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Season 8
Family Matters Season 8
Country of origin: United States
No. of episodes: 24
Original network: ABC
Original release: September 20, 1996 – May 9, 1997
Home video release
DVD release date: September 20, 2016
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The eighth season of the family sitcom on Family Matters originally aired on ABC from September 20, 1996 to May 9, 1997, after 24 episodes.

Network Change Edit

In early 1997, CBS picked up Family Matters and Step by Step in a $40 million deal to acquire the rights to the programs from ABC. Then ABC then promised to pay Miller-Boyett Productions $1.5 million per episode for a ninth and tenth season of Family Matters. However, tensions had risen between Miller-Boyett Productions and ABC's corporate parent, The Walt Disney Company (which had bought the network in 1995 as part of its merger with ABC's then-parent Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.). Miller-Boyett thought that it would not be a big player on ABC after the network's recent purchase by Disney. In turn, Miller-Boyett Productions agreed to a $40 million offer from CBS for a 22-episode season for both Family Matters and Step By Step. CBS scheduled Family Matters, along with Step By Step, as a part of its new Friday lineup branded as the "CBS Block Party" and scheduled the family-oriented block against ABC's TGIF lineup, where the two series originated. Near the end of the ninth season, the cast was informed that a tenth and final season was planned, so scripts and plot synopses were written for the show.

Cast Edit

Main Edit

Portrayed by Character
Reginald VelJohnson Carl Winslow
Jo Marie Payton-Noble Harriette Winslow
Darius McCrary Eddie Winslow
Kellie Shanygne Williams Laura Winslow
Jaleel White Steve Urkel
Michelle Thomas Myra Monkhouse

Main supporting cast Edit

Portrayed by Character
Bryton McClure Richie Crawford (Recurs)
Orlando Brown Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson (Main)
Rosetta LeNoire Estelle Winslow (Recurs)

Recurring Edit

Portrayed by Character
Cherie Johnson Maxine Johnson
Tammy Townsend Greta McClure

Changes Edit

Orlando Brown became the supporting main character as Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson, then Shawn Harrison as Waldo is officially left the series also Bryton McClure and Rosetta LeNoire became as supporting and recurring characters.

Episodes Edit

Season eight consists of 24 episodes.

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date Directed by Written by
170 1 Paris Vacation (Part 1) September 20, 1996 Richard Correll Fred Fox Jr.
171 2 Paris Vacation (Part 2) September 20, 1996 Richard Correll Jim Geoghan
172 3 Paris Vacation (Part 3) September 27, 1996 Richard Correll Fred Fox Jr. and Jim Geoghan
173 4 Movin' On October 4, 1996 Richard Correll Gregory Thomas Garcia and Fred Rubin
174 5 3J in the House October 11, 1996 Richard Correll Meg DeLoatch
175 6 Getting Buff October 18, 1996 Richard Correll Stephen Langford
176 7 Stevil October 25, 1996 Richard Correll Gregory Thomas Garcia and Fred Rubin
177 8 Karate Kids November 1, 1996 Richard Correll Joseph Cvar and Gary Menteer
178 9 Home Again November 8, 1996 Richard Correll Stephen Langford
Story by: Stephen Langford and Jaleel White
179 10 Nightmare at Urkel Oaks November 15, 1996 Kelly Sandefur Gary M. Goodrich
180 11 Chick-a-Boom November 22, 1996 Joel Zwick Fred Rubin
181 12 The Jury December 6, 1996 Joel Zwick Gregory Thomas Garcia
182 13 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear December 13, 1996 Gregg Heschong Meg DeLoatch and Gary M. Goodrich
183 14 Revenge of the Nerd January 3, 1997 Gregg Heschong Jim Geoghan
184 15 Love Triangles January 17, 1997 Richard Correll David W. Dulcon and Gary Menteer
185 16 Father Time January 31, 1997 Richard Correll David W. Dulcon and Gary Menteer
186 17 Beauty and the Beast February 7, 1997 Richard Correll Meg DeLoatch and Gary M. Goodrich
187 18 Le Jour d'amour February 14, 1997 Richard Correll Stephen Langford
188 19 What Do You Know? February 28, 1997 Richard Correll Fred Fox Jr. and Jim Geoghan
189 20 Odd Man In March 14, 1997 Joel Zwick Fred Fox Jr.
190 21 Flirting With Disaster March 28, 1997 Richard Correll Story by: Darius McCrary
Teleplay by: Fred Rubin
191 22 Pound Foolish April 25, 1997 Jason Bateman Stephen Langford and Fred Rubin
192 23 The Brother Who Came to Dinner May 2, 1997 Richard Correll Reginald VelJohnson
193 24 A Pirate's Life For Me May 9, 1997 Joel Zwick Fred Fox Jr. and Jim Geoghan

Trivia Edit

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