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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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bronson Pinchot ...  Balki Bartokomous / ... 151 episodes, 1986-1993
Mark Linn-Baker ...  Larry Appleton 150 episodes, 1986-1993
Melanie Wilson Melanie Wilson ...  Jennifer 102 episodes, 1986-1993
Rebeca Arthur ...  Mary Anne 93 episodes, 1986-1993
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Greenhorn See more »

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Runtime:

(150 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The play that they go to the opening credits is Neil Simons "The Odd Couple", which was adapted as a TV series, which aired on ABC, the same network as "Perfect Strangers", in fact at one point airing on Friday night where "Perfect Strangers" spent most of its run. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Gorpley: And then there was the Christmas where my house burned down and I had to go to the hospital. No, that was a good Christmas. I got to sleep in a real bed!
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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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Now we are so happy, we do the dance of joy!
10 October 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

This show was CLASSIC! Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot worked brilliantly together, and the writing and direction were both fresh and hysterical. Even though I haven't seen a rerun in so long, I still know how to do the Dance of Joy! Also I remember so many of the great lines, compliments of Balki: "Get out of the city!" "Woooo-wow!" "Well, of course not don't be ridiculous!" "Well, paint me gold and call me Oscar!" "Well, paint me green and call me Gumby!"

GREAT SHOW!!!


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