Down 48 this week

Family Matters (1989–1998)

TV Series  |  TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 17,050 users  
Reviews: 88 user | 7 critic

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

0Check in

Watch Now

on Amazon Video





9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   1993   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Home Improvement (1991–1999)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The daily trials and tribulations of Tim Taylor, a TV show host raising three mischeivous boys with help from his loyal co-host, domineering wife, and genius neighbor.

Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman
Full House (1987–1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After the sudden death of his wife, a young father enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his childhood friend to help him raise his three young children.

Stars: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
The Cosby Show (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
Boy Meets World (1993–2000)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Adolescent Cory Matthews grows up, and faces problems with friends, family, and school.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony Micell, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano
Sister, Sister (1994–1999)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tia and Tamera Mowry are twins separated at birth who learn of each other and come back together in their teen years.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry
Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
ALF (1986–1990)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A sixteen-year-old high-school student finds out she's a witch.

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
Family Ties (1982–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain


Series cast summary:
 Carl Otis Winslow / ... (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
 Laura Lee Winslow (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
 Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow / ... (208 episodes, 1989-1998)
 Steven Quincy Urkel / ... (204 episodes, 1989-1998)
 Harriette Winslow (200 episodes, 1989-1997)
 Estelle 'Mother' Winslow / ... (157 episodes, 1989-1997)
 Richie Crawford (142 episodes, 1990-1997)
Shawn Harrison ...
 Waldo Geraldo Faldo / ... (107 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Judy Winslow (96 episodes, 1989-1995)
 Rachel Crawford (94 episodes, 1989-1997)


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Family


TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alle unter einem Dach  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(215 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

See  »

Did You Know?


Darius McCrary, JoMarie Payton, Jaimee Foxworth, Telma Hopkins, and Bryton McClure have all released professional music recordings outside of their work on "Family Matters." Some of the aforementioned cast members have even displayed their musical talent in the show. See more »


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 »


Steve Urkel: Ms. Steuben... I'm sorry.
Ms. Steuben: I know, Steven. You're always sorry. Listen, Steven, I've... I've decided to retire from the theatre arts department.
Steve Urkel: Well, gee, that's a shame.
Ms. Steuben: Yeah, well... Steven, you're not taking Home Ec. next semester, are ya?
Steve Urkel: No.
Ms. Steuben: Oh, good. Oh, good. I'll teach that.
See more »


Referenced in Community: Introduction to Statistics (2009) See more »


As Days Go By
Written by Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay
Performed by Jesse Frederick
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

22 September 2003 | by (America) – See all my reviews

I watched this show for a long time, I watched in reruns and when it was on TGIF, that ABC Friday lineup (Thank God it's Friday) The truth be known this show would be absolutely nothing without Steve Urkel. The show was essentially a typical sitcom of the eighties that was goody two shoes and nothing ever really bad happened. In a way it remained that way even after the show but Steve Urkel made it so much funnier.

The show was about the Winslow family, the burly man of the house, Carl Winslow, his wife Harriot, an elevator operator, her sister, Rachel, Carl's grandmother, Estelle, and their children, Laura, the smart girl, Eddie, the cool guy, Judy, the average girl, and Rachel's little boy, Richie.

I was watching this show when Urkel became a phenomenon. There were Urkel dolls, toys, everyone was saying his catch-phrases, ‘Did I do that?' ‘Salutations,' and his pig-life laugh. I have to admit, he still cracks me up. He was incredibly clumsy too, he had a tendency to destroy almost anything he touched. And I remember ‘Do the Urkel,' the guest appearances by Shanice, Freddie Jackson, Donna Summer (as Aunt Una from Altoona), and I watched almost everyone of the early shows in first run. This was great stuff.

Many people do not know this, but this show was actually a spin-off of Perfect Strangers, where Harriot Winslow was an elevator operator at the Chicago Chronicle, where Balki and Larry worked. This show outlasted Perfect Strangers by five years. The show was hilarious. Early in the show there was Carl's boss, who was hilarious, Lieutenant Murtaugh. After he left, the show lost some of it's hilarity. Then there was the incredibly stupid Waldo Geraldo Faldo, a friend of Eddies. It was much funnier in it's first few seasons, but never seemed to capture the early years in it's later shows.

I think part of the reason it did was the early years with Urkel seemed to be a little more fun. There was the episode where Steve had a dream sequence where his computer destroyed the world. There were very good episodes about Urkel being a nerd and not being able to fend for himself. As the show went on it became a little off the wall, like Stefan Urkel, Steve's suave alter ego becoming a separate person. Still there were some great episodes all the way through.

The show was definitely on it's last leg in the 1995-1996 season. They just seemed to run out of stuff to do. The situation was not helped when soon after the show was moved to CBS. I actually watched one or two episodes on CBS, it was terrible. The best part of the show to me was watching Carl and Steve go at it. Carl was a great foil to Steve Urkel. It was always funny to watch Steve's futile attempts to go after Laura Winslow. You always wanted him to get with her, you know, pulling for the underdog.

This is a great show. If you ever get a chance to watch it in reruns watch it, it is very funny. On occasion there were some serious issues dealt with, like under-aged drinking, racism, gang violence, sexism and some other things. It was actually pretty cool, the show did not always have a happy ending either, something else that was pretty cool about the show. Anyways I think it's cool, and I think it is still funny.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Michelle Thomas jtmovies
Characters that liked Steve shawn_cool_great
Why is there never a story about Judy Winslow? danielpants97-240-504594
who would you be annoyed at more Steve or Waldo? admirdemondo
Maxine and Eddie DesAlways
Did they really need to replace Harriet? BGEditor11
Discuss Family Matters (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page