Stranger Things met Perfect Strangers on The Jimmy Kimmel Show

Perfect Strangers
Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker in Perfect Strangers © Lorimar Television / Everett Collection

If you grew up in the 80s, chances are you watched US sitcom Perfect Strangers, in which naïve immigrant from GreeceMypos Bronson Pinchot comes to live with his cousin Mark-Linn Baker in Chicago, resulting in much hijinks and moral lessons.

Chances are if you’re growing up now – or merely have Netflix – you’ll have seen Stranger Things and Stranger Things 2. Of course, Perfect Strangers didn’t start until 1986 and the 80s-set and -obsessed Stranger Things is only up to 1984, so there haven’t been any references to Perfect Strangers yet. But I’m sure there will be at some point, given Perfect Strangers’ popularity.

That point is now, because on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, we’ve just had both a Perfect Strangers reunion and a crossover with Stranger Things. Do you need to imagine what ‘Perfect Stranger Things’ would look like? No. Because here’s the sketch. Aren’t I kind to you?

Stay tuned to the end for another bonus mash-up, BTW.

I wonder how long it’ll be before Netflix does a reunion Perfect Strangers like it did with Full House?



  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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