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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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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5 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Kelly had the first line in the first episode and the last line in the final episode. See more »


As Marcy proceeds to make coffee for the men, we hear her turn the sink water on, but it's obvious none is coming out. 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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Music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
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Who's Afraid of Al Bundy?
22 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pilot episode of this show reminded me of the Edward Albee's play, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," but funny and worth watching. Al and Peg Bundy are a veteran married couple with two children in Chicago, Illinois. Al gets tickets to a basketball game thanks to his co-worker and single guy but Peggy has other plans including inviting their new neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhoades, who happen to be newlyweds to their home for the evening. Peggy reminds Al, "The credit cards are in our name. The checkbook is in our name and the stores are still open." Al already is upset that he can't go to the game. The newlyweds played by David Garrison and Amanda Bearse do an excellent and believable job. The kids, Kelly and Bud, aren't the most delightful around. This show was the beginning of the dysfunctional family sitcoms. It was the virtual opposite of the popular family sitcoms of the day. We don't have many family sitcoms any more. Maybe that's why I'm nostalgic for it.

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