A full 20 years after their seminal television series went off the air, the cast of ABC’s Family Matters is back and, yes, they’re ready for their revival. The sitcom’s entire ensemble cast recently reunited for a new interview and spoke about their special bond and hopes for the future.
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Jo Marie Payton, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary, Jaimee Foxworth, Telma Hopkins, and Shawn Harrison all took part in the reunion.
For VelJohnson, who played family patriarch Carl Winslow, it was the first time he’d met with the entire cast since the show ended in 1998.
“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,” he said.
Most viewers tend to forget that Family Matters was actually a spin-off of the hit series Perfect Strangers when the show began in 1989.
Payton played Harriette Winslow, who was the elevator operator at the building where Perfect Strangers stars Larry and Balki worked.
Although Family Matters was intended to focus on Carl and Harriette’s home life with their children, neighbor Steve Urkel soon took over once he was introduced in the first season.
Sitcom revivals are all the rage right now, with Fuller House on Netflix, NBC’s new season of Will & Grace, and even the upcoming return of Roseanne next spring.
The Family Matters cast says they’re ready and willing to jump on the bandwagon, as well, if and when the studio calls them.
“If they dropped a script at our feet when we walked out of here, we would come back in tomorrow, and the next day we’d have a show shot,” said Payton. White is currently co-starring on the CBS comedy series Me, Myself, & I which premiered just last week and airs its second episode tonight.