FOX turned 30 years old this week, and we continue our FOX appreciation days today by looking back at Married With Children. So everyone, assume Fox viewing positions, and let's take a look back at the 10 things we miss the most about this irreverent masterpiece.
The Bundys were never TV's most conventional family, but Married With Children graced FOX’s airwaves for eleven seasons from 1987 to 1997. Here is our Pop10 of the things we miss the most about Married With Children.
The theme song
What’s more perfect than Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage” as the theme song for a show about a dysfunctional family? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Take a listen below.
Like most families, it’s okay if you pick on each other, but, the moment an outsider appears, they band together. The same holds true for the Bundys. They teased each other mercilessly but never liked it when someone else got involved and put their family down.
One time, the Bundys were stuck in traffic, and Al (Ed O’Neill) decided to sing to pass the time. His family was visibly annoyed until the driver in the car next to them protested Al’s singing. Peg (Katey Segal), Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino) immediately joined in. The singing quickly escalated into a family brawl with the other car.
Al vs Marcy
There was no love lost between feminist neighbor, Marcy (Amanda Bearse), and chauvinistic Al. The two were constantly fighting, and Marcy never hesitated to tell Al exactly what she thought of him. Of course, he never missed an opportunity to tell her that she looked like a chicken. Let’s not forget about that awkward time Marcy had a dream about Al.
Al’s football story
The highlight of Al’s life was scoring four touchdowns in one game. He never hesitated in telling anyone he met the story of his high school city championship, much to his family’s dismay. Bonus points to Al for still rocking his Polk High jersey and varsity jacket.
Al’s faithful Dodge barely ran most of the time, but it was able to cart the family around town. When the car finally died, Al did what any car owner would do: he had a funeral.
NO MA’AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood)
While we don’t miss the misogynistic group, it was always fun to see Al get together with the guys from the neighborhood. It was even better when Marcy found out about their schemes and protested. Here’s a fun clip of the NO MA’AM guys singing.
When it was surprisingly sentimental
For a show that prided itself on going against traditional family values, sometimes there were warm and fuzzy moments. Remember when Kelly moved out and moved in with a rich friend? After Marcy told Al that Kelly’s only options for making rent would be a Big Gulp cup or selling herself for Pez, he became concerned with Kelly being on her own.
Al visited Kelly and took her some Pez, so she wouldn’t have to sell herself.
Another time, the Dodge went missing at the car wash, and Al was desperate to get the car back. It wasn’t until the end of the episode that viewers learned that Al kept a family photo in the trunk.
While Peg’s favorite hobby was watching Oprah and eating bonbons, Al loved to relax and watch Psycho Dad after a long day at the shoe store.
Bud’s cool persona was constantly made fun of, usually by Kelly. She had endless nicknames for him and refused to call him Grandmaster B.
Things didn’t often go the Bundys' way, so it was nice to see them band together in family unity or triumph.
Did we capture some of your favorite Married With Children moments? If we missed yours, let us know in the comments below.