10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Married with Children'
The Bundy family made 'Married with Children' a smash hit, running for 11 seasons. Some of these facts surprise even the show's biggest fans.
Not many people know about the show and the new Fox network until the episode 'Her Cups Runneth Over' in season three. 'Family Values' activist Terry Rakolta was so offended by this episode, she began a letter-writing campaign calling for Fox to cancel the show. Instead of Fox axing the show, the story spread across the media and turned 'Married with Children' into a huge success and made Fox famous.
That apos;60's Wife
It was show star Katey Sagal who decided Peggy Bundy should dress in 1960s-style clothing. Sagal wanted to have Peggy parody the look of the 1960s housewife. Her look included slip-on heels, bouffant hair, and tight leggings worn with wide belts.
The Spy Who Loved It
Former James Bond actor Roger Moore admitted that the show was one of his guilty pleasures. The late director Boris Sagal, who was Katey Sagal's father, had been a close friend of his.
Happy Birthday to Us
Kelly Bundy's birthday is November 25, 1971. It is also the birthday of Christina Applegate, the actress who played her.
Home, Crappy Home
The show's creators were skeptical that O'Neill could play in a comedy show. When he auditioned, he had to walk through the door into the Bundy's home. Just before he turned the doorknob, O'Neill slumped his shoulders and gave a heavy sigh, and the producers knew he was the one.
Family and Friends Guest Starred
Many episodes of the show featured the stars' real life friends and family. Catherine Rusoff, Ed O'Neill's wife, guest starred twice, and Christina Applegate's mother made an appearance. Joey Sagal, Katey's brother, had roles in several episodes.
All About Al
Al Bundy's favorite TV show is 'Psycho Dad,' a fictional Western. His favorite song is Gene Chandler's 'Duke of Earl.' Ed O'Neill, who starred as Al, is the only actor from the series to appear in all 260 of the show's episodes, including the lost episode and the failed pilots.
Named After Wrestlers
The Bundys got their last name after the pro wrestler King Kong Bundy, who guest starred in two episodes. Despite popular rumors, the Bundys were not named after Ted Bundy the serial killer.
Fame Isn't Cheap
O'Neill believes the true reason Fox cancelled 'Married with Children' was because local stations asked Sony not to produce any more episodes, due to the rights being so expensive. Stations reportedly payed $1 million per episode to Sony to air the show.
Might Have Been Nice to Say Something
When Fox executives decided to cancel the show after its May 7, 1997 episode, they didn't tell the cast. O'Neill found out while he was on vacation when a couple renting near him told him they had read it in a newspaper. Christina Applegate found out about the cancellation of the show from two of her friends.