Perfect Strangers: Seasons 1 & 2

1986 NR 4 discs

Perfect Strangers: Seasons 1 & 2

1986 NR 4 discs
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Excited to be on his own in Chicago, uptight Wisconsinite Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) ends up with a new roommate: his long-lost, ever-cheerful cousin Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot), an ex-sheepherder recently arrived from the Mediterranean island nation of Mypos. These perfect strangers prove to be a strangely perfect match in the first two seasons of this classic odd-couple sitcom, which began its eight-year run in 1986.
Mark Linn-Baker, Bronson Pinchot, Melanie Wilson, Ernie Sabella, Anton Lesser, Rebeca Arthur, Sam Anderson, Eugene Roche, Lise Cutter
Joel Zwick, Howard Storm
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic 1980s slapstick sitcom bases much of its humor on the two main characters' cultural differences -- particularly Balki's misunderstanding of American customs. But they still build a strong, lasting friendship, and the humor isn't disparaging. Expect some subtle sexual innuendo, which gets stronger during the show's later seasons. But they're still mild by today's standards, and most will probably go over the head of younger viewers.

Sexual Content

Mostly hugging and kissing. Some sexual innuendo that will go over the head of younger viewers; later episodes have some stronger sexual references, including subtle references to virginity. Balki is sexually harassed by a female boss at the Chronicle. A later episode deals with pregnancy.


Some light, slapstick slapping, shoving, pushing, and peril, but nothing that causes real harm.


Very occasional use of mild language like "hell" and "damn."

Social Behavior

Larry and Balki are cousins and good friends who are very loyal to each other. Their cultural differences are sources of humor, but they're generally presented in a way that doesn't insult or disapprove. Overall, the show presents a positive example of immigration and cultural adaptation. Larry can get caught up in crazy schemes. The cast is primarily Caucasian.


Occasional references to music and pop-culture icons of the time (like Bruce Springsteen). Popular Chicago locations visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some limited adult consumption of alcohol (typically social drinking). Occasional use of unnamed over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies created by Balki.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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