7.5
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 - S7E24

#1 - Get Me to the Dump on Time (2)

8.40

Season 7 - Episode 24

According to a sacred Myposian custom, Balki and Mary Anne must be married within 24 hours and they get everything ready. Larry feels left out of the duties so Balki makes him his best man and the guardian of his Myposian marriage necklace which he must have during the ceremony, but Larry accidentally throws it out. So Larry and Balki search the dump for it and eventually find it and Balki and Mary Anne finally get married.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 5 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S3E17

#2 - Pipe Dreams

8.33

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 #2 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 12 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E16

#3 - Tux for Two

8.12

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 #3 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 25 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E5

#4 - Lifesavers

8.09

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 #4 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 32 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E4

#5 - Ladies and Germs

8.00

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 #5 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 40 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E14
#6 - Trouble in Paradise
8.00
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 #1 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 26 votes.

#7 - Door to Door
8.00
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 #2 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 11 votes.

#8 - The Elevator
8.00
Season 7 - Episode 18

Larry decides to impress Mr. Wainwright by enlisting himself and Balki to move his brand new oversized couch up the elevator to his office while the elevator is under repair.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 8 votes.

#9 - ...Or Get Off the Pot (1)
8.00
Season 7 - Episode 21

Mary Anne has been hinting at Balki to propose to her and he has failed one too many times so she threatens to move out. Larry talks to Balki and tries to get him to realize but do to mis-communication, Balki thinks that Jennifer's in love with him and Mary Anne is going to die. But in all the confusion, Mary Anne move out.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 7 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S2E7
#10 - Falling in Love is...
7.97
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 #5 Best episode of Perfect Strangers from 33 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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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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