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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:

Alle unter einem Dach See more »

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Runtime:

(215 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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By the time the show ended in 1998, the then 22-year-old Jaleel White had grown sick of the role of Urkel. In 1999, he said in an interview, "If you ever see me do that character again, take me out and put a bullet in my head and put me out of my misery." He addressed this quote in 2011: "It's one of those things that it's very unfortunate how quotes are taken out of context. I remember that interview very vividly. I loved playing those characters. But the fact is that I was maturing. To be honest, I was retarding my own growth as a man in order to maintain the authenticity to what I thought that character should be." See more »

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In Fast Eddie Winslow, the Winslows' address is 263 Pinehurst which later changes to 263 Elm in Cheers Looking at You, Kid. See more »

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[repeated line]
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Way to go Carl!
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Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #12.28 (2004) See more »

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As Days Go By
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In the 70's, it was Fonzie. In the 80's, it was Urkel.
16 September 2007 | by dwacon-2See all my reviews

It is an interesting paradigm.

Garry Marshall made Happy Days, a nostalgic look at the 1950's. It plodded along until a background character, Fonzie, became the focus of the show. And, Fonzie went from being a motorcycle riding tough guy to a cartoon character.

The same happened with Family Matters. What was originally a Cosby-esquire warm family drama became a surrealistic cartoon starring none other than original one-off character Steve Urkel.

Jaleel White made quite a career for himself in those days. He even had a special that showed off his other talents. However, like Gary Coleman, the joke ran dry and his post Family Matters show failed.

I'm still waiting for Jaleel to return to acting in some type of bad-ass role. He has the talent and the range. He just needs a chance.


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