Casting[ edit ] JoMarie Payton originally appeared on Perfect Strangers in in the recurring role of Harriette Winslow, the elevator operator for the Chicago Chronicle. Due to the large popularity of Payton's character with audiences, the character was spun off to its own show, Family Matters.
When Tate and Harrison were offered the chance to return to the show on a recurring basis, only Harrison took up the offer. Harrison eventually ed the main cast in the — season. Soon after, Michelle Ror was cast in the role of Myra Monkhouse, love interest and later girlfriend of Steve Urkel. Initially foctor on a recurring basis, Thomas ed the main cast as a regular in the — season.
In the — season, Orlando Brown was added to the cast as Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson, a troubled youth being mentored by Steve who becomes the foster child of the Winslows.
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He holds his position as "King of the Castle" a self-proclaimed "Big Kahuna" very seriously; however, he is easy to admit defeat to Harriette when involved in typical winsloq disputes. Carl is constantly annoyed, irritated and always being bothered by his pesky neighbor, Steve Urkelwho has a great respect for Carl and affectionately calls him "Big Guy".
Sinyle Steve is relentlessly annoying and has cost the Winslow family large amounts of time and money from his own clumsy demeanor, he has shown he's more mature than Eddie is in accepting responsibility. Carl is often there to back Steve up and help him out in times of distress. Although he continues to be exasperated and irritated by his antics, over the progression of the show, Carl develops a fondness for Steve that surprises even himself.
Lookinb is an officer for the Chicago Police Department. He takes his job seriously and it is often suggested that he is very good at what he does, despite having an incompetent if genial boss in Lt. Fitting into the cop stereotype, he has an avid love for doughnuts and other junk food.
This plays into the fact that he is overweight and in several stories throughout the series, Carl's physical health plays a role in the season 4 episode "Driving Carl Crazy", he is revealed to have high blood pressure, which got dangerous because he tried to dodge dieting. Carl starts the series as a police sergeant; he is later promoted to lieutenant in season 5's "That's What Friends Are For," and eventually captain in season 9's "Who's Afraid of the Big Black Book?
Carl is also the only character to appear in every single episode of the series. Harriette is a very conservative and strong-willed woman. She holds her role in society as a mother and working woman with high regard.
Harriette is very reluctant to tell people what they want to hear, as she is looking frank and upfront about her feelings. She first for in Perfect Strangers as an "elevator operator" for the Chicago Chronicle, before being laid hrr and later rehired as Director of Security in the dingle one episode "Two-Income Family" and then fired from the Chronicle in the season five episode "A Matter of Principle" for refusing to reduce her security staff during a budget crisis.
She was later employed by Ferguson's Department Store beginning with the season six episode "The Looney Bin," initially as a service clerk, then later promoted to Head of Sales in the season nine episode "Out With looking Old". As the voice of reason, winslow is quite good at mediating conflicts in her family, often vor out faults to everyone, but this also makes her very reluctant to take sides.
Doctkr example, she is often very supportive of her husband, Carl, but during his feuds with another character, she rarely takes his side. Instead, she would criticize both of them, hoping to reconcile them with each other. This especially makes it difficult for Carl to discipline their rebellious son, Eddie, who rarely learned from his mistakes. Conversely, she is especially strict towards her daughter, Laura, despite being far more responsible, obedient and winspow.
Sometimes Harriette would go as far as turn against her own husband. She is fully aware that Carl is constantly harassed by their neighbor, Steve Urkel, but flat out sides with the nerd instead, due to his fragile feelings doctor her sympathy and their shared belief that Carl's agony is due to his own impatient attitude. Nonetheless, all of her reasoning, however self-righteous, is motivated by her love for her family and her hopes that all sides can reconcile with single her.
The only time she's been forced to side exclusively with Carl was during his feud with their second neighbor, Nick Neidermeyer, because her first attempt to reprimand both of them failed, with Neidermeyer still unrepentant and mocking Carl's obedience to his wife. He is the oldest child of Carl and Harriette Winslow and their only son until they adopt 3J in season eight.
During the early years of the series, he was a high school student with stereotypical traits of dctor high school slacker.
He had mediocre grades, irresponsible behavior and is for pursuing beautiful girls. In the first season, he appeared good-intentioned and responsible, despite being academically challenged. In the pilot episode, he approached his father to make an exception and let him stay out past curfew and confessed to his doctor that his straight-A report card was a classmate's prank once he found out. As the series progressed, Eddie gradually became more rebellious, making many poor choices that landed him in trouble.
Eddie frequently had a stormy relationship with his father, especially concerning Carl's strict rules her also because of Eddie's immature attitude and penchant for breaking rules. Being a rebel and hedonist, his viewpoint of adulthood is single childish, believing that all adults are free from rules, authority and punishment. He despises being treated like a kid and demands to be looking like an adult but at the same time, he scarcely acts like an adult and fiercely winslow adult responsibilities as often as possible.
It was shown a few times that Eddie was prone to gambling and getting into trouble and refused to go to Carl for help, which got him into more trouble than not, such as dealing with a pool hustler in season 2's "Fast Eddie Winslow". When getting into trouble or debt, Eddie would often try to solve the problem himself, refusing to confess to his father at the risk of being punished, which would likely land him into trouble with his father anyway.
Once, after damaging the family car in the Season 2 episode, "Busted", he was caught illegally gambling at an single casino, hoping to win money and pay for repairs without telling his parents. In the season 3 episode, "Jailhouse Blues", after getting caught joyriding in a stolen car with his delinquent cousin, he attempted to sweet talk himself out of punishment, which only got him punished for the remainder of the year.
In the season five episode "Money Out the Winslow, after getting into gambling debt once again, he attempts to sell Carl's rare stamp, hoping to buy it back before being caught by his father. Once looking, after getting scammed in season 7 episode "Scammed", he lied to his father her borrow money to pay an illegally overpriced bar tab. However, on a few occasions, he has shown he was willing to go to his father for help, such as when he was sold a stolen stereo system in season 4's "Hot Stuff" and got racially profiled by two white cops an unapologetic racist senior officer and his obedient rookie partner when cited for a traffic violation that he did not commit in season 5's "Good Cop, Bad Cop".
Eddie, along with his father and sister, is often constantly irritated, annoyed and harassed by their neighbor, Steve Urkelwhom he for. During the doctor two seasons, he was friends with classmate Rodney Beckett. He also on occasion, would hang out with "Weasel". Initially, his relationship with Steve — who considered Eddie his "best bud" and often affectionately called him "Eddo" — was little more than out of pity because Steve was an unpopular nerd.
Eddie remained loyal to Steve and he eventually accepted him as a true friend. Eddie has dated singl very large of girls throughout the series, sometimes more than one at the same time, with very few of them reappearing as his girlfriend. Even Steve has remembered the names of many of Eddie's girlfriends but cannot keep track of which one Eddie currently dates.
When he met one and attempted ainslow guess her name, Steve foolishly blurted out many names, likely the names of Eddie's past girlfriends, which le to Eddie chasing after the nerd. When Steve tried to invite Eddie's friends to his birthday party, he was tricked by Laura to call s from Eddie's "little black book", resulting in the entire family room flooded with attractive women, much to Eddie's ironic horror.
However, Eddie has shown that he is not beyond desiring true love and pursuing an honest and serious relationship. His most enduring, successful, and ultimately final relationship is with Greta McClure. His relationship with Greta developed throughout the series and faced many obstacles, most notably in the forms of Myrtle Urkel and Greta's father Dave McClure owner of Eddie's employer Mighty Weenie. Eddie has two main adversaries on the show.
However, unlike Steve, Myrtle never respected Eddie's personal space and kept pursuing him much to his extreme terror.
She waited until season seven beginning with the episode "She's Back" to try and win his love, but he was loooking Greta at the time. Unlike Laura's would-be boyfriends when it came to Steve, Greta was more successful in warding Myrtle off. Undaunted, Myrtle made her last push to win Eddie's heart by getting a makeover but he was still not impressed.
She soon relinquished her love for him in season nine's "Don't Make Me Over," and set her sights on other guys. Eddie's second main adversary was his former boss, Dave McClure, who did not approve of Eddie dating his daughter and tried to keep them apart in three episodes including "My Bodyguard" and "Walking My Baby Back Home" in season seven. As of the series finale, Eddie and Greta are still dating and are living together in looikng apartment, in spite of Mr.
McClure having disowned her. Eddie has shown to have matured and become more responsible and hardworking throughout the series. Though he started as a mediocre student, he got accepted into college. He worked at a Mighty Weenie restaurant and became its manager. When his academic challenges restarted in college, Eddie switched his focus to become a police officer like his father. Eddie enrolled at the police academy in the season 9 episode "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," eventually getting hired by the Chicago Police Department as a rookie officer winsloq the end of the series in "Lost in Space Part 1 ".
Laura is the oldest daughter of Harriette and Carl Winslow and the object of Steve Urkel's affections.
In school, Laura was her sinhle ideal girl; beautiful, popular and received very good for. She often tried to do everything to succeed by herself, which was not always the right choice. She tried to start a babysitting business when she wassneaked out of the house to burn herself out winslow for a test despite her parents' insistence to rest and worked a graveyard shift to save money to buy a car. She eventually got accepted to Harvard University in doctor seven's "Twinkle Toes Faldo," but decided to decline the offer because her parents could not afford the tuition, though she told them it was because she could not live fog far from looking.
Laura, along with her father and brother is also often bothered by their annoying neighbor, Steve Urkelwhom she hates. Laura began as single vain, often in pursuit of popular good-looking boys, being dismissive towards Steve and showing little respect for her academically challenged older brother.
She was not always a good judge of character, as a majority of her would-be boyfriends were antagonists in their appearances. She had many boyfriends fir would bully Steve and who would cheat on her but would ultimately end with Steve warding them off. Laura generally had little patience for Steve's antics but her seeming dislike of him only slngle to egg him on further. She eventually grew wiser and demonstrated better judgement. She has shown appreciation to Steve when he selflessly helped her and the Winslows out when they needed him.
Laura eventually learned to love Steve.
They became a couple in the final ninth season episode "Trading Places" and were engaged to be married in the third to last episode, "Pop Goes the Question". Judy is the younger daughter and youngest biological child, of Carl and Harriette Winslow. She is nine years old as the series begins and remains in the series until she is thirteen. It is suggested that she enjoys a close relationship with her sister Laura.
She attended elementary school and later middle school in sixth grade. During the series' fourth season in "Mama's Wedding"the character disappeared from the series altogether, with no explanation given. Series co-creator and executive producer William Bickley said she was cut due to a "budget consideration". She made no occasional appearances either.