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Married... with Children

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Married... with Children
Married with Children-Logo.jpg
Premiere April 5, 1987
Finale June 9, 1997
Creator Ron Leavitt & Michael G. Moye
Network FOX
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Embassy Television
(seasons 1-2)
ELP Communications
(seasons 3-11)
Seasons 11
Episodes 259 + 5 specials
Origin USA
Official Facebook Married with Children

Married... with Children is a sitcom that aired on FOX.

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.

On September 11, 2014, it was announced that a spinoff centered on Bud Bundy will be in the works.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
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.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Frank Lloyd Various 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
Dan Tullis Jr. Officer Dan 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Shane Sweet Seven 7
E.E. Bell Bob Rooney 8 9 10 11
Tom McCleister Ike 9 10 11
Harold Sylvester Griff 9 10 11

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
FOX
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

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series December 12, 2010 32 purchase
The Complete Series (repackage) September 27, 2011 32 purchase
Season Sets
The Complete First Season October 28, 2003 2 purchase
The Complete Second Season March 16, 2004 3 purchase
The Complete Third Season January 25, 2005 3 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season August 30, 2005 3 purchase
The Complete Fifth Season June 20, 2006 3 purchase
The Complete Sixth Season December 19, 2006 3 purchase
The Complete Seventh Season September 18, 2007 3 purchase
The Complete Eighth Season March 18, 2008 3 purchase
The Complete Ninth Season August 19, 2008 3 purchase
The Complete Tenth Season March 17, 2009 3 purchase
The Complete Eleventh Season October 13, 2009 3 purchase
Season One January 21, 2014 1 purchase
Season Two January 21, 2014 2 purchase
Season Three April 15, 2014 2 purchase
Season Four April 15, 2014 2 purchase
Season Five October 21, 2014 2 purchase
Season Six October 21, 2014 2 purchase
Multiple Season Sets
Seasons One and Two January 21, 2014 3 purchase
Seasons Three and Four April 1, 2014 4 purchase
Seasons Five and Six October 21, 2014 4 purchase
Episode Collections
The Most Outrageous Episodes, Volume 1 February 4, 2003 2 purchase
The Most Outrageous Episodes, Volume 2 April 1, 2003 2 purchase
Fan Favorites September 29, 2009 1 purchase

External Sites