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Married with Children 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1986–1997)
Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.
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Complete series cast summary:
Ed O'Neill ...  Al Bundy / ... 263 episodes, 1986-1997
Katey Sagal ...  Peggy Bundy / ... 263 episodes, 1986-1997
Amanda Bearse ...  Marcy D'Arcy / ... 263 episodes, 1986-1997
David Faustino ...  Bud Bundy / ... 262 episodes, 1987-1997
Christina Applegate ...  Kelly Bundy / ... 261 episodes, 1987-1997
Buck ...  Buck the Dog / ... 191 episodes, 1987-1995
Ted McGinley ...  Jefferson D'Arcy / ... 170 episodes, 1989-1997
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Storyline

Al Bundy is an unsuccessful middle aged shoe salesman with a miserable life and an equally dysfunctional family. He has a very attractive but lazy wife named Peggy who constantly nags him to death while throwing the little money he earns away on herself. He also has a very promiscuous teen aged daughter named Kelly who makes up in attractiveness what she lacks in IQ points, and a not so attractive but bright teen aged son named Bud who seems to think he is a ladies man. To add to Al's misery is his yuppie next door neighbors Marcy and Steve. Marcy and Steve eventually split up with Marcy keeping the house next door to the Bundys and Steve moving away to be a forest ranger. Later Marcy gets remarried to a gigolo named Jefferson who is the male version of Peggy. The sitcom revolves around Al's never ending attempts to better his life which always leads him right back to where he started. Written by Brandon Johns

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Domestic bliss was never like this!

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1986 (USA) See more »

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Not the Cosbys See more »

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(262 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The roles of Al and Peg Bundy were first offered to Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr. Kinison would later guest star as Al's guardian angel. See more »

Quotes

AlPeggyKellyBud: [repeated line in unison to celebrate a victory from a challenge, or an mutual agreement over someone or something] WHOA BUNDY!
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Crazy Credits

With rare exceptions, the end credits are played over a still of Peggy and Al (looking disgusted) sitting on the couch. See more »

Alternate Versions

Due to music licensing issues, the opening theme song "Love and Marriage" sung by Frank Sinatra is omitted from episodes released by Sony in North America beginning with the third season onward. A generic instrumental piece of music replaces it. In 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the DVD rights from Sony and beginning with season three, "Love and Marriage" has been restored to the opening and closing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Love & Marriage
Music by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
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Why did it end!
25 April 2004 | by Rob_TaylorSee all my reviews

This show is an all time classic and it's easy to see where more modern shows, especially such total and blatant rip-offs as the Simpsons, have their roots.

Married came about at a time when all other family sit-coms were sickly-sweet and correct. Who can forget such horrors as the Cosby Show or Diff'rent Strokes? Married was different. It dared to push the envelope of what was considered (at the time) right and proper. The family wasn't nice to each other all the time (or even any of the time!) and the show had a more real feel to it as a result.

Of course, reality quickly became subjective in Married, as the episodes became ever more ridiculous and crazy. But every show pandered to some aspect of family life that we can all identify with - car sharing, hatred of our spouses relatives, puberty, dating, work etc. etc. The list is endless. If it's a real life issue, Married has spoofed it in some way or other. Nothing was sacred. Even PMS! Though the writers were reigned in a few times, by all accounts.

The show ran for eleven seasons and over 250 episodes, which is pretty incredible for a comedy show and really should give you an indication of the dedicated fan base that Married attracted. I suspect the show will be in re-runs somewhere until the end of TV as an entertainment medium.

For more info on the show I recommend the E True Story documentary on the show, which really gives an insight into how the show started, progressed and finally was cancelled.


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