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In April 05 1987, one classic tv show of the 80’s premiered, ‘Married With Children’. The show is about Al Bundy, an unsuccessful middle aged shoe salesman with a miserable life and an equally dysfunctional family. He has a very attractive but lazy wife named Peggy who constantly nags him to death while throwing the little money he earns away on herself. He also has a very promiscuous teen aged daughter named Kelly who makes up in attractiveness what she lacks in IQ points, and a not so attractive but bright teen aged son named Bud who seems to think he is a ladies man.
Stars: Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, David Faustino
Creators: Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this show.
- Ed O’Neill’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is in front of a shoe store.
- Katey Sagal came up with the idea for her character Peggy Bundy to dress in 1960s-inspired clothing. Sagal’s reason for the look was because she wanted to parody the 1960’s housewife.
- Throughout the show, the stars had their families as guest stars. Ed O’Neill’s wife, Catherine Rusoff made two appearances. David Faustino’s brother, Michael Faustino, made a couple of appearances. Christina Applegate’s mother, Nancy Priddy made an appearance, and Katey Sagal’s brother, Joey Sagal made appearances. Elaine Hendrix and Juliet Tablak were also at one point David Faustino’s girlfriends.
- Ed O’Neill is the only actor from the show to appear in all 260 episodes, from the lost episode to the failed pilots that stayed in the show.
- Former 007 Roger Moore confessed that the series was a guilty pleasure of his. He had been a friend of the late director Boris Sagal, father of Katey Sagal, who played Peggy Bundy.
- Buck the Dog was on the show from the day it began until the tenth season, when he was given a “retirement” by the producers. Buck died on May 25, 1996, at age 13.
- Was the longest-running show to never win an Emmy until Baywatch (1989) was canceled in 2001.
- Al’s “mighty Dodge” is actually a 1972 Plymouth Duster.
- The roles of Al and Peg Bundy were first offered to Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr.
- Film actor Divine was scheduled to appear as Uncle Otto in the second-season finale, but died just before he was scheduled to film his scenes.
- Kelly’s birthday is November 25, 1971, which also happens to be Christina Applegate’s birthday.
- Peggy’s maiden name is ‘Wanker’ and her relatives live in fictional Wanker County, Wisconsin. “Wanker” is British slang for “masturbator”.