Perfect Strangers Episode Guide
Season Four Credits
(1988 - 1989)

Broadcast Information:
22 episodes aired from October 14, 1988 through May 5, 1989 on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on ABC

Opening Credits:

Bronson Pinchot
Mark Linn-Baker
Melanie Wilson
(for this season, Melanie's credit was in front of Rebeca's)
Rebeca Arthur
Belita Moreno

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
Executive Story Editor: John B. Collins
Executive Story Editor: Robert Blair
Executive Story Editors: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler
Story Editor: Thomas Devanney (listed as Tom Devanney from Aliens on)
Unit Production Manager / First Assistant Director: Miles Kristman
Second Assistant Director: Connie Garcia-Singer
Director of Photography: Monroe P. Askins, Jr. A.S.C.
Art Director: Lynn Griffin
Edited by: Kelly Sandefur
Executive in Charge of Casting: Barbara Miller
Casting by: Jacklynn Burrud Briskey, C.S.A.; Melinda Gartzman, C.S.A.
Music by: Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay; Steve Chesne (listed as Steven Chesne from The ‘King’ and I on)
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
Set Decorator: Jim Colburn
Special Assistant: Marilyn Bagley
Make-Up: Robert Ryan; Nadia Di Paola (Games People Play; Prose and Cons); Lisa Pharren (Wedding Belle Blues)
Hair Stylist: Gail Rowell (listed as Gail Rowell Ryan after Car Wars); Linda Trainoff; Frankie Bergman (The Gift of the Mypiot); Cheri Ruff (Wedding Belle Blues)
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®
Re-Recording Mixers: David E. Fluhr, Rick Himot
Re-Recorded by: Compact Sound Services
Sound Editor: Leslie Baerwitz, Deni King (Just a Gigolo; Seven Card Studs; Teacher’s Pest)
Music Co-ordinator: Lori Higgins

SPIDER-MAN and the likeness thereof are trademarks of the Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.  Copyright © 1986, 1988 Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.  All rights reserved.  (shown after the episode College Bound)

This Motion Picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries, and its’ (unnecessary apostrophe removed after Up a Lazy River, Part 2) unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

The events, characters and films depicted in this photoplay are fictitious.  Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual entities is purely coincidental.

COPYRIGHT © 1988; 1989



Executive In Charge of Production: R. Robert Rosenbaum
MILLER * BOYETT Productions
in association with
Lorimar Television



There were not any major changes to the theme song between seasons three and four.  In fact about the only notable thing was the lack of a shining special effect across the series logo, which was only present during the season three opening.  Occasionally the theme song was shown in a shortened form as well.

Press Kit Information


Making it on your own in the big city is tough.  Making it on your own as a journalist in the big city is tougher.  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 fourth 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 truest sense, "Perfect Strangers."

In the first season, Balki, a professional goat herder on the small Mediterranean island of Mypos, decided to seek a better way of life and emigrated 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.

And coincidentally across the globe, 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."

Now entering their fourth season together, the cousins are well-ensconced into their larger two bedroom apartment 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). Jennifer, a sensible, beautiful blond has Larry completely smitten while Mary Ann (sic), also blond, but the essence of flighty, has found a common soul in the naive Balki.

Last year, Larry hit paydirt when he landed a job as assistant to the editor at one of the (sic) Chicago’s largest daily newspapers, the Chicago Chronicle.  This year, he gets moved up to cub reporter and is now obligated to remember all the skills and fundamentals he conveniently forgot at journalism school, and is further forced to put his dream of photojournalism on hold.  Afraid of becoming stagnant himself, Balki, with a little help from Larry, secured a job in the Chronicle mailroom in his pursuit of bettering himself in the work place.  Although the mimeograph machine has never been 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 returning to the cast this season will be acerbic elevator operator, Harriet (sic) Winslow (Jo Marie Payton-France), whose sharp-tongued observations not only keep those on the upper floor in line, and Lydia Cooper (sic, her last name is Markham) (Belita Morena - also sic), the neurotic advice columnist who is so overwhelmed with people’s problems that she often turns to the ever-available Balki for assistance in answering her voluminous mail.

Despite Larry’s attempts to instruct Balki 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 Fridays (8:00 - 8:30 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, 1988


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

On Air: Fridays, 8:00 - 8:30 PM, PT
Origination: Filmed at Lorimar Studios, Culver City, CA
Format: Half-hour comedy
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

(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 situation comedy "Full House" in this, their fourth 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 Television.

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, 1988

(Supervising Producers)

William Bickley and Michael Warren began their association in 1973 when Warren became associate producer on the musical / comedy series "The Partridge Family," which was being co-produced by Bickey.  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."  The pair, who have been supervising producers on "Perfect Strangers" since its inception, will serve as executive producers this season.

August, 1988