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15th Sep '17 10:48:54 AM PF
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*** Originally, the episode "Brains over Brawn" ended with Steve breaking through the Winslows' roof as a result of his malfunctioning jetpack, and crash landing in Port Washington, Wisconsin, the setting of ''Step by Step'', in a near-seamless transition between the two shows.[[note]]Since they aired back-to-back on TGIF at the time.[[/note]] However, since they no longer airs together, reruns of the episode instead has Steve flying over Chicago.

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*** Originally, the episode "Brains over Brawn" ended with Steve breaking through the Winslows' roof as a result of his malfunctioning jetpack, and crash landing in Port Washington, Wisconsin, the setting of ''Step by Step'', in a near-seamless transition between the two shows.[[note]]Since they aired back-to-back on TGIF at the time.[[/note]] However, since they no longer airs air together, reruns of the episode instead has have Steve flying over Chicago.
15th Sep '17 7:03:04 AM PF
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** Likewise in ''Series/StepByStep'', where he arrives to help Mark with a science project and also helps Al confront her fear about wearing glasses.
*** Originally, the episode of this show, "Brains over Brawn", ended with Steve breaking through the Winslows' roof as a result of his malfunctioning jet pack, and crash landing in Port Washington, WI (the setting of ''Step By Step''), in a near-seamless transition between the two (as they both aired back-to-back on TGIF at the time); but since the two aren't aired together anymore, when rerun the episode has Urkel instead flying over Chicago.
*** Urkel also made a random cameo in a 1997 episode of ''Step by Step'', loading a clapperboard in a movie (for some reason).
** Urkel also made some quick, non-speaking cameo appearances in the short-lived sitcom ''Meego'' (which was another Miller/Boyett show) that debuted when this show moved to CBS.

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** Likewise in ''Series/StepByStep'', where he ''Series/StepByStep'':
*** Steve
arrives to help Mark with a science project and also helps Al confront her fear about wearing glasses.
*** Originally, the episode of this show, episode "Brains over Brawn", Brawn" ended with Steve breaking through the Winslows' roof as a result of his malfunctioning jet pack, jetpack, and crash landing in Port Washington, WI (the Wisconsin, the setting of ''Step By Step''), by Step'', in a near-seamless transition between the two (as shows.[[note]]Since they both aired back-to-back on TGIF at the time); but time.[[/note]] However, since the two aren't aired together anymore, when rerun they no longer airs together, reruns of the episode has Urkel instead has Steve flying over Chicago.
*** Urkel also made Steve make a random cameo in a 1997 episode of ''Step by Step'', episode, loading a clapperboard in a movie (for some reason).
** Urkel also made Steve makes some quick, non-speaking cameo appearances in the short-lived sitcom ''Meego'' (which ''Meego''.[[note]]Which was another Miller/Boyett show) show that debuted when this show moved to CBS.[[/note]]
15th Sep '17 6:55:29 AM PF
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A rare case of being played straight and inverted:
** Played straight with the first half of the first season, as Steve was not yet a part of the show. Inverted with the season 8 episode, "A Pirate's Life for Me". It ''really'' highlighted how much the show had changed. It involved a time machine sending the characters back in time to a pirate ship in the 1700s. Words cannot describe how surreal it felt watching Carl, Laura, and Maxine fighting a group of pirates. Carl hilariously [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges]] this in the episode "Father Time", going through a litany of Steve's previous inventions and concluding that a time machine is "no big deal" at this point. In the same episode, when asked where he got the plutonium to make his time machine's [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nuclear batteries]], Steve casually replies, "[=RadioShack=]." Carl is unfazed.
** Also, the pilot seemed the imply the Winslows were living in an apartment (likely a carryover from ''Perfect Strangers'', where they lived in the same building as Balki and Larry); all episodes after that have them in a house instead.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A rare case of being played straight and inverted:
EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Played straight with the first half of the first season, as Steve was not yet a part of the show. Inverted with the season 8 episode, "A Pirate's Life for Me". It ''really'' highlighted how much the show had changed. It involved a time machine sending the characters back in time to a pirate ship in the 1700s. Words cannot describe how surreal it felt watching Carl, Laura, and Maxine fighting a group of pirates. Carl hilariously [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges]] this in the episode "Father Time", going through a litany of Steve's previous inventions and concluding that a time machine is "no big deal" at this point. In the same episode, when asked where he got the plutonium to make his time machine's [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nuclear batteries]], Steve casually replies, "[=RadioShack=]." Carl is unfazed.
** Also, the
The pilot seemed the seems to imply that the Winslows were living in an apartment (likely apartment.[[note]]Which was likely a carryover from ''Perfect Strangers'', where they lived in the same building as Balki and Larry); all Larry.[[/note]] All episodes after that have them in a house instead.instead.
** Steve wasn't introduced until the second half of Season 1.


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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The Season 8 episode, "A Pirate's Life for Me". It ''really'' highlighted how much the show had changed. It involves a time machine sending the characters back in time to a pirate ship in the 1700s. Words cannot describe how surreal it is watching Carl, Laura, and Maxine fighting a group of pirates. Carl hilariously [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges]] this in the episode "Father Time", going through a litany of Steve's previous inventions and concluding that a time machine is "no big deal" at this point. In the same episode, when asked where he got the plutonium to make his time machine's [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nuclear batteries]], Steve casually replies, "[=RadioShack=]." Carl is unfazed.
11th Sep '17 10:02:44 AM themisterfree
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* AlphaBitch: Cassie Lynn Nubbles, a girl in high school who tried to blackmail Steve and Laura.

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* AlphaBitch: Cassie Lynn Nubbles, a girl in high school who tried to blackmail Steve and Laura. As Steve put it, she was "the poster child for useless people".
11th Sep '17 8:52:03 AM themisterfree
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** Also, the pilot seemed the imply the Winslows were living in an apartment (likely a carryover from ''Perfect Strangers'', where they lived in the same building as Balki and Larry); all episodes after that have them in a house instead.
24th Aug '17 6:06:06 PM themisterfree
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''Family Matters'' is one of the quintessential sitcoms of [[TheNineties the 1990s]]. It started as a spin-off of ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' with background character Harriette Winslow and her husband Carl, a policeman. The show is about their picturesque working-class family. Carl's mother Estelle moved in with them in the first episode, and that is essentially how the show began.

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''Family Matters'' is one of the quintessential sitcoms of [[TheNineties the 1990s]]. It started as a spin-off of ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' on Creator/{{ABC}} (as one of the anchors to the newly-formed Franchise/{{TGIF}} block) with background character Harriette Winslow and her husband Carl, a policeman. The show is about their picturesque working-class family. Carl's mother Estelle moved in with them in the first episode, and that is essentially how the show began.



The show ended after nine seasons in 1998, having moved to Creator/{{CBS}} for its' last season along with sister series ''Series/StepByStep''.



*** Originally, the episode of this show, "Brains over Brawn", ended with Steve breaking through the Winslows' roof as a result of his malfunctioning jet pack, and crash landing in Port Washington, WI (the setting of ''Step By Step''), in a near-seamless transition between the two (as they both aired back-to-back on TGIF at the time); but since the two aren't aired together anymore, when rerun the episode has Urkel instead flying over Chicago.
*** Urkel also made a random cameo in a 1997 episode of ''Step by Step'', loading a clapperboard in a movie (for some reason).
** Urkel also made some quick, non-speaking cameo appearances in the short-lived sitcom ''Meego'' (which was another Miller/Boyett show) that debuted when this show moved to CBS.



* MythologyGag: In the earlier seasons' intro, the Winslows would be seen bicycling over a bridge- the same one seen in the opening credits of ''Perfect Strangers'' for most of that show's run (specifically the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Avenue_Bridge Irv Kupcinet Bridge]]).



** The space uniform Myra wears in one of her last appearances is also the uniform of the Visitors in [[Series/{{V1983}} V]].

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** The space uniform Myra wears in one of her last appearances is also the uniform of the Visitors in [[Series/{{V1983}} V]].''[[Series/{{V1983}} V]]'' (also a Warner Bros. production, so it may be a case of PropRecycling).
20th Jul '17 4:22:55 AM tyrekecorrea
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* CrossReferencedTitles: Season three's "Boom!" and season seven's "Chick a Boom." The former involves a treadmill bomb; the latter involves an explosive compound being mistaken for pepper.
15th Jul '17 12:25:15 PM tyrekecorrea
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'''Laura''': Waffles! \\

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'''Laura''': Waffles! French toast! \\



'''Harriette''': We're having eggs, and you have two choices: scrambled or raw. \\

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'''Harriette''': How 'bout ''this''? We're having eggs, and you have got two choices: scrambled or raw. \\
5th Jul '17 9:53:49 AM mlsmithca
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--> '''Eddie''': Pancakes! //
'''Laura''': Waffles! //
'''Judy''': How 'bout pizza? //
'''Harriette''': We're having eggs, and you have two choices: scrambled or raw. //
'''Kids''': *deadpan* Scrambled.

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--> '''Eddie''': Pancakes! //
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'''Laura''': Waffles! //
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'''Judy''': How 'bout pizza? //
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'''Harriette''': We're having eggs, and you have two choices: scrambled or raw. //
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'''Kids''': *deadpan* ''[deadpan]'' Scrambled.
23rd Jun '17 1:10:15 PM glickmam
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** Likewise in ''Series/StepByStep'', where he arrives to help Mark with a science project.

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** Likewise in ''Series/StepByStep'', where he arrives to help Mark with a science project.project and also helps Al confront her fear about wearing glasses.
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