Carl Winslow
~ Carl's rage to find out what's bothering him.

Carl Winslow is one of the two main protagonists of the Family Matters franchise, alongside Steve Urkel. He is the father of the Winslow family and a lieutenant in Chicago’s Police Department, as well as Steve's neighbour and his future father-in-law. He was originally the series main protagonist before Steve appeared, and then began to share the role with him, serving as one of the series most prominent characters. He was portrayed by Reginald VelJohnson. Despite being the protagonist of the show, he would occasionally serve as a villain when he butts heads with Steve.



Carl is a stocky, hard-working, and humble man. He is a Police Officer for the Chicago Police Department. He starts out as a Police Sergeant, then Lieutenant, and then Captain. Carl takes his role as the bread-winner of the household very seriously. Because of this, his opinion of being the "man of the house" tends to get in the way of more personal issues with his wife, Harriette. His ego often gets him into trouble with Harriette, although he is somewhat quick to concede to his wife, as she often ends up teaching him a lesson when it comes to resolving petty marital disputes. Carl can be very cheap, he usually cut corners to save money or when he sees the bills and tries to pays his own taxes. He even builds things himself, when he sees the bill how much would it cost (understandably) and decide to build it himself. That ends in disaster, however. 

Carl has a tendency to come down very hard on his only son, Eddie, while being protective of his daughters, Laura and originally Judy (before Judy was taken out of the show), at the same time. On occasion, Carl acts in an erratic fashion and usually blames it on his stressful job. However, deep down, Carl has shown he is a very loving and caring father. Once, he became offended when Laura wore a skimpy, revealing dress, and gave Eddie an ultimatum when it was revealed that he was drinking beers at his fraternity parties. In "Hot Stuff", he underwent a slight personality change when he got into an argument with Eddie after he got ripped off, and when he only focuses on how Eddie should pay for getting ripped off, this had Eddie telling Carl "I wish for just once you stopped being a cop and start being my dad!",. Sometimes he is usually arrogant and egotistical. 

His favourite food is doughnuts, something very stereotypical of policemen.

Carl is the son of Estelle and Samuel Winslow. According to the pilot episode of the series, he has four brothers: Walter, Darryl, Calvin and Frank. Frank (Ted Lange) appeared in the eighth-season episode "The Brother Who Came to Dinner," and was portrayed as a long-estranged member of the family who was on the wrong side of the law.

Carl is constantly annoyed, irritated, harassed, bothered and tormented by his pesky neighbour Steve who doesn't learn to leave him alone.

7 things Carl likes so much

  • Carl chases Steve around the Winslows neighbourhood.
  • Punishing Eddie for his reckless behaviour.
  • Trying to get Steve to leave him alone.
  • He and the Winslows are trying having to their nerd free days.
  • His job as a police officer.
  • Trying different ways to rid off of Steve.
  • Try to set Steve straight.
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