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Married with Children (1987–1997)

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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.

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Monday, June 9, 1997
S11.E24 Chicago Shoe Exchange
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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Al Bundy / ... (263 episodes, 1987-1997)
 Peggy Bundy / ... (263 episodes, 1987-1997)
 Marcy D'Arcy / ... (263 episodes, 1987-1997)
 Bud Bundy / ... (262 episodes, 1987-1997)
 Kelly Bundy / ... (261 episodes, 1987-1997)
Buck ...
 Buck the Dog / ... (188 episodes, 1987-1995)
 Jefferson D'Arcy / ... (170 episodes, 1989-1997)


The Bundys are a stereotypical "white trash" American family. Al is a shoe salesman who is fond of frequently reliving his doubtful 15 seconds of fame on the football field. Al is terrified of the all-too-frequent amorous advances his ditsy wife Peggy, a woman who must spend most of Al's wages at the salon and the mall. They have two children: Kelly, the stunning but superficial party animal, and Bud, who is too wrapped up in himself to realize his goal of "scoring" with a girl. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Domestic bliss was never like this!




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Release Date:

5 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Married... with Children  »

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(262 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"I'll See You in Court", the eighth episode of the third season due to air on February 19th 1989, was long known as the "lost episode", remaining unbroadcast in the US until 2002 (though it had been seen in other countries) when an edited version aired on FX. It was held over due to its content, about the Bundys and Rhoades being recorded on a motel sex tape. See more »


Al: Women should have three breasts - two in front and one in the back for dancing.
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Crazy Credits

With rare exceptions, the end credits are played over a still of Peggy and Al (looking disgusted) sitting on the couch. See more »


Referenced in Sonic Outlaws (1995) See more »


Love & Marriage
Music by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
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One of those shows
14 March 2004 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

"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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