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Married with Children (1987)
Just awful and gross, badly acted, depressing, with small plots of a typical, tiny-minded world. The people in charge of thinking up jokes or writing for the show were obviously lazy, unimaginative people; surviving only on the fact that 'if it's on television, they'll watch it.' Even the theme song is slow and awful, even the title. The father resents his wife and kids. The daughter is promiscuous, and the trashy-dressing mother encourages it. The scheming mullet-wearing son is smug and rude to his sister. You can see the jokes coming a mile away.
And I'm not complaining because of that controversial episode where they dressed that old man up as a woman; I haven't seen it. I've seen two episodes in my life; hopefully I'll never be placed in a situation where I'll endure some more of it.
The humour is obvious. What kind of audience do the writers appeal to? The fact that the show ran for 10 years is depressing, because it shows that people don't want to see clever or original work- that sort of thing scares them or makes them feel dumb! No, they want to see summit that they can easily understand; something thats been done but they know what to expect of it and know whats happening. The Bundy family are a gross family that do not seek to better themselves or help other people; its no wonder that this whole production was created by FOX.
Oh, and interesting note about the controversial episode- a lady tried to organize a boycott against it, which accidentally increased the shows ratings. The creators of the show sent her a fruit basket every Christmas as a way to say 'thank you.' How small, eh? Not funny- its ignorant and small minded- those creators sound like right jerks to me- and these are the fellows who controlled the show.