The Best Episodes of Family Matters

An Unlikely Match

#1 - An Unlikely Match 8.90

Season 6 - Episode 13

Urkel sets an example of forgiveness after getting harassed by a gang of ruffians at school - when he discovers the ringleader has leukemia, he organizes a bone marrow drive; and a police-auction bargain overshadows Carl's good judgment.

Directors: John Tracy
Pop Goes the Question

#2 - Pop Goes the Question 8.62

Season 9 - Episode 20

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.

Directors: Joel Zwick
Lost in Space (2)

#3 - Lost in Space (2) 8.45

Season 9 - Episode 22

Urkel has to come to the rescue when a wandering satellite punctures the spacecraft in which he's traveling, preventing him and a team of astronauts from re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. With the two other astronauts on board unconscious, it's up to Urkel to repair the ship -- from the outside. Meanwhile, as Carl tries to help Harriette understand her son's need to be a police officer, Eddie's meter maid duty takes a dangerous turn. Urkel releases the satellite but starts floating away and was really in peril, but was able to use the satellite's thrusters to make it back to the spacecraft and return home to Laura.

Directors: Joel Zwick
My Broken-Hearted Valentine

#4 - My Broken-Hearted Valentine 8.42

Season 3 - Episode 18

Lonely and depressed after breaking up with Ted, Laura grants Urkel a few bittersweet hours of bliss as her valentine; Gwendolyn charms Richie with ""yucky goo-goo stuff""; and Harriette and Carl search for admirable qualities in each other.

Directors: Richard Correll
Money Out the Window

#5 - Money Out the Window 8.31

Season 5 - Episode 5

A thug named Bones pays Eddie a visit after Waldo and Weasel enlist Eddie in their football-betting venture.

Directors: Gary Menteer

#6 - Stevil 8.31

Season 8 - Episode 7

Ventriloquist Steve's look-alike dummy comes alive on Halloween.

Directors: Richard Correll
Dumb Belle of the Ball

#7 - Dumb Belle of the Ball 8.31

Season 9 - Episode 3

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.

Par For the Course

#8 - Par For the Course 8.30

Season 6 - Episode 7

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.

Directors: Richard Correll

#9 - Grandmama 8.27

Season 5 - Episode 7

The NBA's Larry Johnson plays Grandmama (his TV-ad alter ego), who becomes Urkel's new partner in a city basketball competition after Eddie dumps Urkel for star player Kenny.

Directors: Richard Correll
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

#10 - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 8.26

Season 9 - Episode 13

Urkel decides to call it splitsville with Myra, but freaks out when she beats him to the punch. Although he is surprised that Myra broke up with him, Urkel decides that it's all for the best and goes to his true love, Laura. But when Myra turns up at the Winslows claiming that she made a mistake and wants ""her man back,"" she discovers Urkel and Laura in a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, Eddie quits school and decides to become a police officer - just like his dad.

She's Back

#11 - She's Back 8.25

Season 7 - Episode 6

Jaleel White has a dual role as Myrtle, Urkel's visiting cousin from Biloxi - who shows plenty of moxie when she squares off with Greta for Eddie's affections. The Winslows breathe a sigh of relief when Steve goes away to visit his parents in Russia. Unfortunately, Steve's Southern belle cousin, Myrtle Urkel, appears to pursue her true love - Eddie.

Directors: Joel Zwick
Presumed Urkel

#12 - Presumed Urkel 8.20

Season 5 - Episode 16

When accident-prone Steve is blamed for a chemistry lab explosion, Laura represents him at a school trial.

Directors: John Tracy
Wedding Bell Blues

#13 - Wedding Bell Blues 8.20

Season 6 - Episode 16

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.

Directors: Richard Correll

#14 - Bugged 8.20

Season 7 - Episode 3

Steve has a secret crush on Agnes fellow bug collector. Steve meets a gorgeous bug collector, Agnes Pritzker, on the Internet and invites her over to trade insect specimens. Steve fantasizes about kissing her and feels so guilty that he confides in Laura. Laura tells him to confess to his girlfriend, Myra, if it bothers him so much. Steve worries about Myra's reaction, but when he tells her about his thoughts of cheating on her, she says it's okay to fantasize, just not to act on it. Meanwhile, Harriette insists that Carl allow her boss, Nick Neidermeyer (Orbach), to play poker with him and his buddies in their weekly game. Nick wins repeatedly, makes obnoxious jokes and acts rudely. But Carl and the others endure it so Harriette doesn't get in trouble at work. Finally, at the next game, Harriette confronts Nick about his behavior and finds out that he will be transferred to a lower division and has no power over her anymore. Carl and Harriette throw Nick out of the house.

Directors: Richard Correll
Psycho Twins

#15 - Psycho Twins 8.20

Season 5 - Episode 18

Carl and Urkel end up in the ring with the World Wrestling Federation's Bushwhackers after Urkel creates a ""snooze juice"" that knocks out the wrestling team's original opponents.

Directors: Richard Correll
The Looney Bin

#16 - The Looney Bin 8.18

Season 6 - Episode 4

Hard times bring distress for the unemployed Harriette and for a homeless and eccentric janitor [ Poston ], who get s trapped in the school bomb shelter with Good Samaritans Urkel and Carl.

Directors: Richard Correll
Life of the Party

#17 - Life of the Party 8.15

Season 2 - Episode 18

At a rooftop party, some kids spike Steve's punch; and Rachel must talk him down from the ledge.

Directors: Gary Menteer
Aunt Oona

#18 - Aunt Oona 8.14

Season 5 - Episode 23

Urkel's accident-prone Aunt Oona visits shy, dowdy woman who get a confidence-building makeover from Harriette and then takes her new-found confidence to a karaoke bar, where chaos erupts when she holds a singing contest.

Directors: Gary Menteer
Stefan Returns

#19 - Stefan Returns 8.12

Season 5 - Episode 24

Laura pleads with Urkel to step back into his transformation chamber and bring back her perfect guy the handsome, cool, caring Stefan Urquelle. Freddy Jackson sings You Are My Lady"".

Directors: John Tracy
Paradise Bluff

#20 - Paradise Bluff 8.12

Season 6 - Episode 9

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.

Woman of the People

#21 - Woman of the People 8.10

Season 3 - Episode 19

When squeaky-clean Laura enters the race for student-council president, snooty rival Cassie Lynn vows to gather dirt on her. Meanwhile, neighbors elect Harriet Neighborhood Watch leader and Carl is down in the dumps about it.

Directors: David W. Duclon, Gary Menteer
Whose Kid Is it Anyway?

#22 - Whose Kid Is it Anyway? 8.08

Season 4 - Episode 7

Richie is upset when Eddie's hot Halloween date conflicts with his promise to take his little brother trick or treating.

Directors: John Tracy
Rumor Has It

#23 - Rumor Has It 8.08

Season 4 - Episode 5

As rumors begin to fly that Ted has ""scored"" with Laura, Urkel must warn her that the guy she's dating means to boost his rep by ruining hers.

Directors: Gary Menteer
Mama's Wedding

#24 - Mama's Wedding 8.08

Season 4 - Episode 19

Thanks to Eddie, Mother Winslow's ""simple family wedding"" brings more than the family bargained for 150 extra guests.

Directors: Gary Menteer
Car Wars

#25 - Car Wars 8.08

Season 5 - Episode 9

Laura believes that by donning a moustache and men's clothing she'll be better prepared to haggle with a sexist used-car dealer ; Steve is close to ruining Eddie's love life.

Directors: Richard Correll