Family Matters

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Family Matters
It's the bigger love, of the family!
Genre: Sitcom
Running Time: 24 1/2 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 22, 1989 - July 17, 1998
Network(s): ABC (1989-1997)

CBS (1997-1998)

Created by: William Buckley
Michael Warren
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Starring: Reginald VelJohnson
Jo Marie Payton
Rosetta LeNoire
Darius McCrary
Kellie Shanygne Williams
Jaimee Foxworth
Telma Hopkins
Bryton McClure
Jaleel White
Shawn Harrison
Michelle Thomas
Orlando Brown
Judyann Elder
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 215

Family Matters is an American sitcom that aired from 1989 to 1998, it was originally a spin-off of the series Perfect Strangers, which aired from 1986 to 1993.


The series revolves around the Winslow family and the exploits of their next-door neighbor Steve Urkel.

Why It Rocks

  1. The Winslow family is quite interesting and really funny.
    • Carl Winslow, is a short-tempered but well meaning father and police officer.
    • Harriette Winslow is a hard-working mother and mediates conflicts within the family.
    • Edward "Eddie" Winslow is a rebellious slacker who over time, has become a responsible person.
    • Laura Winslow is a smart, independent girl who is focused with her education.
    • Judy Winslow is the youngest daughter who is close with her older sister Laura.
    • Estelle "Mother" Winslow is the grandmother of the family who likes to keep up with trends and is nicest to Steve.
  2. Steve Urkel is an example of a silly and nerdy character, he can be obnoxious and annoying but still lovable.
  3. Steve Urkel and Laura Winslow both have amazing chemistry.
  4. Steve's alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle, is just as funny and makes great laughs.
  5. "Did I do that?"
  6. The gags in this TV show are very amusing and entertaining, such as Steve's laughing.
  7. There are many great and hilarious moments where characters help save each others lives, such as Lt. Murtaugh cutting the right wire on a booby-trapped treadmill and Steve saving Carl from getting murdered by a wanted robber in the hospital.

Bad Qualities

  1. Judy Winslow, the youngest child played by Jaimee Foxworth, was removed from the show with no explanation whatsoever, with the reason being a "budget consideration".
  2. Steve's southern belle cousin Myrtle Urkel can be seen as obnoxious and annoying by some.
  3. The show would later go downhill in later seasons especially during the time the show was on CBS.
  4. Steve's voice can get very annoying at times.


  • Steve Urkel is named after Steve Erkel, a writer and director who is the friend of co-creator Michael Warren.
  • Jaleel White, voice actor of Steve Urkel, is also Sonic the Hedgehog in the three Sonic TV shows.




3 months ago
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"That's no good!" - Sonic


3 months ago
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I know right, Jaleel White also voiced Sonic in the 90s TV shows.

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