We're Finally Getting a Family Matters Reunion Thanks to a Lifetime Christmas Movie

Find out which two of your favorite sitcom stars are sharing the small screen once again

By Jean Bentley Nov 30, 2015 10:06 PMTags
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Days have gone by, but the stars of Family Matters are looking better than ever in a mini-reunion happening this Saturday on Lifetime. Reginald VelJohnson, a.k.a. Carl Winslow, and his TV wife, Jo Marie Payton, a.k.a. Hariette Winslow, will once again share the screen in Lifetime's The Flight Before Christmas.

The movie, which stars Mayim Bialik and Ryan McPartlin as two holiday travelers stranded in Montana when their Christmas Eve red eye flight is diverted, debuts at 8 p.m. and also features the reunion of some of your favorite TV parents ever.

Since Harriette was played by a different actress in the final season of Family Matters, this is the first time VelJohnson and Payton are reuniting since the penultimate season of their hit '90s sitcom, which ran from 1989 to 1998 (mostly in the landmark TGIF block on Friday nights).


Since then, Payton most notably voiced Suga Mamma Proud on Disney's Proud Family and recurred on shows such as Will & Grace and Moesha. VelJohnson (in addition to starring in one of the most famous Christmas movies of all—Die Hard, duh) has recurred on Hart of Dixie, Mike & Molly and many more shows in the nearly two decades since Family Matters ended.

Lifetime is premiering new holiday movies every Saturday and Sunday for the next few weeks, including Last Chance Christmas on Dec. 6, about Santa's stable hand searching for a replacement reindeer to help with Christmas deliveries when Prancer is injured, and Wish Upon a Christmas on Dec. 13, starring Larisa Oleynik as a business executive who returns home to help her family's ornament company.

The Flight Before Christmas premieres Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

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