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Plot:
Long-running "Perfect Strangers" (1986) 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 »
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Was Funny For A While, But Went On Way Too Long See more (89 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 100)

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

Kellie Shanygne Williams ... Laura Lee Winslow (215 episodes, 1989-1998)

Darius McCrary ... Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow / ... (208 episodes, 1989-1998)

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

Jo Marie Payton ... Harriette Winslow (200 episodes, 1989-1997)

Rosetta LeNoire ... Estelle 'Mother' Winslow / ... (156 episodes, 1989-1997)

Bryton James ... Richie Crawford (141 episodes, 1990-1997)

Shawn Harrison ... Waldo Geraldo Faldo / ... (106 episodes, 1990-1996)

Jaimee Foxworth ... Judy Winslow (95 episodes, 1989-1993)

Telma Hopkins ... Rachel Crawford (93 episodes, 1989-1997)
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Series Directed by
Rich 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)
 
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 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)
 
Series Art Direction by
Lynn Griffin (207 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 (167 episodes, 1991-1998)
Sheila Evers .... makeup artist (158 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)
Marco Cabat .... unit manager trainee (3 episodes, 1996)
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 (8 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Sound Department
Rick Himot .... re-recording mixer (207 episodes, 1989-1998)
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer (188 episodes, 1990-1998)
Russ Gary .... sound mixer (170 episodes, 1991-1998)
Catherine Flynn .... sound editor (73 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 .... 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)
 
Series Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects technician (24 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mark DiSarro .... special effects coordinator (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Kelly Sandefur .... visual effects (3 episodes, 1996-1998)
 
Series Stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunt coordinator (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Philip Tan .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Brian Avery .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Batzdorff .... gaffer (187 episodes, 1990-1998)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1997)
Alfie Cunningham .... best boy grip (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Duane Journey .... dolly grip (6 episodes, 1991)
Thomas B. Ham .... key grip (2 episodes, 1990-1997)
Deborah O'Brien .... assistant camera / camera operator (2 episodes, 1990-1997)
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 (208 episodes, 1989-1998)
Leo Papin .... on-line editor (78 episodes, 1991-1994)
Kathy Duerr .... on-line editor (68 episodes, 1995-1998)
 
Series Location Management
Marco Cabat .... key assistant location manager (3 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Music Department
Jesse Frederick .... theme song performed by / composer: theme music / ... (215 episodes, 1989-1998)
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor / music coordinator (161 episodes, 1989-1997)
Greg Sill .... music supervisor / music director (135 episodes, 1990-1997)
Bennett Salvay .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (126 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)
 
Series Transportation Department
Timothee Talandier .... transportation captain (3 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Other crew
Joyce Webb .... continuity supervisor / script supervisor (160 episodes, 1990-1998)
Shane Keller .... production coordinator (130 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)
Erik Emi .... technical coordinator (42 episodes, 1989-1991)
Anthony C. Stafford .... production assistant (42 episodes, 1993-1995)
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)
Shawn Stevens .... caterer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
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)
 
Series Thanks
The First A.M.E. Church Choir .... special thanks (1 episode, 1991)
Palmer Brown .... in loving memory (1 episode, 1996)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (215 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:TV-G | USA:TV-PG (some epiosodes) | USA:TV-G (some epiosodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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. The producers hoped for a 10th and final season on CBS, but the ratings for the 9th season were so bad that the network cancelled the show, and aired the series finale with no fanfare during the summer season. In a nod to plans to have Steve and Laura get married in a 10th season, they got engaged in the series finale. 'Jo Marie Payton' decided to leave the show when it moved from ABC to CBS because her contract was finished. She agreed to appear during the first half of the ninth season, then was replaced by 'Judyann Elder'See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Whenever the exterior of Rachel's Place is shown, the spinning sign is obviously animated.See more »
Quotes:
[after having stepped on Steve's bug]
Carl:Who is Pablo?
Steve Urkel:[Pointing to the floor] Him. And him. And... OOHHH, and him!
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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?
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Was Funny For A While, But Went On Way Too Long, 22 May 2005
Author: MartyD82-1 from United States

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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