'Family Matters' Is CLEARLY Better Than 'Full House,' Don't @ Me

'Family Matters' Is CLEARLY Better Than 'Full House,' Don't @ Me

Come on, people! I mean, does it really get better than a character like Urkel?

I know, I know — "Full House" has the Netflix spin-off show, and everyone raves about it all the time! Don't get me wrong, I love hanging out with the Tanner gang, and I am anxiously awaiting the new season of "Fuller House" so I can FINALLY know who DJ chose to be with.

However, when it comes down to it, I'm much more of a "Family Matters" kind of girl. Here are seven reasons why "Family Matters" is clearly superior to "Full House."

1. Steve Urkel

Come on, people! I mean, does it really get better than a character like Urkel? Oh so annoying but oh so loveable at the same time! The dynamic he brings to the show is undeniable, and he is probably one of if not the most well-known TV character. Oh, and when he turns into Stefan Urquelle he isn't too bad for the eyes, either!

2. It's not corny

Right away within the first few episodes, you watch the family deal with money issues. The acting doesn't feel fake. For me, "Full House" kind of felt like I was watching cardboard cutouts of people at times because everything was so uptight and honestly, just felt really unnatural at times. There's nothing wrong with light-hearted, but I never felt like "Full House" was real.

3. It tackles tough topics successfully

"Family Matters" dealt with some very controversial and pressing topics like racism. "Full House" was a much more light-hearted show. There's nothing wrong with it, but I think that we are too comfortable with the easy things and shy away from shows and other media that pushes us to acknowledge other issues going on around us that may not directly impact us but are still happening, nonetheless.

4. It took place in Chicago

Not everyone lives in a glamorous city — sometimes real people live in areas that have certain reputations. Placing "Full House" in San Francisco was unrealistic to how a lot of the world lives. Yes, Chicago is still a major city, but it has an individual group of struggles that I don't see happen in "Full House."

5. It spent eight of its nine seasons on TGIF!

"Family Matters" spent all eight of its seasons that were produced by ABC on the TGIF lineup, making it the longest-running TGIF show. This means that 193 "Familly Matters'" episodes were in the TGIF lineup whereas only 50 episodes of "Full House" ever made the cut.

6. For the most part, the acting was pretty strong.

Don't hate me, but Bob Saget is actually a horrible actor! There's no way around it — he isn't convincing anyone as sweet, little Danny Tanner. Carl Winslow, on the other hand, now that's a convincing character!

7. Did I mention Steve Urkel?

OK, yeah, I know I did, but he is such a monumental character, he deserves double the recognition!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Poetry On Odyssey: I was I am

A poem for those struggling with who they were.


it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now

how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you

a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you

i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight

it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about

the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life

i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing

that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.

It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.

It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.

You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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