Family Matters is an American sitcom about a middle-class African American family living in Chicago, Illinois, which ran for nine seasons. The series was a spin-off of Perfect Strangers, but revolves around the Winslow family.Midway through the first season, the show introduced the Winslows’ nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White), who quickly became its breakout characterand eventually a main character. Family Matters originally focused on the character of police officer Carl Winslow and his family: wife Harriette Winslow, son Eddie Winslow, elder daughter Laura Winslow, and youngest child Judy Winslow (until Season 4).In the pilot episode, the family had also opened their home to Carl’s street-wise mother, Estelle Winslow (usually known as “Mother Winslow”). Prior to the start of the series, Harriette’s sister, Rachel Crawford, and her infant son, Richie Crawford, had moved into the Winslow household after the death of Rachel’s husband.
The Winslows’ nerdy teenaged next-door neighbor, Steve Urkel, was introduced midway through the first season and quickly became the focus of the show. As the show progressed, episodes began to center more and more on Steve Urkel and other original characters also played by Jaleel White, including Steve’s suave alter-ego Stefan Urkquelle and his female cousin Myrtle Urkel.
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