3 April 1996
| 6.4/10 |
| Carmen Finestra
American Broadcasting Company
Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Matt Williams, Peter Tolan
Dave Chappelle, Christopher Gartin, Richard Roundtree, Judith Ivey, Paula Cale
Buddies is the name of a sitcom starring Dave Chappelle that aired on ABC in 1996.
Buddies (TV series) Wikipedia
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 cancelled on April 3 after airing only five episodes out of the 13 that were produced. Dave Chappelle himself was not proud of his involvement with Buddies in retrospect: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
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.