The Best Episodes of Family Matters

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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  • I Should Have Done Something

    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.
  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Urkel

    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.
  • A-Camping We Will Go

    A-Camping We Will Go

    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.
  • Driving Carl Crazy

    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...

  • Stop In The Name Of Love

    Stop In The Name Of Love

    Season 3 Episode 21: Harriette and Carl agree that Mother Winslow's vision is too bad for her to keep driving, but neither wants to tell her. Laura tries to help Waldo gain some confidence, but Waldo thinks she's in love with him.
  • Life Of The Party

    Life Of The Party

    Season 2 Episode 18: Aunt Rachel rescues Steve when his punch is spiked at a party.
  • Just One Date

    Just One Date

    Season 4 Episode 9: When Laura refuses, for the thousandth time, to go out on a date with Steve, he climbs onto the Winslows' roof and vows to stay up there until Laura agrees to go out with him.
  • Born To Be Mild

    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.
  • Presumed Urkel

    Presumed Urkel

    Season 5 Episode 16: Laura defends classmate Steve in a student trial when he is accused of blowing up the science laboratory.
  • Christmas Is Where The Heart Is

    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.
  • Pop Goes The Question

    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.
  • Dr. Urkel And Mr. Cool

    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.
  • Making The Team

    Making The Team

    Season 3 Episode 8: When Laura is disliked as the new girl on the cheerleading squad, she asks Steve for help on how to cope with being unpopular. Steve then leads the basketball team to victory with Laura cheering him on.
  • Eau De Love

    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.
  • Out With The Old

    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.
  • Torn Between Two Lovers

    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.
  • Marriage 101

    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.
  • The Crash Course

    The Crash Course

    Season 2 Episode 5: Steve Urkel faces a future in military school when, to win Eddie Winslow's friendship, he falsely confesses to crashing the Winslow family car.
  • Friendship Cycles

    Friendship Cycles

    Season 7 Episode 12: Steve really wants to go on a class bicycle trip with Myra, but he doesn't know how to ride a bicycle. When Carl refuses to teach Steve how to ride a bicycle, Steve tries to teach himself.
  • Dream Date

    Dream Date

    Season 7 Episode 22: When Laura and Steve both end up without dates for the senior prom, they decide to go with each other.
  • Car Wars

    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.
  • Robo-Nerd II

    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.
  • Paradise Bluff

    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.
  • A Thought In The Dark

    A Thought In The Dark

    Season 4 Episode 15: Laura and Ted arrange a blind date for Steve with Ted's cousin Myra.
  • Finding The Words

    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.