Family Matters

1997, TV Show

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Reginald VelJohnson, Meredith Baxter Head to The Neighbors

Reginald VelJohnson, Meredith Baxter

The Neighbors is welcoming two sitcom veterans to the 'hood.

Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) and Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) will guest-star on the ABC sitcom's Thanksgiving episode as the parents of Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Former That’s So Raven Star Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Orlando Brown

Former That's So Raven star Orlando Brown is in custody after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Brown, 25, was arrested Sunday at approximately 11:30 p.m. in... read more

Top Videos: Ellen's Best Pranks, Tracy Morgan's "Facts," Funny or Die Spoofs Game of Thrones

Melissa McCarthy and Ellen DeGeneres

This week, Google celebrated April Fool's Day by promoting "Google Nose," while Ellen DeGeneres put together a highlight reel of her best pranks. Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Fallon recited some interesting fun "facts," and a young comedian parodied Taylor Swift in a sad-but-true song about leaving your 20s behind. Plus: Should someone start a Kickstarter campaign for a Family Matters movie? Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Sullivan & Son’s Steve Byrne on Leaving Stand-Up, Cheers Comparisons and Oasis

Steve Byrne

Despite the fact that they work on the set of a (fake) bar, the cast of TBS' new comedy, Sullivan & Son know to keep things professional. But after closing time, all bets are off. Especially if Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" comes on the jukebox.

"We did this DJ junket last weekend, and we all met at this restaurant. I asked the DJ to play it, and myself and the rest of the cast stood around this fountain and sang that song. [Co-star] Owen Benjamin ended up jumping into the fountain and splashing everybody," co-creator, executive producer and star Steve Byrne tells TVGuide.com. "That's when the booze was kicking in."

Check out photos from Sullivan & Son

Such is life working on a show set a... read more

ABC To Bring Back TGIF with Tim Allen and Reba McEntire

Tim Allen

Back in the 1990s, ABC ruled Friday nights with young viewers, thanks to its TGIF-branded shows like Full House, Family Matters and Step by Step. read more

Jaleel White on Ex's Abuse Claims: "My Success Has Been Too Much for Her to Stomach"

Jaleel White

Jaleel White says his ex-girlfriend's allegations of assault are hurtful, but "par for the course."

See photos of Jaleel White on Dancing with the Stars

In a recent interview with Star magazine, White's ex Bridget Hardy claimed the actor verbally and physically abused her. "He pushed me into the toilet, and it broke," Hardy told the magazine.

White, who's best known for playing nerdy Steve Urkel on Family Matters and is currently a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, said the claims stem from child-custody battle the actor thought had been resolved. (The pair have an 11-month-old daughter.) White suggests that Hardy is trying to capitalize on his recent return to the spotlight.

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Jaleel White Returns to Television to Host Game Show

Jaleel White

Jaleel White is returning to television as host of a Syfy game show, Total Blackout.

The series, already an international hit, pits contestants in complete darkness as they compete in challenges.

Syfy renews Haven for Season 3

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Bubba Smith, Football Star and Police Academy Actor, Dies at 66

Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith, a superstar defensive lineman who went on an acting career with memorable performances in the Police Academy movies, has died. He was 66.

Smith's cause of death has not been determined, according to the Los Angeles Coroner's office. "There is no indication of anything other than natural death," the coroner's office told The New York Times.

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Who Are the Top 25 Sitcom Sidekicks?

Henry Winkler, Happy Days

Behind every funnyman is an awesome sidekick. But who's the best one?

College Humor's readers have ranked the 25 greatest sitcom supporting players who often stole — or are still stealing — the show from ...
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Jaleel White on Playing Steve Urkel: "I Didn't Know What the Heck I Was Doing"

Family Matters

In 1989, ABC premiered the Perfect Strangers spin-off Family Matters, which featured a relatively unknown cast. Although the series focused on a middle-class African American family in Chicago, the breakout star was the Winslows' annoyingly dorky neighbor, Steve Urkel. Twenty years later, Jaleel White, who played Urkel, still looks back at the show that catapulted him into stardom with fond memories and says that, yes, people still ask him to do the famous "Urkel" voice. The 33-year-old spoke to TVGuide.com about his favorite memories from his nine seasons on the show, the first season of which is in stores on DVD Tuesday.   

TVGuide.com: What was it like working on Family Matters?
Jaleel White: It was an amazing experience. I learned physical comedy to a degree that most child actors never will. I really just became a student of it — became obsessed with it to be quite honest. I was fortunate to work with ...

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Premiered: September 01, 1997, on CBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: A suburban Chicago family is pestered by nerdy, nosy neighbor Steve Urkel in this long-running spin-off of 'Perfect Strangers' (Harriette Winslow was the wisecracking elevator operator at the newspaper where Larry and Balki worked). Originally, Urkel was a supporting character but he quickly emerged as a breakout star whose shenanigans came to dominate the sitcom.

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