The essay titled “Married With Children” delves into the topics of marriage and family, utilizing research to present factual information and offer insights on this subject.
The television series Married … with Children began in late 1987 and had a schedule for 13 episodes. It originated from the minds of two directors named Amanda Bearse and Gerry Cohen. Their objective was to create a comedy series that stood out from others in recent years. The series was filmed in Sony Studios and tackled many controversial topics. For example, the show gained significant popularity during its third season. A woman named Terry Rakolta, residing in Michigan, wrote a letter to the studio stating that the show was inappropriate for public television and should be taken off the air indefinitely. As expected, this marked a turning point for the slowly improving show. It garnered attention from various aspects of life, with critics writing in newspapers and the public expressing their views. Ultimately, this incident turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to the show. The ratings increased significantly, and a successful comedy sitcom was born. Prior to these events, the two directors held auditions and selected the following actors: Ed O ’ Neill as Al Bundy, Katey Sagal as Peggy Bundy, Amanda Bearse as Marcy Darcy, David Garrison as Steve Rhodes, Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy, David Faustino as Bud Bundy, and Ted McGinley as Jefferson Darcy. Additionally, a few other characters were involved that contributed to the show’s success.
The scene is set at the Sony Studios, specifically at a normal-looking house. On the set, there is a couch in front of a television and a kitchen where minimal cooking occurs. The address of the house is 9764 Jeopardy Lane, which serves as the primary location for most of the show. However, there are also other places where the show takes place, such as the shoestore where Al works and the garage where the NO ‘MAAM meetings are held. Additionally, Al and Peg’s room is featured to portray their lack of intimacy with each other.
In every sitcom, there is a typical situation that serves as the central theme. This show exemplifies this concept through the Bundy family, who represent a stereotypical American household. Al Bundy, a shoe salesman, constantly tries to relive his glory days as a high school football star. His wife Peggy, a ditzy redhead, intimidates Al whenever she becomes confident or spends all their money at the mall or salon. Their daughter Kelly, a stunning blonde, can always be relied upon to bring a guy home or attend a party. On the other hand, their son Bud is simply an average guy who lacks evidence to support his confidence. He is always looking for success but continuously falls short.
As you delve deeper into these characters, it becomes apparent that each has a distinct description and significant role in the sitcom’s plot.
Ed O’Neill portrays the protagonist Al Bundy, a working-class hero in his 50s. Despite his receding hairline and beer belly, Al is a dedicated shoe salesman. He spends much of his time trying to avoid his wife, Peg, and relive his glory days as a high school football star when he scored four touchdowns in a single game. On the show, Al also takes on a leadership role as a co-founder of a male organization called “NO MA’AM.” This group consists of unfortunate men who oppose women’s secrecy and power and advocate for men’s rights and superiority.
Katey Sagal portrays Peggy Bundy on the show. She appears to be in her late thirties, with red hair and a slender physique. Peggy does not work but relies on Al’s money to shop and visit the promenade. She portrays a foolish, ditzy housewife who always manages to get on Al’s nerves.
Christina Applegate portrays the character of Kelly Bundy on the show. Kelly is depicted as a blonde stereotype, an attractive and outgoing teenager often seen with multiple cats. She is Al and Peggy’s daughter and is known for being the life of the party on the show.
David Faustino portrays Bud Bundy on the show. He serves as the son of Al and Peggy Bundy and the brother of Kelly Bundy. Bud is depicted as the character who constantly struggles in his pursuit of girls, earning him the label of a “loser” on the show. Despite his attempts to get closer to girls, he consistently manages to ruin his chances whenever it seems like he is making progress.
Amanda Bearse portrays Marcy Darcy on the show. She is married to Jefferson Darcy and lives next door to the Bundy family. Marcy is a petite yet assertive wife, often exerting her control over her husband and engaging in verbal arguments with Al and Jefferson. Additionally, she is the head of a girls’ group that advocates for female empowerment.
Ted McGinely portrays Jefferson Darcy in the show. He is married to Marcy and is also close friends with Al Bundy. He often deceives his wife to spend time with his friends and lacks self-control. However, he is con
Despite constantly being bossed around by Marcy, the individual still plays a fun role on the show.
The first show I reviewed aired at 11:00pm on UPN 9. The title of the show was “Al Loses His Cherry.” It began with the usual argument between Al and Peggy, but instead of engaging in a fight, Al chooses to leave and be alone. He spends his day and night at his friend Luke’s bachelor pad, where he can freely do as he pleases. Initially, he finds enjoyment in this newfound freedom, but things take a turn when he realizes that he is no longer youthful enough to attract women like before. Consequently, he ends up losing his wife Peggy. In the episode’s conclusion, we witness him seated on his couch with his hand in his pants while watching television – a typical scene for him. One humorous moment arises when Peggy attempts to initiate intimacy with Al; however, true to form, he declines and declares that he would rather die than sleep with her.
The second show I reviewed was recorded at 11:30pm on UPN 9. The episode was titled “Peggy Sue Got Work.” It started when Peggy needed a VCR but Al refused to give her the money to buy one. Peggy decided to get a job at a department store on her own. The Bundy household became quite dull without Peggy around. Al and the kids wanted her to come back home, so she got the money for the VCR and quit her job. The funny part of the show was seeing Peggy actually go to work when she never does anything around the house. That made the episode worth watching.
The third and final show I reviewed aired on FX channel 58 at 12:00am. The show, titled “Assault and Batteries,” revolved around Al’s quest to replace recently purchased batteries. A unique aspect of this show was its availability in 3D, although I didn’t have the chance to experience it myself. In the plot, while Al is in the store attempting to return the batteries, a computer malfunction occurs, trapping him inside. However, a turning point arises when Al accidentally presses the correct button on the computer, enabling him to retrieve his batteries and go home to celebrate Buck’s birthday – their family dog. Throughout the episode, comedic moments abound as one witnesses Al’s comical expressions while trying to resolve his predicament.
Married … with Children, which premiered on the upstart FOX web in 1987, was a show that had its uncertainties. It ran for a total of 258 episodes, making it one of the 10 longest running shows in USA telecasting history. However, it was canceled under doubtful circumstances in 1997 after 11 seasons. Despite this, the show never had a dull moment throughout its run. The Bundy’s situation provided endless possibilities for storylines, which the writers used effectively. At its peak, Married … with Children had over 15 million loyal fans in the USA and countless more overseas.
Author Ron Leavitt’s article in Television usher reveals that he and his spouse Michael G. Moye met with Fox executives in 1987. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the reaction of trial audiences to their latest creation, Married … with Children, which was known for its crude content. During the meeting, the executives expressed their dissatisfaction and suggested that the characters should display more love towards each other and their children.
In response to this feedback, Leavitt criticized the executives for their role in what he believed was a decline in television quality. Despite this disagreement between Leavitt and the executives, Married … with Children went on to become a huge success.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the show was canceled after running for 11 years due to declining ratings and increasing production costs. The article clarifies that Fox decided to cancel the series because they could not bear the rising expenses, particularly with Al Bundy earning more than $500,000 per episode and the rest of the cast’s salaries skyrocketing.
The article “Married … with Children” by Chapman, Murray is available as of January 3, 2000.
2. Lowry, Brian “Married … with” has few declinations as the series ends after 11 years.
On January 10, 2000, a picture of a married couple was made available. The picture can be found at the following link: [hypertext transfer protocol://wwwzenger.informatik.tu-muenchen.de/~paula/mwc/pic/married.gif].
3. Married … with Children. Episode 107. Directed by Amanda Bearse and Gerry Cohen. Sony Studios. UPN. Los Angeles. May 31, 1987.
The 108th episode of “Married … with Children” was both directed by Amanda Bearse and Gerry Cohen, and it was filmed at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. This particular episode was aired on UPN on June 7, 1987.
5. The television show “Married … with Children” aired Episode 824 on May 8, 1994, which was directed by Amanda Bearse and Gerry Cohen. The episode was produced at Sony Studios and aired on UPN in Los Angeles.