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TV Shows - Family Matters

Family Matters is an Emmy Award nominated American sitcom about a middle-class family living in Chicago. The series, a spin-off of Perfect Strangers, is notable for the introduction of Steve Urkel, a nerdy character played by Jaleel White.

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1 Urkel = Beyond Annoying
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2 Urkel became cool The show needed a nerd
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3 Too Sci fi Steve's inventions
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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5 Same Character Different Actor changing Harriette
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6 New kid in town 3J
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7 Where's Judy? Couldn't They Have Just Said 'Boarding School'?
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8 Cosby Show Rip-Off Why do you think they needed Urkel?
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9 Laura's too perfect like really
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10 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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11 Urkel gets into box And becomes Bruce Lee, Elvis, a robot and Einstein
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12 A very special... Urkel on speed
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13 Urkel's "superscience" I liked Stephan better.
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14 The Urkel Dance The nerd begans taking over the show
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15 Exit...Stage Left Waldo
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16 The Way the Ball Bounces Urkel kisses Carl Winslow on the cheeks.
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17 The "Fonzie Effect" Urkel becomes the most popular character
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18 Switches networks From ABC to CBS
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1 I went back and voted for Urkel. Initially, Urkel was used as a cheap gag in one episode of this show about a working class Cosbyesque family. As time went on, this show kept skinning the fish with Myrtle Urkel, the Urkel dance, Urkelbot, the special guest stars (what are the odds that Johnny Gill would come in contact with Urkel and friends), Stephan Urquelle, the Teleportation pad, cloning machine, time machine and finale. Urkel should have never appeared on this show which was already bad from day one. Even Urkel went through his stages; he went from being a stalking pest to Laura Winslow to being a mature grown adult. Granted, the show never would have survived without Urkel, but he's what truly made this show a very cheap imitation of One Day At A Time. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on October 23, 2014, 2:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Another strong similarity between this show and Happy Days..i remember an episode early in the series where Urkel accidently burned down this guy's restaurant.. does that ring a bell? -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on August 29, 2014, 8:50 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I have a theory: when a show has a specific title and the show begins to be about everything else except the title, that is when the show jumps the shark! This show, for example, is called Family Matters, and it was supposed to be about this working class extended family. Then Urkel was in every plot and even had an episode about his "evil twin" or something. Now it was "Urkel Matters, and no one gives a shit about the family." Other examples of this phenomenon are when Mad about You became Mad about Mabel and Sex and the City became Boring Married Sex and the Suburbs. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I distinctly remember the Very Special Thanksgiving Episode, where the whole family ate that little girl, and then turned her bedroom into the Sewing Room. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 The transformation chamber!!!!! Who in their right mind is going to believe that anyone can transform into Bruce Lee or Elvis? -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Rachel was a horrible mother to leave her son like that, because she could have made a fortune on the tabloid circuit by promoting him as Michael Jackson's son. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:22 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 This show jumped once once Urkel reached six feet, and his voice started to change. He no longer was the browbeaten little nerd, but he was now the ridiculous psycho, whose pants were too small, and whose glasses were too thick. The sound of his voice reached Mary Hart territory in terms of aggravation. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:19 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The exact instant this show jumped the shark was when Urkel created the teleporter to Paris. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:18 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Harriet was all of a sudden played by a different actress, not to mention the fact that Judy and Aunt Rachel disappeared and weren't really mentioned. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Urkel and Carl pull a "Honey I Shrunk the Kids". They are shrunken by one of Urkel's retarded devices and then become prey of the Winslow family cat. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:16 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 If you catch the episodes where 3J and Richie are outside or when the garage is open you can see Judy hiding behind a box. If that isn't shark jumping material, idk WHAT is! -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 19, 2014, 3:12 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Family Matters really jumped the SHARK when you finally realized just how long Laura had been in highschool. She was in high school for a total of 9 years. And she went to the senior prom 3 times!! And it seemed as they always had some stupid 'popular' R&B act on the show. Might as well have called "Soul Train". -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 6:00 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 This show jumped when they let it become the steve urkel show. By the way everyone talks about when little sister Judy became a victim of the Chuck Cunningham syndrome but do you know that she grew up to become an adult film star going by the name "Crave?" How sad is that??? -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 6:00 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Family Matters jumped more sharks than Carl ate donuts, but the first quantum leap occurred when Rachel left. -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Family Matters really really started to get out there when Steve cloned himself. It jumped before and after that with each science fiction episode. What do any of these inventions have to do with Family Matters? NOTHING! -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 First of all, Family Matters was cool when it first came out. THEN, the whole Urkel trying to make Laura feel guilty for every relationship SHE was in (i.e., Urkel always saying "I'll always be here waiting for you, my pet" or some shit) got old, THEN his creepy inventions, THEN Rachel's place burnt down (can we say...didn't see that one coming?) THEN the trip to Disney Land, and ABOVE ALL, STEFAN!!! How the hell can Laura not know they were the same person with different clothes (basically)!!! -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:54 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Family Matters jumped the shark when Judy just vanishes and everyone acted like she never existed in the first place. "Carl we have two wonderful children" -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Okay, when Family Matters first started there was Harriet, Carl, Mother Winslow, Laura, Judy, Eddie, Rachel and Richie and it was all good with the big happy family. Then Steve Urkel came and was a background and it was still good, then Waldo was added in Season 3 and all of the family was still there then ABC had Urkel take over the show. Then suddenly the madness begins Judy disappears without an explanation like she never existed, Rachel disappears without any explanation (while her son stayed), Mother Winslow got married and was phased out, we get introduced to Myra, Stefan and 3J. Richie was seen once in a while and he was finally gone, Waldo leaves for cooking school, then Harriet #1 leaves and besides most of the family disappearing the show lost it's plot with so much Urkel focus and the unrealistic inventions. So by the end of the series the original cast that is left are Carl, Laura, Eddie and Steve of course and the fake Harriet. That's it! Doesn't anyone see anything wrong with that?!? -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:52 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
19 Steve in space was TOO much, especially when mission control looked as realistic as the command center from Power Rangers. I'm just saying! -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 When the Winslows teleported to France. And Urkel falls off the Eiffel Tower into the teleporter? Oh and by the way, Laura and Stefan just happen to go up on the catwalk. I'm surprised the show didn't move to Sci-Fi rather than CBS. Time travel? Space travel? Robots (earlier seasons, but still annoying)? Did we really need a knock-off of "Small Wonder?" -- Submitted By: (JTScomments) on August 17, 2014, 5:47 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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