In 1999 TV Guide ranked him #27 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.

Steven Quincy Urkel, generally known as Steve Urkel or simply Urkel is a fictional character on the US sitcom “Family Matters” (portrayed by Jaleel White). Originally slated to have been a one-time only character on the show, he soon became its most popular character.

Steve was the epitome of a stereotypical geek/nerd with large, thick eyeglasses, “high-water” or “flood” pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters and a high-pitched voice. 

On the show he consistently professed his unrequited love for neighbor Laura Winslow, perpetually annoyed her father Carl, and tried to befriend her brother Eddie.


Throughout the series’ run, Steve was central to many of its recurring gags, primarily gratuitous property damage and personal injury as a result of his inventions going awry or his outright clumsiness.

He became known for several catchphrases uttered after some humorous misfortune occurred, including: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, “Did I do that?”, “Whoa, Mama!” and “Look what you did.”

There was also an Urkel dance/song but it sounds pretty lame now:

If you want to do the Steve Urkel dance,
All you have to do is hitch up your pants,
Bend your knees, and stick out your pelvis;
(I’m telling you, baby, it’s better than Elvis!)

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