Top 30 Worst Episodes of Married... With Children

by Zabon | created - 20 Jul 2013 | updated - 20 Jul 2013 | Public

These would be my picks for the worst episodes of Married... With Children, respectively. They encompass most of the show's points of weakness, which were pretty much all the episodes that concentrated on sports as a primary source of laugh factor or an attempt at sports trivia. Not everyone is a fan of sports so these episodes are quite lame, to say the least. The other episodes that are in this list are the very lame traveling ones which had weak endings and even weaker connections. Also, each of these episodes does not have a nice connective plot point for a finely suited ending theme, which is contrary to the very good episodes of the series. Most of these just end rather random and without much meaning. These are also the least funniest episodes for the actual writing. I also crafted a list of the episodes that were quite the opposite and were extremely enjoyable, but this list concentrates on those that weren't as entertaining.

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1. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: The Unnatural (1990)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al is cut from the neighborhood softball team just before the big game. When his all-star replacement is knocked out in the last inning, however, his team and family have to come crawling back.

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 389

2. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: A Man for No Seasons (1994)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

When Major League Baseball goes on a strike, NO MA'AM organizes their own league sponsored by nude bars.

Director: Amanda Bearse | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 285

3. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Dud Bowl (1994)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

After the funeral of a former football teammate at the Bullpen Sports Bar, an old rival, named Jack Franklin, challenges Al and his former team from Polk High into a grudge football match ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 296

4. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: England Show I (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Lower Uncton, England 1653-- Seamus McBundy makes the mistake of insulting a witch who casts an evil spell upon the land, shading the town in darkness forever--as long as a male Bundy lives. In present day, 1992 Lower Uncton, still in darkness, the townspeople have successfully killed all male Bundy descendants of Shamus McBundy, except for Al and Bud. The head of the historical society, Winston,... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 364

5. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: England Show II: Wastin' the Company's Money (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

The Bundys delight in their comped trip to England, spending here, spending there. All the while, the town of Upper Uncton conspires to kill the Bundys outside Lower Uncton, so the curse will remain and Upper Uncton can still rake in profits as a tourist town: the town beside the town in darkness. Finally, Winston and Igor bring the Bundys to Lower Uncton. The execution was imminent. Al and Bud ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 342

6. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: England Show III: We're Spending as Fast as We Can (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

The Bundys are cornered by both towns. Upper Uncton wants them dead so they can continue to profit as a tourist trap while Lower Uncton wants them dead so they can end the curse. Al moves to defend himself and soon finds himself in a medieval joust opposite Igor. Who will emerge triumphant? And will the curse ever be lifted? The fate of all rests in the hands of the lowly shoe salesman from ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 333

7. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Poppy's by the Tree: Part 2 (1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

After a hair-raising encounter with the maniac, Al decides to get the family out of town. But they realize that they are trapped at the motel by a storm and the locals are unwilling to help... See full summary »

Director: Linda Day | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 446

8. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Poppy's by the Tree: Part 1 (1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Bundys take a vacation to near-beautiful Dumpwater, Florida and stay in a cut-rate motel where an ax murderer that hates tourists, shows up every five years since 1967, and redneck ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Day | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 474

9. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Route 666: Part 1 (1991)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

While on their way to Los Angeles for a "Shoe Convention," the Bundy's car breaks down in the small town of Lucifer, New Mexico where they meet an old prospector who gives them a map to an ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 335

10. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Route 666: Part 2 (1991)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al, Peggy, Kelly, Bud, Jefferson, and Marcy find the gold mine in the desert. Al discovers the first gold nugget and everyone but the feeble-minded Kelly winds up with a bag full of gold. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 348

11. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Magnificent Seven (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

The Bundys suddenly have another mouth to feed when Peggy's cousin Zemus and his wife Ida Mae leave behind their 6-year-old son Seven after a quick visit. Peggy, the only one little Seven ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 353

12. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: All in the Family (1988)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al's quiet three-day weekend plans to watch his favorite John Wayne movie "Hondo" are ruined when Peggy's eccentric relatives come to visit the Bundy household. They include her unseen, ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Day | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 425

13. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Al Bundy, Shoe Dick (1991)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al dreams he's a detective on the verge of a big case.

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 400

14. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Married... with Prom Queen: The Sequel (1989)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Peggy stands to lose the crown to Connie, until Al finally decides to stand up to Connie's husband Jack. Meanwhile, Bud and Kelly crash the party to pig out on some real food since they are... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 379

15. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Married... with Prom Queen: Part 1 (1989)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Peggy spends $2,800 of Al's hard earned money ($2,000 on phone bills, $500 on a new dress, and $300 on makeup) when she decides to attend hers and Al's high school reunion dance at Polk ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 371

16. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Rock of Ages (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

When his paycheck is taken by bill collectors, Al decides to do something with his non-life: he enters a shoe selling contest and wins. The prize is a first class ticket to Hawaii which the... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 350

17. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: The Legend of Ironhead Haynes (1994)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

When another complaint from a fat woman at the shoe store results in Al losing his parking space and being reprimanded not to insult anymore fat women, he, Jefferson and the rest of his ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 292

18. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: You Gotta Know When to Fold Them: Part 2 (1990)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

With Al and the kids discovering that Peggy took all the money, they go to Vegas where both Peggy and Marcy are broke and need a way to come up with money.

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 355

19. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: You Gotta Know When to Hold Them: Part 1 (1990)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

After Steve abandons Marcy, Peggy decides to make her feel better by going to Las Vegas with Al's money.

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 342

20. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Poke High (1988)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

A young football player, named Matt, from Polk High where Kelly and Bud go to school is threatening two Bundy records. One held by Al for the most touchdowns in one season, and the other by... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 404

21. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: The Agony of De-Feet (1990)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

After being plagued by nightmares of feet a beautiful woman asks Al to judge a contest at Gary's, whose contestants she, "could never compete with." Meanwhile Kelly tricks Marcy and Bud into thinking they've slept together.

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 357

22. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Ride Scare (1994)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al opposes a forced car pooling until he learns that three lingerie models are in the group, only to discover the models are full-figured. Al and his group are then chosen to promote a ... See full summary »

Director: Sam W. Orender | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 288

23. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Just Shoe It (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al is asked to appear in an athletic shoe commercial. Al, being Polk High's 1966 all city running back and shoe salesman is glad to reclaim his glory days. But Al ends up being a punching ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 332

24. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1992)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Al decides that another Bundy must get a job and the ax falls on Kelly. This breaks Peggy's heart since no Wanker woman has ever worked before. After taking a job at a grease spoon diner, ... See full summary »

Director: Amanda Bearse | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 321

25. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Go for the Old (1993)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

After Al passes for a senior citizen to get into the movies cheap he worries that he's getting old. He then starts acting old but a senior decathlon brings him back to life.

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 311

26. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: The Weaker Sex (1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Peggy takes up a self-defense class. What's worse, she is soon promoted to the advanced class. This makes Al feel emasculated. To make Peg drop the self-defense class, Kelly suggests Al ... See full summary »

Director: Amanda Bearse | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 272

27. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Just Married... with Children (1988)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

While secretly going through Steve and Marcy's mail, Al and Peggy fill out an application to a TV game show called "How Do I Love Thee" where the objective is a Bundy natural: surviving ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Day | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 451

28. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: My Favorite Married... (1995)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Cast members talk about some of the best moments in the series.

Director: Bill Brown | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, David Faustino

Votes: 227

29. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Best of Bundy (1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

George Plimpton hosts a 200th Episode celebration. Includes clips from many episodes spanning from the 1987 inaugural season through the mid-point of season 9.

Director: Bill Brown | Stars: George Plimpton, Pamela Anderson, Brandi Brandt, Steve Carlton

Votes: 210

30. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Al Bundy Sports Spectacular (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Description: This half-hour special hosted by Roy Firestone, features various Married... with Children sports-related highlights. It aired after the episode "Dud Bowl II" (1009) and ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Firestone, Christina Applegate, Amanda Bearse, David Faustino

Votes: 200



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