the Road, Newdell" Tom Patchett Dennis Klein December 22, 1983
14 2 "Jerry Lewis Week" January 5, 1984
15 3 "The Interview" January 12, 1984
16 4 "Company Ink" January 19, 1984
17 5 "Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1" January 26, 1984
18 6 "Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2" February 2, 1984
19 7 "Miss WBFL" February 9, 1984
20 8 "Nuclear Freeze" February 16, 1984
21 9 "The Girl on the Jetty" February 23, 1984
22 10 "Buffalo Bill versus the Kremlin" March 1, 1984
23 11 "A Hero" March 8, 1984
24 12 "The Tap Dancer" March 15, 1984
25 13 "Have Yourself a Very Degrading Christmas" March 22, 1984
26 14 "Church of the Poisoned Mind" 29 March 1984

Reception[edit]

The series received 11 Emmy Award nominations (including two for Outstanding Comedy Series). Joanna Cassidy also won a Golden Globe Award in 1984. In 1999, TV Guide ranked Bill Bittinger number 42 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.[2] Former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff wrote in his memoirs that his biggest professional regret was canceling the show.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buffalo Bill - The Complete First and Second Seasons (1983)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 651. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 
  3. ^ Tartikoff, Brandon (1992). The Last Great Ride. New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 0-394-58709-X. 

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