Perfect Strangers Episode Guide
Season Five Credits
(1989 - 1990)

Broadcast Information:
24 episodes aired from September 22, 1989 through May 4, 1990 on Fridays at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.  This is the first season the show was broadcast in stereo.

Opening Credits:

Bronson Pinchot
Mark Linn-Baker
Rebeca Arthur as Mary Anne
(this season, Rebeca's name is listed first and the character names are also listed)
Melanie Wilson as Jennifer
Belita Moreno as Lydia
Sam Anderson as Mr. Gorpley

Producer: Terry Hart (on Hello, Ball, then from Home Movies on)
Producers: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler
Supervising Producer: Paula A. Roth
Co-Executive Producers: William Bickley & Michael Warren

End Credits:

Executive Producers: Thomas L. Miller; Robert L. Boyett (for some reason this credit didn’t run at the end of the episode Tooth or Consequences)
Coordinating Producer: Ronny Hallin
Associate Producer: Alan Plotkin
Executive Script Consultant: John B. Collins
Executive Script Consultant: Tom Devanney
Executive Story Editors: Barry O’Brien & Cheryl Alu
Executive Consultant: Dale McRaven
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: Robert Bramwell (with Kelly Sandefur on A Blast from the Past)
Executive in Charge of Casting: Barbara Miller, C.S.A.
Casting by: Jacklynn Burrud Briskey, C.S.A.
Music by: Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay; Steven Chesne (Father Knows Best??? Part One & Two, Disorderly Orderlies; The Selling of Mypos, Nightmare Vacation, He’s the Boss; This Old House; Bye, Bye Birdie; Eyewitless Reports)
Theme Song "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now" by: Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay
Theme Song Performed by: David Pomeranz
Men’s Wardrobe: Bob Squire
Women’s Wardrobe: Gina Trikonis
Set Decorator: Jim Colburn
Special Assistant: Marilyn Bagley
Make-Up: Tommy Cole; Robert Ryan (from The Newsletter)
Hair Stylist: Judy Crown; Gail Rowell-Ryan (from The Newsletter); Terri Cannon-Cole (Dog Day Midafternoon; Father Knows Best??? Part One)
Property Master: Dominic Belmonte
Technical Coordinator: Erik Emi
Sound Mixer: Jim Ford
Music Director: Richard Berres; Gregory Sill (from Nightmare Vacation to Here Comes the Judge, then This Old House on)
Post Production Services by: Laser Edit, Inc.; Telecine Tech (from The Newsletter)
Color by: CFI; Metrocolor® (on Lie-Ability)
Re-Recording Mixers: David E. Fluhr, Rick Himot
Re-Recorded by: Compact Sound Services
Sound Editor: Deni King
Music Coordinator: Lori Higgins

SPIDER-MAN and the likeness thereof are trademarks of the Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.  Copyright © 1990 Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.  All rights reserved.  (on the episodes Three’s a Crowd and Bye Bye Birdie)

This Motion Picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries, and its’ (unnecessary apostrophe removed after Good Skates) 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 © 1989; 1990


I.A.T.S.E.  #445753 (the number changed with the various episodes and sometimes wasn’t listed at all)

Country of first publication United States of America.  Lorimar Television is the author of this film / motion picture for the purposes of Article 15 [2] of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.  (Added from Everyone in the Pool on)

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


The only notable change in the theme song from season four to five was that it was now broadcast in stereo.  Abbreviated opening credits were shown on various episodes.  Also the names of the characters were now listed after the supporting cast.

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 fifth 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."  This season "Perfect Strangers" moves to the new time slot of Fridays (9:00 - 9:30 PM, PT) on the ABC Television Network.

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 fifth 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) who live upstairs.  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.

This year, the cousins continue their jobs at the Chicago Chronicle, one of Chicago’s largest daily newspapers.  Although still located on the bottom floor of the building, far from the action and a breath away from the parking garage, the high-strung Larry has become an even more integral part of the investigative reporting team, often persuading a reluctant Balki to put aside his mailroom duties to help with his increasing undercover work.

Also returning to the cast this season will be Lydia Cooper (sic, her last name is Markham) (Belita Moreno), the neurotic advice columnist who is so overwhelmed with people’s problems that she often turns to the ever-available pair for some advice of her own.

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, and often bizarre, perspective on life.

"Perfect Strangers" is a Miller Boyett Production in association with Lorimar Television.  Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett serve as executive producers, William Bickley and Michael Warren are co-executive producers; supervising producer is Paula Roth, with James O’Keefe, Howard Adler and Bob Griffard serving as producers; Ronny Hallin is coordinating producer.

July, 1989


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

On Air: Friday, 9:00 - 9:30 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
Co-Executive Producers: William Bickley; Michael Warren
Supervising Producer: Paula Roth
Producers: James O’Keefe; Howard Adler; Bob Griffard
Coordinating Producer: Ronny Hallin
Director: Joel Zwick
Press Representative: Pam Godsick

(Executive Producers)

"Perfect Strangers" is one of four 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 situation comedies "The Hogan Family," "Full House" and "Family Matters" in this, their fifth year at Lorimar Television.

Previously, Miller and Boyett were partnered with Edward Milkis 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 / Milkis 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.

(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 the television series "What’s Happening!", "Please Stand By" and the ninth season of "The Love Boat."  They have also 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 co-executive producers on this season.

July 1989