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Perfect Strangers: The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)
A slapstick "buddy comedy" that explored the wonderment of a newly arrived immigrant at the ways of America- "The Land of the Whopper." Balki was a young sheperd from the Mediterranean island of Mypos, who showed up unexpectedly at the Chicago apartment of his distant cousin, bachelor Larry. Balki's wide-eyed, fun-loving manner, his nutty myposian customs, and his tendency to take everything American's told him quite literally, promised considerable disruption to Larry's organized life, but Larry took him in. After all, getting started as a sheperd in Chicago was not going to be easy.]]>
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 At its worst, Perfect Strangers is an outdated show that isn't as funny as it thinks it is.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
I remembered watching this on the TGIF line-up waaaaaaaaaaay back in the crazy 80's. Balki truly is a unique character. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loving this show!! Can't wait till you get more of season 3!! Hope there will be more to come after that one.Published 1 month ago by Jeani Harms
I got this as a gift for my 8 year old nephew who I caught watching clips of Perfect Strangers on YouTube. He dies laughing at all the slapstick humor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tracey U.
Purchased for my family to watch as I recalled enjoying it when I was a kid. It is funny, but I guess some of the nostalgia was lost on my kids and husband who didn't enjoy it all... Read morePublished 2 months ago by tonimariep
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I just bought this, watched a few episodes, and Balki is singing a number of hit songs. So what is the deal? Did the costs just go up recently? There should be some kind of reasonable compromise. The songwriters should be paid....but they use VERY short snippets of the songs.
Mar 11, 2011 by Vincent M. Mastronardi | See all 5 posts
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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.
Dec 3, 2006 by Ed | See all 4 posts
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