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Perfect Strangers reboot in the works at HBO Max

by Sean P. Aune | June 15, 2021June 15, 2021 8:30 am EDT

It was only a matter of time, but a Perfect Strangers reboot is in development at HBO Max.


HBO Max is in the works on a reboot of the popular 1980s sitcom Perfect Strangers. The new series – which is said to only be loosely based on the original – will gender-flip the roles and star Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show) and London Hughes (The Netflix Afterparty).

According to Deadline, the new series will follow Dejay (Thede) and Poppy (Hughes), who “unexpectedly discover they are half-sisters when they both inherit a one-bedroom apartment above a trap yoga studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.”

Thede is slated to write the script.

The original Perfect Strangers was a comedy staple for ABC and ran for eight seasons between 1986 and 1993. The story followed Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot), who had just migrated to Chicago from the fictional country of Mypos. The series also led to a hugely successful spinoff series, Family Matters.

HBO Max has been digging deep into the well of intellectual property it owns. It also has a sequel series to Gossip Girl premiering on July 8, a new version of Head of the Class with One Day at a Time‘s Isabella Gomez, and a new iteration of Pretty Little Liars.

The original Perfect Strangers currently streams on Hulu.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing