Strangers Episode Guide
(1989 - 1990)
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.
Rebeca Arthur as Mary Anne
(this season, Rebeca's name is listed first and the character names are also
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
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
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
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
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
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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  of the Berne Convention and all national laws
giving effect thereto. (Added from Everyone in the Pool on)
Executive In Charge of Production: R.
MILLER * BOYETT Productions
in association with
SEASON FIVE THEME
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
- 90 SHOW DESCRIPTION:
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.
The following are cast and production
credits for "Perfect Strangers," the comedy series on the ABC
On Air: Friday, 9:00 - 9:30 PM, PT
Origination: Filmed at Lorimar Studios, Culver City, CA
Format: Half-hour comedy
Starring: BRONSON PINCHOT; MARK LINN-BAKER; MELANIE WILSON; REBECA ARTHUR;
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
THOMAS L. MILLER
& ROBERT L. BOYETT
"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.
and WILLIAM BICKLEY
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.