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HOW URKEL RUINED/SAVED FAMILY MATTERS


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Steve Urkel is a character you either love or hate... and I was firmly in the middle somewhere.
Urkel revitalized Family Matters but it became a show centered around him.
I personally preferred the show when it was about Carl and Harriette with Steve somewhere in the background or in a supporting role.
Earlier Family Matters is often forgotten in the larger spectrum of the show.
The more zany and outlandish parts of the show are what's remembered.
Urkel's shrink ray, the transformation machine, the ventriloquist dummy.

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Agreed with a lot of what he said. The less and less focused on the other character and how he kicked Myra to the curb.

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Really, it is only a myth that there was less focus on the other characters.
Even during the 9th otherwise horrible season, Carl and Harriette and Eddy had their own storylines.

But I agree with you about how Steve treated Myra. That was terrible to watch.

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For being a person who claims to be in the middle, he does a lot of complaining.

Maybe there's a reason why people remember the zany parts the best?
If it had only been a run-of-the-mill realistic domcom about Carl and Harriette, what would have been special about it?
You have to admit that Steve made people notice that this show existed.
I have to agree that he treated Myra like crap though.

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I actually enjoyed the first season of Family Matters, which didn’t have Urkel. But I also did enjoy the following seasons too, which did have Urkel.

Urkel started to wear on me by, say, season 7 or so. They went overboard with the science fiction, and Urkel jokes got stale (how many times can you laugh at someone trip and fall?)

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Urkel actually is in the first season of Family Matters. He doesn't show up though, until about the 12th episode.

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He definitely ruined the show. I much prefer the early years.

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Would you even have known about the show though, if it had not been for Steve?

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Yes.

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