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 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 The 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 about.

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!





ON DVD JUNE 8, 2010

The Highly-Anticipated Release of Family Matters:  The Complete First Season

Features 22 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 funny.

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.”

Important 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 publicity campaign.

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About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

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