For many, the 1980’s and 1990’s were the greatest years in television history for the humble sitcom. Moreover, with the show building on the popularity of similarly highly rated series such as Mork & Mindy, Perfect Strangers is no exception to this rule.
Set in Chicago, Perfect Strangers chronicled the eclectic and often humorously tumultuous relationship between lead character Larry Appleton, played by Mark Linn-Baker, and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot).
With the series opening with Larry moving into his first apartment, the laughs start from the get go as Larry is both shocked and bewildered to realize that he will be cohabiting with his Mediterranean cousin Balki. However, Perfect Strangers didn’t become one of the greatest comedies of the 20th Century, simply by exploring Larry and Balki’s dysfunctional relationship.
Rather, with him having only a basic (and for the most part MTV imbued) understanding of American customs, Balki as a small island shepherd has to be introduced by his cousin Larry to every aspect of life in Chicago. The only problem is that the more Larry tries to Americanize Balki, the less he himself realizes he knows about everyday customs, idioms, and American culture overall.
Nominated for several prime time Emmy Awards and holding its own for several seasons as the anchoring show of ABC's original TGIF Friday evening lineup, Perfect Strangers is still considered one of the best comedies of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Highly strung and cynical to the extreme, Perfect Strangers appealed to both family and adult audiences, leading to the comedy to the show becoming a much loved, multigenerational favorite.
Straight from the creators of Mork and Mindy and Laverne & Shirley, Perfect Strangers can now be yours to own courtesy of the world’s first unabridged DVD series box set. Featuring all 150 uncut episodes, you and the world’s favorite 80’s and 90’s sitcom needn’t be strangers any longer. This being the case, make sure to get your copy today.