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25 Things You Didn't Know About Family Matters

This list of Family Matters facts and behind the scenes trivia will take you back to the Winslow family's antics in the '80s and '90s. Family Matters is the third longest-running sitcom revolving around an African American cast in history. It aired on ABC for eight seasons and a final season on CBS for a total of 215 episodes.

The comedy is actually a spin-off of Perfect Strangers and focuses on police officer Carl Winslow and his family, but it became obvious early on that the Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White in what was supposed to be a one-episode appearance) would steal the show. "Did I do that?" Yes you did, Steve.

Okay, so you might remember Urkel's catchphrase, but this list is all about the Family Matters behind the scenes deep cuts, from the change in actresses playing Harriette to the on-set tension over Urkel's popularity.

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  • Who Appeared In Every Single Episode?

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    Reginald VelJohnson and Kellie Shaygne Williams, who played Carl Otis Winslow and Laura Lee Winslow, respectively, are the only actors to appear in all 215 episodes of the series. Take that, Steve Urkel!
  • Steve Urkel Was Based On A Real Guy

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    When co-creator Michael Warren needed an appropriately goofy name for a nerd character, he was inspired by his friend Steve Erkel. When Urkel became a pop culture sensation, Erkel was in for years of prank phone calls.
  • Show Matriarch Rosetta LeNoire Was 85 When She Exited The Show

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    By the time she left the show, Rosetta LeNoire, who played Estelle "Mother" Winslow, was 85 years old. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 90.
  • Steve Urkel And Laura Winslow Were Supposed To Get Married In Season 10

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    If Family Matters hadn't been cancelled, Carl's nightmare would have truly come true: plans for season 10 included the marriage of Steve Urkel and Laura Winslow. While fans never got to see a wedding, the two were engaged in the series finale.