On the police drama BLUE THUNDER/ABC/1984 ex-football star Bubba Smith appeared as Lyman “Bubba” Kelsey, a mobile support team member for an advanced helicopter called Blue Thunder.
Note: The name of police Sgt. Bubba Skinner (Alan Autry), a muscular police officer working in the small town of Sparta, Georgia on the police drama IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT/NBC/CBS/1988-94.
On the sitcom MAMA’S FAMILY/NBC/SYN/1983-90 Allan Kayser played Bubba Higgins, the delinquent son of Ed (Harvey Korman) & Eunice (Carol Burnett) Higgins.
And on the police drama NASH BRIDGES/CBS/1996-2001 Don Johnson as Detective Nash Bridges referred to everybody as “Bubba.”