Married…With Children is Fox’s longest-lasting live-action sitcom. It centered on Al Bundy, a former high school football star turned shoe salesman, his boisterous wife Peggy, their promiscuous and airheaded daughter Kelly, and their girl-obsessed son Bud. Neighbors Steve and Marcy Rhoades also made frequent appearances. The show was controversial at times for its commentary on things of a sexual nature as well as its objectification of women. Yet these themes, particularly when they made headlines, made it even more popular among viewers.
While it was never a huge ratings success, Married… With Children did draw enough viewers to merit 11 seasons, which is quite respectable. Check out some fascinating behind-the-scenes facts about the series…
It Had A Very Amusing Working Title
Married With… Children was one of the first shows on the Fox Network and aired for 11 years from April 1987 to April 1997. It launched when one of the most popular sitcoms of the time was the family value-oriented Cosby Show. Creators wanted to make Married With… Children as different from the Cosby Show as possible and even considered calling it Not The Cosbys. At first, ratings for the comedy were not very good. Then in 1989 a Michigan housewife criticized its content, which seemed to make it more popular among viewers. It eventually spurred other irreverent shows such as The Simpsons.
You won’t believe some of the casting decisions made on the show!