Family Matters was a staple of the 90’s TV era. A spin-off of the show “Perfect Strangers”, it featured an African American middle-class family in Chicago, Illinois. Jaleel White played Steve Urkel, the shows zany breakout star who went on to become a pop culture phenom. The character’s popularity was super surprising considering the crazy neighbor was only supposed to be on for one episode.
“Did I do that?” became his signature catchphrase. Urkle was usually dressed in glasses and suspenders, and always getting into crazy adventures. White played a handful of other characters throughout his tenure on the show, from Urkle’s alter ego Stefan Urquelle, to his crazy cousin Myrtle Urkle..
Speaking with Fox News in 2019, White seemed to have nothing but love for the character that made him a household name. “Oh, I love him. You kidding me? I get nothing but the most amazing comments from flight attendants everywhere. So, I love him.”
Fans of the show have been clamoring for a reunion since it went off the air in July of 1998. With so many other 90’s staples getting the reboot treatment, many are wondering if the Winslow’s and Urkel’s would ever make a return.
When recently asked about it, White simply said “I don’t think we need it. I think “Family Matters” belongs in the era of life before cellphones.” This response was a far cry from comments he made shortly after the shows cancellation. ”If you ever see me do that character again, take me out and put a bullet in my head and put me out of my misery.”
When asked about his former co-stars comments in light of recent reboot remakes, Darius McCrary aka Eddie Winslow didn’t seem to buy it. “[Jaleel] dont wanna disappoint nobody. Cause what he did, ain’t nobody ever did. that dude played 3, 4 characters. That’s one of the baddest dudes as far as the game is concerned, and so under appreciated in my opinion.” He continued “I dont think that [Jaleel] wants to disappoint anybody, by putting them suspenders and not being able to make you feel what he made you feel.”
He continued on saying that the chemistry and dynamic the cast shared was significant to that time period, and that any kind of revisiting would naturally be different. He did mention some talks were in place, but that whatever they decide upon it would not be a reboot, but a remix instead.