Married… with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It 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 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. 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 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 byEmbassy Communications on its first season and the remaining seasons by ELP Communications under the studio Columbia Pictures Television(and eventually Columbia TriStar Television).
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, wisecracking 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.
Edward Leonard “Ed” O’Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on theFox TV Network sitcom Married… with Children, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes. Since 2009, O’Neill has been playing patriarchJay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Catherine Louise “Katey” Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She first achieved widespread fame asPeggy Bundy on the long-running Fox comedy series Married… with Children, for which she was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series and two American Comedy Awards during the show’s run.
Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress who gained fame as a teenage actress, playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married… with Children (1986–1997). Since then, she has established a film and television career, winning an Emmy and earning Tonyand Golden Globe nominations. She has major roles in several films, including Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991), The Big Hit (1998), The Sweetest Thing (2002), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Anchorman (2004), Farce of the Penguins (2007), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel(2009) and Hall Pass (2011).
Faustino made his television debut at the age of three months when he appeared on the Lily Tomlin Special. Faustino did not start regularly acting until 1980 after a smaller part on Little House on the Prairie. Throughout the early to mid 80s, Faustino would go on to guest star in many well known TV shows such as Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, and The Love Boat. He would also guest star in many not-so-well-known TV shows. But in 1987 he landed a full-time gig on Married…with Children.