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Family Matters: Season 3: Episode 25 -- Rachel and Laura read a story that Steve wrote. In the story, Steve is a 1940s detective whom Laura hires to protect Rachel, but when Rachel is killed, Steve must investigate all the suspects and deduce her murderer's identity.

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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Release Date:
22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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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 / ... (102 episodes, 1990-1996)

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

Telma Hopkins ... Rachel Crawford (91 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 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 (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)
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)

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 (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 .... 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 (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Philip Tan .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Brian Avery .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1996)

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 (187 episodes, 1990-1998)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1997)
Alfie Cunningham .... best boy grip (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor / music coordinator (161 episodes, 1989-1997)
Greg Sill .... music supervisor / music director (135 episodes, 1990-1997)
Jesse Frederick .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song / ... (126 episodes, 1989-1997)
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)
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 (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)
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)
 

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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)

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Trivia:
The character of Steve Urkel was named after a friend of one of the producers, and was only supposed to appear once. However, the audience's response was so overwhelmingly positive that the producers decided to make Urkel a regular character. The character spawned a series of merchandise including a talking doll, trading cards, posters, books, lunch boxes and T-shirts. It even had its own limited edition cereal.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Good Family Television, 22 December 2005
Author: actionmoviestar from United States

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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