620 votes
Family Matters

Family Matters

ABC 1989

The Winslows, a middle-class Black family living in Chicago, deal with various misadventures β€” many of which are caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Family Matters

Family Matters - S7E20

#1 - Twinkle Toes Faldo


Season 7 - Episode 20

Eddie and Urkel don't tap dance around the fact that Waldo is a klutz on the basketball court, so Waldo takes tap dancing lessons to improve his agility. Elsewhere, getting accepted to Harvard means the world to Laura, until she l earns her parents can't pay the tuition.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

Family Matters - S6E9

#2 - Paradise Bluff


Season 6 - Episode 9

Urkel's life flashes before him atop Paradise Bluff, where Myra hands him an ultimatum; and Harriette rates her mate and finds Carl needs to spice up his technique - at barbecuing.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

Family Matters - S7E3

#3 - Bugged


Season 7 - Episode 3

Steve has a secret crush on Agnes fellow bug collector. Steve meets a gorgeous bug collector, Agnes Pritzker, on the Internet and invites her over to trade insect specimens. Steve fantasizes about kissing her and feels so guilty that he confides in Laura. Laura tells him to confess to his girlfriend, Myra, if it bothers him so much. Steve worries about Myra's reaction, but when he tells her about his thoughts of cheating on her, she says it's okay to fantasize, just not to act on it. Meanwhile, Harriette insists that Carl allow her boss, Nick Neidermeyer (Orbach), to play poker with him and his buddies in their weekly game. Nick wins repeatedly, makes obnoxious jokes and acts rudely. But Carl and the others endure it so Harriette doesn't get in trouble at work. Finally, at the next game, Harriette confronts Nick about his behavior and finds out that he will be transferred to a lower division and has no power over her anymore. Carl and Harriette throw Nick out of the house.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.

Family Matters - S6E13

#4 - An Unlikely Match


Season 6 - Episode 13

Urkel sets an example of forgiveness after getting harassed by a gang of ruffians at school - when he discovers the ringleader has leukemia, he organizes a bone marrow drive; and a police-auction bargain overshadows Carl's good judgment.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

Family Matters - S7E18

#5 - My Big Brother


Season 7 - Episode 18

Urkel volunteers as a Big Brother to a touch street kid who's mastered pick pocketing skills but harbors a secret about his reading ability. Through a charity, Steve becomes a mentor for a tough but charming inner-city nine-year-old, 3J. While tutoring him, Steve discovers that, although 3J is smart, he is illiterate. At first, 3J rejects Steve's help, preferring to survive with his natural talents as always. But Steve excites him about the wonderful worlds of imagination one can find in books, and 3J decides to make his life better by learning to read. Meanwhile, Carl finds Harriette's secret savings account book. He is upset that she hid it from him. But later, he regrets arguing with her when she gives him an expensive gift for which she was secretly saving money.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

#6 - My Bodyguard
Season 6 - Episode 19

After failing to foil a robbery, Carl is assigned to protect Urkel, who stopped the thief; the boss's daughter comes on to Eddie.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
#7 - Stevil
Season 8 - Episode 7

Ventriloquist Steve's look-alike dummy comes alive on Halloween.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.
#8 - Tips For a Better Life
Season 7 - Episode 16

Carl issues an ultimatum concerning Eddie's recent drinking habits; meanwhile at the local cafe, female fans become intoxicated by the jazz styling of the ultra cool Stefan Urquette. Eddie, now a member of a fraternity at college but living at home, starts drinking alcohol excessively. Carl demands that if Eddie comes home drunk again, he must move out. After the next incident, Carl tells Eddie to move in with Waldo. But Waldo surprisingly refuses, saying that Eddie becomes obnoxious when he is drunk. Eddie realizes that his father is right; he shouldn't drink alcohol until he is old enough to be responsible. Carl lets him live at home. To earn money to pay for damaging the Winslow house with one of his inventions, Steve plays jazz piano in a local club - after transforming into the suave Stefan Urquelle. The highlight of his show is when Laura sings a love song with his accompaniment, followed by a passionate kiss.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Family Matters - S3E18
#9 - My Broken-Hearted Valentine
Season 3 - Episode 18

Lonely and depressed after breaking up with Ted, Laura grants Urkel a few bittersweet hours of bliss as her valentine; Gwendolyn charms Richie with "yucky goo-goo stuff"; and Harriette and Carl search for admirable qualities in each other.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
#10 - Dream Date
Season 7 - Episode 22

The school prom brings one disaster after another for Laura. First, her date cancels; then she's parked with a dateless Urkel at the dance. The group "Immature" performs.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

Last updated: sep 22, 2021



This show is still funny. I’m rewatching it after not seeing it for about 20 years and I still find it funny. Urkel is the star of the series, but Carl Winslow is a great character as well.

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