Monday, March 21, 2011

Series We Loved: Married With Children


Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for eleven seasons that featured a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. The show, notable for being the first prime time television series to air on Fox, ran from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997. The series was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. The show was known for handling non-standard topics for the time period, which garnered the then-fledgling Fox network a standing among the Big Three television networks (ABC, CBS and NBC). The series' 11-season, 262-episode run makes it the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on the Fox network. The show's famous theme song is "Love and Marriage" by Frank Sinatra from the 1955 television production Our Town.

The first season of the series was videotaped at ABC Television Center in Hollywood. From season three to season eight, the show was taped at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood and the remaining three seasons were taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The series was produced by Embassy Communications on its first season and the remaining seasons by ELP Communications under the studio Columbia Pictures Television (and eventuallyColumbia TriStar Television). The show follows the lives of Al Bundy, a once-glorious high school football player (who scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School) turned hard luck salesman of women's shoes; his tartish, obnoxious wife Peg; their attractive but dimwitted and sexually promiscuous daughter Kelly; and Bud, their unpopular, girl crazy, oily but comparatively smart son (and the only Bundy who ever attended college). Their neighbors are the upwardly mobile Steve Rhoades and his wife Marcy, who later gets remarried to Jefferson D'Arcy, a white-collar criminal who becomes Marcy's "trophy husband" and Al's sidekick. Most storylines involve a scheming Al being foiled by his cartoonish dim wit and bad luck. His rivalry and loathing for Marcy play a significant role in most episodes.

Why We Miss It:

The show was strangely amazing. I think it is the show that began the chain reaction that led to show's like Friend's and stuff. It is a fun show that kept the interest in a strange sort of way. Every character, even the secondary ones have a certain appeal and I remember watching it at Macedonia TV back when i was sick at middle school. I miss it mostly because nowadays Greek tv has nothing but s**t on and frankly Friends are good and all but I have seen all episodes at least once, and it is nice for a change every now and then


  1. Johnny let me tell you that Makedonia Tv still aires Married with Children and that the show is really good and funny and I watch it when I can....

  2. then I have to look it up again!

  3. Wow, does that bring back memories . . . such a consistently funny show, especially when it was weird (aliens stealing Al's dirty socks!).

  4. i have never seen that show but a couple of days ago i saw one episode in tv and it was really funny.

    i like so much Ed O'Neill, i see him in modern family, he is so great!

    it's a funny coincidence you did a review for that show, maybe i'll watch it!

  5. I used to watch this show all the time. Recently, I ran across an old rerun and it was really fun to remember those episodes.


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