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Family Matters

Family Matters title card
Format Sitcom
Created by William Bickley
Michael Warren
Developed by Thomas L. Miller
Robert L. Boyett
Starring Reginald VelJohnson
Jo Marie Payton (1989-1997)
Rosetta LeNoire (1989-1997)
Darius McCrary
Kellie Shanygne Williams
Jaimee Foxworth (1989-1993)
Telma Hopkins (1989-1993)
Bryton McClure (1990-1997)
Jaleel White
Orlando Brown (1996-1998)
Judyann Elder (1998)
Shawn Harrison (1991-1996)
Shavar Ross (1992-1993)
Michelle Thomas (1993-1998)
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 214
Production
Executive producer(s) Thomas L. Miller
Robert L. Boyett
William Bickley
Michael Warren
(seasons 2-7)
David W. Duclon (seasons 3-8)
Running time 25 Minutes (approx.)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC, CBS
Original run September 22, 1989July 17, 1998
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

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The show, a spinoff of Perfect Strangers, originally focused on the character of Harriette Winslow, and her family: husband Carl Winslow, a police officer; rebellious son Eddie Winslow (so much so that he was grounded practically every other episode); smart daughter Laura Winslow; and youngest child Judy Winslow. They had opened their home to Carl's streetwise mother Estelle Winslow as well as Harriette's sister Rachel Crawford and her son Richie Crawford after the death of Rachel's husband. The Winslows' nerdy next-door neighbor, Steve Urkel, was introduced midway through the first season and quickly became the focus of the show. It was part of ABC's TGIF from 1989 until 1997. A spin-off in television is a new series which contains either characters or theme elements from an old series. ... Perfect Strangers was an American sitcom which ran for eight seasons from 1986 through 1993 on ABC. The show was moved around in the prime time lineup and eventually landed on Fridays as part of TGIF. It is about Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), a high-strung Chicago resident, sharing... Harriette Winslow (nee Baines) is a fictional character who was on the third and fourth seasons of the show Perfect Strangers, and the entire series of Family Matters. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... TGIF was the slogan of a prime time programming block on the ABC-TV network. ...


Having aired for 214 episodes, Family Matters is the second-longest running comedy with a predominantly black cast in the history of American television, surpassed only by The Jeffersons. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

History

Early years

Removing the recurring character of Harriette Winslow from Perfect Strangers in the fourth season, Harriette was given her own series in Family Matters, which expanded on her home life. Her husband, Carl, had originally appeared on Perfect Strangers in the fourth season episode entitled "Crimebusters." However, in giving the Winslow family their own series, some continuity problems arose. On Perfect Strangers, Harriette and Carl (and at least Eddie as well) lived in the same apartment building as Balki Bartokomous and Larry Appleton, however, this detail was completely ignored on Family Matters, to the point that it is revealed in later episodes that the Winslows had lived in their regular house since before Eddie was born. Harriette Winslow (nee Baines) is a fictional character who was on the third and fourth seasons of the show Perfect Strangers, and the entire series of Family Matters. ... Balki in the beginning credits of Perfect Strangers. ... Larry Appleton, with his girlfriend (later wife) Jennifer Lyons, in the episode The Selling of Mypos. ...


Family Matters was originally envisioned as a working-class version of The Cosby Show featuring an extended family. Many of the shows' characters are analogues of Cosby Show characters: eldest Winslow child Eddie (Darius McCrary) is adapted from Theo Huxtable, middle child Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) was reminiscent of Vanessa Huxtable, and little Judy (Valerie Jones in the pilot, Jaimee Foxworth thereafter) was derived from Rudy Huxtable. It is also interesting to note that Michelle Thomas, who played Myra Monkhouse in later seasons, had a role on The Cosby Show as Theo's girlfriend, Justine. The kids, along with their policeman father Carl (Reginald VelJohnson), elevator operator mother Harriette (Jo Marie Payton), aspiring writer aunt Rachel Crawford (Telma Hopkins) and her young son Richie (twin infants Joseph and Julius Wright during the first season, Bryton McClure thereafter), and Carl's feisty Mother Winslow (Rosetta LeNoire), found themselves in typical sitcom family situations. The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... Darius McCrary (born May 1, 1976 in Walnut, California) is an American film and television actor who is best known for his role as Eddie Winslow on the television series Family Matters. ... Kellie Shanygne Williams (born March 22, 1976 in Washington, D.C., USA) is an American actress best known for her role as Laura Winslow on the television series Family Matters. ... Jaimee Foxworth (born 17 December 1978 in Belleville, Illinois) is an American actress who played the part of Judy Winslow, the youngest daughter, for four seasons on Family Matters. ... Michelle Thomas (September 23, 1969 – December 22, 1998) was an actress who is best known for her roles as Myra Monkhouse, the girlfriend of Steve Urkel, on the American sitcom Family Matters from 1993 to 1998 and Justine Phillips, girlfriend of Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... For other uses, see Police (disambiguation). ... Reginald VelJohnson (born August 16, 1952) is an American film, stage and television actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Carl Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters and as LAPD Sgt. ... Jo Marie Payton (born August 3, 1950 in Albany, Georgia) is an American actress, who starred most notably as Harriette Winslow on the ABC sitcom, Family Matters and its parent series Perfect Strangers. ... Telma Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and television actress. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Rosetta LeNoire (Rosetta Olive Burton) (August 8, 1911 - March 17, 2002) was an American stage, screen, and television actress and Broadway producer and casting agent. ...


Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) was the most famous character on the show. Introduced midway through the first season, the bespectacled Urkel, complete with high-pitched voice and suspenders, was the ultimate nerd; he was highly intelligent, but was very clumsy. His trademark line, "Did I do that?" (whenever he caused an accident) became a catchphrase imitated by the show's viewers. When Urkel caused someone else to have an accident, he would say "Look what you did". If Urkel was frustrating Carl, Carl would tell Steve to "Go home, Go home, Go home!" in which Steve would reply "I don't have to take this, I'm going home." Another aspect of the Steve Urkel character that made him famous was his snorting laugh. ABC even hosted contests in which viewers were asked to send in their best impression of Urkel in order to win a grand prize. Originally intended to be a one time only character, White's portrayal of Urkel caused the entire studio audience to erupt into chants of "Urkel! Urkel!" during the filming of the original episode. With the series struggling in ratings in the first season, the Steve Urkel character was hastily rewritten into several, already completed, episodes. By the second season, Jaleel White had joined the show as a regular cast member. Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Jaleel White (born November 27, 1976) is an African-American actor. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Steve Urkel (played by actor Jaleel White) is a character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Steve Urkel (played by actor Jaleel White) is a character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... // Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) Carl OClaire Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland Carl Brutananadilewski, a character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. ... // Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) Carl OClaire Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland Carl Brutananadilewski, a character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. ... Stephen is a male first name. ... Stephen is a male first name. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Laughing Child Laughter is the biological reaction of humans to moments or occasions of humor: an outward expression of amusement. ... Steve Urkel (played by actor Jaleel White) is a character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Steve Urkel (played by actor Jaleel White) is a character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Jaleel White (born November 27, 1976) is an African-American actor. ...


The show's original theme was the Louis Armstrong classic, What a Wonderful World, but was scrapped after the first episode. As Days Go By, written by Jesse Frederick, Bennett Salvay, and Scott Roeme, and performed by Jesse Frederick, would be the theme for the rest of the series until 1995, when the theme was cut. The longer version for As Days Go By can be seen on ABC Family for the first three seasons. The first through third season version of the opening credits features a scene showing the family riding their bicycles across a bridge over the Chicago River; an allusion to Perfect Strangers, which featured a scene of Larry and Balki riding a tour boat underneath the bridge in its own opening credits. Louis[1] Armstrong[2] (4 August 1901[3] – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo[4] and Pops, was an American jazz musician. ... What a Wonderful World was written by songwriters Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, first performed by Louis Armstrong, and released as a single in early fall 1967. ... Jesses 1971 Self Titled LP Jesse Frederick is a film and television composer best known for writing the themes to the television shows such as Perfect Strangers, Full House, Family Matters, and Step By Step. ... Jesses 1971 Self Titled LP Jesse Frederick is a film and television composer best known for writing the themes to the television shows such as Perfect Strangers, Full House, Family Matters, and Step By Step. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Family Matters is an American sitcom about a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago. ... The Chicago River is 156 miles (251 km) long[1], and flows through downtown Chicago. ... The title Perfect Strangers has been used by many artists over the years. ...


On-going Themes/Gags

It did not take long for the show to develop an idiosyncratic set of on-going plot elements, which certainly added both tension and comedy, even if they did so at the expense of credibility. Not surprisingly, the sheer absurdity of the episodes only increased as the series went on.


A curiously large number of episodes threw the major characters into life-or-death situations (Carl falling into a frozen pond, Steve falling out of a hot-air balloon, Eddie and the gang hanging precariously from a fire escape, Carl discovering a bomb in a treadmill and to get off the treadmill without causing the bomb to explode), which were usually resolved within a few minutes. // Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) Carl OClaire Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland Carl Brutananadilewski, a character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. ... Stephen is a male first name. ... Eddie or Eddy is a diminutive for Edward or Edmund and may refer to: In sports: Eddie Cheever, American race car driver Eddy Curry American professional basketballer Eddie Guardado, American baseball closer Eddie Guerrero, Mexican-American professional wrestler (d. ... // Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) Carl OClaire Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland Carl Brutananadilewski, a character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. ...


Another recurring theme was the humor derived from gratuitous property damage. Whether Urkel was knocking over a lamp, breaking the Winslows' windows on several occasions, taking the blame for crashing the Winslow family station wagon into the living room house even though Eddie was the driver, completely destroying Carl's garage shelves, or having inventions going wrong and ending up destroying a piece of the house, breaking something was a tried and true way to get a laugh. Property damage is damage or destruction done to public or private property, caused either by a person who is not its owner or by natural phenomena. ... Steve Urkel (played by actor Jaleel White) is a character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Winslow is the name of two places in the United Kingdom: Winslow, Buckinghamshire Winslow, Herefordshire It is also the name of the following places in the United States of America: Winslow, Arizona Winslow, Arkansas Winslow, Illinois Winslow, Indiana Winslow, Maine Winslow, Nebraska Winslow Township, New Jersey Winslow Township, Pennsylvania Winslow... Eddie or Eddy is a diminutive for Edward or Edmund and may refer to: In sports: Eddie Cheever, American race car driver Eddy Curry American professional basketballer Eddie Guardado, American baseball closer Eddie Guerrero, Mexican-American professional wrestler (d. ...


Science Fiction

Critics claim the show "jumped the shark" in the later seasons that introduced many outrageous inventions from Steve Urkel; turning it from a down-to-earth family show into a science-fiction based show. These plotlines helped to bend the reality of the show as it seemed hard to believe that the lives of the characters would continue so normally with the discovery of such groundbreaking inventions. These inventions included: Steve's Urkel Bot, an intelligent robot that fell in love with Laura and briefly became a police officer; Steve's transformation chamber, that turned him into Stefan Urquel as well as other odd characters; Steve's shrinking machine; and his teleportation pad. Jumping the shark is a slang term used by television critics since the 1990s. ...


These stories strained credulity more and more in the show's final seasons, and the series gradually developed a self-aware sense of humor on the subject. In the Season 8 episode "Father Time," Carl casually shrugs off Urkel's invention of a time-travel device, citing all Steve's previous impossible creations and insisting a time machine is "no big deal" in comparison. Self-awareness is the ability to perceive ones own existence, including ones own traits, feelings and behaviours. ... Unsolved problems in physics: Is time travel theoretically and practically possible? If so, how can paradoxes such as the grandfather paradox be avoided? Time travel is the concept of moving backwards and/or forwards to different points in time, in a manner analogous to moving through space. ...


Comical show, serious issues

See also: Very special episode

While most of the episodes were wildly comical (some likened the show to a Black version of Laurel and Hardy), there were episodes on serious topics, such as teen alcoholism, dysfunctional families, racism, sexism, cancer, death, dyslexia, school bullying, and gun violence (this episode resulted in a short school shooting where one of Laura's friends was shot and the cast gave a public service announcement (P.S.A.) after the episode's conclusion). Several episodes also focused on Carl's job as a policeman, and the dangers inherent in such a career. There was also an early episode centered around Harriette and Rachel's father (portrayed by Paul Winfield), who tried to reunite with his daughters after abandoning the family when they were very young (their mother had told them that their father was killed when his fighter plane was shot down). For a one-off television program, see Television special. ... Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... For a one-off television program, see Television special. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... A dysfunctional family is a family in which conflict, misbehavior and even abuse on the part of individual members of the family occur continually, leading other members to accommodate such actions. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... This box:      The sign of the headquarters of the National Association Opposed To Woman Suffrage Sexism is commonly considered to be discrimination and/or hatred against people based on their sex rather than their individual merits, but can also refer to any and all systemic differentiations based on the sex... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), Death (band) or Deceased (band). ... This article is about developmental dyslexia. ... Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the cafeteria at Columbine High School, shortly before committing suicide. ... School shooting is a term popularized in American and Canadian media to describe gun violence at educational institutions, especially the mass murder or spree killing of people connected with an institution. ... Winfield as Captain Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. ...


Original characters leave the show

As the focus of the show began to center more and more around Urkel (and occasionally Stefan), other, original characters were shunted to the periphery of the show. By 1993, the actresses who portrayed two members of the Winslow household, namely Judy (Jaimee Foxworth) and Rachel (Telma Hopkins) left the show. Hopkins (as Rachel) left the series after the fourth season to focus on her own series (Getting By), but made guest appearances until 1997, but no explanation was ever given for Carl and Harriette's youngest child, Judy, mysteriously disappearing. Judy was never popular with fans and rarely had an entire episode centering on her character. In the third and fourth seasons, she was little more than a background character, appearing in episodes merely to fulfill contractual obligations, and often not getting a single line. Because of this, Jaimee's mother demanded that her character be developed in order to receive more money, and the demands were denied. Jaimee was fired, and the producers felt no need to hire another actress to replace her. The producers admitted that they did not think audiences would notice Judy being gone which is why her absence wasn't explained. In a later episode, Harriette mentions to Carl in passing that Judy was upstairs cleaning her room, but no other mention of Judy was spoken of, as if she never existed. Rumor has it that the producers had this brief mention of Judy to deny rumors of a lost episode where Judy was killed in a car accident. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Jaimee Foxworth (born 17 December 1978 in Belleville, Illinois) is an American actress who played the part of Judy Winslow, the youngest daughter, for four seasons on Family Matters. ... Telma Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and television actress. ... Getting By was a short-lived American sitcom about two single mothers, one white and one black, who inadvertedly are sold the same house and decide to live there with both of their families. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


In later seasons, other characters disappeared. Shawn Harrison's character, Waldo, was said to have gone off to culinary school, giving his character some closure. Bryton McClure, who played Richie, started to appear less once 3J was introduced and disappeared by the last season. Rosetta LeNoire, who played Mother Winslow, was gone by the last season as well, after she married Fletcher. Jo Marie Payton-Noble, the original actress who played Harriette (originating the character on Perfect Strangers), left in December 1997 before the last season as she disliked how the show placed so much emphasis on Steve Urkel and his sub-characters (Stefan, Myrtle, O.G.D., etc.). Many believe this is a case of the series jumping the shark. According to a Parade viewer question asking why she was replaced, Jo Marie Payton-Noble also wanted to write or direct an episode, but never could. She was replaced by Judyann Elder. The infamous moment when Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water skis. ... Judyann Elder (born 1945) is an American actress. ...


Deck the Malls Episode: The Last of the Cast

In the Season 9 Christmas episode "Deck the Malls", Estelle Winslow, Rachel Crawford, and Richie Crawford all appear for the last time. It is also Jo Marie Payton's last appearance as Harriette. Many consider this the true finale, as it features the entire cast (except Jaimee Foxworth). After this episode the show's continuity, once again, takes a major dip. Rachel never returns and Richie has also disappeared without a trace, presumably gone to live with his mother. In this episode, Steve's gift to Carl was a picture frame with Eddie and Laura's picture in it. Carl loved the gift but then said to Steve "I feel like somebody is missing!" It is believed that this was an indirect reference to Judy being the somebody missing, but Steve immediately told Carl that he was the one missing out of the photo of Eddie & Laura. Jaimee Foxworth (born 17 December 1978 in Belleville, Illinois) is an American actress who played the part of Judy Winslow, the youngest daughter, for four seasons on Family Matters. ...


Cancellation

During its final season, the show moved to CBS. The show never had a proper series finale. The tenth season, which was supposed to feature the marriage of Steve and Laura, never entered production. The ratings had been on a steady decline for the last couple of years, and CBS decided to cancel the show (as well as Step by Step) after only one season on the network. After the season wrapped, the sets were dismantled, much to the surprise of the cast and crew. The Season Nine finale, a two-parter, ended up becoming the de-facto series finale; although not an official finale, it did succeed in featuring the several types of plots prominent throughout the years. It was not only a very special episode, but also put equal emphasis on Steve and the Winslows, featured a comic storyline, and incorporated an outlandish plot centered around Urkel and his inventions: Steve goes into outer space with a pair of NASA astronauts to test one of his inventions, and Harriette, attempting to protect a newly deputized Eddie, arranges for him to be given a beat reading parking meters--which puts him in the middle of a shoot-out. This article is about the broadcast network. ... A series finale is the very last installment of a television series, usually a sitcom or drama. ... Step by Step was an American television sitcom which was aired on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and with a network change moved to CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. ... For a one-off television program, see Television special. ...


Nielsen Ratings

1989-1990 Season: #32


1990-1991 Season: #15


1991-1992 Season: #27


1992-1993 Season: #35


1993-1994 Season: #30


1994-1995 Season: #34


1995-1996 Season: #42


1996-1997 Season: #50


1997-1998 Season: #108


Characters

Main article: List of Family Matters characters

// Played by Reginald VelJohnson Carl Otis Winslow is the husband of Harriette, Son of Estelle, Brother-in-Law of Rachel and Father of Laura, Judy and Eddie. ... Reginald VelJohnson (born August 16, 1952) is an American film, stage and television actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Carl Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters and as LAPD Sgt. ... Carl Otis Winslow was a fictional character portrayed by Reginald VelJohnson on the American sitcom Family Matters (TV series) from 1989-1998. ... Jo Marie Payton (born August 3, 1950 in Albany, Georgia) is an American actress, who starred most notably as Harriette Winslow on the ABC sitcom, Family Matters and its parent series Perfect Strangers. ... Harriette Winslow (nee Baines) is a fictional character who was on the third and fourth seasons of the show Perfect Strangers, and the entire series of Family Matters. ... Darius McCrary (born May 1, 1976 in Walnut, California) is an American film and television actor who is best known for his role as Eddie Winslow on the television series Family Matters. ... Edward James Arthur Winslow (January 28, 1974) was a supporting character on the second longest-running African-American sitcom, Family Matters, and he was portrayed by Darius McCrary. ... Kellie Shanygne Williams (born March 22, 1976 in Washington, D.C., USA) is an American actress best known for her role as Laura Winslow on the television series Family Matters. ... Laura Lee Winslow was a supporting character on the hit ABC sitcom, Family Matters, she was portrayed by Kellie S. Williams. ... Jaimee Foxworth (born 17 December 1978 in Belleville, Illinois) is an American actress who played the part of Judy Winslow, the youngest daughter, for four seasons on Family Matters. ... Judith Winslow (November 4, 1980) was a fictional character, on the hit sitcom, Family Matters, and was portrayed by Valerie Jones in the pilot, then Jaimee Foxworth (the second episode and so on) from 1989 until 1993, where she made her final appearance in the fourth season finale, Mamas... Rosetta LeNoire (Rosetta Olive Burton) (August 8, 1911 - March 17, 2002) was an American stage, screen, and television actress and Broadway producer and casting agent. ... Grandma Mother Estelle Winslow (born 1911) was a supporting character on the long-running African-American sitcom, Family Matters, and she was portrayed by Rosetta LeNoire. ... Jaleel White (born November 27, 1976) is an African-American actor. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Telma Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and television actress. ... Rachel Crawford was a supporting character on the sitcom, Family Matters, she was portrayed by Telma Hopkins from 1989 until 1993, then from Hopkins guest starred as Rachel from 1994 until 1997. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Richie Crawford (February 6, 1988 ) is a supporting character on the television program, Family Matters and he was portrayed by Joseph Julius Wright (1989-1990) and Emmy Award winner, Bryton McClure (1990-1997). ... For the offensive lineman, see Orlando Brown (football player). ... 3J (Jerry Jamal Jameson) was a supporting character on the sitcom, Family Matters, and he was portrayed by Orlando Brown. ... Michelle Thomas (September 23, 1969 – December 22, 1998) was an actress who is best known for her roles as Myra Monkhouse, the girlfriend of Steve Urkel, on the American sitcom Family Matters from 1993 to 1998 and Justine Phillips, girlfriend of Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. ... Myra Monkhouse is a fictional then supporting character on the hit sitcom, Family Matters, and she was portrayed by Michelle Thomas from 1993 until the shows ending in 1998. ... Shawn Harrison (born December 28, 1973 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor best known for playing Waldo Geraldo Faldo on the sitcom Family Matters. ... Waldo Geraldo Faldo is a supporting character on the 1990s American television situation comedy Family Matters. ... Cherie Johnson Cherie Johnson (born 21 November 1975) is an African-American actress. ... Judyann Elder (born 1945) is an American actress. ...

References in popular culture

  • In the South Park episode "Chickenpox", Cartman has a Steve Urkel sleeping bag.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Stan of Arabia", a man showing Hayley around in a Saudi Arabian restaurant wears a shirt that has a picture of Steve Urkel, and under the picture is the word "Urkel".
  • In "The Springfield Files" episode of The Simpsons, Homer compares an alien he encounters to Steve Urkel.
  • In another episode of The Simpsons, Marge is seen trying to purchase a box of Urkel O's.
  • In a Married...with Children episode, Al Bundy states: "Hey, Family Matters is on! I love this Urkel guy. Everything you need to know about life, you can learn from him."
  • In Big Fat Liar, Jaleel White stars as himself starring as a cop named "Fowl". Many references are made to his "Urkel" days from Family Matters, even Marty Wolf repeatedly refers to him as "Urkel".

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Chickenpox is the 23rd episode of Comedy Centrals animated series South Park. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... American Dad! is a satirical American animated television series produced by Underdog Productions and Fuzzy Door Productions for 20th Century Fox. ... Stan of Arabia is a two-part episode of the animated series American Dad!. // Bullocks underlings plan a surprise party for him commemorating 25 years of service with the CIA. Stan in charge of planning the party, which means that Francine is actually in charge of planning the party. ... The Springfield Files is the tenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season, which originally aired January 12, 1997. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Married. ... Big Fat Liar is a 2002 comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), Paul Giamatti and Nickelodeons Amanda Bynes // Jason Shephard (Frankie Muniz), a fourteen-year-old boy residing in the fictional town of Greenbury, Michigan, was known as a stealthy but not...

Trivia

  • The house depicted in the opening and closing credits, as well as scenes that take place in the Winslows' home, is located at 1516 Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The closing shot in the end credits comes from the pilot episode "The Mama Who Came to Dinner" when the family is at the piano.
  • During the series' nine-year run, the cast was predominantly changed. The only cast member to appear in every single episode was Reginald VelJohnson as Carl.
  • On an episode of [[Step by Step]] in the 7th season, when Al Lambert decided to be an actress, Steve Urkel made a very breif appearance with a clapperboard.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Perfect Strangers was an American sitcom which ran for eight seasons from 1986 through 1993 on ABC. The show was moved around in the prime time lineup and eventually landed on Fridays as part of TGIF. It is about Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), a high-strung Chicago resident, sharing... This article is about the TV show. ... Step by Step was an American television sitcom which was aired on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and with a network change moved to CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. ... Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicled the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews, who grows up from a pre-pubescent boy to a married man. ... Hangin with Mr. ... Meego was a short lived 1997 science fiction comedy, that aired on CBS, it starred Bronson Pinchot in the title role. ... For other uses, see Young and Restless. ... Michelle Thomas (September 23, 1969 – December 22, 1998) was an actress who is best known for her roles as Myra Monkhouse, the girlfriend of Steve Urkel, on the American sitcom Family Matters from 1993 to 1998 and Justine Phillips, girlfriend of Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Reginald VelJohnson (born August 16, 1952) is an American film, stage and television actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Carl Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters and as LAPD Sgt. ...

See also

This article is a list of episodes of the 1989-1998 ABC (and later CBS) sitcom, Family Matters. ... // Played by Reginald VelJohnson Carl Otis Winslow is the husband of Harriette, Son of Estelle, Brother-in-Law of Rachel and Father of Laura, Judy and Eddie. ...

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And the hit TV series, "Family Matters" has been providing such wholesome entertainment for eight seasons and currently is TV's longest-running Black show.
The Harriette Winslow character came into existence two years earlier with Payton Noble as the tart-tongued elevator operator of the former series, "Perfect Strangers." Harriette became such a hit with viewers that the producers created "Family Matters" as a spinoff for her to star and cast VelJohnson as her husband, Chicago police officer Carl Winslow.
"Family Matters" centers on the Winslow family household.
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