DVD TV Show Reviews
Family Matters: The Complete First Season
Review by Suzanne 6/2/10
I never watched this show back when it was on. I might have seen
one episode. It was on at a time when there were many "family" shows on, meaning
they were aimed more at kids than adults. I didn't watch them because they were
not that entertaining to me.
I can say that this is a pretty good sitcom. It is about a
middle class black family. They take in her sister and his mom, and they have
kids, so they are multi-generational. It is a fun show. It's not the funniest
show I've ever seen, but there are some chuckles.
They introduced geeky next-door neighbor Urkel after a few
episodes. He sort of took over the show, like Fonzie on Happy Days. I guess he
must have been popular because they gave him so much more story and dialogue. I
think he's very annoying, frankly. It must have been the kids that liked him.
I like the show's other characters. They seem very real. The
mother is probably the most real of all of them. The rest over-act a little. The
father is likable but a little silly. The kids are great. Their teenage son is a
bit dumb. The actor who played him, Darius McCrary, is now all grown up on
Young & The Restless as Malcolm! Of course Telma Hopkins, who got her
start in the singing group Tony Orlando and Dawn, has been on many TV shows. She
plays the sister. It's a fine cast and very enjoyable.
There are no extras in the set, which is a shame. Maybe if they
make more episodes, they'll add some extras! It would be nice to hear from the
cast now, at the very least. I would like to know more about how the show came
Anyway, it's great that they finally brought out the show on
DVD. If you liked the show back in the 90's, you'll like it now, too. If you
have kids, they will probably like it. Give it a try!
DO THE URKEL DANCE!
WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES THE FIRST SEASON OF
THE POPULAR LONG-RUNNING COMEDY
ON DVD JUNE 8, 2010
Highly-Anticipated Release of Family Matters: The Complete First Season
Episodes in a Three-Disc Collector’s Set
BURBANK, CA (March 29, 2010) –
Get set for lots of geeky, goofy fun when Family Matters, the hit comedy
series that launched one of television’s most loveable nerds, Steve Urkel (Jaleel
White), comes to DVD June 8, 2010 from Warner Home Video (WHV). Titled
Family Matters: The Complete First Season, this release will
feature 22 episodes on three discs.
One of the most memorable and
heartwarming comedies to emerge from the 1990s, Family Matters focuses on
the lives of the Winslows, a multi-generational, middle-class suburban Chicago
family. The show takes a closer look at the at-home adventures of Harriette
Winslow (JoMarie Payton-France), the sarcastic elevator operator who was
initially featured on the enormously successful Perfect Strangers.
Also featured on the series are
Harriette’s husband Carl (Reginald VelJohnson), a Chicago police sergeant and
their three kids; rebellious son Eddie (Darius McCrary); intelligent daughter
Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) and youngest child Judy (Jaimee Foxworth/Valerie
Jones). In addition, the Winslows open their home to Carl’s streetwise mother,
Estelle – known as Mother Winslow (Rosetta LeNoire) – as well as Harriette’s
sister Rachel (Thelma Hopkins) and her son Richie (Joseph Julius Wright).
During the first season, the
Winslows are introduced to the show’s breakout star, geeky next door neighbor,
Steve Urkel (White). Urkel, the ultimate nerd, develops a big crush on the
Winslow’s daughter Laura. He’s known for his oversized spectacles, high-water
pants, suspenders and high-pitched, screechy voice. In spite of his
shortcomings, Urkel possesses bold self confidence and proves to be irresistibly
Family Matters originally
aired from 1989, where it was part of ABC-TV’s Friday night TGIF lineup, and
ended in 1998 after the series moved to CBS-TV. The series ran for nine
successful seasons and was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 1996.
“Family Matters is one of
the unforgettable, classic comedies to emerge from the ’90s and we are delighted
to bring it to consumers who have long been requesting its release on DVD,” said
Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She
added, “It’s a standout series comprised of hilarious moments that are blended
with themes of love, respect, loyalty, friendship and honesty. Family Matters
is a true family comedy in every sense and a joy to watch.”
Information for Retailers
Family Matters: The
Complete First Season will be available from WHV on June 8, 2010 and
will retail for $29.98 SRP. The order due date has been set for May 4, 2010.
Family Matters: The
Complete First Season will be supported by a national online media and
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