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Perfect Strangers 1986

  • 1993-08-05T21:00:00-07:00
  • ABC (US)
  • 1986-03-25T00:00:00-08:00
  • 30 mins
  • 3 days, 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy
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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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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