This will be a new blog series of what shows should be on Netflix.
Starting off this series, I think the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986-1993) should be on Netflix streaming.
What is Perfect Strangers? The Miller-Boyett produced sitcom was about a guy named Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) who just moved from Wisconson to Chicago finally getting his own place. However, his distant cousin Balki (Bronson Pinchot) from a ficitional Greek island moves in. Larry being uptight and Balki being naive but good natured live together having many shenanigans and going through life in the Windy City accompined by a studio audience like most ABC sitcoms from 1980-199x.
OK, so it isn't art nor acclaimed but it was damn funny. It is safe to watch with anyone seeing it's made for adults and kids. The physical humor was done well and Balki trying to assimilate American culture is amusing. I liked the chemistry between Balki and Larry.
As the seasons went on, the budgets got higher. They got girlfriends and even got chased by the mob in Los Angeles (that episode had a rather cool car chase too). It ended on a high note in 1993 during a summer run. The only Miller-Boyett sitcom of TGIF to end when planned.
Anyway, the show was recently reruned on ION TV years back but it isn't anywhere. I see Full House, Family Matters, and Step By Step being rerun on TBS, BET, MTV2, and The Hub respectively but this Miller-Boyett production isn't?
Speaking of quality, in my opinion this series humor has aged well. Didn't need to overly rely on one character or gag.
Also, only seasons 1-3 are available on DVD despite a small but vocal demand.
I'd like to relieve it though. I think we all need a simple laugh that actually goes for laughs.
Fun fact. This spun off Family Matters.