YMMV / Perfect Strangers

  • Awesome Music: "Standing taaaaaaaaaaaallll....!"
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some of Balki's stories about living on Mypos.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Balki is utterly disgusted to find an inflatable woman in the trunk of Larryís car:
    Balki: You live with someone for years, and you think you know them. . .
    Larry: Itís not what you think!
    Balki: This isnít an inflatable woman?
    Larry: I use her so I can drive in the carpool lane on my way to work!
    • (amusingly, Larry appears just as ashamed, and Balki just as disgusted by this explanation as by the original assumption)
  • Heartwarming Moments: Larry getting Balki to talk about his homesickness in "Beautiful Dreamer". This shows at times he's really worried about his cousin, and it's one of the few moments where he saves the day.
    • A real life example, the last time they do "the dance of joy" at the request of a live audience member on the final show. Bronson Pinchot tearfully giving his usual line "now we are so happy we do the dance of joy".
    • The scene during the opening credit sequence, when Balki, having just arrived in America by boat, sees the Statue of Liberty for the very first time. The joy, excitement, and hope on his face can melt your heart.
  • Ho Yay: Balki and Larry, of the Kissing Cousins variety. The 'Dance of Joy' ends with Larry jumping into Balki's arms.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Dance Of Joy.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Mark Linn-Baker (Larry Appleton) is also best known for playing Benjy Stone in My Favorite Year.
    • Belita Moreno (Edwina Twinkacetti/Lydia Markham) is also best known for playing Benita "Benny" Lopez on The George Lopez Show.
    • Ernie Sabella (Donald Twinkacetti) is also best known for voicing Pumbaa in The Lion King.
    • In addition to his work on Perfect Strangers, creator, executive producer, and executive consultant Dale McRaven is also best known as co-creator, producer, and supervising producer of Mork & Mindy.
    • Rich Correll directed four episodes. Correll is best known for co-creating Hannah Montana and for playing Richard Rickover on Leave It to Beaver.
    • Barry O'Brien wrote 16 episodes. O'Brien is also best known for co-creating Hannah Montana and for co-developing Beverly Hills Teens.
    • Robert Griffard and Howard Adler wrote 14 episodes. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of Two of a Kind.
    • William Bickley and Michael Warren wrote ten episodes. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of Family Matters and Step by Step. Warren is also best known as co-developer and co-executive producer of Two of a Kind.
    • Mark Fink wrote two episodes. Fink is best known as co-creator and executive producer of Hang Time.
    • David Ketchum wrote an episode. Ketchum is best known for playing Agent 13 on Get Smart.
    • Scott Spencer Gordon also wrote an episode. Gordon is best known for co-creating City Guys.
  • Tear Jerker: A few, namely when Balki suffered his first big heartbreak.
    • The end of 'Bye Bye Biki'. Balki had lost his 106 year old grandmother as soon as she had arrived in Chicago, and doesn't act too upset about it. He later confesses to her casket that he's been hiding his pain to stay strong and so that people won't feel sad.
    • In 'Lifesavers, Balki is tethering a sleeping Larry to the table so he doesn't sleepwalk and fall out the window. Then he notices that Larry is awfully still. Balki is so worried and upset that he tries checking Larry's heartbeat and breath. It turned out that Larry was still alive, but so deeply asleep that it made poor Balki fear the worst.
  • The Woobie: Balki at times.