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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
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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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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Trivia

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

Mary Anne Spencer Bartokomous: Oh my God, I'm blind!
Jennifer Lyons Appleton: Mary Anne, we go through this every morning. Take your sleep mask off.
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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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One of the BEST Comedies of All Time!
25 September 2005 | by alidoremiSee all my reviews

We've loved this show for almost 20 years now! It's good, clean fun that the whole family can enjoy. The first-year episodes were really funny; all the typical "immigrant-new-to-America" situations like: Balki getting a driver's license, Balki wanting to meet girls, Balki opening a checking account. Just watching Balki discover potato chips was a treat.

Later, some priceless episodes were: when Larry and Balki meet Jennifer and Mariann in the health club, the camping trip, the ski trip, learning karate, the guys 're-doing' the girls' upstairs bathroom plumbing, etc... I started watching when I was newly married and then, as I had kids, I really appreciated the wholesomeness of the show. The comedy was very physical (sort of ala "I Love Lucy"), yet there were no profanities or sexual references that are so prevalent in today's prime time lineup.

I SO wish these were out on DVD!


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Release Date:

25 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Greenhorn See more »

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(150 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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