Married With Children

Married With Children

About Married With Children

(1987–1997, Fox) 

“It’s an institute you can’t disparage,” Frank Sinatra sang in his 1955 hit “Love And Marriage.” But that’s exactly what Married With Children did for eleven hilarious seasons. And, in the process, it became one of the most groundbreaking and enduring sitcoms in TV history. 

Ed O’Neill stars as Al, Chicago shoe salesman and put-upon patriarch of the Bundy family. Katey Sagal is Peggy, his love-hungry, high school sweetheart wife. Christina Applegate is Kelly, their beautiful but dim daughter. David Faustinois their son Bud, a wannabe stud who’s mostly a dud. Amanda Bearse plays Marcy, the sweet neighbor who turns sour after living next door to the Bundys. David Garrison is her first husband Steve Rhoades and Ted McGinley plays Jefferson D’Arcy, Marcy’s handsome second hubby and Al’s frequent partner in crime. 

For nearly 260 episodes, the Bundys generated big laughs and even bigger controversy as the series did, said, and showed things never before seen or heard on television. There was no infallible father, nurturing mother, obedient children, or heartwarming life lessons. In Married With Children, everybody is kind of a mess. It’s just like real life, but with a studio audience.  

Notable guest stars:

Tim Conway, Cheech Marin, Pamela Anderson, Alan Thicke, Matt LeBlanc, Joseph Bologna, Pat Morita, Keri Russell, Shannon Tweed, Sam Kinison, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tammy Wynette, B.B. King, Peter Noone, Jeremy Piven, Linda Blair, Dom DeLuise, Danny Bonaduce, Robert Englund, Fred Willard, David Boreanaz, Joe Namath, Jerry Springer, Vanna White, Wolfman Jack, Gilbert Gottfried, Bubba Smith, Richard Moll, Stephen Dorff, Milla Jovovich, Traci Lords, Jerry Mathers, Gary Coleman, Terry Bradshaw, Garrett Morris, Jon Lovitz, King Kong Bundy, Giovanni Ribisi, Howie Long, Tia Carrere, Tiffani Thiessen, David Leisure, Tina Louise, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Pauly Shore, Jane Lynch, Edie McClurg, Larry Storch, Gordon Jump, The Village People 

Created by:

Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye 

For more about the series, check out these articles on the getTV blog:

Married With Children - 10 Facts about the Groundbreaking Sitcom

Married With Children - getTV Interview with David Garrison

Married With Children - 10 Unforgettable Characters

Married With Children - 10 Most Outrageous Moments



Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Amanda Bearse, David Garrison, Ted McGinley, Harold Sylvester, Buck the Dog