Family Matters

1989 • ABC
787 reviews
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Season 1 episodes (22)

1 The Mama Who Came to Dinner
Mother Winslow asserts a little too much authority when she comes to live with her son Carl and his family.
2 Two Income Family
The Winslows must cut costs when Harriette loses her job as an elevator operator.
3 Short Story
The Winslow family members have mixed reactions when they realize they are the characters in a story Rachel has sold to a magazine.
4 Rachel's First Date
Desperate for some time alone with Harriette, Carl encourages Rachel to start dating again.
5 Straight A's
Eddie thinks he must be getting smarter when he comes home with perfect marks until he learns the truth--his friend Rodney has played a joke on him.
6 Basketball Blues
Carl pushes a reluctant Eddie to try out for the high school baskeball team. Aunt Rachel experiments with gourmet recipes.
7 Body Damage
Carl is chosen to drive an antique police car in the Columbus Day parade, but Rachel wrecks the car and has to fix it before Carl finds out.
8 Mr. Badwrench
While Carl unsuccessfully tries to install a shower, Rachel tries to convince everybody that her baby boy really can talk.
9 Stakeout
Harriette becomes jealous because Carl's new partner is beautiful, shapely -- and likes to bowl!
10 False Arrest
Carl arrests the Winslow family's favorite television star.
11 The Quilt
Laura has a garage sale and mistakenly sells Mother Winslow's priceless 200-year-old quilt.
12 Laura's First Date
Laura's first date turns into a nightmare when three boys arrive to take her to the school dance.
13 Man's Best Friend
The children bring home a stray dog that has a habit of chewing on things--and Carl changes his mind about pets.
14 Baker's Dozens
Policeman Carl Winslow's recipe for lemon tarts leads to a family business venture.
15 The Big Reunion
Carl is too embarrassed to attend his high school reunion because of the weight he's gained.
16 The Party
Things get out of control when the Winslow children are left alone for the evening.
17 The Big Fix
Eddie talks his sister Laura into going on a date with Steve Urkel, the school nerd.
18 Sitting Pretty
The Winslow home fills with children when Laura starts a baby-sitting service.
19 In a Jam
While Carl Winslow auditions for a job as a television traffic reporter, Eddie helps Steve with a school bully.
20 The Candidate
Eddie runs for president of the freshman class because he thinks it will make him more popular with girls.
21 Bowl Me Over
Battle lines are drawn in the Winslow family when the women challenge the men to a bowling match.
22 Rock Video
Eddie Winslow starts his own band but becomes a little too "star-struck."

About this show

What matters most? Family, of course! Over its nine hit seasons, Family Matters brings us a hilarious slice of middle-class Americana — along with one of TV's wackiest characters, nerdy genius Steve Urkel. The extended Winslow family redefines the word "togetherness" as their home splits at the seams with chaos, confusion and laughter.

Ratings and reviews

787 reviews
Bailey Spencer
July 7, 2015
I have to be honest... FULL HOUSE IS LIKE 10 TIMES BETTER! I mean, I love the show, but it's always the same thing. Steve breaks something or tries to win Laura's love, Carl eats junk food, and Laura tries to push Steve away... All while Eddie brags about his good looks and charm. But I do love Harriette's sassy attitude and Mother Winslow's stories about how she was such a "Party animal" back in her day.
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Princess Magical
August 8, 2020
It's so amazing and beautiful how Steve knew all along that he & Laura belonged together from kindergarten. He told Laura in season 2 he would wait forever for her. It took Laura 15 years to finally realize Steve is the one for her after getting the double proposal & no man would ever love & adore Laura more than Steve, more than life itself. You clearly see it after watching the series that Steve's heart always belonged to Laura & they end up getting married even though it's not shown onscreen.
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Brittany Schettino
November 5, 2017
I loooovee looove love this show I grew up with this show!!!! I remember sitting in my family room watching it everyday. Its really such a crying shame that they can't and don't have shows like this anymore nowadays... It covered every important issue that everyone sweeps under the rug. Subjects that are so taboo today when really something should be done about these subjects. Amazing actors and actresses funny af has u peeing yourself because that's how funny they are.
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