Married... with Children (1987–1997)
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It's a Bundyful Life Part 1 

Al has finally saved up a lot of cash to buy his family a ton of presents they want this year. Unfortunately, a mob of late customers in the shoe store prevents him from getting to the bank and retrieving the money he needs.


Gerry Cohen




Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy
David Garrison ... Steve Rhoades
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy Rhoades
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy
Sam Kinison ... Angel (credit only)
Don Sparks ... Santa 'Horowitz'
Ann Nelson ... Elderly Woman
Trevor Eyster ... Franklin (as Tim Eyster)
Kate Romero ... Midge
Kristeen Buxton Kristeen Buxton ... Denise
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Bobby
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Mom
Ted McGinley ... Norman Jablonsky (credit only)


On Christmas Eve, Al plans the best Bundy Christmas by withdrawing money from his secret savings account to buy the selfish and ungrateful Peggy and the kids presents. When Al can't get to Marcy's bank on time, he tries a ill-fated cash motivated plan for a day care center which leaves him sad and alone with no money. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 December 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star Sam Kinison was the producer's first choice to play Al Bundy but they decided against it as they figured he was too raunchy. See more »


One of the partying bank employees is handing the already dead drunk Marcy another drink - but the glass is clearly empty. See more »


Al: Now who wants to hear about the red-headed Grinch who stole Uncle Al's life?
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


Love & Marriage
(Theme Song)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Bundy All The Way.
23 December 2018 | by morrison-dylan-fanSee all my reviews

After watching Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) last night,I decided to check other X-Mas specials of Comedy programs. Despite being one of my favourite Comedy shows,I've not seen the MWC specials during the holiday seasons, so I decided to spend Christmas with the Bundy's.

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Going against the sickly sweet (false) moral high ground that The Cosby Show had taken, the script by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt unwraps a hilarious trailer-trash, Redneck X-Mas of the Bundy family being utterly crass in to the point dialogue, over the only meaning they have of Christmas is shaking presents out of Al. Wisely avoiding avert moralising, the writers do very well at finding spaces for Al to display (some) level of awareness over how his family are solely focused on consuming presents. Backed by the unique studio audience, director Gerry Cohen stages lively background gags such as Al getting into a fight with Santa's. Getting into the groove of the series, the ensemble cast give very funny performances, with Ed O'Neill having Al Bundy find out that the holiday season is not a Bundyful life.

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