Bronson Pinchot was well known for playing Tom Cruise's buddy in Risky Business (1983) and several swishy gay guys when he was cast in the gay-vague buddy sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986-1993). He played Balki Bartokomous, an exuberant free-spirit from the faux-Greek country of Mypos, who descends upon his distant cousin Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) in Chicago.
It's supposed to be a brief visit, but the two end up falling in love, and Balki stays on. He gets a job in the department store where Larry works, and decides to become an American citizen. Eventually Larry becomes a photojournalist, and Balki a cartoonist.
And Balki negotiating his relationship out with Larry: he's cute but so shy and reserved. How can I draw him out of his shell?
Or maybe it was a screen. Could they be sitting farther apart on that couch?
I remember the exact episode when I stopped watching: during the third season, February 3rd, 1988: Balki serves a Myposian dish, "bibi babkas," to Larry and their girlfriends.
"This is the end. The show is doomed."
And they still couldn't keep their hands off each other. Even off stage.
In the series finale, on August 6, 1993, both became fathers. The heterosexist mandate was triumphant. Sort of.
Mark Linn-Baker continues to act. His tweets mostly involve his workout routine.