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Family Matters 

The Winslow family deal with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Reginald VelJohnson ...  Carl Winslow / ... 215 episodes, 1989-1998
Kellie Shanygne Williams ...  Laura Winslow 215 episodes, 1989-1998
Darius McCrary ...  Eddie Winslow 209 episodes, 1989-1998
Jaleel White ...  Steve Urkel / ... 208 episodes, 1989-1998
Jo Marie Payton ...  Harriette Winslow 200 episodes, 1989-1997
Rosetta LeNoire ...  Estelle 'Mother' Winslow 158 episodes, 1989-1997
Bryton James ...  Richie Crawford 142 episodes, 1990-1997
Shawn Harrison ...  Waldo Geraldo Faldo / ... 107 episodes, 1990-1996
Jaimee Foxworth ...  Judy Winslow 96 episodes, 1989-1995
Telma Hopkins ...  Rachel Crawford 94 episodes, 1989-1997
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Storyline

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 Winslows insane. Written by Katie <Katie185@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Matters See more »

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Runtime:

(215 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Reginald VelJohnson was the only cast member to appear in every episode of the series. See more »

Goofs

Whenever the exterior of Rachel's Place is shown, the spinning sign is obviously animated. See more »

Quotes

Steve Urkel: Laura? Laura, please. Please, my little Rapunzel.
Laura: For the last time, Steve. I will not give you a lock of my hair.
Steve Urkel: I'll settle for a toenail clipping!
Laura: How can you be so disgusting?
Steve Urkel: It's a gift!
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Referenced in Malcolm in the Middle: Malcolm Dates a Family (2004) See more »

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As Days Go By
Written by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay
Performed by Jesse Frederick
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Biggest pet peeve: networks canceling shows abruptly
25 November 2005 | by narfzort13See all my reviews

I have always been disappointed at how networks often cancel shows before allowing them to take their natural progression. If CBS was going to pick up the show, they should've committed to a final season. I understand that the ratings may not have been the same as the first few seasons, but I'm sure they would've picked up with a little promotion "Urkel and Laura, this is the season." Family Matters was an excellent show that deserved its final season; it was a staple of Friday nights on ABC, that if you compare, put its current Friday night line up to shame.

Laura and Steve were engaged, but we never get to see them finally marry (the last episode I saw was when Urkel was in space, kinda lost track when the show switched networks). Or at least, cancel the show, but allow for one or two final episodes to be made, to allow the show the conclude adequately.

A similar thing happened with the show "Quantum Leap," where the crew got last minute notice the show wasn't going to be renewed, and they had to do post production work to add black screens adding two sentences, one of which the most unsatisfactory "Sam NEVER leaped home." I'm pretty sure that same thing happened with "Perfect Strangers" too. I can understand canceling floundering shows abruptly, but not one that has been on for 9 years. At least that's what I think.


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