“Perfect Strangers” was an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons, from March 25, 1986, to August 6, 1993, on ABC television. Created by Dale McRaven, who helped create “Mork & Mindy,” the series chronicled the rocky coexistence of midwestern American Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and his distant cousin from eastern Mediterranean Europe, Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot).Larry, a Wisconsin native from a large family, had just moved into his first apartment in Chicago, and was savoring his first taste of privacy when Balki, a previously unknown cousin from Mediterranean island of Mypos, showed up wanting to move in.
After initially gently rebuffing his cousin’s request to stay at his apartment, aspiring photographer Larry decided to take Balki under his wing and teach him about American life, which was vastly different than what Balki was used to in his homeland.
However, the neurotic Larry frequently proved to be as inept as Balki, if not more so, and often got the pair into situations that only Balki could set right. The two grew close as time went on, going on many wacky adventures. Over time, both had relationships that eventually ended in marriage.
Major influences on the show included “buddy sitcoms” such as “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy,” both of which were produced by the “Perfect Strangers” team.