A sitcom staple in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Perfect Strangers was a delightful, if unchallenging, tale of two distant cousins, one American-born, another an immigrant, who have to overcome all kinds of cultural and other hurdles to arrive at something approaching domestic bliss.
The humour was more than a little obvious and clunky at times, but such was the likeability of Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) and Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and so endearing their dynamic that you wanted to spend time with the guys.
Now years after the show ended its eight-season run in 1993, Jimmy Kimmel Live has revived the show by bringing a new cast member – Dem O’Gorgon, who looks suspiciously like the monster from Stranger Things‘ Upside Down.
He proves to be an interesting new housemate who doesn’t respond well to being asked to move out – let’s just say so effective is his rebuttal that he’s allowed to stay – and views Balki and Larry’s pet dog as more snack than canine companion.
And poor old Will? Well, when the Stranger Things gang, minus Eleven and Max, turns up, he ends up in a very familiar situation. Uh-oh …
But hey, when everything gets a little awkward, there’s always Perfect Strangers‘ much-loved Dance of Joy to get everyone in the mood for a heartwarming montage.