Urkelbot - Silver mechanical man
the family sitcom FAMILY MATTERS/ABC/CBS/1989-98.
Steven Urkel reveals his latest
invention - Urkelbot
Urkelbot (Episode "Robo-Nerd" 11/1/91) was created for a
National Robotics contest by Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), an
intelligent but nerdish black Chicago teenager.
Urkelbot had artificial intelligence so he could walk, think by
itself and doubled its
intelligence every 18 minutes and 35 seconds. The robot was made
in the likeness of its creator and wore a pair of glasses-rimmed
with blinking red lights. When activated Urkelbot proclaimed "I
was created by the handsome, intelligent, sexy Steven Q. (Quincy)
All went well until the robot saw Steve's love-interest, Laura
Winslow (Kellie Shanygne Williams) and commented "Whoa Mama!" and
"I will not rest until she is mine." Later Urkelbot cornered Laura
and said "Come on Baby, Let's energize."
The berserk robot was finally deactivated by carbon dioxide
spray from a fire extinguisher. When Laura asked Steve Urkel to
destroy Urkelbot, he explained that Urkelbot was a machine with
feelings. The only thing he was guilty of was having good taste.
Steve later made a robot in Laura's image which he called Laurabot.
Urkelbot was built by Kenny Meyers, the creator of special
makeup effects for the motion pictures Back to the Future II &
III and Star Trek V. The robot's head, sculpted from
lightweight fiberglass, was radio-controlled with motors that
operated its flapping ears and flashing eyes.
Michael "Shrimp" Chambers was the talented actor beneath the
robot's silver body who gave Urkelbot life and provided its
backwards moon-walking steps (a la Michael Jackson).
The Urkelbot was reactivated on the 4/24/92 episode "Robo-Nerd
II" for law
enforcement use to help solve a rash of convenience store
robberies on Carl Winslow's beat.
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