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Recast "Family Matters" and Win a Prize!

Recast "Family Matters" and Win a Prize!

Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

I used to love watching "Family Matters" when I was younger and did you know (possible Buzz Brainteaser here!) that the show stemmed from the sitcom "Perfect Strangers"? It's true! Harriette Winslow was a recurring character on the third and fourth seasons of "Perfect Strangers," and was the character chosen to have her own series.

Anyway, if you could recast "Family Matters" with new actors, who would you pick for Harriette and Carl Winslow? What about their children Eddie and Laura (I'm leaving off Judy, who was on the show for some seasons but not all)? Then there's "Mother" Winslow (Carl's mother), the aunt Rachel and her little boy Richie. Finally, of course, who could properly whine Steve Urkel's catchphrase "Did I do that?"

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, October 9, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,

Characters to recast:
Harriette Winslow (JoMarie Payton)
Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson)
Eddie Winslow (Darius McCrary)
Laura Winslow (Kellie Shanygne Williams)
Rachel Crawford (Telma Hopkins)
Richie Crawford (Bryton McClure)
Mother Winslow (Rosetta LeNoire)
Steve Urkel (Jaleel White)

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mmcm312 mmcm312 8 years
Carlton Otis "Carl" Winslow: Ice Cube (from NWA) Harriette Banes-Winslow: Diana Ross Mother Estelle Winslow-Thomas: Della Reese (Tess from TBAA) Edward James Arthur "Eddie" Winslow: Ne-Yo Laura Lee Winslow-Urkel: Alicia Keys Judith "Judy" Winslow: Dee Dee Davis Richard "Richie" Crawford: Gary Coleman Waldo Geraldo Faldo: Eddie Murphy Steven Quincy "Steve" Urkel: Usher Raymond IV Rachel Banes-Crawford: Charo (Cuchi Cuchi!) Myra Morkhouse: Jo Frost (Supernanny) Rodney Beckett: Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly from BTTF) Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson-Winslow: Emmanuel "Webster" Lewis Greta McClure: Halle Berry
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
i feel bad i spelled raven's name wrong... i meant raven symone!
La-Ma La-Ma 9 years
Props to Mrspiven for the Eddie Murphy idea
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
Harriette Winslow - Mo'Nique Carl Winslow - Chi McBride Eddie Winslow - usher Laura Winslow - Raven Simone Rachel Crawford - Vivica A. Fox Richie Crawford - Jaden Smith Mother Winslow - Eddie Murphy (in old woman drag, like the Nutty Professor) Steve Urkel - Kel Mitchell
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
Harriett Winslow- CHANDRA WILSON Carl Winslow- TRACY MORGAN Eddie Winslow- CHRIS BROWN Laura Winslow- KEKE PALMER (Akeelah and Bee) Rachel Crawford- TYRA BANKS Richie Crawford- BRANDON RATLIFF(Me, You, and Everyone We Know-if you have seen this movie you must know this kid is hilarious!) Mama Winslow- IRMA P. BROWN (soul food, ladykillers) Urkel- JEREMY SUAREZ (Bernie's son in Bernie Mac show)
brookemcqueen brookemcqueen 9 years
Harriette Winslow- Vivica Fox Carl Winslow- Bernie Mac Eddie Winslow- Chris Brown Laura Winslow- Rihanna Rachel Crawford- Halle Berry Richie Crawford- Jaden Smith (in the later seasons) Mother Winslow- Phylicia Rashad Steve Urkel- Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I know. There is no way I could even touch this show. It's too hard to figure out the perfect new cast for an already perfect cast. With that said, however, I found some episodes of this show painful to watch. It was actually kind of awful. lol
alltherage alltherage 9 years
we forgot little judy. she was only on for a bit an then al lthe sudden they had two kids. no wonder the actress went on to do porn :(
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
ah, i loved this show!!perfect strangers was so good too
pipette1110 pipette1110 9 years
It's impossible to recast it! Steve Urkel is absolutely "unrecastable"!
cbombnewell cbombnewell 9 years
Sorry,My Post above for hariette was supposed to say Angela Bassett
cbombnewell cbombnewell 9 years
Carl Winslow:Martin Lawrence Harriette Winslow:Angela Bassett Laura Winslow:jennifer hudson Eddie Winslow:Donald Faison Steve Urkel:Dan Curtis Lee(Neds Declassified) Rachel Crawford:Vanessa Williams Estelle Winslow:Whoopi Goldberg Richie Crawford:Noah Gray-Cabey(heroes)
La-Ma La-Ma 9 years
Harriette Winslow- Wanda Sykes Carl Winslow- Chi Mcbride (Roll Bounce) or Tyler Perry Eddie Winslow- Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) Laura Winslow- Kyla Pratt (One on One) Rachel Crawford- Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends) Richie Crawford- Noah Gray-Cabey Mother Winslow- Patti LaBelle Steve Urkel- Nick Cannon
ToddMP06 ToddMP06 9 years
Harriette Winslow~Alaina Reed ("227") Carl Winslow~Jimmie Walker ("Good Times") Rachel Crawford~Wanda Sykes Mother Winslow~Diana Ross
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