Married... with Children
|Married... with Children|
|Created by||Michael G. Moye
|Theme music composer||Sammy Cahn
Jimmy Van Heusen
|Opening theme||"Love and Marriage"
Performed by Frank Sinatra
|Ending theme||"Love and Marriage"
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||259 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael G. Moye (1987–92, 1993–94)
Ron Leavitt (1987–93)
Katherine Green (1994–95)
Pamela Eells O'Connell
|Producer(s)||Barbara Blachut Cramer
John Maxwell Anderson
|Camera setup||Videotape; Multi-camera|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Embassy Communications (1987–88)
ELP Communications (1988–97)
Columbia Pictures Television (1988–97)
|Distributor||Columbia Pictures Television (1991–96)
Columbia TriStar Television (1996–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||April 5, 1987– June 9, 1997|
Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons that featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago, Illinois suburb. 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.
The series' 11-season, 259-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 Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, performed 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 two 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 eventually Columbia TriStar Television).
On April 22, 2012, Fox re-aired the series premiere in honor of its 25th anniversary.
The show follows the lives of Al Bundy, a once-glorious high school football player turned hard-luck salesman of women's shoes; his obnoxious wife Peggy; their attractive but dim and promiscuous daughter Kelly; and Bud, their girl-crazy, wise-cracking son (and the only Bundy to attend 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 Al's schemes being foiled by his own cartoonish dim wit and bad luck. His rivalry with and loathing for Marcy play a significant role in most episodes.
Cast and characters 
|Ed O'Neill||Al Bundy||1987–97||1–11||259|
|David Faustino||Bud Bundy||1987–97||1–11||257|
|Christina Applegate||Kelly Bundy||1987–97||1–11||255|
|Katey Sagal||Peggy Bundy||1987–97||1–11||246|
|Amanda Bearse||Marcy Rhoades-D'Arcy||1987–97||1–11||236|
|Michael||Buck Bundy - the dog||1987–95||1–10||1971|
|Unknown name2||Lucky Bundy - the dog||1995–97||10–11||1971|
|Ted McGinley||Jefferson D'Arcy||1990–97||5–11||1633|
|David Garrison||Steve Rhoades||1987–90, 1992, 1993, 1995||1–4, 6, 7, 94||71|
- 1 The number of episodes is the total for both of the dogs combined.
- 2 Lucky is the reincarnation of Buck, during Seasons 10 and 11.
- 3 Ted McGinley first appeared as Norman Jablonsky in an "It's a Wonderful Life" parody
- 4 David Garrison left the show during Season 4, but returned for four special guests appearances in later seasons.
- Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) – The head of the Bundy household; afflicted by the "Bundy curse" that consigns him to an unrewarding career selling women's shoes and a life with a family that mocks and disrespects him but who still enjoys the simple things in life. He constantly attempts to relive his high school Big Man On Campus days, when he was the star fullback. His most noted achievement was having scored four touchdowns in a single game. His favorite things in life are the local nudie bar, his collection of "BigUns" magazine, his television, his Dodge car with almost 1 million miles on the odometer, and a television show called "Psycho Dad". Despite his family's contempt for him, and his for them, Al is always ready to defend Bundy honor (often with his fists), and he is fiercely protective of daughter Kelly, his "little girl" who rarely had a boyfriend Al didn't beat up.
- Peggy Bundy (Katey Sagal) – Al's wife who is always on his case about money and refuses to clean or cook. She is a lazy, big-haired redhead who spends most of her time parked in front of the TV watching talk shows such as Oprah or robbing Al blind to go shopping; a famously inattentive mother and nagging wife who uses every opportunity to humiliate Al about his job, his meager earnings, and even sexual abilities. Her big taste for things like clothes and male strippers have run Al into debt on numerous occasions. A recurring joke in the series is Al's regret of having married Peggy in the first place; the union was forced on him at shotgun-point. Peggy's best friend is Marcy, with whom she occasionally conspires against Al. Her family is a stereotypical backwoods clan of degenerates whom she often forces the other Bundys to endure, especially her morbidly obese mother whom Al finds intolerable.
- Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) – The Bundys' firstborn; a stereotypical dumb blonde who is often derided as promiscuous and dates men who get under Al's skin to the point of him physically assaulting them. Her stupidity manifests in many ways, from forgetting ideas on the spot to mispronouncing/misspelling simple words. Like her mother, she is quick to steal Al's money for expensive things. Her favorite hobby is belittling her lonely and sexless brother, though she stands up for him against anyone outside the family.
- Bud Bundy (David Faustino) – The younger Bundy offspring, and the most intelligent family member; the first Bundy to attend college. His awkwardness and preoccupation with sex leads to inevitable failures with women. To improve his success with girls, Bud often uses his alternate persona, "Grandmaster B", a bad-boy rapper from New York. When using the "Grandmaster B" persona, Bud usually wears dark sunglasses and a backwards Los Angeles Raiders hat. His mistreatment at the hands of Kelly is returned in kind, making jokes at her expense regarding her promiscuity and stupidity, but when she is in a legitimate bind, Bud will stand up for her, much like Kelly does for him under similar circumstances.
- Marcy (Rhoades) D'Arcy (Amanda Bearse) – The Bundys' next-door neighbor; Peggy's best friend and Al's nemesis; an educated banker and Republican, but also a feminist and environmentalist who often protests Al's schemes with his NO MA'AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood) group. Marcy is chauvinistic and the founder and leader of an anti-man support group called "F.A.N.G." (Feminists Against Neanderthal Guys). Despite her political correctness and structured life, Marcy harbors a dark, somewhat sexually deviant side, which comes up when she reminisces over events in her past. Al is repulsed by Marcy and frequently belittles her, likening her to a chicken, and mockingly confusing her for an adolescent male. At the outset of the show, Marcy is married to Steve Rhoades. After Steve is written off the show during the fourth season, he is replaced by Jefferson D'Arcy.
- Steve Rhoades (David Garrison) is Marcy's first husband. A nerdy banker who is dragged into Al's schemes, such as going to strip clubs, chasing after girls, watching sports when Marcy disapproves, and reading "nudie" magazines. Steve's most prized possession is his Mercedes, which he does not even let Marcy drive. Growing increasingly tired of Marcy's controlling behavior, Steve eventually leaves her during the fourth season to become a forest ranger at Yosemite National Park. He comes back in The Egg and I to try and reclaim his old life with Marcy, but found trouble with Jefferson. Steve later has another job as a chancellor in Bud's college, after blackmailing the previous one he worked under as a chauffeur.
- Jefferson D'Arcy (Ted McGinley), a pretty-boy scam artist to whom Marcy wakes up one morning and discovers she is married. Unlike Steve, Jefferson is an unemployed, lazy dimwit who takes advantage of Marcy. When he gets caught, he distracts her by working his pretty-boy charm and resorting to sexual bartering. Steve and Jefferson don't like each other for personal reasons.
- Buck (portrayed by Buck Bundy, originally named "Mike", voiced by Cheech Marin, Kevin Curran, and Kim Weiskopf) – The Bundys' wisecracking dog, who insults his family and is punished upon his death by being reincarnated as Lucky, the dog the Bundys acquire to replace Buck.
Recurring characters 
Fox broadcast history 
|April 1987 – October 1987||Sunday, 8:00 p.m.|
|October 1987 – July 1989||Sunday, 8:30 p.m.|
|July 1989 – August 1996||Sunday, 9:00 p.m.|
|September 1996 – October 1996||Saturday, 9:00 p.m.|
|November 1996 – December 1996||Sunday, 7:30 p.m.|
|January 1997||Monday, 9:30 p.m.|
|February 1997 - July 1997||Monday, 9:00 p.m.|
During its eleven-season run on the Fox network, Married... with Children aired 258 episodes. A 259th episode, "I'll See You in Court" from Season 3, never aired on Fox (see below) but premiered on FX and has since been included on DVD and in syndication packages. The episode counts in the chart below include it. There were also three specials that aired following the series' cancellation, including a cast reunion.
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|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||13||April 5, 1987||June 28, 1987||October 28, 2003||N/A||N/A|
|2||22||September 27, 1987||May 1, 1988||March 16, 2004||N/A||N/A|
|3||22||November 6, 1988||August 27, 1989||January 25, 2005||N/A||N/A|
|4||23||September 3, 1989||May 13, 1990||August 30, 2005||N/A||N/A|
|5||25||September 23, 1990||May 19, 1991||June 20, 2006||N/A||N/A|
|6||26||September 8, 1991||May 17, 1992||December 19, 2006||N/A||N/A|
|7||26||September 13, 1992||May 23, 1993||September 18, 2007||N/A||N/A|
|8||26||September 5, 1993||May 22, 1994||March 18, 2008||N/A||N/A|
|9||26||September 4, 1994||May 21, 1995||August 19, 2008||N/A||N/A|
|10||26||September 17, 1995||May 26, 1996||March 17, 2009||N/A||N/A|
|11||24||September 29, 1996||June 9, 1997||October 13, 2009||N/A||N/A|
|Total||259||April 5, 1987– June 9, 1997||September 27, 2011||N/A||N/A|
Nielsen ratings 
Despite the show's enduring popularity and loyal fanbase, Married... with Children never was a true ratings winner. Part of the reason was the simple fact that Fox, being a new start-up network, did not have the affiliate base of the Big Three television networks, thus preventing the series from reaching the entire country. In an interview for a special commemorating the series' 20-year anniversary in 2007, Katey Sagal stated that part of the problem the series faced was that many areas of the country were only able to get Fox through low quality UHF channels well into the early 1990s while some areas of the country did not receive the new network at all.
Another problem lay in the fact that many of the newly developed series on Fox were unsuccessful, which kept the network from building a popular lineup to draw in a larger audience. In its original airing debut, Married... with Children was part of a Sunday lineup which competed with the popular Murder, She Wrote and Sunday night movie on CBS. Fellow freshman series included The Garry Shandling Show, Duet, and The Tracey Ullman Show, which were canceled in 1988, 1989, and 1990 respectively. The success of The Simpsons, which debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, helped draw some viewers over to Fox allowing Married... with Children to sneak into the Top 50 of television shows for seasons four through eight doing its best overall rating at number 29 for its sixth season. Although these ratings were small in comparison to the other three networks, they were good enough for Fox to keep renewing the show.
Ratings data for some seasons courtesy of TVTango.com.
- 1986-1987 Season 1: #142
- 1987-1988 Season 2: #116 (4.70 rating)
- 1988-1989 Season 3: #58 (10.45 rating)
- 1989-1990 Season 4: #50 (12.90 rating)
- 1990-1991 Season 5: #50 (11.80 rating)
- 1991-1992 Season 6: #29 (13.36 rating)
- 1992-1993 Season 7: #37 (11.97 rating)
- 1993-1994 Season 8: #46 (10.77 rating)
- 1994-1995 Season 9: #64 (9.50 rating)
- 1995-1996 Season 10: #78 (8.20 rating)
- 1996-1997 Season 11: #97 (6.70 rating)
- 1987: Best Casting for TV – Episodic Comedy (nominated)
- 1987: Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Series (for "But I Didn't Shoot the Deputy", nominated)
- 1988: Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series (for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", nominated)
- 1989: Outstanding Editing – Multi-Camera Production (for "Requiem for a Dead Barber", nominated)
- 1990: Outstanding Costuming for a Series (for "Raingirl", nominated)
- 1990: Outstanding Editing – Multi-Camera Production (for "Who'll Stop the Rain", nominated)
- 1991: Outstanding Costuming for a Series (for "Married... with Aliens", nominated)
- 1994: Outstanding Costuming for a Series (for "Take My Wife, Please", nominated)
- 1990: Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series (Katey Sagal for playing "Peggy Bundy", nominated - lost to Kirstie Alley)
- 1990: Best Series – Musical or Comedy (nominated - lost to Cheers)
- 1991: Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series (Ed O'Neill for playing "Al Bundy", nominated - lost to Burt Reynolds)
- 1991: Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series (Sagal, nominated - lost to Candice Bergen)
- 1992: Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series (O'Neill, nominated - lost to John Goodman)
- 1992: Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series (Sagal, nominated - lost to Roseanne Barr)
- 1993: Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series (Sagal, nominated - lost to Helen Hunt)
- 2009: TV Land Awards – Innovator Award (entire cast)
Controversy and edited content 
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Rakolta boycott 
In 1989, Terry Rakolta, a housewife from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, led a boycott against Married... with Children after viewing the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over". Offended by the images of an old man wearing a woman's garter and stockings, the scene where Steve touches the pasties of a mannequin dressed in S&M gear, a homosexual man wearing a tiara on his head (and Al's line "...and they wonder why we call them 'queens'"), and a half-nude woman who takes off her bra in front of Al (and is shown with her arms covering her bare chest in the next shot), Rakolta began a letter-writing campaign to advertisers, demanding they boycott the show.
After advertisers began dropping their support for the show and while Rakolta made several appearances on television talk shows demanding the show's cancellation, Fox executives refused to air the episode titled "I'll See You in Court". This episode would become known as the "Lost Episode" and was aired on FX on June 18, 2002, with some parts cut. The episode was packaged with the rest of the third season in the January 2005 DVD release (and in the first volume of the Married... with Children Most Outrageous Episode DVD set) with the parts cut from syndication restored.
Rakolta has been referenced twice on the show: "Rock and Roll Girl", when a newscaster mentioned the city Bloomfield Hills, and "No Pot to Pease In", when a television show was made about the Bundy family and then was cancelled because (according to Marcy) "some woman in Michigan didn't like it".
DVD releases 
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released all eleven seasons of Married... with Children on DVD in Regions 1, 2, & 4. On December 12, 2010, Sony released a complete series set on DVD in Region 1.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|The Complete First Season||13||October 28, 2003||April 7, 2004||October 25, 2005|
|The Complete Second Season||22||March 16, 2004||October 26, 2004||September 22, 2008|
|The Complete Third Season||22||January 25, 2005||February 10, 2005||September 22, 2008|
|The Complete Fourth Season||23||August 30, 2005||December 22, 2005||September 22, 2008|
|The Complete Fifth Season||25||June 20, 2006||June 27, 2006||September 22, 2008|
|The Complete Sixth Season||26||December 19, 2006||August 17, 2006||September 22, 2008|
|The Complete Seventh Season||26||September 18, 2007||October 5, 2006||September 22, 2008|
|The Complete Eighth Season||26||March 18, 2008||December 19, 2006||October 22, 2008|
|The Complete Ninth Season||26||August 19, 2008||February 20, 2007||October 22, 2008|
|The Complete Tenth Season||27||March 17, 2009||March 20, 2007||March 11, 2009|
|The Complete Eleventh Season||24||October 13, 2009||May 8, 2007||March 11, 2009|
DVD special features 
- Season 1: Married With Children Reunion Special
- Season 2: Clips From The Married With Children Reunion Special
- Season 3: Clips From The Married With Children Reunion Special
- Season 4: None
- Season 5: Trailers for other TV Shows
- Season 6: Trailers for other TV Shows
- Season 7: None
- Season 8: None
- Season 9: None
- Season 10: None
- Season 11: Trailers for other TV Shows
(Note: The Big Bundy Box set's Special Features contains interviews with Bud and Peggy)
The DVD box sets from Season 3 onward do not feature the original "Love and Marriage" theme song in the opening sequence. This was done because Sony was unable to obtain the licensing rights to the theme song. It is highly unlikely that the theme song will return in any yet to be released DVD box set. Despite this, the end credits on the DVDs for Season 3 still include a credit for "Love and Marriage."
In the German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) all seasons have already been released (region 2). In December 2007 the Big Bundy Box—a special collection box with all seasons plus new interviews with Sagal and David Faustino—was released. This boxset was released in Australia (Region 4) on November 23, 2009.
The DVD box set is rated PG for Parental Guidance in Australia and PG in New Zealand for sexual references.
- Pig Out With Peg - Secrets from the Bundy Family Kitchen, Avon Books, November 1990, ISBN 0-380-76431-8
- Bundyisms - The Wit and Wisdom of America's Last Family, Boulevard Books, May 1997, ISBN 1572972513
Comic books 
Board Game 
Action figures 
Two series (10 in all) of 8" action figures were produced by Classic TV Toys in 2005 and 2006.
International remakes 
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An Argentine remake was made in 2005, called Casados con Hijos. The success of the series trascended the borders of Argentina, being also issued by local channels in Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru. It only had two seasons (2005 and 2006), but thanks to the incredible success of the sitcom, still airs Monday through Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 11.30 pm by Telefe.
The character names are: José "Pepe" Argento (based on Al, played by Guillermo Francella), Mónica "Moni" Argento (based on Peggy, played by Florencia Peña), Paola Argento (based on Kelly, played by Luisana Lopilato), Alfio "Coqui" Argento (based on Bud, played by Darío Lopilato), Dardo & María Elena Fuseneco(based on Marcy and Jefferson D'Arcy, played by Marcelo de Bellis and Érica Rivas).
In Armenia a remake made in 2009, with the name Բնակարան N2 (Bnakaran N2) (Apartment #2).
In Bulgaria a remake is currently airing from March 26, 2012 with the name Женени с деца в България (Zheneni s detsa v Bulgaria) (Married with children in Bulgaria).
In Colombia a remake was made in 2004 with the name Casados con Hijos (Married with children in Spanish).
In Germany, the 1992 remake "Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt ", broadcast in the prime time, reached double the audience than the original (broadcast in the early fringe time). This, however, was not enough to maintain the series, so it was cancelled after one season. The remake used the exact translated scripts of the original series (which already substituted localised humour and in-jokes for incomprehensible references to American TV shows not shown in Germany, as well as some totally different jokes) and just renamed place and person names according to the new setting.
Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt was aired from March to December 1993 for 26 episodes.
In 2006, Hungarian TV network TV2 purchased the license rights including scripts and hired the original producers from Sony Pictures for a remake show placed in Hungarian environment. It was entitled Egy rém rendes család Budapesten (in English: Married with children in Budapest, loan translation: A gruesomely decent family in Budapest). The main story began with the new family called the Bándis inherit an outskirt house from their American relatives the Bundys. They filmed a whole season of 26 episodes, all of them being remade versions of the plots of the original first seasons. It was the highest budget sitcom ever made in Hungary. First it was aired on Tuesday nights, but was beaten by a new season of ER, then placed to Wednesday nights. The remake lost its viewers, but stayed on the air due to the contract between Sony and TV2.
The character names are: Shuki Avrahami (played by Lior Ashkenazi and the equivalent of Al Bundy), Mali Avrahami (played by Dorit Bar Or and the equivalent of Peggy Bundy), Osher Avrahami (played by Alon Sandler and based on Bud Bundy), Meital Avrahami (played by Noa Volman and based on Kelly Bundy), Eran and Efrat Kalderon (played by Tamar Keinan and Shlomi Koriat and based on Steve Rhoades, Marcy D'Arcy and Jefferson D'Arcy when Eran is a mix of both Steve and Jefferson.)
The Original Married... With Children ran on DTV for almost three years, on a daily basis, broadcasting the episodes from seasons 1–10. The show later aired on Domashniy TV. However, for unknown reasons, most episodes from season 11 were not shown. A Russian adaptation, titled Happy Together (Sсhastlivy Vmeste; Happy Together), is now airing on TNT channel across the country.
The character names are: Gena Bukin (based on Al, played by Viktor Loginov), Dasha Bukina (based on Peggy, played by Natalya Bochkareva), Sveta Bukina (based on Kelly, played by Darya Sagalova), Roma Bukin (based on Bud, played by Alexander Yakin), Elena and Anatoliy Poleno (based on Marcy and Jefferson D'Arcy, played by Yulia Zaharova and Pavel Savinkov), Evgeniy Stepanov (based on Steve Rhoades, played by Aleksey Sekirin), Sema Bukin (based on Seven, played by Ilya Butkovskiy), Baron Bukin (based on Buck and Lucky, played by Bayra).
United Kingdom 
In 1996, the UK production company Carlton Television produced Married for Life, a seven-episode sitcom that lasted one season. The Bundys were renamed as the Butlers, Russ Abbot played Ted/Al, Susan Kydd was Pam/Peggy, Lucy Blakely played Lucy/Kelly, and Peter England was Lee/Bud. The D'Arcys were renamed Hollingsworth and the Steve character was recast with Hugh Bonneville and Marcy was renamed Judy and played by Julie Dawn Cole. The series featured an early performance from Rob Brydon.
Episode List 1. For Whom The Bell Tolls (5 Mar) 2. If I Were A Rich Man (12 Mar) 3. Sixteen Years And What Do You Get? (19 Mar) 4. Where's The Boss? (26 Mar) 5. Whose Room Is It Anyway? (2 Apr) 6. My Mum, The Mum (9 Apr) 7. Eating Out (16 Apr)
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- The episodes Top of the Heap, Radio Free Trumaine, and Enemies were meant to be spin-offs.
- Top of the Heap was the only episode of the three to get its own show. It was notable as an early sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc. The show was about Vinnie Verducci (played by LeBlanc) and his father Charlie (played by Joseph Bologna) always trying get rich quick schemes. The Verduccis were introduced in an earlier episode where Vinnie dated Kelly Bundy, and Charlie was introduced as an old friend of Al Bundy's. The end of the pilot episode shows Al breaking into their apartment and stealing their TV to replace the one he lost betting on Vinnie in a boxing match. However, the show didn't last long and was ultimately cancelled. It had its own spin-off/sequel called "Vinnie & Bobby" a year later, which was also canceled.
- Radio Free Trumaine was to be about Bud Bundy's time in college with the campus radio station, with Steve Rhoades as the antagonistic Dean. The episode co-starred Keri Russell.
- Enemies was a Friends clone, featuring Alan Thicke, based on Kelly Bundy's social circle.
- In addition to those three spin-offs, a spin-off about Kelly Bundy was planned but never made for two reasons: Christina Applegate turned it down, and Fox's contract stated that the two Bundy children couldn't get spin-offs. Also, series co-creator Michael G. Moye proposed a NO MA'AM spin-off, but got turned down mainly due to Fox's fears of alienating much of the female demographic.
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The series ran on Fox for its eleven year run but it has also appeared in syndication reruns on other channels.
Married... with Children originally debuted in off-network syndication distributed by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution (now Sony Pictures Television Distribution) starting in the fall of 1991. The series later began airing on cable on FX from September 1998 until 2007. In June 2002, FX became the first television network to air the controversial, previously banned episode "I'll See You in Court", albeit in an edited format. The fully uncensored version of "I'll See You in Court" can only be seen on the DVD release Married... with Children: The Most Outrageous Episodes Volume 1. The version found on the Third Season DVD set is edited. In 2008, the Spike network reportedly paid US$12 million for broadcast rights to every episode including the unedited version of the infamous episode, "I'll See You in Court".
The series started airing on Spike TV on September 29, 2008 with a weeklong marathon. TBS also began airing the show shortly after, acquiring the show in fall 2008 to run in the early morning hours, it currently runs for two to three hours (on rare occasions four or five) on TBS during the early morning hours (depending on the length of overnight programming). TV Land picked up the rights to broadcast the show from its MTV Networks sister Spike in August 2009. Comedy Central began airing the show on February 8, 2010; Comedy Central acquired rights to air the series from TV Land, who in turn, had earlier acquired the rights to the series from Spike, though Comedy Central dropped the rights to the series in April 2010. Spike picked up the rights to series again, and began airing the series for the second time on July 10, 2010, airing on weekend mornings only. All three cable channels are owned by Viacom. The comedy began aring on Nick at Nite on July 6, 2011. MTV2 added the series on March 21, 2012 and VH1 Classic began airing the series on April 9, 2012. The series has aired on a total of seven MTV Networks owned cable networks since 2008. Currently airs on Antenna TV and Ion Television.
Married...with Children has also been a ratings success in other countries around the world.
|Australia||Married...with Children||None||Network Ten
|Argentina||Married... with Children||Subtitled||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Austria||Eine schrecklich nette Familie
(An Awfully Nice Family)
|Belgium (Flanders)||Married... with Children||Subtitled||Eén
|Brazil||Um amor de Família
(A Lovely Family)
|Sony Entertainment Television
|The show runs on Sony Entertainment Television and Comedy Central Brasil (since 2012 February) with original sound and subtitles (source: http://www.comedycentral.com.br/programas/married-with-children)/, the dubbed version runs on PlayTV. 57 dubbed and subtitled episodes are now available on brazilian Netflix.|
|Bulgaria||Женени с деца
(Married with Children)
|Currently airing on bTV Comedy.|
|Canada||Married...with Children||Dubbed in French in Quebec||CMT
|Currently broadcasting on Spike and Deja View.|
|Chile||Casado con hijos||Subtitled||Sony Entertainment Television||Today the show runs on Sony Entertainment Television.|
|Colombia||Casado con hijos||Subtitled||Sony Entertainment Television||Airs on Teleantioquia.|
|The show runs on Nova TV and Fox Life.|
|Czech Republic||Ženatý se závazky||Dubbed||TV Prima
|The show runs weekly from Monday to Friday on TV Smíchov.|
|Denmark||Vore værste år
(Our Worst Years)
|Dominican Republic||Casado con Hijos
(Married with Children)
|Subtitled||Kanal 12||Broadcast before midnight on Kanal 12, episode rerun on next weekday morning.|
|Currently being rerun on Nelonen.|
|France||Mariés, deux enfants
(Married, Two Children)
|Currently runs on the cable channel Comédie!.|
|Germany||Eine schrecklich nette Familie
(An Awfully Nice Family)
|It first ran from 1992 on RTL ("RTLplus" at that time), moving to ProSieben for the final 51 episodes, ending in 1997. It currently airs two episodes a day Monday-Friday on Kabel1.|
|Greece||Παντρεμένοι με παιδιά
(Married with Children)
|Currently airing from Macedonia TV.|
|Hungary||Egy rém rendes család
(A gruesomely decent family)
|A cable television called CoolTV airs 3 episodes and PrizmaTV 2 episodes each day.|
|Ireland||Married...with Children||None||RTÉ Two||All episodes aired; reruns have been aired|
|Subtitled||Yes Comedy||It is currently on the air, on "Yes" satellite, on the "Yes Comedy" Channel. The show can be seen on HOT cable television, in the channel Bip, channel 6. There is a version in the Russian language which is currently under production and can be seen on channel 9. A shoe store in Herzliya named itself "Bundy Shoes" (even though the fictional shop in the series is named "Gary's").|
|Italy||Sposati ... Con Figli
(Married ... With Children)
|Dubbed||FX||It is currently on the air, on satellite Sky, Channel FX.|
|NTK||The Russian remake of the show, Счастливы вместе, is currently being shown on NTK (Independent Television Channel) every weekday night from 8:00–9:00.|
|Lithuania||Vedęs ir turi vaikų
(Married and has children)
|The show periodically runs on TV3 and TV6 Lithuania.|
|Latvia||Precējies, ir bērni||Dubbed||TV3
|Mexico||Married...with Children||Dubbed||Comedy Central
Sony Entertainment Television
|Runs on Comedy Central.|
|Originally aired on Veronica, RTL7. The show is currently being broadcast on Comedy Central.|
|New Zealand||Married...with Children||None||TV2
|Ran for many years on TV2, now on Sky TV.|
|The show is called Bundy and is currently in reruns after midnight every day except weekends on TV3. Is also shown daily on Viasat 4.|
|Peru||Matrimonio con Hijos
(Marriage with Children)
|Dubbed||TV 13 – RED GLOBAL
Sony Entertainment Television
|The show runs on TV 13 – RED GLOBAL from Monday to Friday at 8:00 p.m.|
|Poland||Świat według Bundych
(The World According to the Bundys)
|Voice-over||Polsat||The show was aired many times on Polsat and is still broadcast on that channel. The series' success brought about a local TV show Świat według Kiepskich (The World According to the Kiepskis) that paraphrased the Polish title of Married... with Children; however, the premise of the Polish show is significantly different to that of the American original, which is why it is usually not considered a remake.|
(The Bundy Family)
|It runs weekly, from Monday to Friday on Antena 1.|
|Serbia||Брачне воде / Bračne vode
Dubbed (Season 1)
|The show airs on Fox Life, all seasons with subtitles only.|
|Singapore||Married with Children||None||Star World||Married with Children is currently on air every Monday to Friday during the minisodes.|
|Slovenia||Družina za umret
(Family to die for)
|Slovakia||Ženatý se závazky||Dubbed||Markíza||The show is being run with the Czech dubbing on TV Markíza.|
|South Africa||Married...with Children||None||M-Net||The original series ran on the pay channel, M-Net.|
|Spain||Matrimonio con hijos
(Marriage with Children)
SET en VEO
|The original series were a classic that ran for a decade in the public national channel TVE2. Recently the Spanish TV channel Cuatro did a remake of the original series under the name Matrimonio con Hijos. In Catalonia, the show is currently running on the DTT channels Canal 300 and Sony Entertainment Television en VEO.|
|Sweden||Våra värsta år
(Our Worst Years)
|Turkey||Evli ve Çocuklu
|Currently on e2 in 2000s (decade).|
|Ukraine||Одружені... та з дітьми (Married... with Children)
Щасливі разом (Happy Together)
|Voice-over||TET, 1+1 (original)
Novyi Kanal (Russian remake)
|The show aired on TET (first two seasons) in 2009 and on 1+1 (all seasons) in 2011-2012.
The Russian remake of the show, Счастливы вместе, is currently being shown on Novyi Kanal (New Channel) every Sunday from 12:20–14:20.
|United Kingdom||Married...with Children||None||ITV
|Uruguay||Matrimonio con hijos
(Marriage with children)
|Venezuela||Casado... con Hijos
|Dubbed||Venevision, Sony Entertainment Television|
||This section needs additional citations for verification. (August 2010)|
The opening footage comprises views of Chicago, opening with a shot of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The aerial downtown shot was taken from the Lake Shore Drive section north of the Loop. The expressway entrance shot was taken from the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation featuring the Griswolds' green family truckster. Both the downtown view and the highway entrance shot were omitted from Season 4 onwards, but the remaining fountain shot included an "In Stereo Where Available" note. Non-English versions might differ, e.g. the dubbed German version always includes the expressway shot. The house exterior seen in the opening sequence is located on 641 Castlewood Lane, Deerfield, IL.
See also 
- Unhappily Ever After, another show created by Ron Leavitt, treating similar themes.
- Star-ving, a web series created by David Faustino, where the original cast was reunited.
- Modern Family, a show where Ed O'Neill also plays a family man.
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