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Married... with Children
Married with Children.jpg
Created by Michael G. Moye
Ron Leavitt
Starring
Theme music composer Sammy Cahn
Jimmy Van Heusen
Opening theme "Love and Marriage"
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Ending theme "Love and Marriage"
(instrumental)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 259 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael G. Moye (1987–92, 1993–94)
Ron Leavitt (1987–93)
Katherine Green (1994–95)
Richard Gurman
Kim Weiskopf
(both; 1994–96)
Pamela Eells O'Connell
(1996–97)
Producer(s) Barbara Blachut Cramer
(1987–92)
John Maxwell Anderson
(1992–97)
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)
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
FX (episode 45)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original run April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)  – June 9, 1997 (1997-06-09)
Episode 45:
June 18, 2002

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago 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. It was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. The show was known for handling nonstandard 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. Its 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 2 to season 8, 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 during its first season and the remaining seasons by ELP Communications under the studio Columbia Pictures Television (and eventually Columbia TriStar Television).

In 2008, the show placed #94 on Entertainment Weekly '​s "New TV Classics" list.[1]

On April 22, 2012, Fox re-aired the series premiere in honor of its 25th anniversary.[2]

On September 11, 2014, it was announced that a spin-off was in the works, centered on the character of Bud Bundy.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

The show follows the lives of Al Bundy, a once glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women's shoe salesman; his obnoxious wife, Peggy; their attractive, promiscuous, and dim daughter, Kelly; and their girl-crazy, wisecracking son, Bud. 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 her "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[edit]

Actor Role Years Seasons Episodes
Ed O'Neill Al Bundy 1987–97 1–11 all 259
David Faustino Bud Bundy 1987–97 1–11 258
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/Buck2 Buck Bundy—the dog 1987–95 1–10 1971
Lucky3 Lucky Bundy—the dog 1995–97 10–11 1971
Ted McGinley Jefferson D'Arcy 1990–97 5–11 163
David Garrison Steve Rhoades 1987–90, 1992, 1993, 1995 1–4, recurring guest 6–94 71
  • 1 The number of episodes is the total for both of the dogs combined.
  • 2 The name of the dog was officially changed to Buck during season 4, so he wouldn't have to listen to two names.
  • 3 Lucky is the reincarnation of Buck during Seasons 10 and 11.
  • 4 David Garrison left the show during Season 4, but returned in four episodes as a special guest.
  • 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 "All State Fullback". His most noted achievement was having scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High. 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 or 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 City. When using the "Grandmaster B" persona, Bud usually wears dark sunglasses and a backward 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, 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 "FANG" (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 pornographic magazines. Steve's most prized possession is his Mercedes Benz, 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 the chancellor of 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[edit]

Fox broadcast history[edit]

Date Time slot
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.

Episodes[edit]

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.

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 4
1 13 April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05) June 28, 1987 (1987-06-28) October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)[4] October 25, 2005[5]
2 22 September 27, 1987 (1987-09-27) May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01) March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16)[6] September 22, 2008[7]
3 22 November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06) May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21) January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)[8] September 22, 2008[9]
4 23 September 3, 1989 (1989-09-03) May 13, 1990 (1990-05-13) August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)[10] September 22, 2008[11]
5 25 September 23, 1990 (1990-09-23) May 19, 1991 (1991-05-19) June 20, 2006 (2006-06-20)[12] September 22, 2008[13]
6 26 September 8, 1991 (1991-09-08) May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17) December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19)[14] September 22, 2008[15]
7 26 September 13, 1992 (1992-09-13) May 23, 1993 (1993-05-23) September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)[16] September 22, 2008[17]
8 26 September 5, 1993 (1993-09-05) May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22) March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)[18] October 22, 2008[19]
9 26 September 4, 1994 (1994-09-04) May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21) August 19, 2008 (2008-08-19)[20] October 22, 2008[21]
10 26 September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19) March 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)[22] March 11, 2009[23]
11 24 September 29, 1996 (1996-09-29) June 9, 1997 (1997-06-09) October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)[24] March 11, 2009[25]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Despite the show's enduring popularity and loyal fanbase, Married ... with Children was never a huge ratings success. Part of the reason was the simple fact that Fox, being a new startup 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 able to get Fox only 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 that 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 4 through 8 doing its best overall rating at number 29 for its sixth season. Although these ratings were small in comparison with 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)[26]
  • 1990-1991 Season 5: #50 (11.80 rating)[27]
  • 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)

Awards[edit]

Casting Society of America:

  • 1987: Best Casting for TV – Episodic Comedy (nominated)

Emmy Awards:

  • 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)

Golden Globe Awards:

Other:

Controversy and edited content[edit]

Rakolta boycott[edit]

In 1989, Terry Rakolta, a housewife from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, led a boycott[28] of the show after viewing the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over".[29] 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".[30] 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",[31] when a newscaster mentioned the city Bloomfield Hills, and "No Pot to Pease In",[32] 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".

Home releases[edit]

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.[33]

On August 27, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the R1 rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library including Married... with Children[34] with the original theme song "Love and Marriage" sung by Frank Sinatra. They have subsequently re-released the first four seasons on DVD.[35][36] Seasons 5 & 6 will be re-released on October 21, 2014.[37]

Married with Children – The Complete First Season DVD cover
DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 13 October 28, 2003[4] April 7, 2004 October 25, 2005[38]
The Complete Second Season 22 March 16, 2004[6] October 26, 2004 September 22, 2008[39]
The Complete Third Season 22 January 25, 2005[8] February 10, 2005 September 22, 2008[40]
The Complete Fourth Season 23 August 30, 2005[10] December 22, 2005 September 22, 2008[41]
The Complete Fifth Season 25 June 20, 2006[12] June 27, 2006 September 22, 2008[42]
The Complete Sixth Season 26 December 19, 2006[14] August 17, 2006 September 22, 2008[43]
The Complete Seventh Season 26 September 18, 2007[16] October 5, 2006 September 22, 2008[44]
The Complete Eighth Season 26 March 18, 2008[18] December 19, 2006 October 22, 2008[45]
The Complete Ninth Season 26 August 19, 2008[20] February 20, 2007 October 22, 2008[46]
The Complete Tenth Season 27 March 17, 2009[22] March 20, 2007 March 11, 2009[47]
The Complete Eleventh Season 24 October 13, 2009[24] May 8, 2007 March 11, 2009[48]

DVD special features[edit]

  • 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 David Faustino and Katey Sagal)

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 for later sets.[49] Despite this, the end credits on the DVDs for season 3 still include a credit for "Love and Marriage." On the Mill Creek sets, Love and Marriage is restored from Season 3 onward.

In December 2007 the Big Bundy Box—a special collection box with all seasons plus new interviews with Sagal and David Faustino—was released.[50] This boxset was released in Australia (Region 4) on November 23, 2009.[51]

Merchandise[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Married... with Children was adapted into a comic book series by NOW Comics in 1990.[52]

Toys[edit]

Board game[edit]

  • Married With Children: Act Like...Think Like...Be Like a...Bundy, 1990, Galoob[53]

Action figures[edit]

Two series (10 in all) of 8" action figures were produced by Classic TV Toys in 2005 and 2006.[54]

International remakes[edit]

Argentina

An Argentine remake was made in 2005, called Casados con Hijos. The series was also shown by local channels in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Peru. Only two seasons were made (2005 and 2006), but it is still aired Monday through Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 11.30 pm by Telefe.[55]

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 and María Elena Fuseneco (based on Marcy and Jefferson D'Arcy, played by Marcelo de Bellis and Érica Rivas).

Armenia

In Armenia a remake made in 2009, with the name Բնակարան N2 (Bnakaran N2) (Apartment #2).[56]

Brazil

In Brazil Rede Bandeirantes made a remake in 1999 with the name A Guerra dos Pintos (The War of The Pintos). 52 episodes were recorded but only 22 aired before cancelation.[57]

Bulgaria

In Bulgaria a remake is airing from March 26, 2012 with the name Женени с деца в България (Zheneni s detsa v Bulgaria) (Married with children in Bulgaria).[58]

Croatia

In Croatia a remake called Bračne vode was broadcast from September 2008 until November 2009 on Nova TV channel. The characters based on the Bundys were called Zvonimir, Sunčica, Kristina and Boris Bandić while the ones based on Marcy and Steve were called Marica and Ivan Kumarica.[59]

Germany

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.[60] 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.[61]

Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt was aired from March to December 1993 for 26 episodes.[62]

Hungary

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[63] (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.[64][65][66]

Russia

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.[67][68]

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).[69]

Spin-off[edit]

Top of the Heap was a 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.

U.S. syndication and international airings[edit]

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".[70]

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 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.[71] All three cable channels are owned by Viacom.[72] The comedy began aring on Nick at Nite on July 6, 2011.[73] 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. It airs on Antenna TV, Ion Television and TBS.

Married...with Children has also been a ratings success in other countries around the world.

Country Foreign title Translation Network(s) Notes
 Australia Married...with Children None Network Ten
Nine Network
GO!
TV1
 Argentina Casados con Hijos Dubbed Sony Entertainment Television
 Austria Eine schrecklich nette Familie
(An Awfully Nice Family)
Dubbed ORF
 Belgium (Flanders) Married... with Children Subtitled Eén
VIER
 Brazil Um amor de Família
(A Lovely Family)
Dubbed
Subtitled
Sony Entertainment Television
PlayTV
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)
Dubbed bTV
Fox life
Diema
Airing on bTV Comedy.
 Canada Married...with Children Dubbed in French in Quebec CMT
Global
Spike
Deja View
TVtropolis
CFMT
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.
 Croatia Bračne vode
(Marriage Waters)
Subtitled HRT
RTL Televizija
Nova TV
Fox Life
The show runs on Nova TV and Fox Life.
 Czech Republic Ženatý se závazky Dubbed TV Prima
TV Nova
Nova Cinema
Smíchov
The show runs weekly from Monday to Friday on TV Smíchov.
 Denmark Vore værste år
(Our Worst Years)
Subtitled TV3
 Dominican Republic Casado con Hijos
(Married with Children)
Dubbed Telesistema 11
 Estonia Tuvikesed
(Loveydoves)
Subtitled Kanal 12 Broadcast before midnight on Kanal 12, episode rerun on next weekday morning.
 Finland Pulmuset
(Loveydoves)
Subtitled MTV3
Nelonen
TV5
Being rerun on TV5.
 France Mariés, deux enfants
(Married, Two Children)
Dubbed M6
Comédie!
Runs on the cable channel Comédie!.
 Germany Eine schrecklich nette Familie
(An Awfully Nice Family)
Dubbed RTL
ProSieben
Kabel1
Comedy Central
It first ran from 1992 on RTL ("RTLplus" at that time), moving to ProSieben for the final 51 episodes, ending in 1997. It airs two episodes a day Monday-Friday on Kabel1.[74]
 Greece Παντρεμένοι με παιδιά
(Married with Children)
Subtitled ANT1
Mega Channel
Makedonia TV
Airing on Macedonia TV.
 Hungary Egy rém rendes család
(A gruesomely decent family)
Dubbed TV3
RTL Klub
Viasat 3
CoolTV
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
 Israel נשואים פלוס
(Married Plus)
Subtitled Yes Comedy It is 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 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 Canale 5 and Sky Show The first broadcast by canale 5 (mediaset).
 Kazakhstan Счастливы вместе
(Happy Together)
NTK The Russian remake of the show, Счастливы вместе, is being shown on NTK (Independent Television Channel) every weekday night from 8:00–9:00.
 Lithuania Vedęs ir turi vaikų
(Married and has children)
Voice-over TV3
TV6 Lithuania
The show periodically runs on TV3 and TV6 Lithuania.
 Latvia Precējies, ir bērni Dubbed TV3
TV6 (Latvia)
 Mexico Married...with Children Dubbed Comedy Central
Sony Entertainment Television
Runs on Comedy Central.
 Netherlands Married...with Children Subtitled Veronica
RTL7
Comedy Central
Originally aired on Veronica, RTL7. The show is being broadcast on Comedy Central.
 New Zealand Married...with Children None TV2
Sky TV
Ran for many years on TV2, now on Sky TV.
 Norway Bundy
(Bundy)
Subtitled TV3
Viasat 4
Originally named Våre verste år (Our worst years), but was later renamed Bundy. Original run on TV3, now in reruns after midnight every day except weekends on TV3. Reruns have also been shown on TV3's sister channel 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 from that of the American original, which is why it is usually not considered a remake.
 Romania Familia Bundy
(The Bundy Family)
Subtitled PRO TV
PRO Cinema
Antena 1
Antena 2
 Serbia Брачне воде / Bračne vode
(Marriage Waters)
Subtitled
Dubbed (Season 1)
Fox televizija
Fox Life
The show airs on Fox Life, all seasons with subtitles only.
 Singapore Married with Children None STAR World Married with Children is on air every Monday to Friday during the minisodes.
 Slovenia Družina za umret
(Family to die for)
Subtitled Kanal A
 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)
Dubbed TVE2
Canal 300
SET en VEO
The original series were a classic that ran for a decade in the public national channel TVE2. The Spanish TV channel Cuatro did a remake of the original series under the name Matrimonio con Hijos.[75] In Catalonia, the show is running on the DTT channels Canal 300 and Sony Entertainment Television en VEO.
 Sweden Våra värsta år
(Our Worst Years)
Subtitled TV3
ZTV
TV6
 Turkey Evli ve Çocuklu
(Married...with Children)
Dubbed Star TV
aTV
CNBC-e
On e2 in 2000s.
 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 being shown on Novyi Kanal (New Channel) every Sunday from 12:20–14:20.
 United Kingdom Married...with Children None ITV
ITV2
Sky1
 Uruguay Matrimonio con hijos
(Marriage with children)
Dubbed Canal 12
 Venezuela Casado... con Hijos
(Married...with Children)
Dubbed Venevisión, Sony Entertainment Television

Locations[edit]

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.[76]

See also[edit]

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