It was during a conversation with a friend, that the subject of a new Fox Broadcasting Company TV comedy series called Buffalo (written by Shawn Wines) came up. According to SSN, the show’s story “revolves around dysfunctional members of a workspace collective, set in the emerging Rust Belt paradise of Buffalo, New York.” Intrigued, my friend began to search for more information, and came across a number of Buffalo Bill episodes. He asked me what Buffalo Bill was all about, and I confessed that I had never actually heard of the TV series that premiered on June 1, 1983 on NBC and ran for two seasons. So I sat back and watched a couple of episodes. The show stars Dabney Coleman (and Geena Davis), among other notable actors.
According to Wikipedia, “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. Former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff wrote in his memoirs that his biggest professional regret was canceling the show.”
The opening sequence of the show features a ton of Buffalo iconography, including a great shot of Buffalo Optical. Mayor Jimmy Griffin is also seen handing Bill (local daytime talk show on WBFL) a plaque in recognition of Buffalo Bill Day (We’re Talking Proud). Below is a full episode of the show:
A number of celebrities make guest appearances on the show, including Jim Carrey who was nowhere near stardom at the time (see clip). If you click around YouTube, you can find some additional clips. I’m not sure how this show eluded me for so long… it was apparently pretty successful back in the day, considering that it only aired for two seasons.