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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Release Date:
25 March 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A show like this is a rare find these days. See more (61 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 42)

Bronson Pinchot ... Balki Bartokomous / ... (151 episodes, 1986-1993)

Mark Linn-Baker ... Larry Appleton (150 episodes, 1986-1993)
Melanie Wilson ... Jennifer (102 episodes, 1986-1993)
Rebeca Arthur ... Mary Anne (93 episodes, 1986-1993)
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Series Directed by
Joel Zwick (99 episodes, 1986-1992)
Judy Pioli (40 episodes, 1990-1993)
Richard Correll (4 episodes, 1990)
Greg Antonacci (2 episodes, 1990)
James O'Keefe (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Dale McRaven (151 episodes, 1986-1993)
John B. Collins (18 episodes, 1987-1991)
Paula A. Roth (17 episodes, 1986-1993)
Tom Devanney (17 episodes, 1989-1992)
Barry O'Brien (16 episodes, 1987-1993)
Cheryl Alu (15 episodes, 1989-1993)
Howard Adler (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Robert Griffard (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Terry Hart (11 episodes, 1990-1992)
William Bickley (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Michael Warren (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tom Amundsen (9 episodes, 1989-1992)
Bob Keyes (7 episodes, 1986-1988)
Robert Blair (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tom Nance (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
Chip Keyes (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Doug Keyes (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mark Fink (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
James O'Keefe (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Plotkin (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Produced by
William Bickley .... supervising producer / executive producer / ... (146 episodes, 1986-1993)
Robert L. Boyett .... executive producer (146 episodes, 1986-1993)
Thomas L. Miller .... executive producer (146 episodes, 1986-1993)
Michael Warren .... supervising producer / executive producer / ... (146 episodes, 1986-1993)
James O'Keefe .... producer / consulting producer / ... (143 episodes, 1986-1992)
Paula A. Roth .... producer / co-executive producer / ... (140 episodes, 1986-1993)
Alan Plotkin .... associate producer / producer / ... (118 episodes, 1987-1993)
Terry Hart .... supervising producer / producer (61 episodes, 1989-1992)
Michael J. Morris .... associate producer / co-producer (54 episodes, 1990-1993)
Tom Devanney .... producer (47 episodes, 1990-1992)
Harriette Regan .... coordinating producer (43 episodes, 1987-1989)
Cheryl Alu .... producer / co-producer / ... (42 episodes, 1990-1993)
Barry O'Brien .... producer / co-producer / ... (42 episodes, 1990-1993)
Howard Adler .... producer (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Griffard .... producer (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ronny Hallin .... coordinating producer (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
John B. Collins .... producer (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mark Fink .... producer (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dale McRaven .... executive producer (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bill Daley .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Chip Keyes .... producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Doug Keyes .... producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Shari Hearn .... producer (5 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Original Music by
Jesse Frederick (96 episodes, 1986-1992)
Bennett Salvay (96 episodes, 1986-1992)
Steven Chesne (44 episodes, 1988-1993)
Gary Boren (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sherman Kunkel (48 episodes, 1986-1988)
Monroe P. Askins Jr. (46 episodes, 1988-1990)
Tony Askins (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Gregg Heschong (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
David B. Nowell (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Kelly Sandefur (70 episodes, 1986-1990)
John Randle (28 episodes, 1990-1993)
Robert Bramwell (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Pam Marshall (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jerry Davis (3 episodes, 1990-1993)
John Neal (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Casting by
Joanne Koehler (52 episodes, 1990-1993)
Camille H. Patton (36 episodes, 1986-1988)
Melinda Gartzman (26 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jacklynn Briskey (26 episodes, 1988-1990)
Jamie Tarses (12 episodes, 1987-1988)

Barbara Miller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Lynn Griffin (146 episodes, 1986-1993)
David Marshall (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Set Decoration by
James Ira Colburn (46 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bonnie Dermer (28 episodes, 1991-1993)
Jim Mees (27 episodes, 1986-1987)
Melody Lavigna (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tom Cost (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jeannie Laughlin (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Bob Squire (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair stylist (98 episodes, 1986-1993)
Robert Ryan .... makeup artist (83 episodes, 1986-1990)
Joe Hailey .... makeup artist (45 episodes, 1990-1993)
Laurel Van Dyke .... hair stylist (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Linda Trainoff .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Ostermann .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1986-1988)
Irene De'Atley .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1989)
Terri Cannon .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1989)
Sylvia Surdu .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1990)
Katherine Kotorakos .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Lisa Pharren .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Judy Crown .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1989)
Nadia DiPaulo .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1989)
Dorinda Carey .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1990)
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1990)
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Production Management
Miles Kristman .... unit production manager (113 episodes, 1987-1993)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... executive in charge of production (90 episodes, 1987-1991)
Harriette Regan .... unit production manager (32 episodes, 1986-1988)
Edward O. Denault .... executive production supervisor (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Connie Garcia-Singer .... second assistant director / first assistant director (120 episodes, 1986-1993)
Miles Kristman .... first assistant director (107 episodes, 1986-1991)
Robert Altshuler .... second assistant director / first assistant director (46 episodes, 1988-1992)
Harriette Regan .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1986)
Jennifer Kingry .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1993)
Sharon Gerhard .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1986)
Hilary Leach .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1986)
Larry Lerner .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
Fred Waugh .... second unit director (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Art Department
Dominic Belmonte .... property master (137 episodes, 1986-1993)
Frank Michalovich .... property master (6 episodes, 1986)
Greg Richards .... construction grip (6 episodes, 1991)

Ron Yates .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Rick Himot .... sound re-recording mixer (140 episodes, 1986-1993)
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer (118 episodes, 1986-1993)
Jim Ford .... sound mixer (117 episodes, 1986-1991)
Deni King .... sound editor (48 episodes, 1986-1990)
Leslie Baerwitz .... sound editor (33 episodes, 1987-1989)
Walter Baker .... sound mixer (28 episodes, 1991-1993)
Catherine Flynn .... sound editor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Thomas J. Huth .... sound re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 1991-1993)
Andre Caporaso .... sound editor (22 episodes, 1991-1993)
Sam Black .... sound re-recording mixer (18 episodes, 1991-1993)
Robin Haskins .... adr mixer (9 episodes, 1992)
Ross Davis .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1987)
Steve Quinn .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1986)
Eric Levinson .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1986)
Clark King .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)
Charlie McDaniel .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1991)

Craig M. Otte .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes, 1991)
Marty Church .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Ross Deane .... sound utility (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Perfect Strangers .... utility stunts (1 episode, 1990)

Rick Avery .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Thomas Schrank .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Travers Hill Jr. .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1991-1993)
Larry David Blumenthal .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1986-1989)

John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit, title sequence (unknown episodes)
Doug J. Campbell .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Michael Hofstein .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Randy Paik .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, location episode (unknown episodes)
Gary Sherman .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Bill Sordal .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting (146 episodes, 1986-1993)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Squire .... wardrobe: men (143 episodes, 1986-1993)
Gina Trikonis .... wardrobe: women (143 episodes, 1986-1993)
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... set costumer (28 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Garibaldi .... final colorist (121 episodes, 1987-1993)
 
Series Music Department
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (150 episodes, 1986-1993)
Bennett Salvay .... theme song: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" / composer: theme music (103 episodes, 1986-1993)
David Pomeranz .... performer: theme song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" (102 episodes, 1986-1993)
Richard Berres .... music director (85 episodes, 1986-1990)
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music coordinator / music editor (64 episodes, 1986-1990)
Greg Sill .... music supervisor (58 episodes, 1990-1993)
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (51 episodes, 1990-1993)
Jesse Frederick .... theme song: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" / composer: theme music (38 episodes, 1986-1993)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mitch Friedman .... driver (3 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Other crew
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator (150 episodes, 1986-1993)
Erik Emi .... technical coordinator (125 episodes, 1986-1993)
Dale McRaven .... executive consultant (125 episodes, 1986-1993)
Marilyn Bagley .... special assistant / continuity supervisor (114 episodes, 1987-1992)
Robert G. Lee .... warm-up comic (92 episodes, 1986-1991)
John B. Collins .... executive script consultant / executive story editor / ... (76 episodes, 1986-1990)
Tom Nance .... story editor / executive script consultant (52 episodes, 1990-1993)
Howard Adler .... story editor / executive story editor (50 episodes, 1987-1989)
Robert Griffard .... story editor / executive story editor (50 episodes, 1987-1989)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... director of operations (48 episodes, 1988-1990)
Tom Amundsen .... story editor / executive story consultant (47 episodes, 1990-1992)
Tom Devanney .... executive script consultant / story editor / ... (46 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bob Keyes .... executive script consultant / story editor (42 episodes, 1986-1988)
Robert Blair .... executive story editor (39 episodes, 1987-1989)
Cheryl Alu .... executive story editor (34 episodes, 1989-1990)
Barry O'Brien .... executive story editor (34 episodes, 1989-1990)
Phil Perez .... technical coordinator (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bill Fraley .... technical coordinator (6 episodes, 1986)
Marty Nadler .... executive script consultant (6 episodes, 1986)
Tom Tenowich .... creative consultant (6 episodes, 1986)
Judy Pioli .... creative consultant (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Scott Spencer Gordon .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1993)

Bruce Chudacoff .... location scout (unknown episodes)
Roderic Kavanagh .... assistant to writer (unknown episodes)
Dan Speaker .... sword master (unknown episodes)
 

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30 min (150 episodes) | Argentina:30 min
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Trivia:
The building used for the exterior shots of Larry and Balki's apartment for the first two seasons was the now non-existent Santa Rita Hotel, located at the south corner of S. Main St. and E. 11th St. in downtown Los Angeles, California. Since the series, the building has been remodeled and the upper stories removed. What remains of the building now houses several small shops and importers. Larry & Balki's second apartment as of March 2008: The apartment building seen in the exterior shots from seasons three through six is located at the northwest corner of West Dickens Avenue and North Clark Street in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and little has changed in appearance.See more »
Quotes:
Larry Appleton:Take three steps east, please be meticulous.
Balki Bartokomous:Well of course we will, don't be ridiculous.
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Soundtrack:
Nothing's Gonna Stop Me NowSee more »

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42 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A show like this is a rare find these days., 8 April 2005
Author: strange_fruit from Australia

What can I say, except that those were the days! They really don't make it like this anymore-wholesome, scripted comedy, that people of all ages can appreciate.

I have been watching this show since I was around 7 years old, and in my experience, it has only gotten better with age. As a youngster, I think I enjoyed it because of the character of Balki-the naive sheepherder from a small developing island, faced with a massive culture shock when he arrives unexpectedly at the door of his distant cousin, Larry. I laughed along as Balki was dazzled by Western technology, taught Larry his bizarre Myposian rituals, made endless failed attempts at popular American sayings, and had his good nature taken advantage of time and time again. I must admit that at the time, Larry was just a character that was around so Balki could exist, and I really took little notice of him. But now that I am older, it is Balki that has begun to fade into the background. The character of Larry seems kind of straightforward-an average guy in his mid 20s who, despite himself, comes to learn many life lessons from his eccentric cousin. I would have thought they could have gotten any old actor to play someone like that, but now I see that I was wrong. Mark Linn Baker is subtly brilliant as Larry Appleton. He portrays Larry's neurotic, on-edge personality, without becoming tacky and predictable in his mannerisms. And despite being "the normal one", his use of physical comedy is hilarious. The 2 lead actors bounce off each other perfectly, and make this show work.

This show is pure fun, but also made a nice statement about morality, which made you care about the 2 lead characters. At the age of 20, I still shed a tear when Balki moves back to Mypos and he and Larry have to say goodbye. And when Jennifer accepts Larry's unrehearsed marriage proposal, over the proposal her new attractive, wealthy boyfriend. And I still laugh when I see Larry and Balki sneaking into Jennifer and Maryanne's apartment at night to swap Jennifer's engagement ring, fix up a house and accidentally get stuck in a chandelier, or dancing to the reworded limbo rock as they attempt to bake 3,000 "Bippy Bobkas".

As a disclaimer, I must warn that this show isn't exactly high-brow, to say the least. The story lines are often far from believable, the dialogue isn't always as funny as the raucous canned laughter would have you believe, and a "straight guy meets wacky guy" comedy isn't exactly cutting edge. But in all honesty-so what? This show may not be the height of intellectual viewing, but when you're just looking for a show to veg out in front of and forget your troubles for half an hour, then look no further. This show always leaves you with a smile on your face, and is a refreshing change from the myriad of recycled reality shows they beam to us at every opportunity.

Since this show was cancelled, a lot of shows have come and gone that I have loved for various reasons, but I have yet to find another sitcom that can hold the flame to this one. I prey that they will release this series on DVD. And if not, then I hope the reruns I recorded back in the 90s will last long enough for me to show to my children.

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