191 votes
Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

ABC 1986

The series chronicles the rocky coexistence of Larry Appleton and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous. A Wisconsin native, Larry, who comes from a large family with numerous brothers and sisters, has just moved into a new apartment in Chicago, and is experiencing his first joys of newfound privacy when Balki, a hitherto unknown cousin from a Greek-like island in the Mediterranean called Mypos, drops by to live with him. Balki, a shepherd by trade, interprets what little he knows about the United States by relying on his own recollections of American pop culture, which are often out-of-context. After initially gently rebuffing his cousin's request to stay at his apartment, Larry, an aspiring photographer, decides to take Balki under his wing and teach him about American life...

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The 10 Best Episodes of Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers - S3E17

#1 - Pipe Dreams


Season 3 - Episode 17

Jennifer asks Larry if he can call a plumber for her to fix her shower head while she's away. Larry decides that to impress her he'll fix it himself and as Larry and Balki try and put everything together, things go extremely wrong and they end up flooding Jennifer and Mary Anne's bathroom.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E16

#2 - Tux for Two


Season 2 - Episode 16

Larry has been invited to a formal party for a photographer he idolizes but Balki's honest opinions embarrass Larry.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E5

#3 - Lifesavers


Season 2 - Episode 5

After Larry saves Balki from getting hit by a taxi, Balki becomes his personal servant which ends up annoying Larry.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E4

#4 - Ladies and Germs


Season 2 - Episode 4

Larry has a date with a beauty queen but after going to the hospital to visit Mr. Twinkacetti (who has broken his leg), he catches a cold and when Balki tries to cure him with a secret Myposian cure, he ends up sleeping for three days.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E14

#5 - Trouble in Paradise


Season 2 - Episode 14

Larry and Balki invite Jennifer and Mary Anne over for dinner but cannot agree on what to serve which cases a rift between them and eventually a rift between Jennifer and Mary Anne.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S7E4
#6 - Door to Door
Season 7 - Episode 4

Larry and Balki get part time jobs to earn extra money. Balki tries stuffing teddy bears, but Larry asks for his help with door to door selling cleaning products. However, Larry is determined to go to a mansion and sell lots of products instead of going door to door with disastrous results.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Perfect Strangers - S2E7
#7 - Falling in Love is...
Season 2 - Episode 7

Balki falls in love with a girl at night school and who makes a play for Larry and constantly breaks dates with him. Balki refuses to believe that she is just using him to get good grades.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.
Perfect Strangers - S4E7
#8 - Up a Lazy River (2)
Season 4 - Episode 7

After the river takes them on a wild ride, The four end up lost in the woods. Hoping that Larry can regain Jennifer's respect, he talks Balki into letting him lead them back to the camp site but they end up walking for five hours in a circle. Later, Larry and Balki almost drown in quicksand and in the evening, they get attacked by a bear.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Perfect Strangers - S3E16
#9 - Just Desserts
Season 3 - Episode 16

After Balki serves Larry, Jennifer, and Mary Anne some ""bibi-bobkas"" (Mypoian cream puffs), Larry suggests selling them but baking them cannot be rushed.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Perfect Strangers - S2E15
#10 - Beautiful Dreamer
Season 2 - Episode 15

Balki hasn't been sleeping due to a nightmare that has been haunting him about him not being able to help out at harvest season back on Mypos.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



Perfect Strangers is a perfect (pardon the pun) example of what sitcoms used to be like: a lot of situation comedy, a lot of physical comedy, and a lot of word comedy. Yes, it gets repetitive, yes, Larry never learns, yes it will be boring at times, but it's a pillar of where sitcoms came from and some episodes are downright hilarious even while watched today. Balki's character is beyond awesome, and this is definitely worth a watch, if only for the big walk down memory lane into a world where innocence, niceness and all around jolliness were still celebrated, if not aspired to.

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