Family Matters: Season 1 (1989 - 1990)


Season 1
Family Matters

Critics Consensus

Family Matters' first season proves that a simple sitcom built from basic ingredients can still deliver plenty of laughs if there's the right kind of chemistry between the cast -- particularly one with a breakout star waiting in the wings.



Critic Ratings: 10

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Sep 22, 1989
Air date: Sep 29, 1989
Air date: Oct 6, 1989
Air date: Oct 13, 1989
Air date: Oct 20, 1989
Air date: Nov 3, 1989
Air date: Nov 10, 1989
Air date: Nov 17, 1989
Air date: Nov 24, 1989
Air date: Dec 1, 1989
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Critic Reviews for Family Matters Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

The sitcom is a simple-okay, okay, usually simpleminded-pleasure, but it's consistently diverting.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Family Matters is the perfect example of a show that would have been nothing special without a single exceptional character, but the really amazing thing is that this break-out character, Steve Urkel, wasn't even part of the initial show design.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I will admit that the camera pull-out at the end with the Winslows singing and their dark silhouettes framed by the window, pulled at my heart a little.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Full of funny moments and life lessons about the value of family, friends, and friends who become family, this is still a terrific show for families to watch together.

Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Three series premiere head to head at 8 tonight... ABC's "Family Matters" is one of the most forgettable.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Enough said. Though inoffensive, this is as standard as sitcom gets.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It may not make everybody laugh, but a decent human being would have a hard time not smiling.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Spin-offs are usually inferior to their source material, but Family Matters soon proved it had one of the best acting ensembles in TV comedy.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Watching Family Matters emerge in its first season, you get the sense the show was never actually meant to do more than retain maybe 60, maybe 65 percent of the audience tuned into its lead-in Full House.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

With Jo Marie Payton-France reprising her role as Harriette, Family Matters is in good hands. Coupled with Reginald VelJohnson (Die Hard) as hubby Carl, this pair leaps from the screen to rise above their material, which is standard sitcom stuff.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Family Matters: Season 1

  • Feb 21, 2019
    Re-watched with the kids and great story and acting all-around.

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