will be getting reacquainted with 'Perfect Strangers'
By Jefferson Graham - USA TODAY
When we last left
Balki and Larry on Perfect Strangers, the boys were both married with
babies on the way.
ABC, which ran Strangers
for seven seasons, announced in May 1992 that the sitcom with Mark Linn-Baker
and Bronson Pinchot would return sometime in the '92 - '93 season.
The series' final
six episodes will begin to air Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET / PT. They've been
ready since last July.
happy," says Bill Bickley, who with Michael Warren is executive
producer. "We're so glad to finally get these shows seen."
A recap on the show:
Pinchot played Balki, the immigrant from Mypos who came to America to live with
his cousin Larry (Linn-Baker).
When they return,
their wives (played by Rebeca Arthur and Melanie Wilson) will be about nine
months pregnant; it's been more than a year since they said they were expecting,
but who's counting?
ordered 13 episodes to finish out the series, but the network reduced it to six,
saying it wanted to give its 9:30 show a fair tryout. That show, Camp
Wilder, has since been canceled.
"Six was a
nice, even number that brought us to a total of 150 episodes," Warren
says. "It looked better on our wrap party coffee cup that, say,
"It was very
strange and very sad going out this way," Bickley says. "But on
the other hand, it beat getting canceled after the fact and not getting to say
goodbye to one another. This way we could all get back together and share
the experience of the show coming to an end."
can see more of Pinchot in the fall, when his new series The Trouble with Larry
premieres on CBS. On this sitcom, he plays a long lost -- and presumed
dead -- husband who returns to wreak havoc on remarried wife Shanna Reed's (Major
Dad) new life.
Linn-Baker has been
acting in plays, and is set to direct an episode of Larry.
As for the final Strangers,
it's a look back at the good times Balki and Larry had, with lots of clips.