Perfect Strangers wasn’t a monster cultural phenomenon like The Cosby Show, but it was a solid hit show that most of us growing up in the ‘80s remember very fondly. A lot of ‘80s shows are momentarily interesting for a bit of nostalgia for a world long gone, but not much more. Perfect Strangers, however, holds up remarkably well for many reasons. The chemistry between Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot is electric and leaps off the screen, giving the show a natural ease and honesty. Their comedic timing is terrific and often Vaudevillian in its cleverness, and many of their funniest moments can’t be described, only experienced. The show brings an unusual perspective because, like Seinfeld, it wasn’t just smart-alecks spouting wisecracks. At heart, it was a humorous commentary about the subtle aspects of American culture we don’t often think about. And because Mark and Bronson were both talented and experienced stage actors, every episode feels like we’re looking in on a filmed play, with the actors drawing energy from an enthusiastic audience. Imran and Sofia take us through every episode as the show unfolds and the characters develop. Their fun banter and discussion of cultural references help us older fans relive those nights when we first saw these episodes on Tuesdays, then Wednesdays and then Fridays on ABC. They’re a great resource for newer fans experiencing the show for the first time on Amazon Prime who may not get some of the fleeting cultural references. Once you understand these nuances, the genius of the show comes into focus. Thanks for a great podcast! DON’T be ridiculous, and DO be sure to tune in each week!
This podcast is so much fun to listen too. I’ve been watching Perfect Strangers for almost four years now, I’ve seen every episode a least a million times, and it’s so good! The sitcom itself is a blast and it’s helped me out of hard days and even been there for me on fun days. I watch it almost every night, and just laugh and laugh. I was so excited to find this podcast and hear some insight into some of the references they make on the show to different things and to just hear what other people think of my favorite TV show ever. Keep up the great work and remember: When life gives you lemons, make furniture polish.
Revisiting this show while listening to the podcast is more fun than playing bang bong poki noki waka yahoo over at Stavros‘s farm after a week of hhhhard work during bopoltide.
I went searching to see if there was a Perfect Strangers podcast and found this. I love it, it’s a great romp through one of the best shows of all time. My whole family has been using Balki-isms since the 80s - don’t be ridiculous, you must have ESPN, now we do the myposian dance of joy! And to find some other people who geek out about this show as much as I do is fantastic. Fantastic pandemic escape fodder.
This is an enjoyable family podcast about a hilarious family friendly show. I remember watching reruns of Perfect Strangers as a young child. I don’t remember any of the original plot lines, so re-watching the show and listening to this podcast makes me feel like I’m having an entirely new experience. You can hear the love of this show in the way Sofia and Imran discuss it. They have great insights into comedy and I enjoy their re-enactments of scenes. As a younger watcher/listener, I really enjoy their explanations of some of the often misused pop culture references that Balki makes. What can I say? I’m a big fan! I often wish the podcast was longer. :)
Love it! The hosts have great "en-tu-si-asm" and obviously love the show. Keep up the great work!