HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY, PERFECT STRANGERS! (Premiered March 25, 1986 - Ended August 6, 1993) To pursue the American dream, naive sheepherder Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) travels from the Mediterranean island nation of Mypos to Chicago. He arrives, unexpectedly, at the door of his distant cousin Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), an aspiring photographer and recent transplant from Madison, Wisconsin. Balki’s only knowledge of the U.S. comes from various bits of pop culture so Larry takes him under his wing and the two become roommates and friends.
I don’t see a lot of stuff from ‘Perfect Strangers’ on Tumblr. And I think that’s sad. It’s not incredibly well known because only the first two seasons are available on DVD (maybe because of licensing fees for the songs the characters constantly start singing?). But oh those seasons. They’re gold. Balki and Larry meet, Balki plays baseball, Larry’s surprise birthday party, Balki learns to drive, Balki’s first love, Larry meeting Jennifer…I love this show.
It’s silly, it’s fun, the physical comedy is fantastic, but it’s also capable of bringing the feels. Such a great balance.