Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / News Blog / Buy TV Shows on DVD

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

Perfect Strangers links and theme songs at Sitcoms Online / Perfect Strangers Photo Gallery


Perfect Strangers - The Complete First and Second Seasons

Buy Perfect Strangers - The Complete First and Second Seasons on DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1980s Sitcoms > Perfect Strangers
User Name
Password


Headlines / New on DVD/Blu-ray
SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines:

The CW Summer 2014 Schedule; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 21, 2014)
Episodic Review: Community - "Basic Sandwich" Airing Tonight on NBC; FX Orders 3rd Season of The Americans, Solid Start for Fargo
Moesha Returns Daily to BET; NBC Schedules Maya Rudolph Variety-Comedy Special
TV Land Picks Up Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster Sitcom; Episodic Review: New Girl - "Big News" Airing Tonight on Fox
Maude Mother's Day Marathon on Logo; WE tv 2014 Upfront
Week 29 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did
SitcomsOnline Digest: The Simpsons Comes to FXX in Style; New Fox MOD Releases; Welcome Back, Kotter on DVD?

New on DVD/Blu-ray (April)

The Class - The Complete Series Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season Anger Management - Volume Three The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fourth Season Petticoat Junction - The Official Third Season Newhart - The Complete Third Season

04/01 - The Class - The Complete Series
04/01 - The Cosby Show - Seasons 3 and 4 (Mill Creek)
04/01 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes
04/01 - I Dream of Jeannie - Seasons 1 and 2 (Mill Creek)
04/01 - Married with Children - Seasons 3 and 4 (Mill Creek)
04/01 - NewsRadio - Seasons 1 and 2 (Mill Creek)
04/08 - Holliston - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
04/08 - Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season
04/15 - Anger Management - Volume Three (Blu-ray)
04/15 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fourth Season
04/15 - Petticoat Junction - The Official First and Second Seasons
04/15 - Petticoat Junction - The Official Third Season
04/22 - Newhart - The Complete Third Season
04/29 - Dynasty - The Eighth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest

Welcome to the Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, search, view attachments, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-26-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
RootBeerRag
Frequent Poster
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 04, 2006
Posts: 33
Default Perfect Strangers:Season 11

Could it have lasted longer? I say, yes.

In 1987, the show found an approach that worked, Larry wants Jennifer; Larry attempts some outrageous scheme to impress Jennifer; Balki preaches to Larry about his actions; Larry makes a fool of himself and(enter the moral of the story music)ends up telling Balki he should've listened to him..

Don't get me wrong, this was funny at first, but looking back on it, it was kind of ashame to see a show that started out with so much potential becoming so cookie-cutter and safe. Once they found a format that worked, they played it safe for the rest of the series. It just seems like the producers and writers got lazy(and I'm not sure what in the hell happened during the 7th and 8th seasons, did they just allow anyone in the general viewing audience to submit a script?)

Personally, I liked the charm of the first season and a half: They had crappy jobs; Larry was still attempting to start a career in photography; and the guys dated around some; while Jennifer and Mary Anne were more in the background. The writing was also a little more intelligent.

I'm guessing that the ratings went up once Larry began pursuing Jennifer, and it was funny at first, but eventually, the show needed to be revamped.

What if at the start of the 1990-'91(6th) season, instead of getting engaged, Larry and Jennifer had broken up? The show could have gone back to it's roots, and featured Larry and Balki dating around a little bit. They could have invented some new characters at work, or at home, and just taken some chances. True, it would have been a gamble; the show might have ended earlier than it actually did if people wouldn't have warmed to the new changes, but on the other side, it could have gone on even longer; maybe even lasting through the mid or late '90s.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
JL82
Frequent Poster
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 14, 2009
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 91
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RootBeerRag
Could it have lasted longer? I say, yes.

In 1987, the show found an approach that worked, Larry wants Jennifer; Larry attempts some outrageous scheme to impress Jennifer; Balki preaches to Larry about his actions; Larry makes a fool of himself and(enter the moral of the story music)ends up telling Balki he should've listened to him..

Don't get me wrong, this was funny at first, but looking back on it, it was kind of ashame to see a show that started out with so much potential becoming so cookie-cutter and safe. Once they found a format that worked, they played it safe for the rest of the series. It just seems like the producers and writers got lazy(and I'm not sure what in the hell happened during the 7th and 8th seasons, did they just allow anyone in the general viewing audience to submit a script?)

Personally, I liked the charm of the first season and a half: They had crappy jobs; Larry was still attempting to start a career in photography; and the guys dated around some; while Jennifer and Mary Anne were more in the background. The writing was also a little more intelligent.

I'm guessing that the ratings went up once Larry began pursuing Jennifer, and it was funny at first, but eventually, the show needed to be revamped.

What if at the start of the 1990-'91(6th) season, instead of getting engaged, Larry and Jennifer had broken up? The show could have gone back to it's roots, and featured Larry and Balki dating around a little bit. They could have invented some new characters at work, or at home, and just taken some chances. True, it would have been a gamble; the show might have ended earlier than it actually did if people wouldn't have warmed to the new changes, but on the other side, it could have gone on even longer; maybe even lasting through the mid or late '90s.

And I have to confess, I don't care much for Jennifer and Mary Anne. Especially Mary Anne. I know they wanted to have Balki's girlfriend be as childlike and innocent as he is, but Balki has a wisdom behind his innocence and Mary Anne just seems...stupid.

And Balki was a really unique character with special qualities, and Larry, for all his faults, was an individual. I just don't see any special qualities in the girls.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 03:19 AM   #3
James
Senior Member
Member
 
James's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 07, 2001
Location: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Posts: 6,183
Question

Quote:
Originally Posted by RootBeerRag
They could have invented some new characters at work, or at home, and just taken some chances. True, it would have been a gamble; the show might have ended earlier than it actually did if people wouldn't have warmed to the new changes, but on the other side, it could have gone on even longer; maybe even lasting through the mid or late '90s.

RootBeerRag, what do you mean by "just taken some chances"? What kind of chances?
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:29 AM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.5.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.