Family Matters: the episode where Steve Urkel became a Christian

There was an episode of this TGIF show that I still remember about Steve Urkel trying trying to join the church choir. Of course, the drama is that he’s not a good singer and gets ousted from the group but here’s the snippet when he walked to the front of the church to announce he had become a Christian.

This might sound cheesy but it still gives me goosebumps, decades later! This show aired in the 90s and I can’t help but think how society is reflected in sitcoms now. I don’t think this show would last long on TV in 2020. Of course, that’s true for a lot of the shows from that era. I know the style and popularity of shows changes over time, I mean just look at the “reality TV boom” in the early 2000s. But showing a specific episode about someone deciding to put their “hand in the hand of the man from Galilee” would be blasted in the media today. If it did happen in any show’s script, it would also include this person showing tolerance for gay people, or a woman’s choice, or any other area they were “closed-minded” about before. It just wouldn’t be the same as this heartwarming moment from Family Matters.

The episode came to a conclusion with the choir performing a gospel song and Steve being included in the presentation. More chills. I’m not sure why I’ve been thinking about this particular episode but I’m glad I was able to watch it as a youngster because it obviously has stuck with me over the years.

-Out of the Wilderness

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