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Release Date:
14 Jul 2020
Genre:
Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Family / Sci-Fi
Country:
USA
Runtime:
30 min

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

Originally, "Family Matters" a spin-off series of the successful "Perfect Strangers" was conceived to focus on the Winslows, a middle-class suburban Chicago black family. Harriet was the sarcastic elevator operator at the Chicago Chronicle newspaper while her portly husband, Carl, was a Chicago police sergeant; they had three children Eddie (14), Laura (12) and Judy (9). While somewhat successful in its early months on the air, "Family Matters" didn't become a true hit until the appearance of the Winslow's next door neighbor kid, Steve Urkel. The bespectacled Urkel, complete with high-pitched voice and suspenders, was the ultimate nerd who had an unrequited crush on Laura. His well-meaning but clumsy ways, in addition to countless back-firing contraptions and visits at inopportune times, caused no end of grief for Eddie, Laura and especially Carl; Harriet, however, was more understanding. Also a part of the action were Harriet's recently widowed sister, Rachel Crawford (she operated a local hangout, Rachel's Place), and her son, Richie; Carl's mother, Estelle; Eddie's slow-witted pal, Waldo; Laura's friend, MAXINE; and Myra Monkhouse, a beautiful teen-ager with a huge crush for Urkel. As the years went on, Urkel developed a special transformation chamber to allow himself to change into suave Stefan Urquelle, whom Laura fell for; it was a way for the nerd to finally win the object of his affection. Laura eventually got to appreciate Urkel's company, and eventually, fell in love with him. Carl was eventually promoted from sergeant to lieutenant, finally attaining the rank of captain. In later years, Urkel moved in with the Winslows (when his parents abandoned him in moving to Russia); and Carl and Harriet (long after their daughter, Judy, disappeared from the scene without explanation) adopted 3J, a local orphan who was friends with Richie. While many episodes seemed to focus on Urkel and Carl, a number of shows explored serious topics, including gangs, police brutality, teen-age drinking and guns in school. The show ran on ABC from 1989 through 1997 as a cornerstone of that network's "TGIF" programming block; it and "Step by Step," another "TGIF" series, switched to CBS for both series' final season.

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Seasons

  • Season 1 22 episodes
  • Season 2 25 episodes
  • Season 3 25 episodes
  • Season 4 24 episodes
  • Season 5 24 episodes
  • Season 6 25 episodes
  • Season 7 24 episodes
  • Season 8 24 episodes
  • Season 9 22 episodes

Episodes

1 The Mama Who Came to Dinner 1989-09-22
In the pilot episode, viewers meet the rest of Chicago Chronicle elevator operator Harriette Winslow's family. The first plot centers…
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2 Two-Income Family 1989-09-29
Harriette loses her job as elevator operator at the Chicago Chronicle when she asks for a raise. The lack of…
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3 Short Story 1989-10-06
Early in the series, Harriette's widowed sister, Rachel Crawford, is a budding freelance writer who has just written a short…
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4 Rachel's First Date 1989-10-13
5 Straight A's 1989-10-20
To everyone's surprise, Eddie comes home with a report card with straight A's. Eddie's even more surprised, since he knows…
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6 Basketball Blues 1989-11-03
7 Body Damage 1989-11-10
Rachel decides to treat herself to a spin in Carl's vintage police car and promptly gets into a minor accident.…
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8 Mr. Badwrench 1989-11-17
9 Stake-Out 1989-11-24
10 False Arrest 1989-11-28
Working security at a television studio, Carl makes a simple request to actor Buddy Goodrich to move his parked car…
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11 The Quilt 1989-12-08
Estelle shows off an heirloom quilt that's been in the Winslow family for more than 200 years. Despite being told…
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12 Laura's First Date 1989-12-15
The episode that ensured "Family Matters'" success. It all began with Laura bemoaning her inability to get a date with…
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13 Man's Best Friend 1990-01-08
Man's best friend isn't a dog, at least in Carl's eyes, when a stray pooch follows the kids home. Carl…
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14 Baker's Dozens 1990-01-11
Carl's lemon tarts - made using a secret recipe - is a big hit with Rachel's church group. One of…
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15 The Big Reunion 1990-01-23
16 The Party 1990-02-03
Carl leaves Eddie in charge of the household while the adults go on an overnight trip. There's one major rule:…
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17 The Big Fix 1990-02-09
Eddie's flunking algebra and has nowhere else to turn but math-whiz Urkel. Urkel agrees to help Edd-o on one condition:…
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18 Sitting Pretty 1990-02-20
Seeking a promotion, Carl invites no-nonsense Capt. Davenport over for dinner. Simple enough, except he doesn't know that Laura -…
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19 In a Jam 1990-02-23
A bully named Bull Watson terrorizes Urkel into giving up his lunch money. Urkel wants Eddie to stick up for…
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20 The Candidate 1990-03-23
Eddie is persuaded to run for class president vs. Margie Flatman. Rodney - and later, Laura - decide that a…
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21 Bowl Me Over 1990-04-17
It's the guys (don't forget Urkel) vs. the gals in grudge match at the bowling alley. The usual hijinks ensue,…
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22 Rock Video 1990-04-30
Eddie wants to make a rock video for a TV Contest. Unfortunately for him, his narcissistic ego costs him, his…
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