History Series / PerfectStrangers

7th Aug '16 4:31:13 PM CaptEquinox
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* BadassAdorable: Balki is sweet, cheerful and, among other things, has stood up to an armed burglar and proven himself to actually be quite an adept fencer as Larry found out.

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* BadassAdorable: Balki is sweet, cheerful and, among other things, has stood up to an armed burglar and proven himself to actually be quite an adept fencer as Larry found out. He's also a lot [[MusclesAreMeaningless stronger than he looks]].
17th Jun '16 7:31:58 PM gewunomox
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Spawned the SpinOff ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Not to be confused with the song by DeepPurple.

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Spawned the SpinOff ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Not to be confused with the song by DeepPurple.
Music/DeepPurple.
15th May '16 8:20:17 PM Willbyr
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Creator/{{ABC}} {{Sitcom}} (1986-1993) about [[FunnyForeigner naive immigrant]] Balki Bartokomous, from the fictional European country of [[{{Ruritania}} Mypos]], who comes to live with Larry Appleton, his American cousin whom [[LongLostRelative he's never met]]. Started out as equal parts FishOutOfWater and OddCouple, took an odd turn when the StraightMan stopped being straight (comedically, that is) and started devising [[GetRichQuickScheme deranged schemes]] that would have made [[ILoveLucy Lucille Ball]] dizzy. At that point, it became the personification of [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism vs Cynicism]], with Balki's wide-eyed idealism almost always (if not completely always) winning out over Larry's "real-word savvy" cynicism.

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Creator/{{ABC}} {{Sitcom}} (1986-1993) about [[FunnyForeigner naive immigrant]] Balki Bartokomous, from the fictional European country of [[{{Ruritania}} Mypos]], who comes to live with Larry Appleton, his American cousin whom [[LongLostRelative he's never met]]. Started out as equal parts FishOutOfWater and OddCouple, took an odd turn when the StraightMan stopped being straight (comedically, that is) and started devising [[GetRichQuickScheme deranged schemes]] that would have made [[ILoveLucy Lucille Ball]] Creator/LucilleBall dizzy. At that point, it became the personification of [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism vs Cynicism]], with Balki's wide-eyed idealism almost always (if not completely always) winning out over Larry's "real-word savvy" cynicism.
10th Feb '16 1:32:14 AM foxley
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* RisingWaterRisingTension: One episode has Larry, Balki and others trapped in the basement of the apartment building. A pipe breaks and the basement floods due to a plugged up drain. They have to find a way to escape before the water reaches the fuse box and electrocutes them all.
4th Feb '16 6:39:05 PM StClair
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* LemonWackyHello: Suffering from a terrible cold on the eve of a big date, with all other options exhausted, Larry agrees to take "the Mypos Cure." Balki mixes up a batch of the [[GargleBlaster awful potion]] for Larry, who forces himself to gulp it down when Balki leaves the room... and returns with a tiny spoon, the intended dosage for a single person. Larry just has time to declare to Balki, "I can see ''through'' you" before he [[NonSequiturThud passes out]]. He awakens several days later, his date long missed - but hey, his cold is gone!
4th Feb '16 6:15:57 PM StClair
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* CrazyCulturalComparison: Several, with the "Dance of joy" being the most famous.

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* CrazyCulturalComparison: Several, with the "Dance of joy" Joy" being the most famous.
4th Feb '16 6:15:31 PM StClair
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* BewaretheNiceOnes: Balki may be as innocent as an excited puppy, but ''do not threaten his Cousin Larry''.

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* BewaretheNiceOnes: BewareTheNiceOnes: Balki may be as innocent as an excited puppy, but ''do not threaten his Cousin Larry''.



** Balki: "Where do I come up with them?", "Wow", "Get out of the city!", and "Of course not, silly, don't be ridiculos (sic)".

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** Balki: "Where do I come up with them?", "Wow", "Get out of the city!", ''city!''", and "Of course not, silly, don't be ridiculos (sic)".



* {{Flanderization}}: Especially Larry Appleton. As time passed he became more centered on the arrogant-knowitall-cityboy-with-a-scheme aspect he occasionally showed in the earlier episodes, resulting in the show becoming too formulaic where Larry cooks up a plan (where he would say his CatchPhrase) and then the rest of the episode will show how things get fouled up.
* ForeignQueasine: Played straight through as a running gag in the series. Numerous times throughout its run, Balki Bartokomous will often make and serve dishes from his home country of Mypos to his cousin Larry Appleton, that contain such bizarre (and vomit-inducing) ingredients such as yak bile and the bladders of sheep and pigs. The season four episode "Come Fly with Me" centers on this, as Balki and Larry's flight attendant girlfriends [[OnlySaneMan Jennifer]] and [[GeniusDitz Mary Anne]] get sick from eating Halkidikis (coincidentally sharing an alternate spelling of a Greek peninsula), described by Balki as the "travel food of Mypos", whose primary ingredients are the standard ingredients of milk, eggs, flour and honey, and goat spleen with mold aged to the point where it developed green fur on it. This is inverted however in the season three episode "Just Desserts" with a dessert known as the Bibi-babka, which contains typical dessert ingredients and which Larry attempts to market (though he tries to make it in such a rushed fashion that they explode because they weren't made with love and care).

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* {{Flanderization}}: Especially Larry Appleton.A lot of it, especially for Larry. As time passed he became more centered on the arrogant-knowitall-cityboy-with-a-scheme aspect he occasionally showed in the earlier episodes, resulting in the show becoming too formulaic where Larry cooks up a plan (where he would say his CatchPhrase) and then the rest of the episode will show how things get fouled up.
* ForeignQueasine: Played straight through as a running gag in the series. Numerous times throughout its run, Balki Bartokomous will often make and serve dishes from his home country of Mypos to his cousin Larry Appleton, that contain such bizarre (and vomit-inducing) ingredients such as yak bile and the bladders of sheep and pigs. The season four episode "Come Fly with Me" centers on this, as Balki and Larry's flight attendant girlfriends [[OnlySaneMan Jennifer]] and [[GeniusDitz Mary Anne]] get sick from eating Halkidikis (coincidentally sharing an alternate spelling of a Greek peninsula), described by Balki as the "travel food of Mypos", whose primary ingredients are the standard ingredients of milk, eggs, flour and flour, honey, and [[BreadMilkEggsSquick goat spleen with mold aged to the point where it developed green fur on it. it]]. This is inverted however inverted, however, in the season three episode "Just Desserts" with a dessert known as the Bibi-babka, which contains typical dessert ingredients and which Larry attempts to market (though he tries to make it in such a rushed fashion that they explode because they weren't made with love and care).



* IdenticalStranger[=/=]ReplacementGoldfish: Following their break-up, Balki and Mary Ann date carbon copies of their exes. While they are in complete denial about their new partners (though Balki later admits it after slipping and calling the other woman "Mary Ann"), they each immediately recognize the similarity in each others. The episode ends with them getting engaged.

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* IdenticalStranger[=/=]ReplacementGoldfish: Following their break-up, Balki and Mary Ann date carbon copies of their exes. While they are in complete denial about their new partners (though Balki later admits it it, after slipping and calling the other woman "Mary Ann"), they the dates each immediately recognize the similarity in each others.similarity. The episode ends with them getting engaged.



* JerkwithaHeartofGold: Larry on occasion. As greedy and egotistical as he is at times, he's often shown to really care for his cousin.

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* JerkwithaHeartofGold: JerkWithAHeartofGold: Larry on occasion. As greedy and egotistical as he is at times, he's often shown to really care for his cousin.



* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: A Myposian aquaintance of Balki's challenged Larry to a duel once. Larry accepted after Balki tells him it involves boxing the loser's ears. Then, Larry realizes that in Mypos, "boxing one's ears" means putting the ears ''in a box''.
* OddCouple

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* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: A Myposian aquaintance of Balki's challenged Larry to a duel once. Larry accepted after Balki tells him it involves boxing the loser's ears.loser gets his ears boxed. Then, Larry realizes that in Mypos, "boxing one's ears" means putting the ears ''in a box''.
* OddCoupleOddCouple: Larry and Balki.



* TwistedChristmas: In the first Christmas episode, various problems get in Larry's way of taking Balki to his folks' home for a "real Christmas". In a later one, Balki invites sour-puss Mr. Gorpley to his and Larry's holiday shin-dig, where he quickly infuriates the other guests [[spoiler: before offering his tragic backstory]]. In both cases Balki then subverts this trope by being...well, Balki.

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* TwistedChristmas: In the first Christmas episode, various problems get in Larry's way of taking Balki to his folks' home for a "real Christmas". In a later one, Balki invites sour-puss sourpuss Mr. Gorpley to his and Larry's holiday shin-dig, shindig, where he quickly infuriates the other guests [[spoiler: before offering his tragic backstory]]. In both cases Balki then subverts this trope by being...well, Balki.



* ZanyScheme

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* ZanyScheme
ZanyScheme: Bordering on OncePerEpisode.
4th Feb '16 6:03:11 PM StClair
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** He has a FreudianExcuse for this. When we meet his father, we see that while ostensibly a NiceGuy, he's also very critical of Larry--in a manner identical to the way Larry sometimes bullies Balki, who even turns this around on him--who's clearly spent his entire life trying to please him and feeling like he can't measure up to his expectations.

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** He has a FreudianExcuse for this. When we meet his Larry's father, we see that while ostensibly a NiceGuy, he's also very critical of Larry--in a manner identical to the way Larry sometimes bullies Balki, who even turns this around on him--who's clearly [[WellDoneSonGuy spent his entire life trying to please him him]] and feeling like he can't measure up to his expectations.
26th Jan '16 1:17:02 PM ACW
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* ThematicThemeTune: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay, the template for many other inspirational Miller-Boyett sitcom themes by the same songwriters.

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* ThematicThemeTune: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay, the template for many other inspirational [[Series/FullHouse many]] [[Series/FamilyMatters other]] [[Series/StepByStep inspirational]] Miller-Boyett sitcom themes by the same songwriters.
10th Dec '15 9:40:03 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ThePollyanna: Balki, save for a few BreaktheCutie moments.
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