History Trivia / PerfectStrangers

30th Oct '17 9:37:23 PM LadyNorbert
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Called 'Ein Griech Erobert Chicago' in Germany.
** Called 'Balki e Larry- Due Perfetti Americani' in Italy.
** The Brazilian title was Primo Cruzado (literally Crossed Cousin, but also a reference to Brazilian then –mid-80's– currency Cruzado).
* CulturalTranslation: Brazilian dub took it UpToEleven. Balki's nationality was changed from Greek to Brazilian– more specifically, he was turned into a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caipira caipira]] from the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, with the corresponding accent, and his name was changed to Zeca (a Brazilian nickname for José or José Carlos).

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* TheCastShowoff: Both Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker sing frequently on the show. Unfortunately it's the main reason why the DVD rights for the show have been hung up for so long.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Called 'Ein ''Ein Griech Erobert Chicago' Chicago'' in Germany.
** Called 'Balki ''Balki e Larry- Larry - Due Perfetti Americani' Americani'' in Italy.
** The Brazilian title was Primo Cruzado ''Primo Cruzado'' (literally Crossed Cousin, ''Crossed Cousin'', but also a reference to Brazilian then –mid-80's– currency Cruzado).
* CulturalTranslation: The Brazilian dub took it UpToEleven. Balki's nationality was changed from Greek to Brazilian– Brazilian – more specifically, he was turned into a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caipira caipira]] from the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, with the corresponding accent, and his name was changed to Zeca (a Brazilian nickname for José or José Carlos).



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: A bizarre case of this toward the end. Despite the series continuing to do well in the ratings entering the 1991-92; Creator/{{ABC}} had been reportedly trying to cancel ''Perfect Strangers'' due to rising costs and advancing age (7th season). By early 1992; ABC decided to transfer the series from its 9:30 p.m. slot on the TGIF block to an [[KickedUpstairs newly-created offshoot block called "I Love Saturday Night"]], placing it alongside aging one-time ABC hits ''Series/GrowingPains'' and ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' along with a new animated series called ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters''. Inevitably, the series (which finished at #32[[note]]note far from his series average ranking of 27th place[[/note]]) plummeted to #65 in the ratings, allowing ABC to shelve it; ironically enough, by sticking reruns at its old slot during the summer of 1992 (the series would be placed on hiatus and have its final 6 episodes burned off over the summer of 1993, over a year and a half after ABC moved it to Saturday).

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: A bizarre case of this toward the end. Despite the series continuing to do well in the ratings entering the 1991-92; Creator/{{ABC}} had been reportedly trying to cancel ''Perfect Strangers'' due to rising costs and advancing age (7th season). By early 1992; 1992, ABC decided to transfer the series from its 9:30 p.m. slot on the TGIF block to an [[KickedUpstairs newly-created offshoot block called "I Love Saturday Night"]], placing it alongside aging one-time ABC hits ''Series/GrowingPains'' and ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' along with plus a new animated series called ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters''. Inevitably, the series (which finished at #32[[note]]note #32[[note]]not far from his series its average ranking of 27th place[[/note]]) plummeted to #65 in the ratings, allowing ABC to shelve it; ironically it. Ironically enough, they did so by sticking reruns at its old slot during the summer of 1992 (the series would be placed on hiatus and have its final 6 episodes burned off over the summer of 1993, over a year and a half after ABC moved it to Saturday).



* WorkingTitle: "The [[MeaningfulName Greenhorn]]" was the original title.

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* WorkingTitle: "The [[MeaningfulName Greenhorn]]" was the original title.title.
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21st Aug '16 9:09:01 AM glickmam
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* Hatedom: Jennifer and Maryanne received a moderate amount of this from online fans, who felt the writers could have put more imagination into creating women with some depth and humor. They were commonly referred to on the old jumptheshark.com discussion boards as "the two blonde whores."


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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: A bizarre case of this toward the end. Despite the series continuing to do well in the ratings entering the 1991-92; Creator/{{ABC}} had been reportedly trying to cancel ''Perfect Strangers'' due to rising costs and advancing age (7th season). By early 1992; ABC decided to transfer the series from its 9:30 p.m. slot on the TGIF block to an [[KickedUpstairs newly-created offshoot block called "I Love Saturday Night"]], placing it alongside aging one-time ABC hits ''Series/GrowingPains'' and ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' along with a new animated series called ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters''. Inevitably, the series (which finished at #32[[note]]note far from his series average ranking of 27th place[[/note]]) plummeted to #65 in the ratings, allowing ABC to shelve it; ironically enough, by sticking reruns at its old slot during the summer of 1992 (the series would be placed on hiatus and have its final 6 episodes burned off over the summer of 1993, over a year and a half after ABC moved it to Saturday).
9th Aug '16 12:31:17 AM CaptEquinox
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* Hatedom: Jennifer and Maryanne received a moderate amount of this from online fans, who felt the writers could have put more imagination into creating women with some depth and humor. They were commonly referred to on the old jumptheshark.com discussion boards as "the two blonde whores."
7th May '16 11:09:12 PM glickmam
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* RecycledScript: "The King and I," where a hypnotist unsuccessfully tries to hypnotize Larry but accidentally hypnotizes Balki into going under whenever he hears a bell ring. It's taken beat-for-beat from the story of an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''. Amusingly, creator and executive consultant Dale McRaven was a former Dick Van Dyke Show writer.

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* RecycledScript: "The King and I," where a hypnotist unsuccessfully tries to hypnotize Larry but accidentally hypnotizes Balki into going under whenever he hears a bell ring. It's taken beat-for-beat from the story of an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''. Amusingly, creator and executive consultant Dale McRaven [=McRaven=] was a former Dick ''Dick Van Dyke Show Show'' writer.
7th May '16 11:08:39 PM glickmam
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* RecycledScript: "The King and I," where a hypnotist unsuccessfully tries to hypnotize Larry but accidentally hypnotizes Balki into going under whenever he hears a bell ring. It's taken beat-for-beat from the story of an episode of ''TheDickVanDykeShow''.

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* RecycledScript: "The King and I," where a hypnotist unsuccessfully tries to hypnotize Larry but accidentally hypnotizes Balki into going under whenever he hears a bell ring. It's taken beat-for-beat from the story of an episode of ''TheDickVanDykeShow''.''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''. Amusingly, creator and executive consultant Dale McRaven was a former Dick Van Dyke Show writer.
20th Apr '16 12:35:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Mr. Gorpley is Bernard from ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Also Holland Manners from Series/{{Angel}}
*** Hey, why is [[TheGeorgeLopezShow Benny]] working at a newspaper in Chicago?
** Larry's father is [[{{Benson}} Governor Gatling.]]
** Also overlapping with HeyItsThatVoice, but Mr. Twinkicetti, their JerkAss boss for the first two seasons is [[Disney/TheLionKing Pumbaa]]. Seriously.
** Of course, Balki is Serge from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', Griffin from ''QuestForCamelot'' and Craig Toomey from ''Literature/TheLangoliers''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Brazilian voice actor for Balki (or Zeca– see CulturalTranslation above) also voiced [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 Lion-O]], Creator/BruceWillis, [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk David Banner (Bill Bixby)]] and Terence Hill.
20th Jul '15 1:02:52 PM silverbolt1
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** The Brazilian title was Primo Cruzado (literally Crossed Cousin, but also a reference to Brazilian then –mid-80's– currency Cruzado).
* CulturalTranslation: Brazilian dub took it UpToEleven. Balki's nationality was changed from Greek to Brazilian– more specifically, he was turned into a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caipira caipira]] from the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, with the corresponding accent, and his name was changed to Zeca (a Brazilian nickname for José or José Carlos).


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* HeyItsThatVoice: Brazilian voice actor for Balki (or Zeca– see CulturalTranslation above) also voiced [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 Lion-O]], Creator/BruceWillis, [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk David Banner (Bill Bixby)]] and Terence Hill.
3rd Jul '15 5:03:39 PM nombretomado
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** Of course, Balki is Serge from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', Griffin from ''QuestForCamelot'' and Craig Toomey from ''TheLangoliers''.

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** Of course, Balki is Serge from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', Griffin from ''QuestForCamelot'' and Craig Toomey from ''TheLangoliers''.''Literature/TheLangoliers''.
1st Jul '15 5:08:30 PM TexaCaliDeeDub
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** Of course, Balki is Griffin from ''QuestforCamelot'' and Craig Toomey from ''TheLangoliers''.

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** Of course, Balki is Serge from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', Griffin from ''QuestforCamelot'' ''QuestForCamelot'' and Craig Toomey from ''TheLangoliers''.
24th Jun '15 2:31:38 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Called 'Ein Griech Erobert Chicago' in Germany.
** Called 'Balki e Larry- Due Perfetti Americani' in Italy.
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