The BEST Episodes of Family Matters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Family Matters is an American sitcom about a middle-class African American family living in Chicago. The series was spun off from Perfect Strangers and revolves around the Winslow family. Midway through the first season, the show introduced the Winslows' nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White), who quickly became its breakout character and eventually a main character.

Midterm Crisis

#1 - Midterm Crisis

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 6, 1995

Carl loses points with Capt. Savage by telling him the truth about the woman he loves; and Eddie and Urkel cook u p a lie about Waldo's midterm baking project, which they devoured.

star 8.17
30 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Stephen Langford
We're Going to Disney World (1)

#2 - We're Going to Disney World (1)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 28, 1995

Steve is a finalist in an Innoventions contest at Walt Disney World. He invites the Winslow family whom all are thrilled about going except for Carl who is too concerned about leaving work behind. Myra is unable to be with her Steve as well. Steve's entry in the contest is none other than his transformation chamber which he will used to transform into Stephan. Much to Laura's excitement he does at the contest but before Stephan is asked to go back into the transformation chamber and change back into Steve (to prove he's not faking it) Laura messes with the machine while no one is looking. When he does go in Stephan believes that there was a malfunction affected by the shipping of his machine. The judges decide to postpone the results of the contest for three more days while Stephan and Laura spend some time together in the happiest place on earth. Meanwhile to save money, Eddie and Waldo decide to drive down to Disney World but they encounter chaos along the way. Laura begins to

star 8.11
55 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Jim Geoghan
Par For the Course

#3 - Par For the Course

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 1994

Duffer Carl is reluctant to stand up to his cheating boss during a round of golf, but Harriette isn't reluctant to go looking for Laura when she misses her curfew.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Gary M. Goodrich
Talk's Cheap

#4 - Talk's Cheap

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 1995

Waldo persuades Steve, Myra and Laura to appear on a talk show to discuss romance. Waldo convinces Steve, Myra and Laura to appear on a talk show to discuss unfulfilling romances. Everyone is surprised when Myrtle comes on and talks about her unrequited love for Eddie. Meanwhile, Harriette tries to inspire passion in a reluctant Carl.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Fred Fox, Jr., Jim Geoghan
Struck By Lightning

#5 - Struck By Lightning

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 1995

Laura and Myra's friendship turns stormy as they compete for the same sales job at Ferguson's; a rainstorm renders Urkel a "human lightning rod" and he refuses to go outside after being struck by lightning three times. Luckily, he finds out the cause: His "boss sauce" that he uses in his transformation machine contains a huge amount of iron. Meanwhile, Laura and Myra compete for the same sales job at a department store.

star 7.89
27 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Dumb Belle of the Ball

#6 - Dumb Belle of the Ball

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1997

When Myrtle ends up hospitalized after saving Eddie from being hit by an oncoming car, he promises to take her to the debutante ball. Myrtle is thrilled when her Prince Charming, Eddie Winslow - "the gravy on her biscuits," escorts her to the Biloxi Debutante Ball. Meanwhile, Laura disappoints Carl when she goes to the Sizzle Club in a skimpy dress after agreeing to change into something less revealing.

star 7.80
85 votes
Paradise Bluff

#7 - Paradise Bluff

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1994

Urkel's life flashes before him atop Paradise Bluff, where Myra hands him an ultimatum; and Harriette rates her mate and finds Carl needs to spice up his technique - at barbecuing.

star 7.75
53 votes
To Be or Not to Be (1)

#8 - To Be or Not to Be (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1994

Laura doesn't want Stefan to change anything about himself for her, while Urkel - as his nerdy self - is a 10 in Myra's eyes. Meanwhile, hoping to improve his vision, Carl steps into Urkel's transformation chamber.

star 7.69
72 votes
Directors: John Tracy
My Bodyguard

#9 - My Bodyguard

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 17, 1995

After failing to foil a robbery, Carl is assigned to protect Urkel, who stopped the thief; the boss's daughter comes on to Eddie.

star 7.69
54 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Felicia D. Henderson
Driving Carl Crazy

#10 - Driving Carl Crazy

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1992

Carl hopes to practice stress management by keeping his cool, but he nearly blows a gasket teaching Urkel to drive.

star 7.68
68 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Stephen Langford
Wedding Bell Blues

#11 - Wedding Bell Blues

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 17, 1995

Urkel and Carl risk their lives to save the distraught Mr. Looney from committing suicide when he is jilted on hi s wedding day; meanwhile at home, Laura fumes when her parents are more protective of her than of Eddie.

star 7.63
54 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Sheila M. Anthony
The Mama Who Came to Dinner

#12 - The Mama Who Came to Dinner

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1989

Mother Winslow moves in and immediately begins to usurp Carl's authority. Eddie wants to go out with his friends, but he has a strict curfew that complicates things with Carl.

star 7.60
232 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Michael Warren, William Bickley
Christmas is Where the Heart Is

#13 - Christmas is Where the Heart Is

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 1993

Urkel and Carl are stranded on a stalled subway with a car full of grouchy shoppers. Urkle teaches everyone, including Carl that Christmas is a state of the heart, and can be celebrated anywhere and with anyone.

star 7.59
64 votes
Walk on the Wild Side

#14 - Walk on the Wild Side

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 26, 1993

Laura has never been thought of as a wild and crazy gal. Rather, a white-bread, cut from her family's cloth Miss Goody Two-Shoes. So, giving into peer pressure and armed with fake ID's, Laura and her friends Maxine and K.C. go to Club Buff, a male strip club with a female clientile. Urkel gets wind of this and is sworn to secrecy ... until he finds out that Estelle, Harriet and Rachel are planning a night out - at the very same Club Buff. Urkel dashes down to the club to warn Laura and her friends. But the club owner mistakes him for one of the scheduled performers and herds him on-stage. Urkel actually improvises part of an act, before he makes an impassioned speech and then warns Laura that right across the room sit her mother, aunt and grandmother. An embarassed Harriet takes an even more embarassed Laura home.

star 7.56
62 votes
Directors: John Tracy
A Thought in the Dark

#15 - A Thought in the Dark

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 29, 1993

Laura and Ted momentarily derail Urkel's efforts to win Laura by fixing him up with Ted's brainy cousin Myra for a double date to a concert.

star 7.52
64 votes
Directors: Gary Menteer
Writers: James R. Stein, Robert Illes
We're Going to Disney World (2)

#16 - We're Going to Disney World (2)

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 5, 1995

Myra makes a beeline for Walt Disney World, suspecting something is amiss with her "Steviekins". And it's no Mickey Mouse worry: he's proposed marriage to Laura.

star 7.51
53 votes
Home Sweet Home

#17 - Home Sweet Home

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired May 19, 1995

When his parents move to Russia without telling him, Steve moves in with Eddie and Waldo - but his super termites eat them out of house and home, literally.

star 7.50
54 votes
Getting Buff

#18 - Getting Buff

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1996

Eddie learns a revealing lesson when Greta gets a part-time job.

star 7.50
58 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Stephen Langford
Pop Goes the Question

#19 - Pop Goes the Question

Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 3, 1998

Armed with flowers and diamond rings, Urkel and Stephan each pop "the big question" to an unsuspecting Laura. Aware that Stephan is Carl's personal favorite and seems to be the logical choice, Laura is torn between the two men. While Urkel decides that stepping aside and moving all the way to Russia is the gentlemanly thing to do, Laura struggles with her dilemma -- choose the man she wants to marry or risk losing him forever.

star 7.50
58 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: David W. Duclon, Gary Menteer
An Officer and a Waldo

#20 - An Officer and a Waldo

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 6, 1992

Eddie's insult sends Waldo off to join the Army; Harriette and Carl set us a sting to catch a shady repairman.

star 7.50
66 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David W. Duclon
Walking My Baby Back Home

#21 - Walking My Baby Back Home

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 1995

Eddie and his new girlfriend, Greta, dance until late at night to the music of pop stars Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers (themselves) in the Winslows' living room. When Greta returns home past her curfew, her father forbids her to go out with Eddie for a month. Eddie convinces Steve to go to Greta's house and pretend to be her new boyfriend. Once her father lets her go out with Steve, Eddie takes her away for a date. But Eddie gets a flat tire and brings Greta home late again-and this time Steve gets the blame. Meanwhile, Mother Winslow gets called for an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. When Carl accompanies her, she accidentally gets him in trouble too.

star 7.48
56 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Gary M. Goodrich
Miracle on Elm Street

#22 - Miracle on Elm Street

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 1994

Richie brings home a homeless person on Christmas.

star 7.47
57 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Fred Fox, Jr., Jim Geoghan
Just One Date

#23 - Just One Date

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1992

Urkel resorts to desperate measures to win a date with Laura by sitting on the roof and refusing to come down even though a blizzard is fast approaching Chicago.

star 7.45
65 votes
Directors: Gary Menteer
Writers: Fred Fox, Jr.
Hot Wheels

#24 - Hot Wheels

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1992

Carl buys a hot rod for Eddie, hoping it will be the road to a father-son bonding session; and Urkel strengthens his bond with Laura using a new wonder glue he invented.

star 7.44
81 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Regina Stewart Larson
Baker's Dozens

#25 - Baker's Dozens

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 12, 1990

Thanks to Rachel's brainstorm, Carl could become the "king of tarts" if he shares his secret recipe for lemon tarts, which were a big hit at a local restaurant.

star 7.42
96 votes
Directors: James O'Keefe
Writers: Ken Kuta