Last week, many people on social media lost their minds over a new trailer. It is to Bel Air, Peacock’s impending dark and gritty reinterpretation of the 90’s sitcom The fresh prince of Bel-Air, which made the already popular Will Smith an even bigger star than he was. That show was fun, albeit with an occasional “very special episode.” This new one, developed jointly by Smith himself, is … well, it all seems to be “very special episodes.” To drive home how potentially silly this new revival is, SNL applied the same idea to another fun sitcom from the 90s.
That show is Family matters, that Perfect strangers spin-off about a black middle-class family living in Chicago who ran for nine seasons, making it the longest-running American sitcom with a predominantly black cast. One reason it was popular: Steve Urkel, the stage-stealing nerd who broadcasts phrases, played by Jaleel White, who took what was supposed to be a stand-alone character and made him the thing that effectively made the show.
IN SNLIt’s Urkel, but he’s the main attraction. The parody plays Chris Redd – who also used the episode to sneak New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams – to make the Urkel piece in a more cruel portrayal of Chicago. There are weapons. There are alcoholic mothers. There’s Kenan Thompson as Reginald VelJohnsson’s Carl Winslow who looks sad and angry. There is a sharp insertion of Urkel’s most famous line. And given how serious Bel-Air looks, it really is not that unlikely that a new and darker Family matters could one day hit Peacock’s box.
You can watch the parody in the video above.
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