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Season 8
Family Matters Season 8
Country of origin: United States
No. of episodes: 24
Original channel: ABC
Original run: September 20, 1996 – May 9, 1997
Home video release
DVD release date: September 20, 2016
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Season eight of Family Matters has only 24 episodes, then it was originally ran on ABC from September 20, 1996 to May 9, 1997.

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 Cast Edit

Supporting Cast Edit

Recurring Cast Edit

Cast members for Season eight 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 recurring characters.

Episodes Edit

Season Number of Episodes First air date Last air date
Eight 24 September 20, 1996 May 9, 1997
No. in series No. in season Episode Airdate Director Producer
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
176 7 Stevil October 25, 1996
177 8 Karate Kids November 1, 1996
178 9 Home Again November 8, 1996
179 10 Nightmare at Urkel Oaks November 15, 1996
11 Chick-a-Boom
12 The Jury
  1. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  2. Revenge of the Nerd
  3. Love Triangle
  4. Father Time
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Le Jour d'amour
  7. What Do You Know?
  8. Odd Man In
  9. Flirting With Disaster
  10. Pound Foolish
  11. The Brother Who Came to Dinner
  12. A Pirate's Life For Me

Trivia Edit

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