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The ‘Family Matters’ Reunion Answers the Question of Where They Are Now

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In honor of Entertainment Weekly’s “Family Matters: Exclusive Cast Reunion” article that the publication recently ran, we decided to take things a step further by catching up with what the stars of one of our favorite childhood staples have been doing the past couple of decades. It’s been close to 20 years since the classic family sitcom Family Matters ended its nine-year run in 1998.

Family Matters originally centered on police officer Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) and his family, which included his wife Harriette Baines-Winslow (Jo Marie Payton), his oldest son Eddie Winslow (Darius McCrary), his elder daughter Laura Winslow (Kellie Shanygne Williams), and his youngest daughter Judy Winslow (Jaimee Foxworth – later written out in season four). Other characters joined the fold like Carl’s mother Estelle “Mother Winslow” (Rosetta LeNoire), Harriette’s sister Rachel Baines-Crawford (Telma Hopkins), Rachel’s son Richie Crawford (Bryton McClure), and after season two, Eddie’s best friend Waldo Geraldo Faldo (Shawn Harrison).

The show aired 215 episodes in total and introduced one of television’s most iconic characters in the form of the nasally voiced, cheese-loving, Laura Winslow-obsessed Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) who joined the series halfway through the first season. “Did I do that?” became a question of the time and is still a phrase to this day. It is also the second longest-running non-animated US sitcom featuring a predominantly black cast, second only to The Jeffersons.

Entertainment Weekly gave us a taste of the Winslow family 19 years later in their special Reunion issue and let’s just say, black does not crack.

“I love these people… Every one of them,” VelJohnson, 65, said to EW. “I didn’t realize I was going to see everybody. … To see them now, the way they are, is wonderful. It’s heartwarming. It makes me cry.”

Reginald VelJohnson

Jo Marie Payton

Kellie Shanygne Williams

Darius McCrary

Shawn Harrison

Telma Hopkins

Bryton McClure

“There’s just something really magical about this cast and the real feelings that are here. It wasn’t just for the screen,” Hopkins told the mag. “Family really did matter and still does.”

Maybe a reboot might be in our futures. Only time will tell.

Read the article in full here.

Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.