You may have seen the funny and disturbing (and NSFW) Key & Peele routine about how the TV show Family Matters became The Steve Urkel Show. It hits a little close to home for the sitcom cast, even though the show went off the air in 1998 after nine seasons. But Family Matters was more than Steve Urkel, or at least we think it was. Check out the trivia and decide for yourself.
2. STEVE URKEL WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO APPEAR IN ONE EPISODE.
Though it’s difficult to imagine the Winslow family without their nerdy neighbor, Steve Urkel was never intended to be a regular character on the show, let alone its main character. His introduction came about midway through the first season, and he was originally slated to appear in just a single episode. But the suspenders-wearing pre-teen was an instant hit with audiences, and his role was quickly beefed up to meet (and sometimes overindulge) audience demand.
7. THE WINSLOW’S YOUNGEST CHILD TOTALLY DISAPPEARED.
In the show’s fourth season, the Winslow’s youngest daughter Judy is seen walking upstairs … but never comes down. By the time season five rolled around, Judy was no more. Nor was she ever mentioned again throughout the remaining seasons. The reason for Judy’s departure? Rumor has it that she wanted more money.
16. SEASON 10 WOULD HAVE SEEN STEVE AND LAURA GET MARRIED.
Though it was never produced, the show’s tenth season storyline was already set: Steve Urkel and Laura Winslow get married. Instead, we merely see them get engaged in the series finale
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