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 (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow / ... (208 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Steven Quincy Urkel / ... (204 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Harriette Winslow (200 episodes, 1989-1997)
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 Estelle 'Mother' Winslow / ... (157 episodes, 1989-1997)
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 Richie Crawford (142 episodes, 1990-1997)
Shawn Harrison ...
 Waldo Geraldo Faldo / ... (107 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Judy Winslow (96 episodes, 1989-1995)
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 Rachel Crawford (94 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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Alle unter einem Dach  »

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When ABC delayed making a decision to renew the show for a ninth season,CBS made a deal with Warner Bros.Television to renew the show for a ninth season, which would be its last.The show's producers hoped for a 10th and final season on CBS, but the ratings for the 1997-98 9th season were so bad that the network ended up canceling the show and airing the series finale with no fanfare during the summer season.In a nod to the stillborn plans to have Steve and Laura get married in a 10th season,the series finale did have them getting engaged.'Jo Marie Payton' decided to leave the show when it moved networks from ABC to CBS because her contract was finished.Payton agreed to appear during the first half of the ninth season,after which she was replaced as Harriette Winslow by 'Judyann Elder' See more »

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In the Winslows' home, guests would always walk out the front door and then to the left, but in the picture that is shown as the Winslows' home, there is no walkway to the left. There are a few stairs outside that lead up to the front door, but walking to the left after exiting through the front door would only lead into a wall. See more »

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Steve Urkel: Have you guys seen Laura?
Eddie: Nope.
Waldo: Sure you have. Pretty girl, dark hair... your sister for God's sake!
Eddie: I meant, I haven't seen her today.
Waldo: Ohh... Cool.
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Referenced in Step by Step: A Star Is Born (1997) See more »

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As Days Go By
Written by Jesse Frederick & Bennett Salvay
Performed by Jesse Frederick
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Was Funny For A While, But Went On Way Too Long
22 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Family Matters started out as a rather ordinary Cosby Show-like sitcom about an everyday African American family living in suburban Chicago. But then something happened. Next door neighbor Steve Urkel was introduced. And just like that, ABC's TGIF line-up would never be the same.

I'll agree with most and say that the first six seasons were very funny. Classic episodes included Steve playing the role of Laura's husband for a school project, Carl teaching Steve how to drive, the introduction of Stefan, and the obligatory trip to Disneyland. Unfortunately, after Season Six (ie. when Steve finally moved in with the Winslows) it was pretty obvious the series was starting to wear thin. The writers seemed to be running out of ideas, often having to rely on Steve Urkel himself and his inventions for all the comedy, his cousin Myrtle was re-introduced for no reason, and even Steve's own character cooled down to the point where by the last season, he no longer seemed like the clumsy, nerdy Steve Urkel we all knew and loved.

Essentially, Family Matters was a very funny show for a while, but also one that should have stopped while it was still at its prime, rather than being forced to end after two or so seasons of lousy ratings.


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