Family Matters

ABC (ended 1998)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 22

    Lost in Space (2)

    Aired 7/17/98

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    Lost in Space (1)

    Aired 7/17/98

  • S 9 : Ep 20

    Pop Goes the Question

    Aired 7/3/98

  • S 9 : Ep 19

    Don't Make Me Over

    Aired 6/26/98

  • S 9 : Ep 18

    Throw Urkel From the Train

    Aired 6/18/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Judyann Elder

    Harriette Winslow (episodes 206-214)

  • Reginald VelJohnson

    Carl Winslow

  • Jaleel White

    Steve Urkel (seasons 2-9; recurring in season 1)

  • Telma Hopkins

    Rachel Crawford (seasons 1-4; recurring afterwards)

  • Orlando Brown

    3J (seasons 8-9)

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  • show Description
  • A perfect spin-off from Perfect Strangers: Family Matters focused on Harriet Winslow (the elevator operator from the Chronicle) and her family of sorts. Carl Winslow, her husband, was a dutiful cop, and a gruff and lovable father to three kids: Eddie Winslow, the rebel son; Laura Winslow, the smart-aleck daughter; and cute little Judy Winslow. They had opened their home to Harriet's sister, Rachel Crawford and her little baby son Richie, and in the very first episode, Carl had to open his home to his cool and streetwise mother, Estelle Winslow, whether he wanted to or not. Everything was going along just fine until one day, Steve Urkel, the inventive nerd, barged into their home and eventually, into their hearts. Steve had a killer crush on Laura, but she would never give him the time of day. Steve Urkel was intended to be a one-shot appearance, but his popularity with the fans won him the number-one spot as America's favorite nerd.As the show went on, the characters and the stories evolved. Richie grew from a little baby into a rambunctious and impressionable little boy. The stories started revolving around Steve and his incredible inventions, which became the greatest sight gags on the show. In almost every episode, Steve ends up breaking furniture, windows, and Carl's patience. Eddie and Laura each had best buddies to hang out with: Eddie had dim-witted yet lovable Waldo Geraldo Faldo,and Laura had faithful and true-blue gal pal Maxine. The greatest mystery of Family Matters is Judy and Rachel's sudden disappearances from the show, but Rachel made guest appearances whenever possible.To stop Steve from chasing her, Laura matched him up with perky-yet-pushy Myra Monkhouse. Steve loved Myra physically, but his emotions will always go to Laura. Eddie had his share of steady girlfriends, and even he had an Urkel chasing him- Myrtle May Urkel, Steve's cousin from Biloxi (Jaleel White also). Every so often, Steve uses one of his inventions to turn himself into debonair, irresistable lover Stefan Urquelle or karate hero Bruce Lee to draw Laura closer to him, much to Myra's chagrin.At the end of season 6, the Winslows welcomed Steve into their home when Steve's family went to Russia. Pretty soon, Richie hung out with 3J, a tough, streetwise kid always running from the children's home. The Winslows then adopted 3J as one of their kids, as they did with Steve.In the final season, Family Matters - along with Step by Step - moved to CBS, and Steve slowly matured from the annoying nerd that he used to be. This was when Laura started falling in love with Steve, and Myra got kicked to the curb, but she vowed to get her "Stevie-kins" back. Also, the original Harriette, JoMarie Peyton, had left the show in mid-season and Judyann Elder took her role. Steve and Laura got engaged, but they never had a wedding because CBS dropped the ax on the show. But, nevertheless, Family Matters had a great successful run and is one of the longest running African-American comedies ever. In Germany the show is known as Alle unter einem Dach ("Under One Roof").In Spain it is known as Cosas de casa.In France it is known as La Vie de famille ("Life of the Family").In Italy it is known as Otto sotto un tetto ("Eight Under One Roof").In Sweden it is known as R�kna med br�k. In Croatia it is known as ''Pod istim krovom''moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (711)

    • Estelle: What's for dinner?
      Harriet: We're having meatloaf.
      Estelle: Is there going to be meat in it?
      Harriet: Yeah? Otherwise we'd just call it "loaf"

    • Judy: (about Richie) Let me hold him! Laura: No, Aunt Rachel said I could take care of little Richie. Judy: I wanna hold him! Laura: You can hold him when you get older. Judy: When I get older he won't be a baby anymore. Laura: Hey, stuff happens.

    • Estelle: Why won't your parents let you go to the party? Eddie: I don't know! All we were gonna do is watch a Rambo marathon! The problem is my curfew is at 10:00 and the first movie doesn't start until 9:30. Estelle: Well, that stinks. Rambo won't even blow anything up until after 10:00. Eddie: That's what I told dad. Estelle: You know, he's forgotten what it's like to be 15. I'll handle your father at dinner. Your grandma is gonna fight for your right to party.

    • Eddie: Today I'm gonna do the laundry and after that wash the car and mow the lawn. Carl: Who are you, and what have you done with our son? Harriette: Who cares, let's keep this one!

    • Carl: Son, I hate to tell you, but you're not going to that party. Eddie: You mean I was nice for nothing? I tell you, that's the last time I do anything in this house! (he begins to walk out) Harriette: (handing Eddie a tray of glasses) Here, take this with you. Eddie: Yes, mom.

    • Rachel: Girls, who's watching my baby? Laura and Judy (pointing to each other): She is!

    • Harriette: Girls, have you cleaned up your room yet? Judy: I cleaned up my half. Laura: No you didn't, you just threw all your junk on my half. Harriette: Girls, upstairs. Laura: But mom, she always..... Harriette: NOW!

    • Carl: Are his parents going to be there? Eddie: Yes. Carl: Beer? Eddie: No. Carl: Girls? Eddie: No. Carl: 'Till when? Eddie: 2:00 Carl: Bingo! Book him!

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    Notes (490)

    • The German episode title is "Hilfe, Mama kommt!", meaning "Help, Mom's Coming!".

    • The scenes in the opening credits for this season go as followed: Carl is walking down the stairs with a newspaper under his arm. Harriette is playing the piano. Mother Winslow is reading a magazine on the porch. Eddie is bagging groceries at the store he works at. Laura is listening to a walkman in her room. Judy is playing with her dollhouse in her room. Richie is sitting on Rachel's lap. Rachel is picking flowers in the back yard.

    • This marks the only time Laura and Judy's room can be seen is in the opening credits.

    • Eddie is 15.

    • This is the only episode where Laura and Judy share a room.

    • For the first five episodes of the series, the theme song was the classic "What A Wonderful World" performed by Louis Armstrong, with a longer opening. After the original airing of those episodes the theme song was changed to the regular "As Days Go By" theme song. They made a new version of the intro for the pilot episode to feature scenes with Valerie Jones and not Jaimee Foxworth. Some stations, such as ABC Family retained the original "What A Wonderful World" intro for the pilot only. The first season DVD set features the "As Days Go By" version.

    • Valerie Jones plays Judy Winslow for this episode only.

    • At the end of this episode, the family sings "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" together, and then it goes into a similar rendition of the ending music.

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    Trivia (107)

    • The set for the pilot is set similar but obviously different than the design of the following episodes; the front door exits out into a hall; that's clearly seen when Estelle makes her appearance. The makeup of the living room is a bit closer together than the set becomes and doesn't have as many doors off the main room like for the downstairs bathroom that Rachel uses in a later episode. The kitchen is the only set that remains fairly the same when the show moves into the series.

    • The back of Valerie Jones, who played Judy Winslow in the pilot episode, can still be seen in the opening credits at the dinner table scene. It remains that way until the end of the first season.

    • This actually applies to every episode after this, but since this is the first episode with the new living room I'll mention it here. I know that the house that is seen is stock footage, but it doesn't match the interior. If you look at the porch when someone opens the door, there are a lot of plants, and even a bench. That's not seen on the stock footage. Also, to go down the stairs, you would have to turn left. On the stock footage, there is no real porch. Also, how would someone drive into the garage in the back of the house? The back yard is on the same level as the rest of the house. Also, in the closing theme song when it shows the Winslows at the piano in the living room, the piano shouldn't be at the corner of the house. Remember, the piano was right by the kitchen, so if you go to the right, then you go into the kitchen, which clearly doesn't make sense. The piano should be on the side of the house, or located right next to the door. Also, the stairs to the left of the living room door shouldn't be there, because they go too far over. The exterior shot shows a window there.

    • The original cold open to this episode featured a scene with Judy, Laura, and Carl. After the original airing of this episode the producers replaced it with a new cold open to feature Steve Urkel tricking Carl out of his sundae, to make it look as if Urkel was on from the beginning. The first season DVD set uses the Steve Urkel version.

    • The original cold open to this episode featured Harriette telling Eddie, Laura and Judy to wash the dishes while she gets ready to go to a PTA meeting. After the original airing of this episode the producers replaced it with a new cold open to feature Harriette and Carl sitting at the table and Steve Urkel comes with a robe on saying he was taking a bath, to make it look as if Urkel was on from the beginning. The first season DVD set uses the original version.

    • When they are in the bathroom, he says to put your goggles on and then safety first and puts his googles on. Then when it shows him hammering the nail, his goggles are up.

    • When Carl was in the bathroom, he kicks something at the wall and then the mirror falls and you hear the glass break, but the mirror is still together.

    • When Rachel finally tells Buddy Goodrich her name he says that it's nice to meet her again. However, she did not tell him her name before and Harriette never introduced her.

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    Allusions (66)

    • Carl serves Eddie a glass of raw eggs. This is in reference to a similar scene in the movie Rocky.

    • The title is a play on GM Goodwrench auto repair service.

    • The Buddy Goodrich Show is a spoof of the 1978-1986 sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, with the races of parent and children flip-flopped.

    • The title is a play on Adrian Lyne's 1983 film Flashdance.

    • The title of this episode is based on the movie Dog Day Afternoon, which also involved a bank robbery.

    • The title of this episode is a play on the hit song of the same title, originally a 1961 version sung by The Shirelles.

    • The Urkel on the atom bomb's computer monitor that spoke with a shuttering voice was a reference to the British sci-fi short series Max Headroom, in which the entitled character spoke in a similar distorted manner.

    • The title is a play on the title of the 1962 movie Requiem for a Heavyweight. The movie starred Anthony Quinn as Louis 'Mountain' Rivera, a fighter who goes into retirement after a knockout loss to Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) who was played by the man himself.

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  • Fan Reviews (108)
  • One of the 90`s best shows ever

    By Raven77, Dec 09, 2013

  • Hidey-ho, Winslows!

    By ComedyTVFAN, May 02, 2013

  • funny show!

    By HaroldHolyoke, Feb 05, 2013

  • Grew up watching.

    By gracielove, Nov 10, 2012

  • give her the shoes

    By nicholasMacke, Jul 17, 2012

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