‘SNL’ gives ‘Family Matters’ the gritty reboot treatment with a not-so-awkward Urkel

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From the folks who brought you sexy Archie, girlboss Cruella, and sinister aggressive Perry Mason, it’s time to meet the latest and much-needed reimagining of a beloved character.

Hot on the heels of the recently released trailer for Peacock’s “Bel-Air” series – the upcoming drama take on 90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – “Saturday Night Live” gave “Family Matters” the gritty reboot treatment during the episode hosted by Ariana DeBose this weekend.

Billed as the “next badass, high-stakes ’90s black experience show,” the new version, which simply goes by the title “Urkel,” casts the bespectacled nerd we all remember in a decidedly darker. .

This time, Steve Urkel (Chris Redd) grabs his gun as often as his textbooks, explaining in an overly stern voiceover that he’s just trying to survive on the streets of “Chi-raq”, passing the camera. a bullet-riddled mailbox bearing his name.

Predictably, life for Gritty Urkel is far from rosy, as his alcoholic mother played by DeBose lowers his confidence at home (“I raised a fucking nerd!”) and his crush Laura (Ego Nwodim) rejects his advances for another suitor. That’s when he breaks down and beats his boyfriend to a bloody pulp.

Putting a whole new spin on his catchphrase, Redd’s Urkel exclaims, “Did I do thataaat?” while holding the man at gunpoint. “What if I shoot you in the face?! Should I do thataaaat? »

Kenan Thompson, playing Carl Winslow, thankfully steps in, but he’s not exactly the “Family Matters” patriarch you might remember. Sure, he’s still a Chicago cop, but he also breaks a suspect’s arm in half during a particularly intense interrogation.

He’ll always have a soft spot for Urkel, though, giving the wayward nerd some tough love in a heartwarming speech at the end of the skit.

“The Winslows are your family,” Thompson told her. “And the fucking family matters.”

This weekend’s “SNL” episode was the first to air after a winter hiatus, with Bleachers stepping in as musical guest after rapper Roddy Ricch was forced to pull out of the show due to of exposure to COVID-19.

The late-night sketch series filmed its final episode of 2021 with a limited cast and crew due to the recent spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The heavily pre-recorded episode went without a musical guest as Charli XCX, who was scheduled to perform, had to cancel her set altogether.

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