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Perfect Strangers


Perfect Strangers Cast

Series Description

The Perfect Strangers TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on ABC about a jolly foreigner named Balki from a backward island nation who came to America to live with his distant mid-western American cousin named Larry in Chicago, Illinois. Larry had nearly the opposite personality as his happy go lucky cousin. He was a big city boy with many of the characteristics that tend to occur when living in a congested area. He was busy busy busy all of the time while Balki was very relaxed. Larry tended to be suspect of others while Balki naively though that everyone was good inside. At times these differences causes problems between the two but in the end they complimented each other.

Perfect Strangers Cast

Bronson Pinchot ................... Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker ................... Larry Appleton
Erica Gayle ....................... Marie Twinkacetti
Rebeca Arthur ..................... Mary Anne Spencer / Mary Anne Bartokomous
Melanie Wilson .................... Jennifer Lyons / Jennifer Appleton
Belita Moreno ..................... Edwina Twinkacetti / Lydia Markham
Ernie Sabella ..................... Donald "Twinkie" Twinkacetti
Sam Anderson ...................... Sam Gorpley
Jo Marie Payton-France ............ Harriette Winslow
Matthew Licht ..................... Donnie Twinkacetti
Lise Cutter ....................... Susan Campbell
Alisan Porter ..................... Tess Holland
F.J. O'Neil ....................... R.T. Wainwright
Eugene Roche ...................... Harry Burns

Perfect Strangers Theme Song

Title: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now"

By: "Jesse Frederock amd Bennett Salvay"


Sometimes the world looks perfect,
Nothin' to rearrange.
Sometimes you just get a feeling
Like you need some kind of change.
No matter what the odds are this time,
Nothin's gonna to stand in my way.
This flame in my heart,
And a long lost friend
Gives every dark street a light at the end.

Standing tall, on the wings of my dream.
Rise and fall, on the wings of my dream.

The rain and thunder
The wind and haze
I'm bound for better days.
It's my life and my dream,
Nothin's going to stop me now.

It's my life and my dream,
Nothin's going to stop me now.

Nothin's going to stop me now.

Perfect Strangers Trivia

    

Harriet Winslow and Carl Winslow both appeared on the series "Family Matters" making it a "spin off series" of Perfect Strangers.

The name of the stuffed sheep that Balki was so crazy about was "Dimitri".

The exterior shots of Balki and Larry's apartment building for the first two seasons was actually the Santa Rita Hotel that used to be located at South Main and East 11th Streets in downtown Los Angeles, California. It is now a commercial building with mostly shops and has had the upper stories removed! When the guys moved to their new apartment for seasons three through six, the exterior shots were of an apartment building at West Dickens Avenue and North Clark Street in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

The opening sequence was changed in the third season and showed Larry and Balki on a tour boat cruising under a bridge on the Chicago river. On the opening sequence for the first three seasons of Family Matters there's a shot of the Winslows riding their bicycles over the same exact bridge!

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

  1. Knock, Knock - Who's There? (3/25/1986)
  2. Picture This (4/1/1986)
  3. First Date (4/8/1986)
  4. Baby, You Can Drive My Car (4/15/1986)
  5. Check This (4/22/1986)
  6. Happy Birthday, Baby (4/29/1986)

The Second Season

  1. Hello, Baby (9/17/1986)
  2. Hunks Like Us (9/24/1986)
  3. The Unnatural (10/1/1986)
  4. Life Savers (10/22/1986)
  5. Babes In Babylon (10/29/1986)
  6. Ladies & Germs (11/5/1986)
  7. Falling In Love Is... (11/12/1986)
  8. Can't Get A Witness (11/26/1986)
  9. Two Men & A Baby (12/3/1986)
  10. The Rent Strike (12/10/1986)
  11. A Christmas Story (12/17/1986)
  12. Dog Gone Blues (1/7/1987)
  13. Since I Lost My Baby (1/14/1987)
  14. Trouble In Paradise (1/21/1987)
  15. Beautiful Dreamer (1/28/1987)
  16. Tux For Two (2/4/1987)
  17. Tenspeed & Soft Touch (2/11/1987)
  18. Snow Way To Treat A Lady - Part 1 (2/18/1987)
  19. Snow Way To Treat A Lady - Part 2 (2/25/1987)
  20. Get A Job (3/4/1987)
  21. Hello Elaine (4/1/1987)
  22. Up On A Roof (5/6/1987)

The Third Season

  1. All The News That Fits (9/23/1987)
  2. Weigh To Go, Buddy (9/30/1987)
  3. Sexual Harassment In Chicago (10/7/1987)
  4. Taking Stock (10/14/1987)
  5. Your Cheatin' Heart (10/28/1987)
  6. The Horn Blows At Midnight (11/4/1987)
  7. The Karate Kids (11/11/1987)
  8. Night School Confidential (11/18/1987)
  9. Future Shock (11/25/1987)
  10. Couch Potato (11/4/1987)
  11. The Break-In (12/9/1987)
  12. To Be Or Not To Be (1/6/1988)
  13. My Lips Are Sealed (1/13/1988)
  14. The Pen Pal (1/27/1988)
  15. Just Desserts (2/3/1988)
  16. Better Shop Around (2/10/1988)
  17. Pipe Dreams (3/4/1988)
  18. The Defiant Guys (3/11/1988)
  19. My Brother, Myself (3/18/1988)
  20. You Gotta Have Friends (3/25/1988)
  21. The Graduate (4/29/1988)
  22. Bye, Bye Biki (5/6/1988)

The Fourth Season

  1. The Lottery (10/14/1988)
  2. Assertive Training (10/21/1988)
  3. Aliens (10/28/1988)
  4. Piano Movers (11/4/1988)
  5. High Society (11/11/1988)
  6. Up A Lazy River - Part 1 (11/18/1988)
  7. Up A Lazy River - Part 2 (11/25/1988)
  8. College Bound (12/9/1988)
  9. The Gift Of The Mypiot (12/16/1988)
  10. Maid To Order (1/6/1989)
  11. That Old Gang Of Mine (1/13/1989)
  12. Crimebusters (1/20/1989)
  13. Games People Play (2/3/1989)
  14. Come Fly With Me (2/10/1989)
  15. Blind Alley (2/17/1989)
  16. The "King" And I (2/24/1989)
  17. Prose And Cons (3/10/1989)
  18. Car Wars (3/17/1989)
  19. Just A Gigolo (3/31/1989)
  20. Seven Card Studs (4/14/1989)
  21. Teacher's Pest (4/28/1989)
  22. Wedding Belle Blues (5/5/1989)

The Fifth Season

  1. Good Skates (9/22/1989)
  2. Lie-Ability (9/29/1989)
  3. The Newsletter (10/6/1989)
  4. Tooth Or Consequences (10/13/1989)
  5. Dog Day Midafternoon (10/20/1989)
  6. Poetry In Motion (11/3/1989)
  7. Father Knows Best? - Part 1 (11/10/1989)
  8. Father Knows Best? - Part 2 (11/17/1989)
  9. Hello, Ball (11/24/1989)
  10. Almost Live In Chicago (12/1/1989)
  11. Home Movies (12/8/1989)
  12. Everyone In The Pool (12/15/1989)
  13. Because They're Cousins (1/5/1990)
  14. Disorderly Orderlies (1/12/1990)
  15. The Selling Of Mypos (1/26/1990)
  16. Nightmare Vacation (2/2/1990)
  17. Three's A Crowd (2/9/1990)
  18. A Blast From The Past (2/16/1990)
  19. He's The Boss (2/23/1990)
  20. Here Comes The Judge (3/9/1990)
  21. This Old House (3/30/1990)
  22. Bye Bye Birdy (4/13/1990)
  23. Eyewitless Reports (4/27/1990)
  24. Digging Up The News (5/4/1990)

The Sixth Season

  1. Safe At Home (9/28/1990)
  2. New Kid On The Block (10/5/1990)
  3. The Break Up (10/12/1990)
  4. A Horse Is A Horse (10/19/1990)
  5. Family Feud (10/26/1990)
  6. Call Me Indestructible (11/2/1990)
  7. The Men Who Knew Too Much - Part 1 (11/9/1990)
  8. The Men Who Knew Too Much - Part 2 (11/16/1990)
  9. The Ring (11/23/1990)
  10. Black Widow (11/30/1990)
  11. The Sunshine Boys (12/7/1990)
  12. Hocus Pocus (12/28/1990)
  13. Finders Keepers (1/4/1991)
  14. Grandpa (1/11/1991)
  15. Little Apartment Of Horrors (1/18/1991)
  16. I Saw This On TV (2/1/1991)
  17. Speak, Memory (2/8/1991)
  18. Out Of Sync (2/15/1991)
  19. See How They Run (2/22/1991)
  20. Climb Every Billboard (3/15/1991)
  21. A Catered Affair (3/22/1991)
  22. Duck Soup (4/5/1991)
  23. Great Balls Of Fire (4/26/1991)
  24. See You In September (5/3/1991)

The Seventh Season

  1. Bachelor Party (9/20/1991)
  2. The Wedding (9/27/1991)
  3. This New House (10/4/1991)
  4. Weekend At Ferdinand's (10/18/1991)
  5. Fright Night (10/25/1991)
  6. The Gazebo (11/1/1991)
  7. Citizenship - Part 1 (11/8/1991)
  8. Citizenship - Part 2 (11/15/1991)
  9. Wild Turkey (11/22/1991)
  10. Dimitri's World (11/29/1991)
  11. Car Tunes (12/6/1991)
  12. Door To Door (12/20/1991)
  13. Two Angry Men (1/3/1992)
  14. Missing (1/17/1992)
  15. Going Once, Going Twice (2/1/1992)
  16. Yes Sir, That's My Baby (2/8/1992)
  17. Wayne Man (2/29/1992)
  18. The Elevator (3/14/1992)
  19. The Play's The Thing (3/21/1992)
  20. Stress Test (3/28/1992)
  21. ... Or Get Off The Pot (4/4/1992)
  22. Chicago Suite (4/11/1992)
  23. It Had To Be You (4/18/1992)
  24. Get Me To The Dump On Time (4/18/1992)

The Eighth Season

  1. The Baby Shower (7/9/1993)
  2. After Hours (7/16/1993)
  3. Lethal Weapon (7/23/1993)
  4. The Baby Quiz (7/30/1993)
  5. Up, Up & Away - Part 1 (8/6/1993)
  6. Up, Up & Away - Part 2 (8/6/1993)

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