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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Apr 30, 2012
While this show went downhill pretty rapidly from 1994 until its end in 1998, the episodes from 1989-93 hold up pretty well. I always found it funny when Urkel would make Carl Winslow really mad, and this clip shows this really well.

With the TGIF sitcoms from the late 80's and early 90's, Family Matters easily creams Full House. 
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May 02, 2012
In the TGIF sitcom battle, Family Matters was easily the most real show. It had problems of its own, but I could relate to it better than any of the others from the Friday lineup. Shame about its detour into sci-fi in the later years, though. We can call it the Curse of Urkel.
May 02, 2012
Well said, dude. I don't know what the hell the TV executives were thinking when they decided to turn Family Matters into "The Urkel Show." And yeah, I think compared to the other TGIF sitcoms, this one stands above by a pretty wide margin.
May 01, 2012
this was syndicated for awhile too right? This was fun.
May 01, 2012
For a while, I think this show was on ABC Family, though I think they stopped airing the episodes in 2008. I know the first two seasons are on DVD now.
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A positive family comedy that drowned under the weight of Urkel. Mind you, I blame the TV execs and not the actors for running this show into the ground.
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Family Matters is a sitcom about an African-American family in Chicago. The show aired for eight years from 1989-1997 and was a spinoff of Perfect Strangers.

The sitcom follows Carl Winslow and his wife Harriette, and their children Eddie, Laura and Judy.  Steve Urkel, the geeky neighbor of the Winslow soon becomes the main focus of the show with his eccentric character. 
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Premiere Date: September 22, 1989

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