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Old 10-15-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Whatever Happened to "Judy Winslow" From 'Family Matters?' Jaleel White Explains...



What did happen to Judy Winslow on Family Matters? She just disappeared.

Oh, Lord. Shoot, I didn’t get an explanation. Her momma asked for too much and they sent her upstairs. That was it. Back then, family television had a way of getting away with certain things that, obviously, you couldn’t get away with now.

Like sending Urkel to space?

Exactly. My producers, Tom Miller and Bob Boyett, are famously known for having fired Valerie Harper and replacing her with Sandy Duncan. They had a Broadway mentality about performers. If you became a problem on the set, they would replace you. [With Judy Winslow,] they just didn’t feel the role needed to be replaced. In one regard they were right—it didn’t stop the run of the show. But in the long run—when pop culture does what it does; everything is over-analyzed nostalgically—obviously it’s a key mistake.

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She was never missed because she was the youngest daughter with a small role. At the time, I never asked where she was because I didn't care-lol
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Poor Judy. Life wasn't very kind to her after she left the show either.
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Poor Judy. Life wasn't very kind to her after she left the show either.

she made her own choices
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Exactly. My producers, Tom Miller and Bob Boyett, are famously known for having fired Valerie Harper and replacing her with Sandy Duncan. They had a Broadway mentality about performers. If you became a problem on the set, they would replace you. [With Judy Winslow,] they just didn’t feel the role needed to be replaced. In one regard they were right—it didn’t stop the run of the show. But in the long run—when pop culture does what it does; everything is over-analyzed nostalgically—obviously it’s a key mistake.

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Excellent! In the long run, it messes you up because people do analyze (like myself) and bring this stuff up. I with that producers would think about that more and keep the elements consistent.
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Excellent! In the long run, it messes you up because people do analyze (like myself) and bring this stuff up. I with that producers would think about that more and keep the elements consistent.

Thomas I find it hard to believe that in 1993 you were saying "Where is Judy"

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I know I wasn't because her role was so small in previous seasons
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Thomas I find it hard to believe that in 1993 you were saying "Where is Judy"

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I know I wasn't because her role was so small in previous seasons
Oh really? Then you don't know me as well as you thought you did. LOL.
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Well...there's ALWAYS Fan Fiction.

But yeah, Judy suffered from what many call "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome". They disappear without notice.
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She was never missed because she was the youngest daughter with a small role. At the time, I never asked where she was because I didn't care-lol
Even if the Judy character wasn't needed to keep the flow of the show going, it was a really bad choice to just make her disappear like that. After all, she was Carl's and Harriette's daughter and had been that for four entire seasons. They could have kept her instead of Richie, who "only" was their nephew. But I guess he was still "a cute little kid", why pre-teens aren't that interesting in a sitcom, as they're too old to be "cute little kids" and too young to have teenage problem episodes. The people behind this show hardly used Judy after the first season either, after which I think she only had like two sub-plots. And they should have given her more to do. Not to mention how she soon would have been a teenager, so she could have been used in a more interesting way.
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But some times, what happens in your life is what makes you do bad choices.
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Even if the Judy character wasn't needed to keep the flow of the show going, it was a really bad choice to just make her disappear like that. After all, she was Carl's and Harriette's daughter and had been that for four entire seasons. They could have kept her instead of Richie, who "only" was their nephew. But I guess he was still "a cute little kid", why pre-teens aren't that interesting in a sitcom, as they're too old to be "cute little kids" and too young to have teenage problem episodes. The people behind this show hardly used Judy after the first season either, after which I think she only had like two sub-plots. And they should have given her more to do. Not to mention how she soon would have been a teenager, so she could have been used in a more interesting way.

Well that's the main reason why I didn't realize she was gone because of how her role was decreased in the previous seasons. Urkel became so popular that you didn't have time to say.."where is judy?"
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I don't think it would have hurt the show's flow if just one time one of them said something like 'Judy's sure enjoying her boarding school in Siberia!'
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I don't think it would have hurt the show's flow if just one time one of them said something like 'Judy's sure enjoying her boarding school in Siberia!'


I guess they should have since she was in 70 episodes-lol
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Well that's the main reason why I didn't realize she was gone because of how her role was decreased in the previous seasons. Urkel became so popular that you didn't have time to say.."where is judy?"
It wasn't all Steve's fault though. They gave other characters, like Waldo and Lieutenant Murtaugh, a lot of screen time as well, but poor Judy was pushed into the background, with only a line here and there.
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I don't think it would have hurt the show's flow if just one time one of them said something like 'Judy's sure enjoying her boarding school in Siberia!'
Yeah, that almost would have been better than just pretending that she never had existed.
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