The Winslow's are back! Well, sort of. This Christmas, you can watch Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, who played Carl and Harriette Winslow on the ABC sitcom Family Matters, on the new Lifetime Christmas movie, The Flight Before Christmas . While the two won't be reprising their roles as Carl and Harriette, sadly, it will be exciting for fans of the once-beloved sitcom to see them on screen together again. So, in a way, it is the Family Matters reunion the world has been waiting for.
The film stars Ryan McPartlin and Mayim Bialik, the latter of whom is most widely known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler, aka Sheldon's girlfriend, on The Big Bang Theory. The two will play two travelers trying to make it home for Christmas. Bialik's character is trying to avoid being alone for the holiday after a tough breakup, and McPartlin's character is trying to make it back to propose to his girlfriend. Until, of course, a terrible winter storm lands them in a small town bed and breakfast, where there is, of course, only one room available, causing them to, of course, bunk together for the night.
While it hasn't been confirmed who VelJohnson and Payton will be playing in the movie, I'm sure they will have a tons of hilarious one liners to boast. The two have always been known for their incredible comedy chops, and have put them to good use since the show ended in 1998. Both have kept busy throughout the years. Payton starred as Suga Mama in the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family — a show that also needs a reunion — and most recently as Lorraine on Mann and Wife. And VelJohnson can be seen most recently as Dash Dewitt on Hart of Dixie.
Hopefully, this film will gain enough traction to spur talks of an actual Family Matters reunion. The world would love to see if Steve Urkel and Laura Winslow ever had some children of their own, or what inventions he's been up to. Either way, this film is sure to release a bit of nostalgia for the golden age of television, and a lot of love for the Winslow family. And that's all that matters.
You can catch the world premiere of The Flight Before Christmas on December 5 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
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