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"Married with Children" Damn Bundys (1997)

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Rerun toward the syndication, old friends, rerun toward the syndication! (vhs) (dvd)

10/10
Author: leplatypus from PariS
12 May 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is my habit: to discover things after they reached their run. Thus, I started "Twin Peaks" with "fire walk with me" and long after the show ending and so I remember to have been caught by "married with children" with this final 11th season maybe 15 years ago. So all good moments i recall (Aunt Maggie's funeral, Bud's rent, Jasmine run's) was left for the very end and it's the proof that's again a hilarious season, even ten years after its creation.

This year, what's striking is that the whole cast seems energized like batteries bunnies: i can't say if there's a new creative behind or it's the last round effect but in all cases, they really go with a bang! Funnily, the signs of their departure kept coming: a big storm (11.1), an heartbreaking death (11.6) with also a trip to hell (11.20), a temporary split-up (11.14, 11.15, 11.16), amnesia (11.10), Dodge breakdown (11.4, 11.5), Al and Griff's firing (11.8) or Jefferson's anxiety to get old (11.19). With this, Al and his family kept meeting doppelgangers as well (11.7, 11.8, 11.21) and nostalgia permeates other episodes: the Bundy family story (see Dodge), Al's fight against obese (11.9).

Next, what's is noteworthy is that Peggy is a bit nasty, Pumpkin gets dumber and dumber and in some way, Bundy manage to get wonderful expensive toys.

As my last pick-up, i take "Damn Bundys" as it's Al's best dream and nightmare together in one paranormal trip, a bit like Sartre's "Huis Clos"!

Having last words mentioning french great modern philosopher wouldn't be be unworthy to leave this show after 11 seasons, 263 episodes and a 10 month watching run. I already miss the family and especially Al. The ultimate comparison with the "Simpsons" would be a total knock out of the Springfield family. If the two families have a lot in common, 25 years of having the latter family stuck as day one is boring and the Bundys are after all a better satire of America: it's the only sitcom i know so far that punches where it hurts: sex and money !

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Al sells his soul!

8/10
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States
10 December 2009

Al hits his head and says that he would sell his soul to the devil to get on the Chicago Bears football team. Well, Robert Englund who is best known for his role in the Nightmare on Elm Street films as Freddy Krueger guest stars as the Devil. At first, Al thinks he's one of Peg's relatives. Well, he has to convince Al that he's the devil and then get him to sell his soul. The devil had an easier time with other celebrities. Once he sells his soul, he gets to play football with the Chicago Bears and gets them to the Superbowl only to die. When hell is not hellish enough for him, the devil has to make it unbearable. Well, why not recreate his life on earth in hell.

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