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The Best Episodes of Family Matters

Every episode of Family Matters ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Family Matters!

A long-running dramedy centering on the Winslow family, a middle-class African American family living in Chicago, and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers.


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The best episode of "Family Matters" is "Pop Goes the Question", rated 8/10 from 127 user votes. It was directed by Joel Zwick and written by David W. Duclon. "Pop Goes the Question" aired on 7/3/1998 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Born to be Mild".

  • Pop Goes the Question
    8.0/10 127 votes

    #1 - Pop Goes the Question

    Season 9 Episode 20 - Aired 1998-07-03

    Urkel asks Carl for Laura's hand in marriage, but Stefan has already given Laura a ring.

    Director: Joel Zwick

    Writer: David W. Duclon

  • Born to be Mild
    7.9/10 180 votes

    #2 - Born to be Mild

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 1991-11-15

    A street gang causes trouble for the Winslows, and things become personal when they vandalize Rachel's Place and attack Eddie. Carl wants to take matters into his own hands, but Urkel decides to infiltrate the gang and tricking them into confessing.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • Tender Kisses
    7.9/10 130 votes

    #3 - Tender Kisses

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 1993-02-05

    Eddie gets more than he bargained for when he and his pals sneak into R&B singer Tracie Spencer's hotel room in search of tickets to her concert; and Carl is in for a big surprise when he discovers Harriette's diary.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • Farewell, My Laura
    7.8/10 141 votes

    #4 - Farewell, My Laura

    Season 3 Episode 25 - Aired 1992-05-08

    Urkel plays bumbling, hard-boiled gumshoe Johnny Danger in a 1940s film noir spoof with Laura as a sultry client who needs protection for her aunt Rachel singer and supper-club owner marked for murder.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David W. Duclon

  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Urkel
    7.8/10 168 votes

    #5 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Urkel

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 1992-12-11

    Laura's guardian angel shows Urkel what it's like to be Laura.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: David W. Duclon, Gary Menteer

  • Grandmama
    7.8/10 165 votes

    #6 - Grandmama

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 1993-11-05

    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.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: N/A

  • Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool
    7.8/10 160 votes

    #7 - Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 1993-11-12

    A space-age potion turns Urkel into Stefan Urquelle suave, smooth-talking life of the party, but Laura finds she soon misses the old Urkel.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • Surely You Joust
    7.7/10 137 votes

    #8 - Surely You Joust

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1992-09-18

    Feuding neighbors "Hurricane" Urkel and "Bonecrusher" Carl take a not-so-neighborly, macho grudge match to TV's American Gladiators.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • Driving Carl Crazy
    7.7/10 129 votes

    #9 - Driving Carl Crazy

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 1992-10-09

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Car Wars
    7.7/10 136 votes

    #10 - Car Wars

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 1993-11-19

    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.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: N/A

  • Good Cop, Bad Cop
    7.7/10 148 votes

    #11 - Good Cop, Bad Cop

    Season 5 Episode 15 - Aired 1994-01-21

    Carl refuses to accept Eddie's story that he got pulled over for speeding ""because he was a black in a white person's neighborhood"" ... until the portly cop finds out the ugly truth. Meanwhile, Urkel tells Richie that he has nothing to fear when going to the dentist, but the nerd soon regrets his move when he has cavities of his own that need filling.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: N/A

  • We're Going to Disney World (2)
    7.7/10 125 votes

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

    Season 6 Episode 23 - Aired 1995-05-05

    Myra rushes to Disney World, fearing something is amiss with Urkel. And it's no Mickey Mouse worry: he's proposed to Laura by the time Myra arrives.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: Fred Fox, Jr.

  • Presumed Urkel
    7.6/10 145 votes

    #13 - Presumed Urkel

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 1994-02-04

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

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: Felicia D. Henderson

  • Miracle on Elm Street
    7.6/10 120 votes

    #14 - Miracle on Elm Street

    Season 6 Episode 11 - Aired 1994-12-16

    Richie brings home a homeless person on Christmas.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: N/A

  • We're Going to Disney World (1)
    7.6/10 120 votes

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

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 1995-04-28

    As a finalist in a contest, Urkel invites the Winslows on his trip to Disney World, where Laura has a fantasy romance---with Stefan Urquelle.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: Jim Geoghan

  • Send in the Clone
    7.6/10 110 votes

    #16 - Send in the Clone

    Season 7 Episode 24 - Aired 1996-05-17

    Urkel discovers he's able to isolate and then duplicate complex molecules. In other words, he can ""clone stuff"" - which means double trouble for the Winslows.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Thought in the Dark
    7.5/10 127 votes

    #17 - A Thought in the Dark

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 1993-01-29

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: James R. Stein

  • Hot Stuff
    7.5/10 120 votes

    #18 - Hot Stuff

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 1993-04-30

    Myra enlists Laura's help in snaring "hot stuff" Urkel; Eddie asks Carl a lot of questions after buying a hot car stereo.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • All the Wrong Moves
    7.5/10 118 votes

    #19 - All the Wrong Moves

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 1993-11-26

    At the drive-in movie, Laura's new boyfriend (Kevin Mambo) has trouble getting the message that no really means no; and at home, Carl just doesn't get it when his insults drive Harriette to retaliate.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: N/A

  • Father of the Bride
    7.5/10 122 votes

    #20 - Father of the Bride

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 1994-02-11

    Carl bribes Laura to go bowling with Urkel and dreams that they are married with four kids who look like Urkel.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • To Be or Not to Be (1)
    7.5/10 120 votes

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

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 1994-09-23

    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.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • To Be or Not to Be (2)
    7.5/10 124 votes

    #22 - To Be or Not to Be (2)

    Season 6 Episode 2 - Aired 1994-09-30

    After a vengeful Myra tampers with Urkel's transformation chamber, Carl steps into it and steps out as an Urkel-like nerd.

    Director: John Tracy

    Writer: N/A

  • Dream Date
    7.5/10 118 votes

    #23 - Dream Date

    Season 7 Episode 22 - Aired 1996-04-26

    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.

    Director: Joel Zwick

    Writer: N/A

  • Stake-Out
    7.4/10 182 votes

    #24 - Stake-Out

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1989-11-24

    After Carl is on an all-night stakeout with his attractive new partner, Harriette finds a room key to Louie's Love Grotto in his pocket.

    Director: Peter Baldwin

    Writer: Sally Lapiduss, Pamela Eells

  • Laura's First Date
    7.4/10 209 votes

    #25 - Laura's First Date

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 1989-12-15

    Laura wants to go to an upcoming dance with a good-looking boy. Carl and Eddie try to find Laura a date. Carl asks Steve Urkel to take Laura to the dance, while Eddie asks one of his friends to take her out. When Laura finds out what happened, she is humiliated.

    Director: Rich Correll

    Writer: N/A