Married with Children: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (5 Apr. 1987)

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In the very first episode of this widely successful, ribald sitcom, Al Bundy has a chance of getting front row seats to the basketball game, but Peggy makes him stay home and meet their new yuppie neighbors, Marcy and Steve Rhodes.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ritch Shydner ...
Customer #1
Sue Ann Gilfillan ...
Customer #2
Victor DiMattia ...
Arnold (as Victor Di Mattia)


The Bundy family which makes up of chauvinist shoe salesman Al, his lazy housewife Peggy, their dumb 15-year-old daughter Kelly, and their bratty 12-year-old con artist son Bud, have settled into a peaceful co-existence in suburban Chicago, married only by the vicious verbal volleys they exchange to each other while awake. Peggy invites their new neighbors, newlyweds Steve and Marcy Rhoades, over for the evening, so she forbids Al from going out to a basketball game with his single co-worker Luke, from the shoe store. Written by Anonymous

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The 1987 airing premiere of this pilot was also the premiere of the Fox Network; it was followed by ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' pilot; both pilots were repeated twice on that night! See more »


During the opening sequence, the front door to the Bundy home is white. The door, however, is actually red during the show. See more »


[first lines]
[Bud sneaks up behind Kelly and grabs her hair and holds a plastic knife to her neck]
Kelly Bundy: Let go of my hair, you little psychopath!
Bud Bundy: Die, commie bimbo!
Peggy Bundy: Now, Bud! I thought we talked about this before.
Bud Bundy: What's that, Mom?
Peggy Bundy: You know, sneaking up behind your sister, pulling her hair, pretending to kill her. You remember the affect it had on Grandma? nobody likes it; nobody thinks it's funny, so cut it out, okay?
Bud Bundy: Sure, Mom.
[a horn honks from outside]
Peggy Bundy: Now, go to school.
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The pilot of "Married...with Children" only hints at what to expect from this often raunchy show
20 October 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

When Fox celebrated the 25th anniversary of the network's run last spring (though it actually started the previous fall of '86 when the late night show, "The Late Show starring Joan Rivers", went on the air), it started its line-up that night with the very first episode of the very first show shown on its prime-time schedule: "Married...with Children". It started with budding young teen Bud Bundy (David Faustino) play-threatening his older teen sis, Kelly (Christina Applegate), with, presumably, a play-knife before their mom, Peg (Katey Sagal), tells them to knock it off and they leave the house. The father, Al (Ed O'Neill), comes down downstairs with a bandaged hand. It seems he pricked it on a cactus that the alarm clock would usually be. We then find out Peg is a housewife while Al works at a women's shoe store. And that they meet the newlywed neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhodes (David Garrison and Amanda Bearse) for the first time later on...Quite a bit of biting lines concerning marriage and the responsibility that entails abound but said with the understanding that their bark is worse than their bite. In other words, not to be taken seriously. Not much of the raunch that would mark the series later on, certainly not the kind that would cause a housewife named Terry Rakolta (who I just found out is the sister-in-law of current presidential candidate Mitt Romney) to later threaten a wide boycott of certain products advertising on the show with the resulting publicity of bigger ratings for it. Still, this marked the beginning of the edge Fox had over the other networks in providing something different than what the Big 3 had on at the time and that momentum carries it to this day. So on that note, Happy 25th, Fox!

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