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Ah, the season where Urkel builds a robot version of himself. Boy, Family Matters was bad....
Warner / 568 Minutes / 1991-1992 / Unrated / Street Date: February 12, 2013
Perhaps I'm just knee-deep in a TGIF-nostalgia hallucination, but I swear that the cover of Family Matters: The Complete Third Season features an image of Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) warning me to stay away. In his ubiquitous big glasses and even bigger suspenders, Urkel stands front and center on this DVD box set cover, finger a-wave, practically warning me to stay at least ten feet away from a TV-on-DVD edition like this one.
Even so, there's something about the sobering revisiting of TGIF programming that provides me (and many other twenty- and thirty-something viewers) with the staggering realism that that particular brand of programming was so bad, so heinously awful that our parents were right: these shows sucked. But Family Matters: The Complete Third Season sucks in a surprisingly charming way.
Sure, Urkel's antics are singularly unwatchable in their nerdy inanity, from his befriending of a orangutan in this season's opener (Boom!) to the mad scientist lunacy of the episode in which Urkel builds a robot named, predictably enough, Urkelbot (Robo-Nerd). Even as I type this, I realize that it's impossible to defend a series as tin-can laugh-track dumb-ass as Family Matters, but nostalgia goes a long way in the home theater world: I sure as Hell hope to not have to watch Family Matters again any time soon, but boy, it was nice to revisit it again after all these years.