Family Matters is a American sitcom television series created by William Bickley and Michael Warren when it was produced by Miller-Boyett, Bickley-Warren, Lorimar Television (1989–1993) and Warner Bros Television (1993–1998), also distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.
Originally, the show aired on ABC network on September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 after eight season. CBS picking up the show as well as Step by Step and it aired on the network from September 9, 1997 to July 17, 1998, lasting nine seasons and 215 episode.
The series originally focused on the character of police officer Carl Winslow and his family: wife Harriette, son Eddie, elder daughter Laura, and younger daughter Judy (who appeared until the character was written out in season four). In the pilot episode, "The Mama Who Came to Dinner," the family had also opened their home to Carl's street-wise mother, Estelle (Rosetta LeNoire), usually known as "Mother Winslow." Prior to the start of the series, Harriette's sister, Rachel Crawford and her infant son, Richie, had moved into the Winslow household after the death of Rachel's husband. The Winslows' nerdy teenage next-door neighbor, Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), was introduced midway through the first season in the episode "Laura's First Date" and quickly became the focus of the show. As the show progressed, episodes began to center increasingly on Steve Urkel, and other original characters also played by White, including Steve's suave alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle, and his female cousin, Myrtle Urkel.
- Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
- Jo Marie Payton (season 1-9.11) and Judyann Elder (season 9.14-9.22) as Harriette Winslow
- Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Laura Winslow
- Jaimee Foxworth as Judy Winslow (season 1-4)
- Rosetta LeNoire as Estelle Winslow
- Bryton McClure as Richie Crawford #2 (season 2-9)
- Joseph and Julius Wright as Richie Crawford #1 (season 1)
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel (season 2-9, recurring season 1)
- Telma Hopkins as Rachel Crawford (season 1-4, recurring season 6, guest season 9)
- Shawn Harrison as Waldo Faldo (season 4-7, recurring season 2-3)
- Michelle Thomas as Myra Monkhouse (season 6-9, recurring season 4-5)
- Orlando Brown as Jerry Jamal Jameson "3J" (season 8-9, recurring season 7)
Episode number Edit
|Season||Episodes||Network||First air date||Last air date|
|Season 1||22||ABC||September 22, 1989||April 27, 1990|
|Season 2||25||September 21, 1990||May 3, 1991|
|Season 3||25||September 20, 1991||May 8, 1992|
|Season 4||24||September 18, 1992||May 14, 1993|
|Season 5||24||September 24, 1993||May 20, 1994|
|Season 6||25||September 23, 1994||May 19, 1995|
|Season 7||24||September 22, 1995||May 17, 1996|
|Season 8||24||September 20, 1996||May 9, 1997|
|Season 9||22||CBS||September 19, 1997||July 17, 1998|
Development and filming Edit
Family Matters was created by William Bickley and Michael Warren (who also wrote for, and were producers of parent series Perfect Strangers) and developed by Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett (who also served as producers on Perfect Strangers), all four also served as executive producers of the series. The series was produced by Miller-Boyett Productions, in association with Lorimar Television who co-produced the show until 1993, when Warner Bros. Television absorbed Lorimar (a sister company under the co-ownership of Time Warner). Starting with season three, the series was also produced by Bickley-Warren Productions. The series was filmed in front of a live studio audience; the Lorimar-produced episodes were shot at Lorimar Studios (later Sony Pictures Studios) in Culver City, California, while the Warner Bros.-produced episodes were filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in nearby Burbank.