Show 7 of 25: PERFECT STRANGERS
Larry Appleton and Balki Bartokomus are distant cousins who end up living together when Balki arrives from Mypos (in the Mediterranean) and had nowhere to go. The odd couple share a rocky coexistence; but they somehow manage to develop a deep friendship despite differing cultures and points of view.
my earliest history with the show:
It was the time when RPN 9 was one of my favorite channels next to ABS-CBN. They had all the best sitcoms and US shows. I don’t remember exactly when I started watching since I was too young back then. What I do recall are nights when the whole family would sit in front of the television and watch this show… maybe mimic the Dance of Joy. Ah, simpler times…
why it sticks:
Perfect Strangers is one of those shows that I could never forget from my childhood. It is just a funny show with great characters and a lot of heart. Most importantly, Balki really just cracked me up! I enjoyed it immensely as a kid.
It’s one of those shows that probably taught me about appreciating differences between people. The two cousins may be polar opposites; but they are able to solve problems with the help of the other. The relationship between Larry and Balki went beyond their differences; and they truly became family the longer they shared experiences together.
I recently watched some early episodes; and it still made me laugh. The comedy is still current. It’s certainly a classic in every sense of the word. The show remains to be one of my favorites after all these years.
The theme song of the show… classic.
And of course, the Dance of Joy.