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The Best Episodes of Family Matters 

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Updated May 23, 2019 1.7k votes 690 voters 9.7k views 213 items

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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It's Beginning To Look A... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Presumed Urkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Finding The Words is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Christmas Is Where The H... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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I Should Have Done Somet... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Dr. Urkel And Mr. Cool ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Grandmama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Driving Carl Crazy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters

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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The Gun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Born To Be Mild is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Pop Goes The Question is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Dog Day Halloween is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Season 2 Episode 7: Carl must save Steve and Laura, who have been taken hostage during a Halloween robbery.
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Stevil II: This Time He'... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Surely You Joust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Farewell, My Laura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Torn Between Two Lovers ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Tender Kisses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Aunt Oona is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Car Wars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Cousin Urkel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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A Thought In The Dark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Season 4 Episode 15: Laura and Ted arrange a blind date for Steve with Ted's cousin Myra.
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Boxcar Blues is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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Stevil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
Season 8 Episode 7: Steve's ventriloquist dummy comes to life on Halloween, wreaking havoc in the Winslow household.
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Marriage 101 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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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All The Wrong Moves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
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.