IMDb > "Family Matters" (1989)
"Family Matters"
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany creditsepisode listepisodes castepisode ratings... by rating... by votes
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsmessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summaryplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

"Family Matters" (1989) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1989-1998

Photos (See all 129 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.5/10   14,832 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Family Matters on IMDbPro.
Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Release Date:
22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Long-running "Perfect Strangers" spin-off series centering on the Winslow family and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Like it or not, Urkel is king See more (88 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 100)

Reginald VelJohnson ... Carl Otis Winslow / ... (215 episodes, 1989-1998)

Kellie Shanygne Williams ... Laura Lee Winslow / ... (214 episodes, 1989-1998)

Darius McCrary ... Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow / ... (207 episodes, 1989-1998)

Jaleel White ... Steven Quincy Urkel / ... (204 episodes, 1989-1998)

JoMarie Payton ... Harriette Winslow (199 episodes, 1989-1997)

Rosetta LeNoire ... Estelle 'Mother' Winslow / ... (121 episodes, 1989-1997)

Bryton James ... Richie Crawford (96 episodes, 1990-1997)

Telma Hopkins ... Rachel Crawford (93 episodes, 1989-1997)
(more)

Series Directed by
Richard Correll (86 episodes, 1989-1998)
John Tracy (47 episodes, 1991-1997)
Joel Zwick (32 episodes, 1989-1998)
Gary Menteer (27 episodes, 1990-1998)
James O'Keefe (7 episodes, 1989-1991)
John Bowab (3 episodes, 1989)
Gerren Keith (3 episodes, 1990)
Kelly Sandefur (3 episodes, 1994-1996)
Gregg Heschong (3 episodes, 1995-1997)
Peter Baldwin (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
William Bickley (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
Robert L. Boyett (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
Thomas L. Miller (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
Michael Warren (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
Fred Fox Jr. (40 episodes, 1990-1998)
Jim Geoghan (32 episodes, 1991-1998)
David W. Duclon (27 episodes, 1990-1998)
Gary Menteer (25 episodes, 1990-1998)
Stephen Langford (24 episodes, 1990-1998)
Sara V. Finney (16 episodes, 1990-1995)
Vida Spears (16 episodes, 1990-1995)
Gary M. Goodrich (14 episodes, 1991-1998)
Pamela Eells (8 episodes, 1989-1991)
Sally Lapiduss (8 episodes, 1989-1991)
Meg DeLoatch (8 episodes, 1995-1998)
Fred Rubin (8 episodes, 1995-1997)
Regina Stewart (7 episodes, 1991-1993)
Joseph Cvar (5 episodes, 1992-1996)
Sheila M. Anthony (5 episodes, 1993-1996)
Felicia D. Henderson (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Gregory Thomas Garcia (5 episodes, 1996)
Ken Kuta (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Blair (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alan Eisenstock (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Barry Gold (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Larry Mintz (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Timothy Stack (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Geoff Gordon (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gordon Lewis (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Janet Lynne Jackson (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jaleel White (2 episodes, 1993-1996)
Bob Illes (2 episodes, 1993-1995)
James R. Stein (2 episodes, 1993-1995)
Reginald VelJohnson (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
Beverly D. Hunter (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mike Dawson (2 episodes, 1998)
Ron Geiger (2 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
William Bickley .... executive producer / co-executive producer (207 episodes, 1989-1998)
Michael Warren .... executive producer / co-executive producer (207 episodes, 1989-1998)
Kelly Sandefur .... producer / co-producer / ... (204 episodes, 1989-1998)
Thomas L. Miller .... executive producer (202 episodes, 1989-1998)
Robert L. Boyett .... executive producer (201 episodes, 1989-1998)
David W. Duclon .... executive producer / co-executive producer (188 episodes, 1990-1998)
Fred Fox Jr. .... supervising producer / co-executive producer / ... (188 episodes, 1990-1998)
Jim Geoghan .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (164 episodes, 1991-1998)
Gary Menteer .... co-executive producer / producer / ... (163 episodes, 1990-1998)
Rebecca Misra .... co-producer / associate producer (147 episodes, 1990-1996)
Jeff Luini .... associate producer / co-producer (118 episodes, 1993-1998)
Stephen Langford .... supervising producer / producer / ... (117 episodes, 1993-1998)
Miles Kristman .... coordinating producer (68 episodes, 1995-1998)
Sara V. Finney .... producer / co-producer (49 episodes, 1993-1995)
Vida Spears .... producer / co-producer (49 episodes, 1993-1995)
Fred Rubin .... supervising producer (48 episodes, 1995-1997)
Rebecca Falk .... co-producer / producer (45 episodes, 1996-1998)
Gary M. Goodrich .... co-producer / executive producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Alan Eisenstock .... supervising producer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ronny Hallin .... coordinating producer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Larry Mintz .... supervising producer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
James O'Keefe .... consulting producer / producer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Harriette Regan .... co-producer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Blair .... producer (15 episodes, 1989-1990)
Pamela Eells .... co-producer (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Sally Lapiduss .... co-producer (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Meg DeLoatch .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1998)
Gayle A. Miller .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1998)
Paula A. Roth .... producer (1 episode, 1989)

Bob Illes .... producer (unknown episodes)
Charles O'Brien .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Jesse Frederick (106 episodes, 1989-1998)
Bennett Salvay (106 episodes, 1989-1998)
Steven Chesne (78 episodes, 1989-1998)
Gary Boren (53 episodes, 1992-1998)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gregg Heschong (168 episodes, 1990-1997)
Larry David Blumenthal (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Monroe P. Askins Jr. (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
J. Bruce Nielsen (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jim Miley (182 episodes, 1989-1997)
Kenny Tintorri (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Robert Bramwell (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
John Randle (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
 
Series Casting by
Anthony Sepulveda (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
Joanne Koehler (45 episodes, 1996-1998)
Geraldine Leder (25 episodes, 1994-1995)
Elayne Teitlebaum (24 episodes, 1995-1996)
Melinda Gartzman (16 episodes, 1989-1990)

Barbara Miller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Lynn Griffin (205 episodes, 1989-1998)
David Marshall (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Melody Lavigna (192 episodes, 1990-1998)
Bonnie Dermer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Makeup Department
Debbie Pierce .... hair department head / hair stylist (168 episodes, 1991-1998)
Sheila Evers .... makeup artist (159 episodes, 1991-1998)
Eddie M. Barron .... hair stylist (113 episodes, 1992-1997)
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (94 episodes, 1992-1996)
Billie Jordan .... makeup artist (41 episodes, 1989-1991)
Edna Sheen .... makeup artist (35 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kenneth Walker .... hair stylist (31 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kelcey Fry .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1996-1998)
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Fay Kelly .... hair stylist (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist (18 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ron Walters .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
K-Bobby .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1994-1998)
Pinky Cunningham .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Penelope .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1991)
Cyndilee Rice .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Frank Fontaine .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
Debra Denson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Wynona Price .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1996)
Todd McIntosh .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
June Josef .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1994)
Beverly Jo Pryor .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1995)
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1991)
Ralph Gulko .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Larry Abbott .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Production Management
Victor Hsu .... unit production manager (98 episodes, 1991-1995)
Miles Kristman .... unit production manager / production supervisor / ... (94 episodes, 1991-1998)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... executive in charge of production (40 episodes, 1989-1991)
Andrew Reeder .... production manager / unit production manager (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Leslie Jackson Houston .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Stewart Lyons .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Dubliclay .... first assistant director (185 episodes, 1990-1998)
Catherine Schlesinger .... second assistant director / first assistant director (165 episodes, 1991-1998)
Kevin Tracy .... second assistant director / first assistant director (98 episodes, 1991-1995)
Robert Altshuler .... second assistant director (69 episodes, 1995-1998)
Lorraine Raglin .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1990-1991)
Leslie Jackson Houston .... first assistant director (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
León .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1989)
Warren Gray .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1990)
Brian Whitley .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1990)
Regina Gordon .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Patrick Regan .... second assistant director / first assistant director (5 episodes, 1990)
Stewart Lyons .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
Virgil L. Fabian .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Art Department
Gary Ramirez .... property master (162 episodes, 1991-1998)
Renita Lorden .... property master (41 episodes, 1989-1991)
Greg Richards .... greens foreman (9 episodes, 1991)
Lynn Griffin .... supervising art director (2 episodes, 1990)

Mike Brooks .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
Dan Capello .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jack Martin .... construction general foreman (unknown episodes)
Joaquin Navarro .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Ron Yates .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Rick Himot .... sound re-recording mixer (207 episodes, 1989-1998)
Charlie McDaniel .... sound re-recording mixer (188 episodes, 1990-1998)
Russ Gary .... sound mixer (170 episodes, 1991-1998)
Catherine Flynn .... sound editor (52 episodes, 1989-1992)
Terry Fiyalko .... sound editor (43 episodes, 1994-1996)
Jeff Simmons .... sound editor (35 episodes, 1996-1998)
Jim Ford .... sound mixer (32 episodes, 1989-1991)
Eric Levinson .... sound editor (22 episodes, 1990-1994)
Kathy Oldham .... sound editor (22 episodes, 1993-1994)
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Deni King .... sound editor (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rusty Amodeo .... audio playback operator (9 episodes, 1991-1994)
Ken Kobett .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1993)
James D. Young .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1996)
Patrick Lucatorto .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Todd Grace .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1994)
Jean-Yves Munch .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1996)
Bill Remhild .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Eric Williams .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1991-1992)

Ross Davis .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Otis Van Osten .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects technician (24 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mark DiSarro .... special effects coordinator (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Kelly Sandefur .... visual effects (3 episodes, 1996-1998)
 
Series Stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunt coordinator (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Philip Tan .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Brian Avery .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1996)

Erik Betts .... stunt double: Erkle (unknown episodes)
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Will Leong .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Marcus Salgado .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene Williams .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ray Woodfork .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Batzdorff .... gaffer (193 episodes, 1990-1998)
Alfie Cunningham .... best boy grip (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1997)
John O'Brien .... video controller (2 episodes, 1995)
David B. Nowell .... director of photography: Paris (2 episodes, 1996)
Bill Silic .... chief lighting technician: Paris (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting (207 episodes, 1989-1998)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gina Trikonis .... wardrobe: women / wardrobe supervisor (205 episodes, 1989-1998)
Palmer Brown .... wardrobe: men (144 episodes, 1989-1996)
Bianca Dorso .... costumer / costumer: women / ... (65 episodes, 1990-1998)
Joseph Watts .... costumer (58 episodes, 1995-1998)
Bernie White .... costumer (58 episodes, 1995-1998)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Garibaldi .... final colorist (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
Leo Papin .... on-line editor (77 episodes, 1991-1994)
Kathy Duerr .... on-line editor (68 episodes, 1995-1998)
 
Series Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor / music coordinator (160 episodes, 1989-1997)
Greg Sill .... music supervisor / music director (134 episodes, 1990-1997)
Jesse Frederick .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song / ... (125 episodes, 1989-1997)
Bennett Salvay .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (125 episodes, 1989-1997)
Stuart Goetz .... music editor (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
Richard Berres .... musical director / music director (12 episodes, 1989-1997)
Sara Sheranian .... music editor (6 episodes, 1990)
David Sibley .... music supervisor (1 episode, 1992-1997)
 
Series Transportation Department
Timothee Talandier .... transportation captain (3 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Other crew
Joyce Webb .... continuity supervisor / script supervisor (159 episodes, 1991-1998)
Shane Keller .... production coordinator (132 episodes, 1992-1997)
Dan Fendel .... technical coordinator (116 episodes, 1993-1998)
Stephen Langford .... executive script consultant / story editor (74 episodes, 1990-1993)
Vida Spears .... executive script consultant / story editor (74 episodes, 1990-1993)
Sara V. Finney .... executive script consultant / story editor (73 episodes, 1990-1993)
Wesley Staples .... studio teacher (72 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gary M. Goodrich .... story editor / executive script consultant (72 episodes, 1994-1997)
Mark Serafini .... production security (70 episodes, 1995-1998)
Nora Trueblood Adams .... executive to executive producer / executive coordinator (52 episodes, 1989-1992)
Regina Stewart .... story editor / executive story editor (49 episodes, 1991-1993)
Sheila M. Anthony .... story editor (49 episodes, 1993-1995)
Judi Elterman .... technical coordinator (48 episodes, 1991-1993)
Gregory Thomas Garcia .... story editor / executive story editor (46 episodes, 1995-1997)
Anthony C. Stafford .... production assistant (44 episodes, 1993-1995)
Erik Emi .... technical coordinator (42 episodes, 1989-1991)
Pamela Eells .... executive script consultant / story editor (36 episodes, 1989-1991)
Sally Lapiduss .... executive script consultant / story editor (36 episodes, 1989-1991)
Meg DeLoatch .... story editor / executive story consultant / ... (35 episodes, 1996-1998)
Felicia D. Henderson .... story editor (25 episodes, 1994-1995)
Gary Menteer .... consultant (25 episodes, 1994-1995)
Janet Lynne Jackson .... story editor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Amy Wohl .... production accountant (24 episodes, 1996-1997)
Timothy Stack .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Chip Bartlett .... assistant to writer: executive producer (20 episodes, 1996-1997)
Barry Gold .... executive script consultant (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Geoff Gordon .... story editor (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ken Kuta .... executive script consultant (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gordon Lewis .... story editor (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Janet Litton .... executive coordinator (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Charbie Dahl .... creative consultant (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
David Scott Richardson .... story editor (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sheila Lauder .... continuity supervisor (4 episodes, 1992)
June Jordan .... stand-in (4 episodes, 1994-1998)
Michael Chambers .... robot choreographer (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Sandra Pearson .... continuity supervisor (2 episodes, 1992)
Daniel P. Johnson .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1995)

Damian Mcknight .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1995-1998)
 
Series Thanks
The First A.M.E. Church Choir .... special thanks (1 episode, 1991)
Palmer Brown .... in loving memory (1 episode, 1996)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
30 min (215 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:TV-G | USA:TV-PG (some epiosodes) | USA:TV-G (some epiosodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Even though he plays the older brother, Darius McCrary is actually a month younger than Kellie Shanygne Williams who plays Laura, the middle child.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
As Days Go BySee more »

FAQ

Who sings/plays the theme song?
What are the lyrics to the theme song?
What kind of car does Steve Urkel drive?
See more »
31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Like it or not, Urkel is king, 21 May 2004
Author: RBonander from California

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (88 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Family Matters" (1989)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The Winslows and sports Lhowell02
Maxine and Eddie DesAlways
Lost In Space sprobb1989
Which Episode Was This? byson5186
who would you be annoyed at more Steve or Waldo? admirdemondo
Odd Fact About Family Matters leighabc123
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Best of Youth Persepolis Edvard Munch "Still Standing" Giant
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
External reviews News articles IMDb TV section
IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button