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'Perfect Strangers' Turns 25! Where Is the Cast Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 25th 2011 1:30PM
Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Perfect StrangersThe fact that today is the 25th anniversary of the premiere of 'Perfect Strangers'? It makes us want to do the Dance of Joy!

That, of course, is the memorable full-body celebration involving leg kicks, jumping up and down and shouting "Hey!" and ending with cousin Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) leaping into the arms of his Myposian cousin Balki (Bronson Pinchot), whose "Now we are so happy, we do the dance of joy!" exclamation always launched the dance.

The Dance of Joy was one of the best reasons for tuning into the silly, but sweet entry into ABC's sadly defunct TGIF lineup of Friday night sitcoms, in fact. 'Perfect Strangers' revolved around just that: two strangers, Chicagoan Larry and his distant cousin Balki, who became roomies when Balki left his Mediterranean country home and showed up on Larry's Windy City doorstep.

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Greatest '80s TV Catchphrases, From 'Cheers' to 'Ninja Turtles'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 25th 2011 9:00AM
'Perfect Strangers'We're sure all kinds of awesome things happened on March 25, 1986, but could anything rival the series premiere of 'Perfect Strangers'? Don't be ridiculous!

It's been 25 years since 'Perfect Strangers' introduced us to Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) from Mypos and his Chicago cousin Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), who charmed audiences with dances of joy and classic Balki-isms for eight seasons.

With Balki's "Don't be ridiculous" (only to be said with a heavy accent, please) ringing in our heads, we got to thinking about other awesome '80s TV catchphrases that TV fans adopted in their real lives.

Sadly, after the '80s, TV catchphrases started to die out a little. Sure there's Joey's 'Friends' favorite "How you doin'?", Barney's 'How I Met Your Mother' "Legendary" go-to, and the 'Seinfeld' classic "Yadda, yadda, yadda," but new taglines are few and far between, while these old standards still bring back great memories.

Without further ado, let's take a walk down TV memory lane with some of our favorite '80s TV catchphrases. D'oh! Did we forget yours? Chime in with a comment.

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Was Frasier really better than Cheers?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 5:01PM
FrasierOne of the great topics of TV discussion is the "which spinoffs are better than the original shows?" discussion. Are there actually TV show spinoffs that are better than the shows that spawned them?

Woman's Day named their ten picks. I agree that Knot's Landing is better than Dallas and NCIS is probably better than JAG. Not sure if I agree with Family Matters being a better show than Perfect Strangers. Frasier better than Cheers? Hmm, probably not. Also: is Family Feud really a spinoff of Match Game just because both starred Richard Dawson? I guess it could be, I've just never heard that piece of information before.

I'd pick The Andy Griffith Show (from The Danny Thomas Show). Of course, we could talk about this endlessly (though not as endlessly as we could talk about spinoffs that are worse than the show that spawned them). What are your picks?

[via Pop Candy]

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Urkel (and Myrtle Urkel, Urkel-Bot, andStefan Urquelle) come to Nick at Nite

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 29th 2008 4:41PM

Family matters arrives on the Nick as Nite schedule starting tonightI know many of you have been waiting for this moment, so I'll get right to it. Tonight begins the official entry of Family Matters onto the Nick at Nite schedule. Starting at 9 p.m., there will be a marathon of the series that began as a spinoff of the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Family Matters was a traditional sitcom about the Winslows -- Carl, Harriet, Eddie, Laura, the other daughter that mysteriously disappeared mid-way through the series, Grandma Estelle, Aunt Rachel, and, eventually, cousin Richie. Of course, all of these characters became second bananas to one Steve Urkel, who eventually became the star of the show. Face it, you didn't tune in to see what wisdom Carl would pass on to his son Eddie. You tuned in to see Urkel breaking something at the Winslow home, fawning over Laura, inventing transformation chambers and Urkel-bots, and uttering the now-famous phrase, "Did I do that?"

To get you warmed up for Urkel specifically and Family Matters as a whole, Nick at Nite has provided an Urkel-O-Meter on their website to determine how much of the suspenders-wearing nerd we have in all of us. By answering a few questions the Urkel-O-Meter tells you if you are suave like Stefan Urquelle, a belle like Myrtle Urkel, or a true, lovable nerd like Urkel himself. After taking the quiz it turns out that I am a true Steve Urkel. Well, no surprise to some of you readers out there, is it?

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Weekend Time Sink - Vintage rap from Balki - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Apr 19th 2008 1:02PM

Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker of Perfect StrangersAhhh, the weekend. A glorious time when the prospect of burning some daylight watching sit-com stars from the 80s rap seems perfectly reasonable. Especially if it's so frickin' cold it's snowing outside. Seriously, why am I getting snowed on in April?

Anyway, one of my friends sent along a link to a post by Benner on a blog called Touch. It features videos of a bunch of old commercials that use rap to try and sell you on one thing or another. You have the classic: D.J. Fred and M.C. Barney for Fruity Pebbles, the strange: Jennifer Love Hewitt in a commercial for bread, and the cringe-worthy: Larry Bird raps for Converse. Finally, there's the awesome: a promo for ABC Wednesday featuring the casts of Perfect Strangers and Head Of The Class. That one is embedded after the jump. Follow the read link for Benner's post and the rest of the videos.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 16th 2007 9:01AM

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Top 20 '80s TV shows (or so they say)

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 26th 2007 3:04PM

perfect strangersHenry and Matt at Brohans.com have compiled what they are absolutely, positively sure are the twenty greatest '80s television series ever. They are:

  • Mr. Belvedere
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Knight Rider
  • Night Court
  • ALF
  • Perfect Strangers
  • The Golden Girls
  • Growing Pains
  • Married ... with Children
  • Who's the Boss?
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • The Cosby Show
  • The A-Team
  • Miami Vice
  • The Wonder Years
  • MASH
  • MacGyver
  • Cheers
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Warner Brothers remakes sitcoms for Russian TV

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 3rd 2006 8:25PM

Russian FlagImagine a house with three single men in their thirties taking care of one of three little girls. Now imagine all of them speaking Russian. That's the scenario taking place on Russian TV, where old American sitcoms like Full House are being remade into new Russian-language versions. Other sitcoms that are being remade, according to this article, are Suddenly Susan, Step by Step, and Perfect Strangers (yes, Perfect Strangers. Balki is now Andrei, and he comes from a remote former Soviet Republic to move into the Moscow flat of his cousin Ivan).

If you think, though, that a local Moscow-based producer bought the rights to these series, think again. The remakes are being produced by Warner Brothers, the original U.S. producer of each show. Either WB is hurting for money or they really think foreign markets are about to explode. What's next? A Chinese version of Urkel?

[Thanks to Reb and Dinges for the tips.]

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AOL's In2TV goes live

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 15th 2006 12:12PM
In2TV
Yesterday, Keith McDuffee made a great post about his preview of AOL's new online television goldmine, In2TV. The site has gone live to the public today, with plenty of your old favorites ready for streaming. It's completely free (ad-supported) and these shows aren't going to watch themselves, so what are you waiting for? Now, if you will excuse me, I need to start my Freakazoid marathon.

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