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TV episodes The Best Episodes of Family Matters  

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There are so many funny episodes of Family Matters, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Grandmama" the best, or is "Born to be Mild" your favorite episode of Family Matters? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Family Matters are, let's rank every Family Matters episode from best to worst.

Family Matters, a spinoff of Perfect Strangers, focused on the Winslow family, a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago, Illinois. The family's neighbor, Steve Urkel, eventually became a focal point of the series over the course of nine years. It's hard to picture the show working without, right? Family Matters starred Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, Rosetta LeNoire, Darius McCrary, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Jaimee Foxworth, and Jaleel White (as Urkel), and ran on CBS from September 19, 1997 to July 17, 1998.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Family Matters, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Family Matters episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Finding The Words is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Finding The Words Season 2 Episode 22: Harriette's and Rachel's father--whom they had believed was killed in the Korean War--comes to the Winslow home and wants to make amends for abandoning his daughters.

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Presumed Urkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Presumed Urkel Season 5 Episode 16: Laura defends classmate Steve in a student trial when he is accused of blowing up the science laboratory.

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Christmas Is Where The Heart I... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Christmas Is Where The Heart Is Season 5 Episode 11: Carl learns the true meaning of Christmas aboard a train stranded in a snowstorm as Steve attempts to cheer the miserable passengers.

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All The Wrong Moves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
All The Wrong Moves Season 5 Episode 10: To teach Carl a lesson, Harriette makes him pay her for her housework. Steve and Laura both have overly aggressive dates at the same drive-in movie.

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It's Beginning To Look A L... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Urkel Season 4 Episode 12: Laura's guardian angel arrives and shows her a world where Steve's and Laura's roles are reversed--Steve is sauve, while Laura is socially inept.

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Pop Goes The Question is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Pop Goes The Question Season 9 Episode 20: Laura's ex-boyfriend, Stefan, reminds her that she promised to consider his marriage proposal someday. He gives her a beautiful diamond ring and asks her again. When Stefan leaves the room, Steve enters with 144 red roses and also proposes to Laura.

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Surely You Joust is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Surely You Joust Season 4 Episode 1: When Carl becomes angry with his obnoxious neighbor Steve, they arrange to fight it out--on national television.

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Tender Kisses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Tender Kisses Season 4 Episode 16: When Eddie can't get tickets to the big Tracie Spencer (HERSELF) concert, he sneaks into Tracie's hotel room to meet her.

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Car Wars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Car Wars Season 5 Episode 9: Laura encounters sexism while shopping for a used car, but she uses the salesman's sexist attitudes against him to negotiate a good price for a car.

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Aunt Oona is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Aunt Oona Season 5 Episode 22: Steve's dowdy Aunt Oona (DONNA SUMMER) visits and, with Harriette's help, becomes confident enough to win a singing competition.

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Lost In Space, Part Two is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Lost In Space, Part Two Season 9 Episode 22: Eddie graduates from the police academy but is assigned to parking enforcement. Harriette spoke to the wife of Eddie's supervisor and arranged for Eddie to have a safe job

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I Should Have Done Something is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
I Should Have Done Something Season 2 Episode 25: Carl Winslow experiences guilt over a hostage who was shot a year ago while he was on duty as a police officer. Steve Urkel bribes Laura Winslow to go out on a date with him.

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Torn Between Two Lovers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Torn Between Two Lovers Season 2 Episode 2: Steve Urkel mistakenly believes Rachel is romantically attracted to him as she prepares a candle-lit dinner--for her loan officer.

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Farewell, My Laura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Farewell, My Laura Season 3 Episode 25: Rachel and Laura read a story that Steve wrote. In the story, Steve is a 1940s detective whom Laura hires to protect Rachel, but when Rachel is killed, Steve must investigate all the suspects and deduce her murderer's identity.

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Boxcar Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Boxcar Blues Season 2 Episode 6: While Carl Winslow chases a suspect, he gets trapped in a moving boxcar with Steve Urkel. Steve's uncertainty about choosing a career leads Carl to the realization that he should no longer pressure his own son to become a cop.

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Driving Carl Crazy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Driving Carl Crazy

Season 4 Episode 4: When Laura says she will go steady with the next boy to ask her out who has his own car, Steve acquires a car and persuades Carl to teach him to drive...

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We're Going To Disney Worl... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
We're Going To Disney World, Part II Season 6 Episode 23: On a trip to Disney World, Laura must decide whether to marry Steve's suave alter ego, Stefan, and Carl yearns for his job in Chicago.

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The Gun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
The Gun Season 6 Episode 15: After she is robbed, Laura considers getting a gun, but the Winslows organize a gun turn-in program instead.

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Grandmama is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Grandmama Season 5 Episode 7: Eddie agrees to be Steve's partner in a basketball tournament but then finds a better partner. Steve partners with an old lady, Grandmama.

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Dr. Urkel And Mr. Cool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Dr. Urkel And Mr. Cool Season 5 Episode 8: When Laura tells Steve to be less annoying, he creates a potion that transforms him into a suave, charming man. But his new attitude soon causes more problems than it solves.

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Dog Day Halloween is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Dog Day Halloween Season 2 Episode 7: Carl must save Steve and Laura, who have been taken hostage during a Halloween robbery.

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Born To Be Mild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Born To Be Mild Season 3 Episode 9: When a local gang intimidates the customers at Rachel's diner and beats up Eddie, Carl and Steve team up. Steve goes undercover to join the gang.

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Stevil II: This Time He's ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Stevil II: This Time He's Not Alone Season 9 Episode 7: Last year on Halloween, Steve created a small, evil ventriloquist's dummy in his image that came to life and wreaked havoc. Now, the dummy, dubbed Stevil, returns with a nightmarish sidekick named Carlsbad, who looks like a little version of Carl.

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To Be Or Not To Be, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
To Be Or Not To Be, Part 1 Season 6 Episode 1: Steve transforms back into Stefan to please Laura. When Carl has problems with his eyesight, Eddie convinces him to use Steve's transformation machine but something goes wrong.

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Deck The Malls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Deck The Malls Season 9 Episode 11: Myra gets Steve a job in the local mall working in the gift-wrapping department, while Carl and Laura portray Santa Claus and Santa's helper.

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We're Going To Disney Worl... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
We're Going To Disney World, Part I Season 6 Episode 22: On a trip to Disney World, Steve transforms himself into his suave alter ego and proposes marriage to Laura, and Carl decides to quit his job and move the family to Florida.

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Out With The Old is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Out With The Old Season 9 Episode 1: When Laura asks Eddie and Stefan to participate in her sorority's kissing auction for charity, Steve feels rejected.

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Walk On The Wild Side is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Walk On The Wild Side Season 4 Episode 21: When Laura sneaks into a male strip club, Steve learns that Harriette is going as well, and he tries to warn Laura.

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Cousin Urkel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Cousin Urkel Season 2 Episode 8: When Steve goes out of town, his look-alike, sound-alike, act-alike cousin Myrtle, the belle of Biloxi, arrives and falls madly in love with Eddie.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Good Cop, Bad Cop Season 5 Episode 15: Eddie is harassed by police officers while driving through a white neighborhood.

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Psycho Twins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Psycho Twins Season 5 Episode 18: When Carl, Steve and the boys visit a professional wrestler, Steve's potion puts the wrestler and his partner to sleep--and Carl and Steve agree to take the wrestlers' places in the ring...

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Paradise Bluff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Paradise Bluff Season 6 Episode 9: Steve and Myra are almost killed on lovers' lane, but Steve asks Myra to wear his science club pin. Carl is convinced that Harriette thinks he's an inadequate lover.

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Muskrat Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Muskrat Love Season 4 Episode 13: The "Sadie Hawkins Day" dance becomes interesting when Eddie refuses Melissa's offer to take him and then regrets it, while Laura's best friend goes with the guy Laura wanted to ask.

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Send In The Clone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Send In The Clone Season 7 Episode 24: Steve invents a cloning machine and replicates himself. The clone causes havoc around the Winslow house until Steve explains what's going on.

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Bowl Me Over is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Bowl Me Over Season 1 Episode 21: Battle lines are drawn in the Winslow family when the women challenge the men to a bowling match.

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Lost In Space, Part One is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Lost In Space, Part One

Season 9 Episode 21: Eddie graduates from the police academy but is assigned to parking enforcement. Harriette spoke to the wife of Eddie's supervisor and arranged for Eddie to have a safe job.

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Eau De Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Eau De Love Season 7 Episode 19: When Steve casts a spell on Laura with a magical love potion, his lifelong quest for her may finally have a happy ending. Harriette and Carl's plans for a second honeymoon are thwarted.

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The Mama Who Came to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
The Mama Who Came to Dinner Season 1 Episode 1: Mother Winslow asserts a little too much authority when she comes to live with her son Carl and his family.

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Dedicated To The One I Love is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Dedicated To The One I Love Season 2 Episode 9: Harriette becomes jealous when a pretty neighbor becomes attracted to Carl. Steve Urkel, meanwhile, gets a girlfriend--and it's not his beloved Laura.

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Robo-Nerd II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Robo-Nerd II Season 3 Episode 24: Steve's robot look-alike, Urkelbot, returns to fight crime. The Winslow women try a new line of hair products and go bald.

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Stevil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Stevil Season 8 Episode 7: Steve's ventriloquist dummy comes to life on Halloween, wreaking havoc in the Winslow household.

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The Big Reunion is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
The Big Reunion Season 1 Episode 15: Carl is too embarrassed to attend his high school reunion because of the weight he's gained.

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Marriage 101 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Marriage 101 Season 2 Episode 3: To her horror, Laura gets paired with Steve for a class project in which the participants pretend they are married. Harriette is depressed because Carl takes her for granted--until he recognizes the error of his ways by hearing how Steve treats Laura.

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To Be Or Not To Be, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
To Be Or Not To Be, Part 2 Season 6 Episode 2: Carl upsets his family when he must remain a nerd while the suave Stefan, formerly Steve Urkel, struggles to fix his transformation chamber.

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A Thought In The Dark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
A Thought In The Dark Season 4 Episode 15: Laura and Ted arrange a blind date for Steve with Ted's cousin Myra.

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Stefan Returns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Stefan Returns Season 5 Episode 24: Laura encourages nerdy Steve to create a new, improved potion to transform himself into his suave alter ego again--this time without the obnoxious side effects.

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Miracle On Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Miracle On Elm Street Season 6 Episode 11: In this Christmas episode, Richie invites a homeless man who claims to be Santa Claus to dinner. Steve searches through tons of garbage to find a special present for Laura.

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Body Damage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Body Damage Season 1 Episode 7: 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.

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A Pirate's Life For Me is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
A Pirate's Life For Me Season 8 Episode 24: Steve uses his time-travel machine to transport himself and Carl back to a pirate ship in the year 1704.

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Don't Make Me Over is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Don't Make Me Over Season 9 Episode 19: Determined to force Eddie to love her, Myrtle goes shopping with Laura and Maxine. But Eddie fends off her aggressive advances.