Married... with Children
Putting the "fun" in "dysfunctional," the series is essentially a satire of the feel-good family sitcoms of the time (Silver Spoons, Family Ties, etc.). It deals with the Bundys, a Chicago family. Al Bundy is a born-loser shoe salesman, Peg is his hedonistic wife, Bud is his wise but narcissistic son, and Kelly is his beautiful but dense daughter. Al trods through his day hating his life, from dealing with ugly and obnoxious female customers for menial pay to having to satisfy sex-starved Peg and telling Bud the facts of life the Bundy way. Along the way he screens Kelly's dates with an iron fist.
The Bundy's next door neighbors are Steve and Marcy Rhodes. Marcy is the brash and opinionated spouse and Steve is her cuckolded husband. They usually fall victim to the Bundys' half-baked schemes and along the line something gets destroyed.
After four seasons, David Garrison left the show, so his character of Steve was written off as divorced. Marcy would remarry to Jefferson D'Arcy (Ted McGinley) for the rest of the series. In season 7, the show adopted a child named Seven. It was considered the show's "jump the shark" moment and Seven was written out after one season.
In 1994, the show moved taping locale from Fox's Hollywood Studios to the Sony-Columbia locale where the ABC series Full House had taped. Prior to taping their first show at the new locale, the cast of Married...with Children held an exorcism to rid the studio of the Full House spirits.
|Ed O'Neill||Al Bundy||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|Katey Sagal||Margaret "Peggy" Bundy||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|Christina Applegate||Kelly Bundy||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|David Faustino||Bud Franklin Bundy||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|Amanda Bearse||Marcy Rhoades D'Arcy||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|David Garrison||Steve Rhoades||1||2||3||4||6||7||9|
|Ted McGinley||Jefferson D'Arcy||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.|
|Dan Tullis Jr.||Officer Dan||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|E.E. Bell||Bob Rooney||8||9||10||11|
|Season One||April 5, 1987||June 28, 1987||13|
|Season Two||September 27, 1987||May 1, 1988||22|
|Season Three||November 6, 1988||May 21, 1989||22|
|Season Four||September 3, 1989||May 13, 1990||23|
|Season Five||September 23, 1990||May 19, 1991||25|
|Season Six||September 8, 1991||May 17, 1992||26|
|Season Seven||September 13, 1992||May 23, 1993||26 + 2|
|Season Eight||September 5, 1993||May 22, 1994||26|
|Season Nine||September 4, 1994||May 21, 1995||26 + 2|
|Season Ten||September 17, 1995||May 19, 1996||26 + 1|
|Season Eleven||September 28, 1996||June 9, 1997||24|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series