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Perfect Strangers 

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, 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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Balki Bartokamous is from the fictional island of Mypos. The island of Mypos is possibly based off the real-life Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus. Also interestingly enough, the name Mypos is derived from the Greek word for "maybe". See more »

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Balki Bartokomous: Momma told me never to do the dance of joy alone, or I would go blind.
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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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