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 Worst Episodes of Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers - S5E2

#1 - Lie-Ability

6.46

Season 5 - Episode 2

After a minor car accident, Mr. Gorpley suggests Larry should sue. So Larry has plans to defraud an insurance company to gain money to help his sister Elaine with her tuition. But Balki objects as usual.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 13 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S6E7

#2 - The Men Who Knew Too Much (1)

6.60

Season 6 - Episode 7

Larry is sent to Los Angeles to write an article about a soap opera star's wedding and Balki goes with him. While attempting to get a better story, they get chased by mobsters after they witness and video tape Marco Madison, a big time gangster, murder an undercover drug agent and Larry and Balki are prime suspects.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 10 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S6E16

#3 - I Saw This on TV

6.64

Season 6 - Episode 16

Larry manages to get tickets to go to a Bulls game with Balki on the night that Larry promised to take Jennifer to the ballet. So Larry lied to Jennifer saying that he had to work. Balki tells him a story about an old Honeymooners rerun where we see Ralph (Larry) lying to Alice (Jennifer) about having to work late when he plans on going bowling with Norton (Balki) and Alice ends up finding out about it while she was with Trixie (Mary Anne). However Jennifer found out about the basketball game and Larry is in a heap of trouble.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 11 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S4E16

#4 - The King and I

6.70

Season 4 - Episode 16

Larry and Balki throw a '50's party and invite their friends. Lydia brings her date Lamont who is a hypnotist. After demonstrating hypnosis, he accidentally hypnotizes Balki into thinking he's Elvis which carries on through their tax audit the next day.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 10 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S6E8

#5 - The Men Who Knew Too Much (2)

6.71

Season 6 - Episode 8

Larry and Balki manage to play back the tape proving their innocence, but they have trouble getting the tape to the police after they are mugged and captured by Marco's men.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 7 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S5E23

#6 - Bye, Bye Birdie

6.75

Season 5 - Episode 23

Balki grows very fond of his new pet parrot that drives Larry crazy. Meanwhile, their chimney is clogged and when Larry tried to light a fire, he had to open the window to let the smoke out, the parrot flies out and Balki is heartbroken.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 8 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S4E21

#7 - Teacher's Pest

6.85

Season 4 - Episode 21

Larry was chosen to teach a college course in journalism and Balki is able to take the class. But his standards are set way too high that he fails the whole class.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 13 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S7E7

#8 - The Gazebo

6.89

Season 7 - Episode 7

Larry and Balki are building a new gazebo in their back yard and as they struggle to build it, it reminds Jennifer and Mary Anne of Laurel and Hardy as we see them in a parody of Laurel and Hardy trying to build a gazebo.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 9 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S5E7

#9 - Father Knows Best (1)

7.00

Season 5 - Episode 7

Larry's perfectionist father comes for a visit and Larry wants to impress him so he can finally get a ""well done son"" from his father. But instead, they end up trapped in the basement that is flooding after Larry broke the water pipe.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 12 votes.

Perfect Strangers - S6E13

#10 - Finders Keepers

7.00

Season 6 - Episode 13

Balki finds a box with over $50,000 cash in it. Larry wants to keep it but Balki is insistent on finding the rightful owner, which won't be easy, especially with Mr. Gorpley scheming to get it anyway he can.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 9 votes.

#11 - Yes Sir, That's My Baby
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 16

When Balki shows Larry that Jennifer has been knitting booties, The possibility that Jennifer is pregnant causes Larry to imagine Larry and Balki's future sons becoming best friends in the nursery trying to escape.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 8 votes.

#12 - Family Feud
7.10
Season 6 - Episode 5

A 500 year-old feud in the Bartokomous family is back when their rival Zolton Bauchelitis is coming to fight a duel with Balki. Larry gets caught up in it and must fight Zolton himself. However, they don't try and kill each other, the winner takes the loser's ears.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 10 votes.

#13 - Up, Up and Away (1)
7.11
Season 8 - Episode 5

Jennifer is two weeks overdue and has a few false alarms. Meanwhile, After Balki and Mary Anne went to the fair, Mary Anne goes into labor and has her baby in the driveway. Jennifer is told about a balloon ride Mary Anne went in and in hopes of going into labor, Larry and Balki take Jennifer up in the balloon.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 9 votes.

#14 - That Old Gang of Mine
7.12
Season 4 - Episode 11

Mary Anne was promoted and moves to London and Balki is heartbroken and miserable. So Larry suggests Balki get a hobby to take his mind off her. So he joins a motorcycle gang where the club plans a wild initiation ceremony.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 17 votes.

#15 - Digging up the News
7.13
Season 5 - Episode 24

Larry is assigned to interview Uncle Shaggy, a kid's show host and when he gets Balki to take a picture of him without his costume, the get Uncle Shaggy fired after someone discovered that he has a criminal record for something he did along time ago. But Larry swears he will make it up to him.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 8 votes.

#16 - Hello Ball
7.15
Season 5 - Episode 9

When Jennifer's father comes to town, Larry tries to impress him. So they decide to go golfing. Larry is an excellent golfer but Mr. Lyons is a bad golfer and a bad loser o Larry decides to let him win and lets Balki play thinking that he can't golf, but can he?

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 13 votes.

#17 - Aliens
7.17
Season 4 - Episode 3

Larry and Balki throw a Halloween party with their friends and after six hours of watching scary movies, Larry wakes up and discovers that Balki is an alien from ""Planet Mypos"" and is turning everyone into Mypiots by putting vests on them.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 18 votes.

#18 - Couch Potato
7.18
Season 3 - Episode 11

When Larry and Balki get cable TV, Balki becomes glued to the TV and won't stop watching it to the point where he forgets about his job, sleep, and never goes out anymore. So Larry must make an important decision of getting rid of the cable.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 17 votes.

#19 - Tooth or Consequences
7.18
Season 5 - Episode 4

Balki gets a cavity and Larry makes him a dental appointment for him and Balki is excited to go when Larry tells him about all the neat stuff but he's too scared to go when Mr. Gorpley tells him about the drill.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 11 votes.

#20 - Almost Live from Chicago
7.18
Season 5 - Episode 10

Lydia has been offered the opportunity of having her on TV advice show but she has one problem, she's afraid of cameras. But Larry tries to force her to do the show because of a mistake he made in high school when he turned down an opportunity.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Perfect Strangers from 11 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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