The Family Matters Quiz

By: J.P. Naomi

The Family Matters Quiz
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About This Quiz

Remember the names of the Winslows' three kids, or who Steve was dating when he was transforming into Stefan? And admit it -- do you still do the Urkel dance when you think no one is watching? If you're a "Family Matters" fanatic, prove your knowledge of this classic sitcom with this quiz!

Many "Family Matters" fans are surprised to learn that a couple of guys named Larry and Balki inspired the show. On the '80s comedy "Perfect Strangers," main characters Larry and Balki worked at the Chicago Chronicle Building. On season three of the series, viewers were introduced to the Chronicle Building's elevator operator, a woman named Harriette. 

Producers spun off the Harriette Winslow character to her own show, which premiered in 1989 and was given the title "Family Matters." Though the series was initially designed to focus on Harriette, her police officer husband Carl and their kids, no one planned for the shocking popularity of the Winslows' next-door neighbor.

Intended to appear in just a single episode in season one, the uber-nerd Steve Urkel was such a smash hit with viewers that he quickly became the star of the show. For nine seasons, fans tuned in for their weekly Urkel dose, and studio audiences never failed to laugh at his signature line, "Did I do that?"

Think you know everything there is to know about this Friday-night favorite? Take our quiz to test your "Family Matters" IQ!

What is the last name of the family featured in Family Matters?
The Robinsons
The Winslows
Family Matters was a spin-off of the show Perfect Strangers and revolved around a middle-class African-American family.
The Flynns
The Fredericks

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In which US city did the Winslow familiy live?
Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
The house shown at the beginning and the end of the opening credits as the Winslow's home is located at 1516 West Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago, IL.
San Antonio, TX

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What is the name of the song in the opening credits of Family Matters?
"As Days Go By"
The original theme song was Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", but was replaceded after the fifth episode of season one with, "As Days Go By" performed by Jesse Frederick.
"Oh Happy Day"
"We are Family"
"Step by Step"

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What is the name of the Winslow's nerdy neighbor?
Eddie Crawford
Darius White
Jamal Mack
Steve Urkel
Steve Urkel also had an alter ego named Stefan Urquelle.

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What is the Dad's name on Family Matters?
Eddie
Steve
Carl
Carl Winslow was played by Reginald VelJohnson, Jr. In 2015, he played alongside Jo Marie Payton, Reginald's wife on Family Matters, once again in The Flight Before Christmas, a Lifetime movie.
Richard

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What is Carl Winslow's occupation on Family Matters?
Chef
Police officer
Carl Winslow was a fictional member of the Chicago Police Department.
Accountant
Lawyer

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The Friday night sitcom programming block that aired on ABC and included Family Matters in its line-up was known as _________.
Friday Night Shows
TGIF
The initial purpose of TGIF came from the popular phrase "Thank God It's Friday," however the stars of the lineup renamed the acronym to mean "Thank Goodness It's Funny"!
Primetime Friday
It's On!

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What was the name of the Winslow Mom?
Harriette
Harriette Winslow was played by Jo Marie Payton. She starred as Harriette Winslow as well on Perfect Strangers which aired for 2 years prior to the creation of Family Matters.
Laura
Estelle
Myra

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Who does Steve Urkel have a crush on?
Harriette
Myra
Laura
Laura is the oldest daughter of Harriette and Carl Winslow. She never gave Urkel the time of day, but leading into the final season of the show, she eventually learned to love him.
Judy

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What is the name of Laura's brother?
Steve
Carl
George
Eddie
Eddie Winslow was Laura's older brother who was a regular jock - slacked in school and always in pursuit of a new girlfriend!

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Which actor plays the role of Steve Urkel?
Reginald VelJohnson
Darius McCrary
Bryton McClure
Jaleel White
Jaleel White was cast as Steve Urkel and was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance on the show, but was an instant hit with audiences, so he became a regular cast member!

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What is one of Steve Urkels favorite questions?
How are you?
Did I do that?
Generally this phrase began with, "Oops!" as Steve was a very clumsy individual.
Will you go out with me?
Where's Laura?

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Carl's mother was a regular cast member for the entirety of the show. What was her first name?
Estelle
Estelle Winslow was often called "Mother" by her son Carl. "Mother" was played by Rosetta LeNoire.
Myra
Rachel
Harriette

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During the closing credits of each episode, which cast member's voice is heard reading the production and distribution notes?
Eddie's
Carl's
Carl's voice says, "Family Matters is a Miller-Boyett production, in association with Lorimar television and is distributed by Warner Brothers Domestic Television Distribution."
Urkel's
Harriette's

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Who was Steve Urkel's female cousin?
Miriam Urkel
Maria Urkel
Myrtle Urkel
Myrtle Urkel was actually played by Jaleel White, not a woman!
Martha Urkel

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Stefan Urquelle's character is ________.
Nerdy
Suave
Though he had a smooth delivery which Laura was initially attracted to, soon she realized that Stefan was self-centered and narcissistic and she wanted Steve back.
Rude
Unattractive

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What was the name of Steve's special dance in which the lyrics instructed the dancer how to move?
The Electric Slide
The Macarena
The Urkel Dance
The Urkel Dance originated in the season two episode of "Life of the Party". The dance became famous and Jaleel White actually performed it on the 5th Annual American Comedy Awards!
The Hustle

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"If you want to do the Steve Urkel dance, all you have to do is hitch up your ________."
Skirt
Pants
The rest of the dance lyrics say, "Bend your knees, and stick out your pelvis; (I'm telling you, baby, it's better than Elvis!)"."
Shoes
Glasses

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Steve Urkel appeared on an episode of Full House to help Stephanie Tanner get over the anxiety of having to wear ________.
Suspenders
Sneakers
Glasses
In the 1991 episode of Full House titled "Stephanie Gets Framed, Steve Urkel plays the cousin of a friend of DJ Tanner.
Sweaters

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Which of the following characters did NOT appear in each season of Family Matters?
Laura Lee Winslow
Edward "Eddie" Winslow
Harriette Baines-Winslow
Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson
3J joined the cast in the final two seasons of Familiy Matters.

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What is the name of the young orphan who Carl and Harriette adopt in season 8?
Bobby
Steve
3J
3J was Urkel's "Little Brother" who was introduced in one of the episodes that paid homage to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program.
Lamar

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What is the name of the girl who falls in love with Steve Urkel?
Myra
Myra Monkhouse was the cousin of Laura's then-boyfriend Ted Curran. They set Myra up with Steve so that Steve would leave Laura alone!
Michelle
Justine
Samantha

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By the show's series finale, Laura and Steve are ________.
Just friends
Distant
Engaged
In the episode, "Pop Goes the Question", both Steve AND Stefan propose to Laura but she chooses Steve!
Dating

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What is the name of Harriette's younger sister who moves in with the Winslows after her husband dies?
Myra
Rachel
Rachel Baines-Crawford was played by Telma Hopkins who acted on Family Matters from 1989 - 1997. She is also a singer.
Carol
Michelle

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What is the name of Eddie's most serious girlfriend?
Rachel
Susan
Myrtle
Greta
Tammy Townsend played the recurring role of Greta McClure in Family Matters from 1995 - 1998.

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For how many seasons did Family Matters air on television?
5
6
9
Family Matters aired on ABC from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then on CBS from September 19, 1997 to July 17, 1998 for a total of 9 seasons.
12

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Who is Eddie's best friend?
Steve
Waldo
Waldo Geraldo Faldo was played by Shawn Harrison and is best known for this role in his career.
Myra
Carl

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What is the name of Rachel's hangout, a business she opened?
Max's
Cafe Rachel
Rachel's Place
Rachel's Place was opened by Harriette's sister Rachel who is an entrepreneur, writer and budding singer.
Leroy's

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How many children to Carl and Harriette have?
1
2
3
Carl and Harriette's biological children are Eddie, Laura and Judy. They eventually adopt 3J as well.
5

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Which character appears in every episode of Family Matters?
Carl
Carl Winslow, Dad, appeared in every episode. Reginald VelJohnson is known for playing police officers in many films and on television, including his role on Family Matters.
Steve
Myra
Rachel

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How long was each episode of Family Matters?
30 minutes
Each of the 215 episodes was recorded in color and ran for 30 minutes, including commercials.
45 minutes
60 minutes
120 minutes

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"As days go by, it's the bigger love of the _________."
Community
Society
Company
Family
This was the last line of the show's opening theme song.

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Had there been a season 10, viewers would have seen what happen?
Carl and Harriette get divorced
Eddie finish college
Steve and Laura get married
It is assumed following their engagement that Steve and Laura would get married! But the series ended just after season 9.
Rachel become a lounge singer

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While attending a party with the whole gang, Steve gets drunk and falls off the edge of the roof. When Laura asks if he's ok, he responds...
Yes!
I've fallen and I can't get up!
In the late 80s and early 90s, a company called Life Alert became famous for their commercials that were essentially mocked in this episode with Steve Urkel's line.
No!
Help!

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What kind of car does Steve Urkel drive?
BMW Isetta
The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar. Steve drives Laura to a cheerleading competition but she becomes frustrated by his slow driving - the car's top speed is only 53 mph!
Volkswagon Buggy
Bicycle
Jeep Wrangler

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