The Best Episodes of Perfect Strangers

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

The series chronicles the rocky coexistence of Larry Appleton and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous. A Wisconsin native, Larry, who comes from a large family with numerous brothers and sisters, has just moved into a new apartment in Chicago, and is experiencing his first joys of newfound privacy when Balki, a hitherto unknown cousin from a Greek-like island in the Mediterranean called Mypos, drops by to live with him. Balki, a shepherd by trade, interprets what little he knows about the United States by relying on his own recollections of American pop culture, which are often out-of-context. After initially gently rebuffing his cousin's request to stay at his apartment, Larry, an aspiring photographer, decides to take Balki under his wing and teach him about American life...

Get Me to the Dump on Time (2)

#1 - Get Me to the Dump on Time (2)

Season 7 - Episode 24

According to a sacred Myposian custom, Balki and Mary Anne must be married within 24 hours and they get everything ready. Larry feels left out of the duties so Balki makes him his best man and the guardian of his Myposian marriage necklace which he must have during the ceremony, but Larry accidentally throws it out. So Larry and Balki search the dump for it and eventually find it and Balki and Mary Anne finally get married.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Judy Pioli
Writers: Tom Devanney
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Tux for Two

#2 - Tux for Two

Season 2 - Episode 16

Larry has been invited to a formal party for a photographer he idolizes but Balki's honest opinions embarrass Larry.

star 8.14
22 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Joel Saltzman
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Pipe Dreams

#3 - Pipe Dreams

Season 3 - Episode 17

Jennifer asks Larry if he can call a plumber for her to fix her shower head while she's away. Larry decides that to impress her he'll fix it himself and as Larry and Balki try and put everything together, things go extremely wrong and they end up flooding Jennifer and Mary Anne's bathroom.

star 8.10
10 votes
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Just a Gigolo

#4 - Just a Gigolo

Season 4 - Episode 19

Lydia is miserable when her boyfriend dumped her so Balki uses his match-making skills to fix Lydia up with a man who turns out to be a gigolo who married wealthy women, takes their money and leaves them.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Robert Griffard, Howard Adler
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Or Get Off the Pot (1)

#5 - Or Get Off the Pot (1)

Season 7 - Episode 21

Mary Anne has been hinting at Balki to propose to her and he has failed one too many times so she threatens to move out. Larry talks to Balki and tries to get him to realize but do to mis-communication, Balki thinks that Jennifer's in love with him and Mary Anne is going to die. But in all the confusion, Mary Anne move out.

star 8.00
5 votes
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The Graduate

#6 - The Graduate

Season 3 - Episode 19

Balki manages to graduate night school at the top of his class but soon finds out that there is no graduation ceremony. So Larry talks to the principal and arranges one.

star 8.00
12 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Robert Blair
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Trouble in Paradise

#7 - Trouble in Paradise

Season 2 - Episode 14

Larry and Balki invite Jennifer and Mary Anne over for dinner but cannot agree on what to serve which cases a rift between them and eventually a rift between Jennifer and Mary Anne.

star 7.95
21 votes
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Up a Lazy River (2)

#8 - Up a Lazy River (2)

Season 4 - Episode 7

After the river takes them on a wild ride, The four end up lost in the woods. Hoping that Larry can regain Jennifer's respect, he talks Balki into letting him lead them back to the camp site but they end up walking for five hours in a circle. Later, Larry and Balki almost drown in quicksand and in the evening, they get attacked by a bear.

star 7.94
16 votes
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The Pen Pal

#9 - The Pen Pal

Season 3 - Episode 15

Vince Lucas the racketeer that Larry and Balki testified against has been paroled and Balki invites him into their apartment after writing to him ever since he went to prison. Even though he threatened them, Balki trusts him but Larry's too scared.

star 7.93
15 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Bob Keyes
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Babes in Babylon

#10 - Babes in Babylon

Season 2 - Episode 6

Larry and Balki win a trip to Las Vegas. When they get there, Larry plans out what to do for their entire trip to prevent Balki from going to the casinos and becoming a compulsive gambler. Balki eventually talks him into it and after Balki has a string of good luck playing roulette, Larry starts playing and won't stop.

star 7.93
30 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Bob Keyes
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Happy Birthday, Baby

#11 - Happy Birthday, Baby

Season 1 - Episode 6

Larry is miserable on his 24th birthday after he blew a photo opportunity. So Balki tries to throw him a last minute surprise birthday party for him to cheer him up.

star 7.93
41 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Doug Keyes
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Falling in Love is...

#12 - Falling in Love is...

Season 2 - Episode 7

Balki falls in love with a girl at night school and who makes a play for Larry and constantly breaks dates with him. Balki refuses to believe that she is just using him to get good grades.

star 7.90
30 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: William Bickley, Michael Warren
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Since I Lost My Baby

#13 - Since I Lost My Baby

Season 2 - Episode 13

After Mr. Twinkacetti forgot his wedding anniversary (for the 16th time), Edwina kicks him out. Balki invites him to stay for a while but he makes no efforts to reconcile with Edwina. So Larry and Balki try and get them back together.

star 7.89
19 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Doug Keyes
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Baby, You Can Drive My Car

#14 - Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Season 1 - Episode 4

Balki wants to get his driver's license but Mr. Twinkacetti doesn't think he can do it. But Larry is so confident that he can, that he bets $50 and offers Balki his car.

star 7.89
46 votes
Directors: Howard Storm
Writers: Doug Keyes, Chip Keyes
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Lifesavers

#15 - Lifesavers

Season 2 - Episode 5

After Larry saves Balki from getting hit by a taxi, Balki becomes his personal servant which ends up annoying Larry.

star 7.89
27 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Jim Parker
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Ladies and Germs

#16 - Ladies and Germs

Season 2 - Episode 4

Larry has a date with a beauty queen but after going to the hospital to visit Mr. Twinkacetti (who has broken his leg), he catches a cold and when Balki tries to cure him with a secret Myposian cure, he ends up sleeping for three days.

star 7.89
36 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: William Bickley, Michael Warren
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Speak Memory

#17 - Speak Memory

Season 6 - Episode 17

Jennifer's mother comes to town and wants to meet Larry, and Jennifer doesn't think that her mother will approve of her marrying him. Later on, Larry falls down the stairs at the Chronicle and gets amnesia which last during the dinner where Larry meets Mrs. Lyons.

star 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Judy Pioli
Writers: John B. Collins
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The Lottery

#18 - The Lottery

Season 4 - Episode 1

Balki insists on buying a lottery ticket but Larry thinks that it is just a waste of money for something that can't possibly win. But during the draws, Larry realizes that Balki picked the right numbers and won 28 million dollars but Balki can't remember where he hid the ticket.

star 7.88
17 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Robert Griffard, Howard Adler
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Door to Door

#19 - Door to Door

Season 7 - Episode 4

Larry and Balki get part time jobs to earn extra money. Balki tries stuffing teddy bears, but Larry asks for his help with door to door selling cleaning products. However, Larry is determined to go to a mansion and sell lots of products instead of going door to door with disastrous results.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Judy Pioli
Writers: Barry O'Brien, Cheryl Alu
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See How They Run

#20 - See How They Run

Season 6 - Episode 19

Balki runs for student body president and lets Larry help and as usual, Larry goes completely over the top. The students however, don't like the idea of Balki's idea of reinstating the language requirement so Larry thinks Balki should lie in order to win but he won't.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Judy Pioli
Writers: Thomas R. Nance
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A Christmas Story

#21 - A Christmas Story

Season 2 - Episode 11

Larry and Balki are snowed in Chicago on Christmas Eve which means they can't go to Madison to see Larry's family. So Larry is miserable until Balki spreads some Christmas cheer his way.

star 7.87
23 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Dale McRaven
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Beautiful Dreamer

#22 - Beautiful Dreamer

Season 2 - Episode 15

Balki hasn't been sleeping due to a nightmare that has been haunting him about him not being able to help out at harvest season back on Mypos.

star 7.86
22 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Paula A. Roth
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Wedding Belle Blues

#23 - Wedding Belle Blues

Season 4 - Episode 22

On Balki's 25th birthday, his mama has a pre-arranged marriage that Balki must go through with, even though he is in love with Mary Anne. So Larry and Jennifer try and find a way to save Balki from being unhappy.

star 7.83
12 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Robert Blair
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Hunks Like Us

#24 - Hunks Like Us

Season 2 - Episode 2

Larry decides to join a health club after having the hots for a member named Jennifer. But he thinks she's only interested in jocks and pretends to be one. Balki goes with him and picks up a woman right away who happens to be Jennifer's best friend Mary Anne.

star 7.83
40 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Alan Mandel
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High Society

#25 - High Society

Season 4 - Episode 5

Larry has an excellent idea to present to the owners of the Chronicle but has trouble getting into the party that they're holding. And mistakenly believing that Balki is that Crown Prince of Mypos, he gets invited with Larry.

star 7.82
17 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Paula A. Roth
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