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Married with Children 

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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Monday, June 9, 1997

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Cast

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 »

Also Known As:

Married... with Children See more »

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Runtime:

(262 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Michael Richards auditioned for the role of Al Bundy. See more »

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Kelly: Remember, attraction is a three-way street. Or is it a one-way tunnel? Hmm, in any case, I do know it's a four-lane highway, but it takes two to use the car-pool lane. I guess what I'm trying to say is, what the younger generation has learned is that there's nothing for us to watch on CBS, and you've got to be yourself. A man has to love you for you, not some costume. He's gotta love who you are.
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Crazy Credits

Since the show's original theme song "Love and Marriage" has been removed from all Region 1 DVD releases of the series, the songwriting credit is generally removed from the DVD versions of these episodes. However, the credit erroneously remains in a few episodes. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired in syndication, the intro is generally cut in half, generally omitting everything after the line "..and they will say it's elementary" in the theme song. This version of the credits ends with an alternative shot of the fountain seen at the beginning; it is pulled from the scene at the end of "A Dump of My Own" in which Al's toilet flush causes it to stop working. See more »

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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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My favorite episode and some lines I can't forget from the series
21 March 2000 | by robricciSee all my reviews

I've read the comments and looks like we all like MWC. I stayed with the show through thick and thin. There were a few years when the writing went downhill, but it came back up during the last 2 or 3 years of the show's run.

Anyway, my favorite episode HAS to be the one concerning the Barbie doll. The scene where Al is stuck in bed with Marcy is a CLASSIC (much like the scene in All In The Family where Archie's neice goes out with Lionel, the black neighbor) and when Jefferson comes in and forces Al out the window is nothing short of hilarious. My eyes are filling up with tears of laughter thinking of that scene.

Now for a few unforgettable lines I like:

the episode where the Dodge turns over to 1,000,000 miles: Al turns on the radio and a cowboy is singing "And that's when my hound dog, started looking good to me"

I forget what episode this was in, but Bud kicks his family out so he can study. He says to Buck the dog, "looks like it's just you and me". Bucks says to himself: "Uh oh. I've seen porno movies that start out like this."

I had an idea for a storyline: Al's favorite strip club, The Nudie Bar, is burned down. Was it accidental or was it set by Marcy "Chicken Legs" Darcy and her anti-male friends?

What do you think of that plot? Could it have worked?

I almost submitted this without saying which of Marcy's husbands I liked better. I like Steve just a little bit better. He had that straight face that never cracked a smile no matter how ridiculous Al got. Jefferson was goo too, don't get me wrong.


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