History Series / PerfectStrangers

3rd Sep '17 9:16:09 PM HarryLevinSolo
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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 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.

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Creator/{{ABC}} {{Sitcom}} (1986-1993) about [[FunnyForeigner naive immigrant]] Balki Bartokomous, from the fictional European Mediterranean 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 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.
22nd Jun '17 11:14:00 AM MrItty
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** One episode had Balki physically pick Cousin Larry up to restrain him from his latest ZanyScheme. In annoyance, Larry repeatedly ordered Balki to "Put me down!" Balki tearfully insisted he could not do so, until he finally relented - and proceeded to insult Larry. Larry gave a confused reaction shot for several moments before the clarity struck him, at which point he calmly said, "Balki, *set* me down.". Balki obliged instantly, "Ok", and returned Larry's feet to the floor.
31st May '17 3:53:15 PM BDA1978
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-->'''Balki''': I knew you would....

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-->'''Balki''': (muttering under his breath) I knew you would....
28th Sep '16 12:10:53 AM evknucklehead
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* HypnoFool

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* HypnoFoolHypnoFool: A hypnotist is brought to a party and attempts to get Larry to think and act like he's [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] at the sound of a bell. Larry plays along, and starts to sing a song that was done by another artist, proving that it doesn't work on him, but Balki starts acting strange around this time. Turns out Balki got hypnotized instead. HilarityEnsues as Larry and the girls try to snap him out of it.
2nd Sep '16 11:13:11 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. He's also a lot [[MusclesAreMeaningless stronger than he looks]].

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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 [[StrongerThanTheyLook stronger than he looks]].
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.
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