Louie Anderson Almost Played Larry Instead of Mark Linn-Baker in ‘Perfect Strangers’
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Perfect Strangers was one of the most successful sitcoms. The ABC TV show featured only six episodes in its inaugural season, but it immediately became popular.
Perfect Strangers had become a niche favorite and developed a hit spin-off series by the time it aired its eighth and final season in 1993. However, if a different actor had been hired as one of the sitcom’s prominent characters, the on-screen universe of Perfect Strangers may have looked very different.
The film ‘Perfect Strangers’ first aired in 1986.
So that the show wouldn’t offend an entire culture, the creators of ‘Perfect Strangers’ made up a fake country.
Larry Appleton, a Wisconsinite who goes to Chicago, is played by actor Mark Linn-Baker. The unexpected arrival of a distant cousin, Balki Bartokomous, throws Appleton’s transfer to the Windy City into chaos (played by Bronson Pinchot).
This relative works as a shepherd on the fictional Mediterranean island of Mypos, and their strange relationship spawned nearly a decade of comedic episodes.
“Balki, whose understanding of America is solely based on American television,” explains The Today Show, “shows up at Larry’s Chicago apartment and, well, hilarity ensue as the cousins share their cultures with each other.” “The buddy program, which ran from 1986 to 1993 and included Lucille Ball as one of its many fans, never won an Emmy.”
The hit TV show ‘Perfect Strangers’ spawned a popular spin-off.
‘Family Matters’ was a spinoff that grew in popularity faster than the original show.
The Perfect Strangers audience first met Harriette Winslow (Jo Marie Payton) and her police husband Carl Winslow a few years into the show’s run (Reginald VelJohnson). The two new characters were such a popular with the audience that ABC decided to give them their own show, Family Matters.
Family Matters would be canceled… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.