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Family Matters, “Good Cop Bad Cop,” Season 5, Episode 15.

by Phil Ethington

Police SGT. Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) approaches two police officers who pulled over his son. Winslow essentially accuses the officers of racial profiling. Winslow’s take down of Officer Evans’s explicit and cartoonish racism appears as grandstanding. It fits critic Erik Luers (Indie Wire) description of the show as “comfort food.” According to Luers, “the few times it did cover race and other “larger social issues” it “felt more like public service announcements than organic attempts at an understanding.” Erik Luers, “ ‘Family Matters’ of Identity: Addressing Race on a Mainstream Level,” Indie Wire, March 4, 2013,

Family Matters, “Good Cop Bad Cop,” Season 5, Episode 15.

by Phil Ethington

Police SGT. Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) approaches two police officers who pulled over his son. Winslow essentially accuses the officers of racial profiling. Winslow’s take down of Officer Evans’s explicit and cartoonish racism appears as grandstanding. It fits critic Erik Luers (Indie Wire) description of the show as “comfort food.” According to Luers, “the few times it did cover race and other “larger social issues” it “felt more like public service announcements than organic attempts at an understanding.” Erik Luers, “ ‘Family Matters’ of Identity: Addressing Race on a Mainstream Level,” Indie Wire, March 4, 2013,

Family Matters, “Good Cop Bad Cop,” Season 5, Episode 15. (1994)

Police SGT. Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) approaches two police officers who pulled over his son. Winslow accuses the officers of racial profiling.

from Family Matters, “Good Cop Bad Cop,” Season 5, Episode 15. (1996) (1994)
Creator: Created by William Bickley and Michael Warren. Miller-Boyett Productions, Bickley-Warren Productions
Distributor: ABC
Posted by Phil Ethington
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