Trivia / Perfect Strangers

  • Completely Different Title: 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).
  • Cultural Translation: Brazilian dub took it Up to Eleven. Balki's nationality was changed from Greek to Brazilian– more specifically, he was turned into a 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).
  • The Danza: Sam Anderson as Sam Gorpley.
  • Recycled Script: "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 The Dick Van Dyke Show. Amusingly, creator and executive consultant Dale McRaven was a former Dick Van Dyke Show writer.
  • Screwed by the Network: A bizarre case of this toward the end. Despite the series continuing to do well in the ratings entering the 1991-92; 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 newly-created offshoot block called "I Love Saturday Night", placing it alongside aging one-time ABC hits Growing Pains and Who's the Boss? along with a new animated series called Capitol Critters. Inevitably, the series (which finished at #32note ) 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).
  • What Could Have Been: The show was originally called "The Greenhorn" and paired Pinchot with comedian Louie Anderson. Things weren't really working out until Mark Lynn-Baker came along and showed great chemistry with Bronson.
  • Working Title: "The Greenhorn" was the original title.