Perfect Strangers

1986, TV Show


Keck's Exclusives: Chuck Meets Balki and Goya Returns

Bronson Pinchot

Cousin, don't be ri-dic-u-lous...

Bronson Pinchot — who popularized that catch phrase as bizarre foreigner Balki ...
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Jaleel White on Playing Steve Urkel: "I Didn't Know What the Heck I Was Doing"

Family Matters

In 1989, ABC premiered the Perfect Strangers spin-off Family Matters, which featured a relatively unknown cast. Although the series focused on a middle-class African American family in Chicago, the breakout star was the Winslows' annoyingly dorky neighbor, Steve Urkel. Twenty years later, Jaleel White, who played Urkel, still looks back at the show that catapulted him into stardom with fond memories and says that, yes, people still ask him to do the famous "Urkel" voice. The 33-year-old spoke to about his favorite memories from his nine seasons on the show, the first season of which is in stores on DVD Tuesday. What was it like working on Family Matters?
Jaleel White: It was an amazing experience. I learned physical comedy to a degree that most child actors never will. I really just became a student of it — became obsessed with it to be quite honest. I was fortunate to work with ...

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That Balki Is Such a Pimp

Perfect Strangers

Today's Video Break: Perfect StrangersEpisode Title: "First Date"Season: 1Year: 1986Why we love this episode: You'll always remember your first date — especially if it entails sheep jokes and the "dance of joy." When cousin Larry decides to double-date with Balki for Balki's first real outing with a female, he bestows a few pointers on the Meepos native. Honestly, we were kinda feelin' Balki's dropping-at-women's-feet tactic — definitely don't see that at the bars these days!Watch it now!Your take: What's your favorite Larry and Balki moment? read more

Ratatouille Scurries to the Top, and Other DVD News

Ratatouille box art courtesy Walt Disney Video

Ratatouille topped last week's DVD sales chart, while I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry was the No. 1 rental pick. My sons checked out the Rat last week, but weren't wowed by it. "Too many damn frogs in this film," scoffed Jared, who with Jacob turned 5 on Tuesday.Elsewhere, DVD releases have been set for The Bourne Ultimatum (Dec. 11), Resident Evil: Extinction (Jan. 1), Barney & Friends: Celebrating Around the World (Jan. 29, 2008) and Perfect Strangers: The Complete First and Second Season (Feb. 28) — and yes, I shall be ridiculous, thank you. read more

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Premiered: March 25, 1986, on ABC
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Premise: Balki, a naive Mediterranean immigrant, lands on the Chicago doorstep of his distant cousin Larry, making for culture-clash situations that had plenty of slapstick. Larry was high-strung and cynical; Balki, the former shepherd, was wide-eyed and eternally optimistic. The series spun off `Family Matters.'



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