Parents' Guide to

Family Matters

By Brenda Kienan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Urkel and company still offer lots of family fun.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 12+


There are lists of suggestive sexual scenes starting in season 5. It is very bad for 8 year olds to watch. I do not let my kids watch this show anymore. There is also gambling throughout the entire show.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+
I love comedy, but not with characters who curse! As a Christian, I don't think that kids should be watching this!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (52 ):

Full of funny moments and life lessons about the value of family, friends, and friends who become family, this is still a terrific show for families to watch together. Urkel is one of TV's most iconic comedic characters. Bespectacled, high-voiced, and sporting high-water pants, suspenders, and saddle shoes, he's profoundly (and dangerously) clumsy, so smart it's a problem, and generally out of touch with most social norms. Most episodes start with Urkel making an unannounced visit to the Winslow home at precisely the wrong moment, full of good intentions that always backfire (White is a talented physical comedian) and generally wreaking havoc on the Winslows.

As the series progresses, Urkel invents more and more technologically improbable gadgets, including a transformation chamber that he uses to change himself into cool, sexy Stefan Urquelle. Laura falls for Stefan, and yet Steve turns himself back into the nerdy guy Laura and the Winslows find so annoying. Why? Because, he says simply, he likes himself. And that might just be the heart of Family Matters: Despite how often he gets on their nerves, the Winslows always come to appreciate Urkel's good intentions, his company, and his inner strength. They always come around to taking his side, and he takes theirs from the get-go.

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