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The Best Episodes of Family Matters

Updated May 23, 2019 2.1k votes 704 voters 10.7k views213 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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  • 1
    It's Beginning To Look A L 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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    Christmas Is Where The Heart I is listed (or ranked) 3 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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    Finding The Words is listed (or ranked) 4 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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    I Should Have Done Something 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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    Born To Be Mild is listed (or ranked) 9 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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  • 10
    The Gun is listed (or ranked) 10 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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    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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    Farewell, My Laura is listed (or ranked) 12 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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  • 13
    Dog Day Halloween is listed (or ranked) 13 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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  • 14
    Torn Between Two Lovers is listed (or ranked) 14 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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    Stevil II: This Time He's  is listed (or ranked) 15 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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    Cousin Urkel is listed (or ranked) 16 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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    Surely You Joust is listed (or ranked) 17 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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  • 18
    Good Cop, Bad Cop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
    Season 5 Episode 15: Eddie is harassed by police officers while driving through a white neighborhood.
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  • 19
    Tender Kisses is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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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  • 21
    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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  • 22
    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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  • 23
    A-Camping We Will Go is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
    Season 5 Episode 21: Carl, Eddie and Waldo's camping trip is disrupted when Steve arrives. Steve becomes even more annoying when he warns them about dangers at their campsite--all of which prove to be true.
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  • 24
    Eau De Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
    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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  • 25
    Out With The Old is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Family Matters
    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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