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.
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. They 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 lead him right back to where he started.Written by
This series, and the fledgling FOX Network were little known until the season three, episode six, "Her Cups Runneth Over", which Michigan housewife, and "family values" activist Terry Rakolta, found so offensive, that she began a letter writing campaign to the show's sponsors to try to get them to withdraw their sponsorship, and for FOX to drop the show. A few sponsors did cancel their commercials, but her efforts had exactly the opposite effect she wanted, the story spread like wildfire and resulted in a huge jump in the ratings for the show. It made this show a major hit, and put FOX on the map. The show's cast and crew sent Rakolta flowers every year that it was renewed, while the whole controversy was spoofed in season nine, episode nine, "No Pot to Pease In", the Bundy family learns that there is a show based on their lives, which subsequently gets cancelled because "a housewife in Michigan didn't like it." See more »
Can I stay here a while? I don't want Marcy to know I'm not at the Unemployment Anonymous meeting.
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With rare exceptions, the end credits are played over a still of Peggy and Al (looking disgusted) sitting on the couch. See more »
In some US airings of the episode, "Get the Dodge Outta Hell", the scene inside the car wash of Al pointing to a car bra box and saying, "It's for your mother. See, it's even in her size: Astrovan" was removed. And, later on when Al looks at a picture of his family that he kept in the trunk, the words "For your Emmy consideration, thank you very much" that appeared on screen then were removed. See more »
"Married... with Children" just has something about it that makes it hilarious, it takes the basic premise of the family and suburban life, and puts the family from the hell in there and just lets them constantly rip on each other. It's a testament to the basic formula of the show that it lasted so long, and was still actually funny right up until the last season (with an overweight, balding Ed O"Neil and kids old enough to have left the house by now). The casting was perfect (except for newcomer Jefferson in my opinion) and the character of Ed was what really made the show. The opening song fitted the show perfectly too. Anyone who has watched the show probably has "Married... with Children" moments to this day when they open a fridge with nothing but an empty milk carton in the door or have thoughts about installing an antenna on the roof.
"Married... with Children" is probably one of America's greatest TV exports, it was a privilege to be growing up when this was on every week and I wish all the castmembers continued success.
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