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Family Matters (1989) (TV Series)
Harriette Winslow is the elevator operator at the Chicago Chronicle during seasons 3 and 4 of "Perfect Strangers". Her husband Carl is introduced in Perfect Strangers: Crimebusters (1989).

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Alan Thicke/Rebeca Arthur/Marvelous Marvin Hagler (1987) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces Rebeca Arthur
Growing Pains: The Home Show (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference
It: Part 1 (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: David Steinberg/Kenneth Branagh/The Harper Brothers (1991) (TV Episode)
David Steinberg discusses the plot summaries in the TV listings
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "This is just like that 'Happy Days' or 'Perfect Strangers' or 'Full House' or 'Empty Nest' or 'Just the Ten of Us' episode when they get stuck in the basement."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Crash of Moons (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "This is like that 'Perfect Strangers'/'Family Ties'/'Full House' episode where they get locked in the basement."
The Larry Sanders Show: The List (1993) (TV Episode)
Larrys asks Penny for the name of the blonde girlfriend on the show, which he had sex with, refering to Rebeca Arthur.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Kidnapped (1993) (TV Episode)
Stewart tries to get Beavis & Butt-head to watch this show with him.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Girl in Lovers Lane (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "It's Larry and Balki's apartment."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Larry and Balki"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo: I just know Balki is responsible for all this.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Inspired by Balki"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Quest of the Delta Knights (1998) (TV Episode)
"They pan over and there's Balki!"
Big Wolf on Campus: The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth (2000) (TV Episode)
While watching television, Dean laughs and says, "Balki Bartokomous, you are the perfect stranger!"
The Simpsons: Barting Over (2003) (TV Episode)
Bart's ad is during an episode of this series.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XV (2004) (TV Episode)
uses its theme song for the "Keeping It Kodos" segment
CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005, Night 2 (2005) (Video)
The tag team Perfect Strangers. Emil Sitoci imitates Balki saying, "Don't be ridiculous" in their prematch promo, Trik Davis mentions "standing tall" and Mypos, they use the show's theme as entrance music and multiple references are made during their match.
CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005 Night 3 (2005) (Video)
The team Perfect Strangers
American Dad!: Rough Trade (2006) (TV Episode)
Roger refers to Larry and Balki
The Edwin J. Hill Social Club: Pretty in Pinko (2008) (TV Episode)
The DVD of the TV series contains secret messages.
Rifftrax Shorts: Down and Out (2008) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Cousin Balki had more common sense than this guy."
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Mac & Charlie Die: Part 2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Dennis mentions it in dialogue
Robot Chicken: Chirlaxx (2008) (TV Episode)
Balki makes a cameo appearance.
Jack to the Max (2008) (Short)
The theme song of Perfect Strangers is heard during the credits.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.98 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in an $8,000 question
Rock Slyde (2009)
Mentioned by title in dialogue
Community College (2009)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Best of RiffTrax Shorts: Volume One (2009) (Video)
Mike: "Cousin Balki had more common sense than this guy."
Nostalgia Critic: Quest for Camelot (2010) (TV Episode)
"Say, have you ever wanted to see Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Urkel, Gabriel Byrne, Pierce Brosnan, Balki from Perfect Strangers, Jane Seymour, that chick from Heroes, Don Rickles and Eric Idle in a movie together? No! Nobody wants to see that, but they did it!"
The Big Lebowski: A XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
Brandt mentions Larry and Balki
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney (2010) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Stefon mentions Balki.
Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn wonders aloud whether Mr. Yin memorized episodes of "Perfect Strangers" as a young man.
Detention (2011)
Title seen
Nostalgia Critic: The Langoliers (2011) (TV Episode)
Critic points out that Bronson Pinchot- known for playing Balki in 'Perfect Strangers'- is in this movie. A couple of clips from the show are shown; the Dance of Joy and Balki's famous catchphrase ("Don't be ridiculous"), and the theme song is shown.
Supernatural: The Man Who Would Be King (2011) (TV Episode)
Dean mentions Balki Bartokomus
Suburgatory: Out in the Burbs (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
30 Rock: Today You Are a Man (2012) (TV Episode)
Jack says that no one has ever won a land war in Russia, not even Balki in the unaired ninth season of "Perfect Strangers"
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
Players can earn an achievement called "Perfect Stranger" for getting a perfect rank in battle.
DVD-R Hell: Mr. T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool (2012) (TV Episode)
"They're wishing for the dignified presence of Balki right now."
New Girl: Neighbors (2012) (TV Episode)
Jess does a Balki impression.
James & Mike Mondays: Double Dare (2013) (TV Episode)
Listed as one of the answers to the Double Dare question on which show has the Tanner household.
BoJack Horseman: Zoës and Zeldas (2014) (TV Episode)
Todd mentions the show while doing an impression of BoJack.
Garfunkel and Oates: Hair Swap (2014) (TV Episode)
Fred mentions it being part of his favorite TGIF lineup.
Teen Titans Go!: Oil Drums (2015) (TV Episode)
Other popular 80's shows listed down by Cyborg
Board James: Full House & Urkel Games (2015) (TV Episode)
another TGIF show
The Leftovers: Axis Mundi (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Halloween TV Specials (2015) (TV Episode)
James and Mike discuss Halloween episodes of this show
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: John Krasinski/Melissa Benoist/Mike Posner (2016) (TV Episode)
John Krasinski works "Balki Bartokomous" into the Word Sneak game
Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
The Goldbergs: So Swayze It's Crazy (2017) (TV Episode)
Character Balki mentioned.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Cry Wilderness (2017) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Stand tall on the wings of your dream."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Land Time Forgot (2017) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Guys, this is my cousin Balki."
Hollywood Game Night: Super Duper Store Night (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Get in My Pants game
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: Ninki Ninja Fight Town/My Mischievous Son (2017) (TV Episode)
One of the jumbled sitcom titles on the theater marquee.
Superstore: Amnesty (2018) (TV Episode)
Although she has a picture of herself with Balki, Dina doesn't realize that Bronson Pinchot plays him
Saturday Night Live: Chadwick Boseman/Cardi B (2018) (TV Episode)
Balki from Perfect Strangers mentioned during cold opening.
The Goldbergs: Our Perfect Strangers (2019) (TV Episode)
Barry, Adam, and Erica find out they have a distant cousin Gleb from Russia and they compare him to Balki from this show.
TheRalphRetort Tonight: Rekieta & Masterson Live, + StreamMe Sunsets Self: The Inside Story (2019) (TV Episode)
Nick Rekieta compares Ethan Ralph and Andy Warski living together to the situation in this TV series.
DVD-R Hell: Colby the Christian Robot (2019) (TV Episode)
"That's an audience that though they were gonna be at a taping of 'Perfect Strangers'."
Orange Is the New Black: And Brown Is the New Orange (2019) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Blanca

Featured in 

Second Sight (1989)
Seen on TV.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.33 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.34 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.35 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.36 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.37 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.38 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.39 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.40 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.41 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.42 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.43 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.44 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.45 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.46 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.47 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.48 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.49 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
ABC TGIF: Episode #1.50 (1990) (TV Episode)
Featured a rerun.
It (1990) (TV Mini-Series)
Seen on TV.
It: Part 1 (1990) (TV Episode)
Watched on TV
I Love the '80s: 1988 (2002) (TV Episode)
Footage from this TV show was edited into this mini-series.
Top 20 Urkel Moments (2009) (Short)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1980s (2011) (TV Episode)
Perfect Strangers is #7.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Sunday School Musical (2011) (TV Episode)
The theme song plays during a clip from Sunday School Musical
The Leftovers: Penguin One, Us Zero (2014) (TV Episode)
Watched on TV
The Leftovers: Solace for Tired Feet (2014) (TV Episode)
Aimee is seen watching this show.
The Leftovers: The Prodigal Son Returns (2014) (TV Episode)
Watched on TV
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 TV Show Intros (2015) (TV Episode)
intro clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hilarious Roommates in TV (2015) (TV Episode)
Larry Appleton & Balki Bartokomous are #3.
The Eighties: Raised on Television (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable Television Characters of the 1980s (2016) (TV Episode)
Balki Bartokomous gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Rewatchable Cancelled Comedies (2018) (TV Episode)
Perfect Strangers gets an honorable mention.
The Goldbergs: Our Perfect Strangers (2019) (TV Episode)
Clips of the theme song are shown.

Spoofed in 

Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) (TV Episode)
Peter's 80's television montage spoofs opening scenes of various sitcoms, including this one.
Robot Chicken: Monstourage (2008) (TV Episode)
Balki appears on Broadway with Ludacris.
Too Many Cooks (2014) (TV Short)
theme song is similar
Bob's Burgers: The Gayle Tales (2015) (TV Episode)
The burger of the week

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