Family Matters is a sitcom that aired on ABC as part of their TGIF lineup from 1989 to 1997 and on CBS from 1997-1998. The series is a spin-off from Perfect Strangers and focuses on a middle-class African American family, the Winslows, living in Chicago. Midway through the first season, the show introduced the Winslows' nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel, who quickly became the main character of the show.

Muppet Mentions

  • In the second season episode, "Cousin Urkel," Laura has a Skeeter figurine in her room.


  • In Muppets Tonight episode 205, guest star Coolio dressed as Steve Urkel, who Ernst Stavros Grouper refers to as Steve Urkel-o, for Grouper's new segment, "Muppet Dance Party." As Ernst Grouper and Coolio dance to the Macarena parody music, "Macadamia," because Ernst couldn't get the rights to the official music, Coolio bumps into the fruit cart and says Steve Urkel's catchphrase, "Did I do that?"


  • Shaun Baker played Clarence in "Jailhouse Blues" (1992)
  • Jason Bateman directed "Pound Foolish" (1997)
  • Larry Block played Mr. Seeger in "Two-Income Family" (1989)
  • Orlando Brown played 3J (1996-1998)
  • Sherman Hemsley played Captain Savage in "Par for the Course" (1994), "Midterm Crisis," and "An Unlikely Match" (both 1995)
  • Rosetta LeNoire played Mother Estelle Winslow
  • Mark Linn-Baker directed "Boxcar Blues" (1990) and played Mr. Benner in "A Pain in Harrassment" (1997)
  • Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers appeared in "Walking My Baby Back Home" (1995)
  • Whitman Mayo played Fletcher in "They Shoot Urkels, Don't They?" (1995)
  • Pat Morita played Mr. Tanaka in "Grill of My Dreams" (1998)
  • New Edition appeared in "Home Again" (1996)
  • Stuart Pankin played Honest Bob in "Car Wars" (1993)
  • Kyla Pratt played Kelsey Webster in "Le Jour d'amour" (1997)
  • Thom Sharp played Bob in "Love and Kisses" (1992), a control tower voice in "Flying Blind" (1994), and Dr. Miller in "What's Up Doc?" (1995)
  • Fred Willard played Vice Principal Mallet in "Looney Bin" (1994), "Best Years of Our Lives" (1995), and "Dream Date" (1996)

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