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Perfect Strangers: The Complete First and Second Seasons (2008)

Mark Linn-Baker , Bronson Pinchot , Greg Antonacci , James O'Keefe  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Linn-Baker, Bronson Pinchot, Rebeca Arthur, Melanie Wilson, JoMarie Payton
  • Directors: Greg Antonacci, James O'Keefe, Howard Storm, Bill Petty
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perfect Strangers: The Complete First and Second Seasons" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 28 episodes on four discs
  • Dance of Joy: Merry montage of Balki and Larry's signature two-step throughout the show's first two seasons

Editorial Reviews

Relying on the tried-but-true odd-couple set up, Perfect Strangers focuses on the comical lives of Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot). Larry is an uptight American who has moved away from his family's Wisconsin home for his own apartment in Chicago. His life is changed forever when his childlike cousin Balki--a sheepherder from the fictional island of Mypos--shows up on his doorstep with the goal of becoming a U.S. citizen. A hit sitcom for ABC that ran from 1986 to 1993, Perfect Strangers offers some heartwarming storylines, a few laughs, and some genuine chemistry between the two leads. The first few years of the comedy are among the show's best, as Larry and Balki get accustomed to each other's ways. Linn-Baker plays the straight man who sets Pinchot up to deliver the best lines. While Pinchot definitely has the showier "fish out of water" part--and "Don't be ridiculous!" tag line that became a catchphrase for a year or two--Linn-Baker creates the more relatable character. He's working in a small shop, but his dream is to become a photojournalist. The show actually does a nice job of making sure Larry never loses sight of his goals, even as Balki is dragging him from one adventure to another. The four-disc DVD set includes all six episodes from the first mini season, as well as 22 episodes from the show's second full season. Other than a "Dance of Joy" extra--which includes a montage of dance clips from the first two seasons--there are no special featurettes. Fans of high definition may be disappointed by the video transfer, which clearly dates the series. At its worst, Perfect Strangers is an outdated show that isn't as funny as it thinks it is. But at its best, it projects giddy innocence and is easy viewing. Flash-forward to 2005 when Pinchot is throwing himself at Janice Dickinson on the reality series The Surreal Life: Now that's not easy to watch. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

Welcome to Chicago, Balki Bartokomous! The professional sheepherder from the tiny island of Mypos won't find many woolly quadrupeds in the Windy City, but he will find pop-top soda cans. Singles bars. Color TV. Mobsters. Game shows. Pink lemonade (how'd they get pink lemons?). And many more modern oddities sure to amaze the man from Mypos. Bronson Pinchot portrays Balki and Mark Linn-Baker plays his stateside cousin and long-suffering roommate in Perfect Strangers, the hilarious culture-clash comedy that delighted fans for eight hit seasons with its mix of slapstick and insight. Should you miss a single laugh in this complete, 28-episode, 4-disc Season One/Two collection? Don't be ridikalus!

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show makes its belated appearance on DVD February 6, 2008
Perfect Strangers debuted to high ratings and critical praise in March 1986. Comfortably nestled between Who's the Boss? and Moonlighting on ABC's Tuesday night lineup while Growing Pains took a break, Perfect Strangers was hailed by critics as a refreshing blend of witty humor and slapstick delivery. Co-stars Mark Linn-Baker (Larry Appleton) and Bronson Pinchot (Balki Bartokomous) were lauded for their unmatched chemistry and comic talent. Comic legend Lucille Ball called it her favorite comedy. The show returned in the fall of 1986 on Wednesday nights paired with Head Of The Class, and continued to win its time slot. (It would be at least another two years before Perfect Strangers would become the centerpiece of ABC's TGIF Friday night lineup.)

The new DVD box set from Warner Bros. containing the first two seasons of the hit series allows longtime fans and newcomers alike to rediscover this wonderful, often overlooked sitcom gem from the 1980s. The premise of the series is simple and attractive. At the start of the pilot episode, Larry had just moved from his crowded childhood home in Madison, Wisconsin, to an apartment in Chicago, where he planned to make it as a photojournalist. To pay his bills, he found a job working at a discount store for the heartless Mr. Twinkacetti. One evening, a distant cousin shows up at his door, bearing his possessions in a box mislabeled "America or Burst." Balki has made his way from the Mediterranean island country of Mypos to start a new life in America.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Warner Bros. Release it already! August 10, 2006
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Ĺlong with "All in the Family", "Good Times" & "Night Court", this was one of my favorite shows growing up in the 80s. Sadly, it's difficult even to find re-runs of this show nowadays. Fortunately, I have some episodes on tape from back then, but what about releasing the classic first season on DVD, Warner Brothers? What's wrong with you guys? I'm witnessing many other shows getting released before "Perfect Strangers".
I'll admit that the show fell into a slow decline by season 5, and when they moved out of the apartment and into that house by season 7, the show completely fell apart. However, the first four seasons are killer. I discovered the show by accident early in season 2 and fell in love with it.
Classic episodes besides the hilarious first two; Gina's baby, Balki & baseball, Meeting Jennifer & Mary Anne, Las Vegas, Balki's dream, the Mypos diet, Balki's cable TV addiction, the Ex-Con photographer & moving Lydia's piano. Yo, Warner Brothers, get on the ball and release this show on DVD so all us fans can re-live these moments......thank God they finally did. Can't wait for season three, let's hope.
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84 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is going on? November 30, 2005
I've been looking on Amazon for over 2 years to see when they might release this classic show. Alright already. As much as I love "Seinfeld" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," I can watch them on multiple TV channels on re-run and don't need to purchase the DVD. Things are looking more hopeful for a possible release date. I hope this is true. I have 3 or 4 BETA tapes full of these episodes but can no longer watch them because I no longer have a BETA player. Warner Bros., don't be ridiculous - RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE! Or the lot of us crazed fans will walk onto the Warner stuio lot in protest! Standin' tall on the wings of my dream! Come on everyone, join me in singing. :)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Strangers-A safe comedy October 8, 2005
There are so few comedies on TV today. What few there are have so many suggestive, adult-oriented themes that I cannot watch them without being embarressed (is that right?)

Perfect Strangers was one of the funniest shows of all time. It is a show I can watch without being embarrassed. I cannot understand why so many shows are coming out on DVD that were essentially failures as TV shows.

I want my Perfect Stangers now!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE RELEASE THIS !!!!!! May 30, 2006
I'm a proud 80's baby. Nothing reminds me more of growing up then this series. With all the recent releases of shows on DVD, its a crying shame and a slap on the face that this show hasn't even been thought of yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Release the DVD! High DVD sales guaranteed! October 7, 2005
By Izzie
Industry Executives or To Whom It May Concern:

You need to release Perfect Strangers on DVD. Classic show that many Generation X'ers and some members of Generation Y grew up on this show. People will buy the DVD because of nostalgia. Hot item! Mark Linn Baker is on a new WB show. If the show succeeds and gets renewed, wouldn't it be great for him to promote the DVD too? I am one of many fans of the show who regret not taping the show. We want our episodes, our favorite characters, our favorite TV show to be available to us, please!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show, but where is DVD? October 19, 2004
By olivier
i love this show and balkie and larry, but where is the DVD? shame for WB studio... many people love this series and i want to watch it again on dvd.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for release on DVD August 3, 2006
Perfect Strangers was one of my favorite shows. I loved the chemistry between the characters and always found the situations very funny......good, clean humor, which is rare on TV nowadays. Anyway, they never re-run the show on TV anymore, and I really hope it comes out on DVD soon. Obviously there are enough fans out there who are interested!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Love this show.I rember when younger seeing it and I was happy to see it on dvd.its a funny show
Published 2 hours ago by tinkerbelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series
I hope the 2 guys are dong comedy. I'd like to watch them in some thing else. Loved their program.
Published 7 days ago by Betsy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, clean comedy
If you are searching for light-hearted and clean comedy, this is the one. This sit-com offers great acting by the main characters. Larry is hilarious. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dori Ann Dahl
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW, WHERES the other SEASONS???
First off, I started to work young, after school and on weekends. Did it too earn money for my car and too move out. That was when this show came on. Read more
Published 22 days ago by TopRatedBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars love this show!
One of the best shows ever--this dvd set was a great price and everything came just as it was described, as well as when it was supposed to arrive
Published 29 days ago by Deb Hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic viewing.
I loved this show when I was a kid. I used to hum the theme song and do the dance almost all the time. Sorta annoyed people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary A.
5.0 out of 5 stars What took me so long to buy this set? It's the best
This show brings back so many memories. Good comedy in television days of old. I miss this kind of humor and you just won't find it out there anymore. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Series
I used to watch this show every Friday night with my family growing up, and after rewatching this season it still stands up to its high standeds of comedy
Published 2 months ago by David Beatham
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
I am very happy with the product and the service I received. I would like to buy more episodes of Perfect Strangers. Thank you, Nydia Spencer
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it,
Love this show. Clean and funny. Clever writing! This is back in the days when TV was actually good and not trashy and this show taught a good message by the end of each... Read more
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