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Urkel (and Myrtle Urkel, Urkel-Bot, andStefan Urquelle) come to Nick at Nite

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 29th 2008 4:41PM

Family matters arrives on the Nick as Nite schedule starting tonightI know many of you have been waiting for this moment, so I'll get right to it. Tonight begins the official entry of Family Matters onto the Nick at Nite schedule. Starting at 9 p.m., there will be a marathon of the series that began as a spinoff of the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Family Matters was a traditional sitcom about the Winslows -- Carl, Harriet, Eddie, Laura, the other daughter that mysteriously disappeared mid-way through the series, Grandma Estelle, Aunt Rachel, and, eventually, cousin Richie. Of course, all of these characters became second bananas to one Steve Urkel, who eventually became the star of the show. Face it, you didn't tune in to see what wisdom Carl would pass on to his son Eddie. You tuned in to see Urkel breaking something at the Winslow home, fawning over Laura, inventing transformation chambers and Urkel-bots, and uttering the now-famous phrase, "Did I do that?"

To get you warmed up for Urkel specifically and Family Matters as a whole, Nick at Nite has provided an Urkel-O-Meter on their website to determine how much of the suspenders-wearing nerd we have in all of us. By answering a few questions the Urkel-O-Meter tells you if you are suave like Stefan Urquelle, a belle like Myrtle Urkel, or a true, lovable nerd like Urkel himself. After taking the quiz it turns out that I am a true Steve Urkel. Well, no surprise to some of you readers out there, is it?

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Blair M

Once he came? He was there in the first season. Now, Stephan Urquel, he's someone that would make you give up on the show. (Luckily in the end the show had Laura decide to be with Steve rather than Stephan showing that true love is more than just looks. A lot more in their case.)

Either way, I've always felt his "...not while I'm pouring" pseudo-catchphrase was better because you didn't have to mimic his high pitched nasal voice to let people know you were referencing the show.

June 30 2008 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

Once he came, I stopped watching. I liked the original concept, and that it came from Perfect Strangers. However, this character totally ruined the show.

June 29 2008 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fantastic. Although I wish this show came back to regular syndication over here in NYC. My Wife and Kids has got to stop!

In retrospect I do find it weird that it became a sitcom about Urkel's scifi adventures rather than one that promoted family values.

June 29 2008 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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