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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: Multiple Formats, 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 (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perfect Strangers: The Complete First and Second Seasons" on IMDb

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Dance of Joy: Merry Montage of Balki and Larry's Signature Two-Step Throughout the Show's First Two Seasons

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Perfect Strangers: The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)

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

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79 of 84 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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Warner Bros. Release it already! August 10, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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87 of 99 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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25 of 26 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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18 of 18 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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17 of 17 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is ridiculous July 9, 2006
Perfect Strangers was and still is literally my favorite show EVER - huge cult classic, and perhaps some of the most brilliant humor ever done. some of my fondest TV memories are Perfect Strangers moments ("who wants pie?, and "Then I thought,leaves?") This is absolutely ridiculous that this release is being held up - I am extremely disappointed the Warner Bros studios, and if they don't release, it is one the stupidest moves they will have ever made. They don't make humor like that any more, and there are many people who enjoy good old fashioned slap stick comedy that they can actually watch their parents or kids in the room.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome series! can't wait for season three and four
Published 3 days ago by ADAM HAMMER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect condition. a whole new generation learning what real comedy is.
Published 7 days ago by mere
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious TV show!! Where are the other seasons though?
This was my favorite TV show from the 80's - 90's!! It was absolutely hilarious! I bought Season 1 & 2 from Amazon at least a few years ago, from my old account. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars STREAMING PLEASE!
Great show...nostalgic for all those silly, funny shows of the '80s. PLEASE bring it to streaming! :)
Published 18 days ago by sunnydaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by felicia e poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love these two guys - very funny series. I'm glad to finally own this.
Published 29 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Or at least put BEST of on DVD for purchase
Please release the rest of the shows on DVD. Or at least put BEST of on DVD for purchase. I love to watch them and so does my family!! Please!!
Published 1 month ago by Sandra L Berkowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed watching it again
One of the funniest shows from the 80's and 90's. Really enjoyed watching it again.
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Scribner
5.0 out of 5 stars It Still Holds Up
While I have pleasant memories of seeing Perfect Strangers when I was a kid, it's wonderful to come back to it 25 years later & see that it still holds up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Funny
Published 1 month ago by Mr. E
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I bought a full set of DVD from TVDVDPlanet and they were dubbed from TV and poorly for that matter. I dont know if all the DVDs they sell are also dubbed from TV.The price is quite high for something poorly dubbed from TV snd then you will have to add about USD 50 for posting.
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