Family Matters (1989–1998)

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Long-running "Perfect Strangers" spin-off series centering on the Winslow family and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

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 Carl Otis Winslow / ... (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Laura Lee Winslow / ... (214 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow / ... (207 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Steven Quincy Urkel / ... (204 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Harriette Winslow (199 episodes, 1989-1997)
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 Estelle 'Mother' Winslow / ... (121 episodes, 1989-1997)
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 Richie Crawford (96 episodes, 1990-1997)
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 Rachel Crawford (95 episodes, 1989-1997)
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The Winslow family is a pretty normal family except for one thing, their neighbor Stephen Urkel. A genius and klutz Steve makes some really weird inventions while driving the Winslow's insane. Written by Katie <Katie185@aol.com>

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22 September 1989 (USA)  »

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(215 episodes)

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Michelle Thomas left the show shortly before it was canceled due to her illness with stomach cancer. She passed away that same year at the age of 30. See more »

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In the first episode, outside of the front door is a little hallway leading outside. From the second episode on, the hallway was a porch. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Crawford: Can you make him quack like a duck every time the phone rings?
Dr. Goodrich: Ms. Crawford, I am a medical doctor, not a carnival act!
Rachel Crawford: [to Harriette] He's not gonna make him quack.
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As Days Go By
Written by Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay
Performed by Jesse Frederick
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Good Family Television
22 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like it or not, "Family Matters" has placed a positive staple on American Television and has created some unforgettable moments that will be talked about from now until eternity. Part of the reason why "Family Matters" was a good show is not because of the topics that it covered during it's lengthy run on prime-time television but because it also was a perfect contrast to another popular African-American show known as "The Cosby Show." Even though the Cosby's were about a upper class African-American family, family matters was about a regular, average family who had average jobs and average lives.

"Family Matters" debuted at a good time in American Television. During this time, "The Cosby Show" was the king of all television and when that show ultimately ended, "Family Matters" began to pick up where "The Cosby Show" left off: that is presenting a good wholesome show that the whole family can watch.

Another part of the reason why this show was a big success, probably have already been mentioned, was because of Steve Urkel, the nerdy next door neighbor that always drove the Winslows' angry. I will go as far as to say that without the Urkel character, this show wouldn't had been as successful as it was.

In regards, "Family Matters" is a very good show. It's good to catch this show on syndication now so I could remember the good times of television.


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