Long-running Perfect Strangers (1986) 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)
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 Waldo Geraldo Faldo / ... (107 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Judy Winslow (95 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Rachel Crawford (93 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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Alle unter einem Dach  »

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Trivia

Garcelle Beauvais played four different characters on the show. In Family Matters: Old and Alone (1991), she played Lulu, Steve's wife in a dream. In Family Matters: Scenes from a Mall (1993), she played Garcelle, a woman at the mall Eddie tries to hit on. In Family Matters: To Be or Not to Be: Part 2 (1994) she played an alternate version of Mother Winslow in a dream. In Family Matters: A Ham Is Born (1996), she played an actress named Nicole Moses. 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 »

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[Waldo is being cross-examined in court]
Steve Urkel: State your name.
Waldo: Illinois.
Steve Urkel: No... state your name... not name your state.
Waldo: Oh, Waldo Faldo... from Illinois.
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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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