Perfect Strangers Episode Guide
Season Three Credits
(1987 - 1988)

Broadcast Information:
22 episodes aired from September 23, 1987 through May 6, 1988 on ABC
Started on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. then moved to Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on March 4, 1988

Opening Credits:

Bronson Pinchot
Mark Linn-Baker
Rebeca Arthur
(starting with the episode Taking Stock)
Melanie Wilson
(starting with the episode Taking Stock)
Belita Moreno
(starting with the episode Couch Potato)

Producer:
Paula A. Roth
Supervising Producers:
William Bickley & Michael Warren

End Credits:

Executive Producers: Thomas L. Miller, Robert L. Boyett
Coordinating Producer: Harriette Ames-Regan
Associate Producer:
Alan Plotkin
Executive Consultant:
Dale McRaven (starting with the episode Couch Potato)
Executive Script Consultant:
Bob Keyes
Executive Story Editor:
John B. Collins; Robert Blair

Story Editors: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler
Unit Production Manager: Harriette Ames-Regan
First Assistant Director:
Miles Kristman
Second Assistant Director:
Connie Garcia-Singer
Director of Photography: Sherman Kunkel, A.S.C.
Art Director:
Lynn Griffin
Edited by:
Kelly Sandefur; John Neal (The Pen Pal; Bye, Bye Biki)
Executive in Charge of Casting: Barbara Miller
Casting by:
Melinda Gartzman, C.S.A., Jamie Tarses; Cami Patton, C.S.A.
Music by: Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay; Steve Chesne (Just Desserts; Bye, Bye Biki)
Theme Song "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now" by:
Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay
Theme Song Performed by:
David Pomeranz
Set Director: Jeannie Laughlin; Thomas Cost; Mary Ann Good
Men’s Wardrobe: Bob Squire
Women’s Wardrobe:
Gina Trikonis
Special Assistant:
Marilyn Bagley
Make-Up: Bob Osterman; Robert Ryan
Hair Stylist:
Irene De'Atley; Gail Rowell
Property Master:
Dominic Belmonte
Technical Coordinator:
Erik Emi
Sound Mixer: Jim Ford
Music Director:
Richard Berres
Post Production Services by:
Laser Edit, Inc.; Telecine Tech
Color by:
Metrocolor Lab®
Re-Recording Mixers: David E. Fluhr, Rick Himot
Sound Editor:
Miguel Rivera, Deni King, Leslie Baerwitz
Music Editor:
Lori Higgins (starting with The Horn Blows at Midnight)
Re-Recorded by: Compact Video (later listed as Compact Sound Services)

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SEASON THREE THEME SONG:

Season Three brought a whole new theme song, the one most fans are still familiar with today and the one which would be used at the start of the show throughout the rest of its run (unlike other Miller / Boyett programs which starred children and rather needed to be updated occasionally, there was no real need to update the Perfect Strangers theme song visuals so no new theme was ever done after this).  The music is the same and still sung by David Pomeranz but with more orchestration added than on the previous versions.

       

The theme starts showing Balki and Larry on the tour boat Ecstasy traveling on the Chicago River and passing under the Irv Kupcinet Bridge.  The show's logo comes up, more prominent than ever before.  The logo has light run across it, making it shine (this glowing effect would only ever be used in the third season).

       

There is a very short montage of scenes from the earlier openings which show Balki coming to America and Larry traveling from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago.  As Larry passes under the Welcome to Chicago sign there is an upward pan transition and we begin the new on-location footage (note that some weeks this flashback portion was cut from the opening).

       

In the first shot we see Balki and Larry jogging in Lincoln Park.  Next, Balki stops to pet the head of a horse which draws a carriage before stepping forward into the full frame where Bronson's screen credit comes up.  Note Balki is either going to or from school, as he has his books in a bookstrap over his shoulder!

       

Larry stops to buy a copy of the Chicago Chronicle from a newsstand and searches it to find an article written by himself.  Over the show of Larry's proud expression we see Mark's screen credit.  We then see Balki and Larry struggling to walk down the street against the famous Chicago wind!

       

       

Balki and Larry are then seen heading to a baseball game at Wrigley Field.  Balki is wearing a Chicago Cubs bear cap, t-shirt and is carrying a souvenir miniature baseball bat.  The stop across the street from the stadium as Larry shows Balki the tickets to the game.  Balki tries to grab them from Larry but Larry holds them tightly and they turn to cross the street to the stadium.  After that we see them entering a revolving door.  Balki makes the complete rotation, enjoying the fun of the door.  Larry appears again, looking for Balki with a frustrated expression in his face.

       

There is an establishing shot of the Chicago El (elevated train) as the producers' credits are shown.  Finally Balki and Larry are seen coming out of the underground train station, dressed in tuxedos (Balki is wearing his Myposian tuxedo) and they head across the street to the Chicago Theater where, appropriately, a production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple is playing.

Watch the Season Three Theme Song on YouTube

 

 


SERIES CHANGES:

Season three brought significant changes to the series.  In the first episode, Larry has already left his job at the Ritz Discount and has landed a job at the Chicago Chronicle working as an assistant to the editor, Mr. Burns.  Balki is still at the Ritz but comes down to the paper to look through the classifieds for a new job, ending up with a job in the mailroom of the paper working right next to Larry in the basement.

But as the first episode of the season begins, the cousins are already in a new two-bedroom apartment.  While the exterior shots of the building are clearly different from those used in the first and second season (see Filming Locations for more information on these specific buildings) the press information below reveals that it was to be accepted that Balki and Larry simply moved to a larger apartment in the same building (which would explain why Jennifer, Mary Anne and Mrs. Schlegelmilch also still lived there, but doesn't do much to explain how the girls still live above the guys and what happened to the Twinkacetti's . . . or even what happened to the Ritz Discount Store!)

With the change of workplaces, new characters were introduced.  Harriette Winslow, the Chronicle's elevator operator (played by Jo Marie Payton-France) was a sharp addition intended to bring balance by injecting sarcasm and snappy retorts to the basement proceedings.  Balki's new boss, Mr. Sam Gorpley (played by Sam Anderson) was a replacement for Twinkacetti and intended as a foil for the cousins (oddly enough, no mention of Mr. Gorpley is made in the press release show descriptions until the 1990-91 season!).  Mr. Burns, Larry's boss and editor of the Chronicle (played by Eugene Roche) was given more consideration in the below press release, even though he would not last past this season.  The Chronicle's neurotic advice-columnist, Lydia Markham, joined the series in the episode Couch Potato.  She would be mentioned in the following season's press release, and it's interesting to note that they say she turns to Balki to help her answer her voluminous mail, even though this never actually happens!

And one may wonder why in so many articles and interviews people referred to Balki as a goat-herder instead of a sheep-herder.  As you can see from the press kit excerpt below, this particular misinformation was given to the media and this would not change throughout the entire series, even though in the show itself Balki is *always* referred to as a sheep-herder and never a goat-herder (although in the theme song there are both sheep and goats present when Balki bids his family goodbye).


Press Kit Information

1987 - 88 SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Making it on your own in the competitive world of journalism is tough.  Making it in journalism in the big city is tougher still.  But pursuing this dream with your Mediterranean goat-herding cousin who’s also your best friend makes it nearly impossible and promises unusual, if not bizarre, experiences on the third season of "Perfect Strangers," starring Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker.  As Balki Bartokomous and Larry Appleton, respectively, this oil and water duo are in the best sense, "Perfect Strangers."

In the first season, Balki, a professional goat herder on the small Mediterranean island of Mypos, decided that the only answer to seeking a better way of life would be to emigrate to the United States and pursue his peculiar version of the American dream.  So off he went, devoid of inhibitions, full of idealism, fresh naivete and an enthusiasm for everything.  Everything.

At about the same time, Balki’s midwestern cousin Larry Appleton had also broken away from his parents’ comfortable nest and was peacefully asserting his independence in the big city of Chicago while attempting to became a famous photojournalist.  But when his heretofore unknown cousin arrived at his newly acquired doorstep, Larry’s calm and steady existence was suddenly and drastically altered.  Reluctantly, Larry agreed to take him in and, ultimately, teach him the ropes of "making it in America."

Opening the new season, the cousins have recently moved into a larger two bedroom apartment (where Balki now has his own room) in their old building and are still maintaining their friendship / romance with another odd pairing, stewardesses Jennifer and Mary Anne (Melanie Wilson and Rebeca Arthur, respectively).  Having left his job at the Ritz Discount Store, Larry finally hits paydirt by landing a job as assistant to the editor at one of the (sic) Chicago’s largest daily newspapers, the Chicago Chronicle.  Forced to put his dream of photojournalism on hold, he is now obligated to remember all the skills and fundamentals he conveniently forgot at journalism school.

Afraid of becoming stagnant himself, Balki, with a little help from Larry, secures a job in the mailroom at the Chronicle in his pursuit of bettering himself in the work place.  Although the mimeograph machine may never be the same, Balki has the reassurance of working in the same room as Larry, which is unfortunately located on the bottom floor of the building, far from the action and a breath away from the parking garage.

Also joining the cast this season will be an acerbic elevator operator, Harriet (sic) Winslow (Jo Marie Payton-France), whose sharp-tongued observations not only keep those on the upper floor in line, but serve to remind those on the basement level of their insignificance, and Harry Burns (Eugene Roche), Larry’s demanding and blustery boss.

Despite Larry’s attempts to "Americanize" Balki, to instruct him in the idiosyncracies of Americans, Balki still retains a fresh innocence and spontaneity that provides the practical and rigid Larry a whole new perspective on life.

"Perfect Strangers," a Miller Boyett Production in association with Lorimar Television airs Wednesdays (8:30 - 9:00 PM, PT) on the ABC Television Network.  Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett serve as executive producers; William Bickley and Michael Warren are supervising producers; and Paula Roth and Jim O’Keefe serve as producers.

August, 1987

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS:

The following are cast and production credits for "Perfect Strangers," the comedy series on the ABC Television Network.

On Air: Wednesday, 8:30 - 9:00 PM, PT
Origination: Filmed at Lorimar Studios, Culver City, CA
Format: Half-hour comedy
Starring: BRONSON PINCHOT; MARK LINN-BAKER
Produced by: Miller Boyett Productions, in association with Lorimar
Executive Producers: Thomas L. Miller; Robert L. Boyett
Supervising Producers: William Bickley; Michael Warren
Producers: Paula Roth; James O’Keefe
Coordinating Producer: Harriet Ames-Regan
Director: Joel Zwick
Director of Photography: Sherman Kunkel
Editor: Kelly Sandefur
Press Representative: David Stapf

THOMAS L. MILLER & ROBERT L. BOYETT
(Executive Producers)

"Perfect Strangers" is one of the three network prime-time comedy series on the success list of the production team of Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett.  They’re also at the helm of the successful comedy "Valerie" and are the executive producers of the new situation comedy "Full House" in this, their third year at Lorimar Television.

Previously, Miller and Boyett were partnered with Edward Milkus (sic) at Paramount Studios where they produced such top-rated series as "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy."

Miller, who formerly served as a development executive at both Paramount and Twentieth Century-Fox, co-produced the popular feature films "Silver Streak" in 1976 and "Foul Play" in 1978 under the Miller / Milkus (sic) banner.  Boyett was formerly Senior Vice President of Television at Paramount and prior to that served as a development executive at ABC-TV.

Under the Miller Boyett Productions banner, the pair created and developed the critically acclaimed television series "Bosom Buddies," as well as "Angie," "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "Out of the Blue."  They also produced the feature film "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in 1982.

August, 1987

MICHAEL WARREN and WILLIAM BICKLEY
(Supervising Producers)

Michael Warren and William Bickley began their association in 1973 when Warren became associate producer on the musical / comedy series "The Partridge Family," which was being co-produced by Bickley.  In 1975, the pair began writing as a team and soon had written scripts for such comedy series as "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Welcome Back Kotter."

They have produced "What’s Happening," "Please Stand By" and the ninth season of "The Love Boat."  They also have served as executive story consultants on "Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "The Good Time Girls."  This season marks their third season on "Perfect Strangers" as supervising producers.

August, 1987