Family Matters

The WORST episodes of Family Matters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The Winslows, a middle-class Black family living in Chicago, deal with various misadventures — many of which are caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

Last Updated: 4/29/2022Network: CBS
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A Pirate's Life for Me
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4.46
72 votes

#1 - A Pirate's Life for Me

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/9/1997

Steve's time machine sends him and Carl back to a pirate ship.

Directors: Joel Zwick
Le Jour d'amour
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4.92
79 votes

#2 - Le Jour d'amour

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/14/1997

Urkel narrates romantic vignettes featuring the Winslows and friends.

Directors: Richard Correll
Deck the Malls
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5.33
99 votes

#3 - Deck the Malls

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/19/1997

Steve gets all wrapped up in the Christmas spirit when he takes a job as a gift-wrapper, but the new gig leaves him little time to spend with Myra; Carl plays Santa at the mall and appoints Laura to be his elf; a disappointed Richie learns that his mom won't be with him for the holidays.

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Pound Foolish
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5.92
79 votes

#4 - Pound Foolish

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/25/1997

Donna Summer reprises her role as Urkel's Aunt Oona from Altoona, who has put on weight but anticipates taking it off in her nephew's new-fangled fat-compression chamber.

Directors: Jason Bateman
What Do You Know?
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6.03
60 votes

#5 - What Do You Know?

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/28/1997

Eddie's plan misfires when he transforms into Urkel to compete on a game show.

Directors: Richard Correll
Don't Make Me Over
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6.25
91 votes

#6 - Don't Make Me Over

Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/26/1998

Myrtle Urkel tries for the last time to get Eddie. This time, Laura and Maxine give her a complete and total makeover. Myrtle comes out looking terrific, but Eddie still does not like her. So she decides to stop chasing him.

Directors: Joel Zwick
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Whose Man Is It Anyway?
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6.26
80 votes

#7 - Whose Man Is It Anyway?

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired 6/5/1998

Cousin Myrtle dukes it out in the boxing ring with Greta to win Eddie for her own. Meanwhile, 3J longs to find his birth mother.

Directors: Richard Correll
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Odd Man In
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6.26
57 votes

#8 - Odd Man In

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/14/1997

Harriette fills a spot at Carl's poker table while Steve does work for Eddie at a ballpark.

Directors: Joel Zwick
A Pain in Harassment
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6.31
95 votes

#9 - A Pain in Harassment

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/28/1997

Steve gets a chance at a $1 million basketball shot. Will he end up rolling dough, or will he get "nothing but net"? Harriette's new boss has a reputation for being tough, but his employees are blindsided by his verbal abuse as well. Meanwhile, Urkel tries to win a million dollars with a basketball half-court shot in L.A.

Directors: Joel Zwick
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The Brother Who Came to Dinner
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6.35
77 votes

#10 - The Brother Who Came to Dinner

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/2/1997

Carl learns his wayward brother Frank is in trouble with the law.

Directors: Richard Correll
Trading Places
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6.40
97 votes

#11 - Trading Places

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/7/1997

When Laura seems distant and distracted, a jealous Stefan cooks up an elaborate plan to swap places with Urkel - the "man" to whom he suspects Laura is attracted. Laura knows something's up when Stefan (as Urkel) is a miserable tutor and Urkel has a heck of a time filling in for Stefan at a fashion photo shoot. Meanwhile, Eddie decides to follow Carl around on "the beat" with a video camera.

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Karate Kids
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6.54
85 votes

#12 - Karate Kids

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/1/1996

As a playground supervisor, Steve has a tough time controlling the bullies.

Directors: Richard Correll
It Came upon a Midnight Clear
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6.57
89 votes

#13 - It Came upon a Midnight Clear

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/13/1996

Laura finally gives Curtis the old heave-ho now that Stefan is back to stay. Meanwhile, Carl and Steve get lost in the woods looking for a Christmas tree.

Crazier for You (2)
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6.59
93 votes

#14 - Crazier for You (2)

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/30/1998

Urkel is shocked to discover that Myra has been spying on him, but he thinks she's really snapped her cap when she starts dressing like Laura. Meanwhile, Harriette discovers that her wedding ring was originally intended for another woman.

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Grill of My Dreams
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6.62
94 votes

#15 - Grill of My Dreams

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/9/1998

Everyone duck! Urkel begins training to become a master teppanyaki chef at a Japanese steakhouse a part of his journey along the self-improvement highway. Laura surprises Urkel at the restaurant while he's slicing and dicing, and he lives up to the specialty of the house - The Tsunami Supreme. Meanwhile, Commissioner Geiss goes on vacation and leaves his talking pet parrot, Andre, in Carl's care and the bird learns some new words: "Geiss is an idiot."

Directors: Gary Menteer
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3J in the House
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6.67
94 votes

#16 - 3J in the House

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/11/1996

The Winslows realize their feelings for 3J when he runs away from the group home.

Directors: Richard Correll
Dream Date
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6.69
61 votes

#17 - Dream Date

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/26/1996

The school prom brings one disaster after another for Laura. First, her date cancels; then she's parked with a dateless Urkel at the dance. The group "Immature" performs.

Directors: Joel Zwick
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Scammed
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6.69
88 votes

#18 - Scammed

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/29/1996

Eddie and Waldo fall victim to a scam when they saunter into a bar expecting to meet members of the Chicago Bulls ; Urkel's super glue provides Laura with a super-facial. When Eddie and Waldo go to a bar where they think famous basketball players congregate, they are astounded by the expensive bill. Meanwhile, Myra makes an organic facial treatment to help Laura get rid of a pimple. Unfortunately, Myra mistakes Steve's super glue for milk and uses it in the mixture.

Directors: Richard Correll
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Paris Vacation (1)
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6.70
99 votes

#19 - Paris Vacation (1)

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/1996

Steve does it yet again. He creates the UrkPad which allows him, the Winslows, and Stefan to travel to Paris. All goes well when Stefan learns he likes being a model and can actually speak French. Eddie unfortunately has to work during vacation for causing an accident at a restuarant. And Steve makes a new friend in Nicole. Or does he?

Directors: Richard Correll
My Big Brother
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6.71
86 votes

#20 - My Big Brother

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/23/1996

Urkel volunteers as a Big Brother to a touch street kid who's mastered pick pocketing skills but harbors a secret about his reading ability. Through a charity, Steve becomes a mentor for a tough but charming inner-city nine-year-old, 3J. While tutoring him, Steve discovers that, although 3J is smart, he is illiterate. At first, 3J rejects Steve's help, preferring to survive with his natural talents as always. But Steve excites him about the wonderful worlds of imagination one can find in books, and 3J decides to make his life better by learning to read. Meanwhile, Carl finds Harriette's secret savings account book. He is upset that she hid it from him. But later, he regrets arguing with her when she gives him an expensive gift for which she was secretly saving money.

Directors: Richard Correll
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The Urkel Who Came to Dinner
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6.73
105 votes

#21 - The Urkel Who Came to Dinner

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/3/1992

Urkel's stay at the Winslows brings chaos when he swallows a fish that Carl was "fish-sitting," urges Richie to fight a preschool bully and drives away Laura's study mate.

Directors: John Tracy
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Beauty and the Beast
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6.74
54 votes

#22 - Beauty and the Beast

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/7/1997

Myrtle Urkel is back, and this time, she sabotages a beauty pageant so she can win.

Directors: Richard Correll
Chick-a-Boom
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6.74
90 votes

#23 - Chick-a-Boom

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/22/1996

Steve invents some musically-activated gunpowder, but Myra mistakes it for pepper when she uses it to prepare a big dinner for Carl's commissioner!

Directors: Joel Zwick
Drinking and Jiving
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6.79
98 votes

#24 - Drinking and Jiving

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/1997

Goody-two-shoes Laura has her first beer---and her second and third---at a fraternity party, where she's later rescued by a gallant Urkel. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette keep their anniversary plans a secret from each other, but not from Eddie, who finds himself in the middle of their fight. When Urkel arrives at a fraternity party to discover a drunken Laura dancing on tables, he takes her home and she kisses him passionately. The next morning when Urkel proclaims that the kiss "was the kind that changes things forever," Laura protests that she doesn't remember - but does she? Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette's wedding anniversary turns into a bone of contention when they both make elaborate - but very different - plans.

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Paris Vacation (2)
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6.81
91 votes

#25 - Paris Vacation (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/20/1996

Turns out Nicole is a spy that is trying to get her hands on how the UrkPad works for her sinister cousin. Urkel is kidnapped and must either make them an UrkPad or die.

Directors: Richard Correll