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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

Myra's full name is Myra Boutros Monkhouse. See more »

Goofs

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

Laura: I do want a guy with something upstairs, but, uh, I also want a well-built staircase.
Steve Urkel: Oh, well, no problem-o. I'll just begin a rigorist-training schedule. Why, a few sessions on the Muscle Master and you'll be drooling over my deltoids.
[strikes a pose]
Steve Urkel: ... Laura?
Laura: What, Steve?
Steve Urkel: I hurt myself. Can you carry me home?
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Referenced in Hand of God: What Do You Hear (2017) 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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Like it or not, Urkel is king
21 May 2004 | by RBonanderSee all my reviews

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.


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