Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Series / FamilyMatters

Go To



* ContentWarnings: The first episode with Stevil has one with Urkel warning viewers of its potentially scary content (this was a few months before the TV rating system was introduced in America).

to:

* ContentWarnings: The first episode with Stevil "Stevil" has one with Urkel Steve warning viewers of its potentially scary content (this content. This was a few months before the TV rating system was introduced in America).America.

Added DiffLines:

* ContentWarnings: The first episode with Stevil has one with Urkel warning viewers of its potentially scary content (this was a few months before the TV rating system was introduced in America).


** Urkel's is "Did I do that?"

Added DiffLines:

** Urkel's is "Did I do that?"


** Averted with Steve himself, who actually debuted midway through Season 1.

to:

** Averted Subverted with Steve himself, who actually debuted midway through Season 1.


The show is about the Winslows, a working class family in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. Midway through Season 1, the annoying neighbor and HollywoodNerd Steve Urkel was introduced, intended as a one-shot character revolving around Carl finding a tame guy to take his daughter Laura to a dance. Actor Jaleel White hit the role so enthusiastically that his character became very popular. This was a pleasant surprise for the producers, who quickly signed up White to return as a regular.

to:

The show is about the Winslows, a working class family in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. Midway through Season 1, the annoying neighbor and HollywoodNerd Steve Urkel was introduced, intended as a one-shot character revolving around Carl finding a tame guy to take his daughter Laura to a dance. Actor Jaleel White hit the role so enthusiastically that his character became very popular. went over massively with the live audience attending the episode's taping.[[note]]Legend has it that a group of college kids at the taping went as far as to start chanting "Urkel! Urkel!"[[/note]] This was a pleasant surprise for the producers, who quickly signed up White to return as a regular.


* IconicSequelCharacter: Averted with the BreakoutCharacter Steve himself, who actually debuted midway through the first season. Played straight with other characters like Waldo (introduced in season 2) and Myra (introduced in season 4). Both are more iconic and remembered than half of the season 1's original cast, except Steve, Carl, Laura, Eddie, and arguably Harriette.


Added DiffLines:

* IconicSequelCharacter:
** Averted with Steve himself, who actually debuted midway through Season 1.
** This is played straight with characters like Waldo and Myra, who were introduced in Seasons 2 and 4, respectively.


* DerailingLoveInterests: Poor Myra had always been crazy, especially where Steve was concerned. But during the breakup arc in the last season, she goes off the deep end: she breaks up with Steve, but it's a ploy to get him to beg her to take him back. Then, when he refuses to continue the relationship, she ''sues him for "Alienation of Affection" and even gets Johnnie Cochrane as her lawyer''. Oh, ''and'' she installs a spy cam in his glasses so she can watch him through a monitor in her bedroom.

to:

* DerailingLoveInterests: Poor Myra had has always been crazy, a ClingyJealousGirl, especially where Steve was is concerned. But during the breakup arc in the last season, she goes off the deep end: she breaks up with Steve, but it's a ploy to get him to beg her to take him back. Then, when he refuses to continue the relationship, she ''sues him for "Alienation of Affection" and even gets Johnnie Cochrane as her lawyer''. Oh, ''and'' she installs a spy cam in his glasses so she can watch him through a monitor in her bedroom.


Added DiffLines:

* IconicSequelCharacter: Averted with the BreakoutCharacter Steve himself, who actually debuted midway through the first season. Played straight with other characters like Waldo (introduced in season 2) and Myra (introduced in season 4). Both are more iconic and remembered than half of the season 1's original cast, except Steve, Carl, Laura, Eddie, and arguably Harriette.


** The first, back in the pre-Steve days, was Eddie's friend Rodney.

Added DiffLines:

* GenderFlip: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel" has Laura's guardian angel subjecting her to a DreamSequence where she becomes Laura Urkel, Steve's DistaffCounterpart. Steve himself becomes Steve Winslow, essentially a male Laura.


Added DiffLines:

* NobodysThatDumb: In "Midterm Crisis", when Eddie and Steve accidentally eat Waldo's gourmat cake for his midterm, they try to cover up the situation by baking the same cake, but end up blowing up the oven. When Waldo arrives, they both come clean and Waldo gets upset by them and tells them off:
-->'''Waldo:''' Hold the pickles. This isn't over till [[BluntMetaphorsTrauma the fat lady takes a bath]]. I know what you guys are thinking. That you can walk all over me because you think I'm dumb. Well, I have feelings, too. [[{{Metaphorgotten}} If you cut me, do I not cough? If you hit me, do I not sneeze? And if you call me names, do I not eat?]]\\
'''Steve:''' Oh, my God. I actually understood that.

Added DiffLines:

* GreenEyedMonster:
** In "Presumed Urkel", [[spoiler:Dexter Thornhill reveals that he framed Steve because he was jealous that the latter is better than him]].
** In "Revenge of the Nerd", it is revealed that the reason why Nick acts like a jerk is because he jealous of Carl because the latter has a family, while he is divorced.


* JerkassFacade: In "Revenge of the Nerd", it is revealed that the reason why Nick acts like a jerk is because he jealous of Carl because the latter has a family, while he is divorced.


** In "Scenes from a Mall", Richie wins a bet with Little G, with the latter saying that Carl does look like the father on ''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince]]''. During the end credits, this scene is expanded, with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT03kJVPJKM James Avery making an unexpected cameo appearance]]. This causes Reginald [=VelJohnson=] to break character and introduce Avery to the studio audience and the viewers at home.

to:

** In "Scenes from a Mall", Richie wins a bet with Little G, with the latter saying that Carl does look like the father on ''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince]]''. During the end credits, this scene is expanded, with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT03kJVPJKM James Avery making an unexpected cameo appearance]]. This causes Reginald [=VelJohnson=] to break character and introduce character. Avery is then introduced to the studio audience and the viewers at home.


* BirdPoopGag: When Carl sees Steve holding a bird whistle, he's skeptical about its effectiveness in attracting birds. At Steve's encouragement, Carl tries it out. Several seconds later, a flock of birds fly above them and leaves a massive amount of droppings in their wake. Steve and Carl are unharmed because Steve holds an open umbrella over the both of them, but Carl's car, which is parked outside, isn't so lucky.

to:

* BirdPoopGag: When Carl sees Steve holding a bird whistle, he's skeptical about its effectiveness in attracting birds. At Steve's encouragement, Carl tries it out. Several seconds later, a flock of birds fly above them and leaves a massive amount of droppings in their wake. Steve and Carl are unharmed because Steve holds an open umbrella over the both of them, but Carl's car, which is parked outside, isn't so lucky.lucky:


* BirdPoopGag: When Carl sees Steve holding a bird whistle, he's skeptical about its effectiveness in attracting birds. At Steve's encouragement, Carl tries it out. Several seconds later, a flock of birds fly above them and leaves a massive amount of droppings in their wake. Steve and Carl are unharmed because Steve holds an open umbrella over the both of them, but Carl's car, which is parked outside, isn't so lucky:

to:

* BirdPoopGag: When Carl sees Steve holding a bird whistle, he's skeptical about its effectiveness in attracting birds. At Steve's encouragement, Carl tries it out. Several seconds later, a flock of birds fly above them and leaves a massive amount of droppings in their wake. Steve and Carl are unharmed because Steve holds an open umbrella over the both of them, but Carl's car, which is parked outside, isn't so lucky:lucky.



*** In "The Dance", Steve arrives to help Mark with a science project. He then helps Al deal with the pain of being dumped. Furthermore, the ''Family Matters'' episode "Brain Over Brawn" originally 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 air together, the syndicated version of the episode instead has Steve flying over Chicago.

to:

*** In "The Dance", Steve arrives to help Mark with a science project. He then helps Al deal with the pain of being dumped. Furthermore, the ''Family Matters'' episode "Brain Over Brawn" originally ended with Steve breaking through the Winslows' roof, as a result of his malfunctioning jetpack, jet-pack, 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 air together, the syndicated version of the episode instead has Steve flying over Chicago.



* IntercontinuityCrossover: Steve made appearances on both ''Full House'' and ''Step by Step''. In the latter case, it was tied directly into what Steve had been doing in his own show (his jetpack glitched and rocketed him into the next state).

to:

* IntercontinuityCrossover: Steve made appearances on both ''Full House'' and ''Step by Step''. In the latter case, it was tied directly into what Steve had been doing in his own show (his jetpack jet-pack glitched and rocketed him into the next state).

Showing 15 edit(s) of 475

Top

Example of:

/
/

Feedback