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It's been 20 years since "Perfect Strangers" left the airwaves on August 6, 1993, after eight seasons and 150 episodes of hijinks with cousins Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot).
Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the laugh-track-heavy, multi-cam sitcom was a staple on ABC, even anchoring its Friday night Tgif block for several seasons. It was a fish-out-of-water storyline for Balki, who came to America from the Mediterranean island Mypos to meet and live with his straight-laced cousin Larry in Chicago.
The two opposites balanced each other out, and the show featured them dancing, doing a lot of physical comedy and, eventually, finding love and settling down (still together, of course) with their neighbors.
They definitely don't make TV shows like they used to: "Perfect Strangers" was one of the last sitcoms that could get away with doing a sappy montage to wrap up the series -- complete »
- Maggie Furlong
"Family Matters" signed off 15 years ago today -- the series finale aired on July 17, 1998 after nine seasons, most of which were spent as a staple on ABC's T.G.I.F. lineup.
The show, a spinoff of Jo Marie Payton's "Perfect Strangers" character Harriette Winslow, has left us with fond memories of The Urkel, the sweet sounds of the accordion and the epitome of tortoise shell hipster glasses. But many "Family Matters" have not stayed on the small screen and others have sadly passed on.
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the "Family Matters" finale, click through the slideshow below to find out what happened to the people behind the Winslows and their extended family and friends.
- Jaimie Etkin
Diy, the do-it-yourself network that features a myriad of home improvement shows, has announced four new series featuring celebrities who enjoy renovating and restoring homes.
"Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" will show the former early-90s rapper learning about home building from skilled Amish craftsmen. There will be no power tools and no music, just sweat and hard work as Vanilla Ice builds a barn on the largest Amish settlement in the U.S. in Holmes County, Ohio.
Rev. Run, of hip-hop group Run Dmc, will be renovating his 9000-square foot home for "The Rev. Run Project." The rapper will give his mansion a facelift, including adding an indoor pool with the help of his wife, Justine, and their three children.
The company, which also owns cablers Hgtv, Diy and Gac, said it would continue to rely on unscripted concepts that draw aficionados of food, home and real estate and Americana as it unveiled its slate for the coming year at its Upfront presentation at Alice Tully Hall in New York on Tuesday.
One noticeable trend is reality shows using celebrities’ hobbies as a basis.
Scripps’ Diy network is launching four programs that look at the pastimes of celebrities whose popularity may have dimmed but whose affection for their favorite avocation has not. “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish” shows the singer of “Ice Ice Baby” living with and learning from what the cabler bills as “the best craftsman in the business.” Of course, »
- Brian Steinberg
Born in Mahopac, N.Y., he befriended textile designer Vera at age 12, whom he credited with inspiring his pursuit of a design career. A Gotham native, Mees relocated to Los Angeles in the 1970s to pursue his design career.
In his 30-year career, Mees worked on more than a dozen television shows, spending a total of 14 years on the intergalactic sets of “Star Trek” with “The Next Generation,” “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” He received five Emmy nominations for his work with those futuristic sets.
- Michelle Salemi
It's unclear what exactly Bronson Pinchot was doing on a central Pennsylvania Fox affiliate on Friday morning, but he certainly made the most of his screen time ... by hijacking the weather report and hitting on an anchor.
Fox 43 weather anchor Jeff Jumper was just trying to inform viewers of the Easter weekend weather when Balki Bartokomous himself decided to go over to him and ask about his "grown-up haircut."
It only went downhill from there, as you can watch in the video above.
The 53-year-old actor -- whose last TV role was Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!" -- called Harrisburg, Pa's water polluted and then pointed to one structure and said, "There's a woman in this buliding. She's on a little squeaky bed and she's got her underwear around her neck. I don't know why."
Pinchot continued to ask Jumper, "How do you know where to point?" and then commented on anchor Courtney Laydon's ensemble. »
- Jaimie Etkin
We have no idea what "Perfect Strangers" star Bronson Pinchot has been up to since playing Balki Bartokomous on the classic sitcom ... but apparently it involves hijacking the weather reports on local television.The actor, now 53, was a guest on Fox 43's morning show today in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where things quickly took a turn for the bizarre.After continually complimenting weather man Jeff Jumper's haircut, Bronson took over his weather report ... where he talked about everything except the weather.Instead, he rambled about a made-up woman with underwear around her neck and started to hit on another reporter who tried to whisk him off camera.It was definitely an odd appearance from the former Tgif star. But what have his fellow ABC alums been up to since shows like "Full House," "Boy Meets World" and "Family Matters" ruled the airwaves every Friday night?Click the gallery below to find out: »
- tooFab Staff
7 items from 2013
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