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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neighbor | spin off | friend | nerd | invention | See more »

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22 September 1989 (USA)  »

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(215 episodes)

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Trivia

Jaleel White played eight characters during the series. Of course, his original character is Steve Urkel. He also played his female cousin Myrtle Urkel a few times and male cousin Cornelius Eugene Urkel (or "OGD: Original Gangsta Dawg"). He also provided the voice of his invention Urkel-Bot twice. The remaining are Steve's alter-egos (in order of reverse length of appearance): Stefan Urquelle, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, and Albert Einstein. See more »

Goofs

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

Eddie: What's that?
Steve Urkel: 'Standardized Urkel Elementary Math Exam'. It helps to determine how much help you need. Okay, first question. What do you get when you multiply a negative by a negative?
Eddie: A really... big negative?
Steve Urkel: Uh-oh. Second question. Three times X equals six. What is the value of X?
Eddie: [chuckling] I know this one! It's either a number or a letter! Ha ha!
Steve Urkel: Whoa. This has never happened before.
Eddie: I did good, huh?
Steve Urkel: You didn't even make it onto the chart!
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Referenced in F.A.R.T.: The Movie (1991) See more »

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As Days Go By
Written by Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay
Performed by Jesse Frederick
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Like it or not, Urkel is king
21 May 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The character Urkel gets a lot of trash thrown his way, but look at what the actor himself did: He stole a sitcom. It doesn't happen often. Now I'm not certain when he was first introduced on the show, but I believe it was during the first season. He was the "wacky neighbor" with a crush on Laura -- nothing more. Within two seasons, the show was his. He owned it. Huge plot lines revolved around him; he got as much if not more screen time and dialogue as anyone else, and in many cases, more than the entire cast. Some may not like him, but he stole the show out from under the original cast through pure energy and originality. He developed a dead-pan 'look' that rivaled Johnny Carson's and one-upped Mr. Roper's. His physical comedy was outrageous, sometimes slightly ridiculous, but ideally suited to a basic family sitcom. Anyone of-age who has watched some TV in their time knows who Urkel was -- because he was dominant. Like him or not, Urkel is a unique, unforgettable character in TV history, and for that massive achievement, he deserves credit.


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