A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

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 Balki Bartokomous / ... (151 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Larry Appleton (150 episodes, 1986-1993)
Melanie Wilson ...
 Jennifer (102 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Mary Anne (93 episodes, 1986-1993)
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Balki Bartokomous, a sheepherder from the small Mediterranean Greek-like island of Mypos, travels to the United States in search of his relatives. He finds his cousin, Larry Appleton - who has recently 'escaped' from his large-sized family and is reveling in the unaccustomed luxury of having his own room to himself. They end up sharing accommodation in Larry's apartment - even though the two cousins could not be more dissimilar. For, while Larry is panicky, hyperventilative, business-like and mercenary - Balki is placid, unharried, sunny-natured and idealistic. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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25 March 1986 (USA)  »

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The Greenhorn  »

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(150 episodes)

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4:3
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The opening credits from Season 3 through the end of the series features a scene of Balki and Larry riding on a tour boat underneath a bridge spanning the Chicago River. The opening credits of its spin-off series Family Matters (1989) feature a scene of the Winslow family riding their bikes over the very same bridge from Seasons 1-3. See more »

Quotes

[Larry is installing a shower head]
Balki Bartokomous: Where are the instructions?
Larry Appleton: I threw them out.
Balki Bartokomous: You threw them out?
Larry Appleton: Appletons have never used instructions. My dad completely rewired the house in Denver without instructions.
Balki Bartokomous: Isn't that the house that burned to the ground?
[Larry pauses for a second]
Larry Appleton: [sheepishly] They never proved it was the wiring.
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Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
Written by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay
Performed by David Pomeranz
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Oozed originality!!

A typical American guy who's money driven and a simple goat herder from Mipos related?! This show had original sitcom comedy that is rare nowadays. The episode where Larry and Balky try to fit a large sofa in the elevator was hilarious! Sitcoms nowadays are obsolete since stand up comedy and observational humor on life is more desirable these days but there was a time when at least to me, Perfect Strangers was the best TV sitcom out there.


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