History Trivia / MarriedWithChildren

20th Sep '17 1:47:05 AM bombadil211
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* Peggy's distinctive prancing walk came about because Katey Sagal found it difficult to walk normally in the high-heels the character wore and decided to exaggerate how she compensated her gait to stay upright.

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* ** Peggy's distinctive prancing walk came about because Katey Sagal found it difficult to walk normally in the high-heels the character wore and decided to exaggerate how she compensated her gait to stay upright.
20th Sep '17 1:25:57 AM bombadil211
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* Peggy's distinctive prancing walk came about because Katey Sagal found it difficult to walk normally in the high-heels the character wore and decided to exaggerate how she compensated her gait to stay upright.
25th Aug '17 4:48:07 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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7th Aug '17 7:03:22 AM ClintEastwood
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** The writers had to quickly turn Peggy and Marcy's pregnancy arc into an extended dream sequence after Katey Sagal suffered a miscarriage. Peggy going off on extended trips in later seasons and only appearing in brief inserts was done because Sagal subsequently became pregnant two more times and the production team wanted to do everything they could to make sure she wasn't placed under any undue stress.
** Buck the dog had to be killed off and replaced with Lucky because the Briard playing Buck had gotten so old and arthritic that simply climbing the set's stairs was too painful for him.



* WagTheDirector: Towards the end of the show's run, Creaotr/EdONeil had become the unofficial showrunner with everyone deferring to him when it came to story ideas. He was extremely protective and made sure that everyone in the cast had ample screen time.

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* WagTheDirector: Towards the end of the show's run, Creaotr/EdONeil Creaotr/EdONeill had become the unofficial showrunner with everyone deferring to him when it came to story ideas. He was extremely protective and made sure that everyone in the cast had ample screen time.
7th Aug '17 7:02:00 AM ClintEastwood
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** Katey Sagal played both Peggy and the Grim Reaper, doing the latter role without her red wig;

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** Katey Sagal Creator/KateySagal played both Peggy and the Grim Reaper, doing the latter role without her red wig;



** Ed O'Neill played both Al and the ghost of Al's father.

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** Ed O'Neill Creator/EdONeill played both Al and the ghost of Al's father.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Al and Marcy were at each other's throats during the entire show. One wonders how effective the acting would have been if Ed O'Neill and Amanda Bearse weren't at each other's throats during most of the show's production.
* IAmNotSpock: All of the main cast are usually identified by their respective roles in ''Married... with Children'', especially Ed O'Neill. This is slowly being overturned by ''Series/ModernFamily'', however. Very slowly. Katey Sagal escaped this with ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', and ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', while Christina Applegate became ''Series/SamanthaWho'' (or before that, [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Veronica Corningstone]]), leaving poor David Faustino to forever be remembered as Bud. Then he became [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]].

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Al and Marcy were at each other's throats during the entire show. One wonders how effective the acting would have been if Ed O'Neill Creator/EdONeill and Amanda Bearse weren't at each other's throats during most of the show's production.
* IAmNotSpock: All of the main cast are usually identified by their respective roles in ''Married... with Children'', especially Ed O'Neill.Creator/EdONeill. This is slowly being overturned by ''Series/ModernFamily'', however. Very slowly. Katey Sagal Creator/KateySagal escaped this with ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', and ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', while Christina Applegate Creator/ChristinaApplegate became ''Series/SamanthaWho'' (or before that, [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Veronica Corningstone]]), leaving poor David Faustino to forever be remembered as Bud. Then he became [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]].



* TheOtherDarrin:
** The role of Pa Wanker was originally going to be played by Divine (as was Mrs. Wanker), but after Divine's tragic death, Tim Conway was cast.
** Zigzagged with the family dog, Buck. On some episodes (such as the one where he brings home a white dog while Al tries to find the chef who created his favorite cheesecake), his thoughts are voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]]. Other episodes have Buck's thoughts voiced by Kevin Curran (one of the writers on the show. Curran would later write for ''TheSimpsons'' and be married to Helen Fielding, the writer of the book ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary''). The season six episode in which The Bundys and Jefferson start a psychic hotline had Kevin Curran as a human version of Buck.

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* TheOtherDarrin:
** The role of Pa Wanker was originally going to be played by Divine (as was Mrs. Wanker), but after Divine's tragic death, Tim Conway was cast.
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TheOtherDarrin: Zigzagged with the family dog, Buck. On some episodes (such as the one where he brings home a white dog while Al tries to find the chef who created his favorite cheesecake), his thoughts are voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]]. Other episodes have Buck's thoughts voiced by Kevin Curran (one of the writers on the show. Curran would later write for ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and be married to Helen Fielding, the writer of the book ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary''). The season six episode in which The Bundys and Jefferson start a psychic hotline had Kevin Curran as a human version of Buck.



* StarMakingRole: Christina Applegate was able to build on her role as Kelly and make a successful career in Hollywood films. Even more so for Ed O'Neill, as anybody who knows his name knows him as Al Bundy.

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* StarMakingRole: Christina Applegate Creator/ChristinaApplegate was able to build on her role as Kelly and make a successful career in Hollywood films. Even more so for Ed O'Neill, Creator/EdONeill, as anybody who knows his name knows him as Al Bundy.



* WagTheDirector: Towards the end of the show's run, Ed O'Neil had become the unofficial showrunner with everyone deferring to him when it came to story ideas. He was extremely protective and made sure that everyone in the cast had ample screen time.

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* WagTheDirector: Towards the end of the show's run, Ed O'Neil Creaotr/EdONeil had become the unofficial showrunner with everyone deferring to him when it came to story ideas. He was extremely protective and made sure that everyone in the cast had ample screen time.



** The creators originally envisioned Sam Kinison in the role of Al Bundy, but was deemed too much of a risky move, given Kinison's incredibly vulgar stand-up routine. This was lampshaded by having Kinison play Al's guardian angel. This is another case of What Could Have Been: the character was supposed to be a recurring role, but Kinison was killed in a car crash five years into the series' run.

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** The creators originally envisioned Sam Kinison Creator/SamKinison in the role of Al Bundy, but was deemed too much of a risky move, given Kinison's incredibly vulgar stand-up routine. This was lampshaded by having Kinison play Al's guardian angel. This is another case of What Could Have Been: the character was supposed to be a recurring role, but Kinison was killed in a car crash five years into the series' run.



** Other than Ed O'Neill, the actor most strongly considered for the role was [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Michael Richards]]. His audition ultimately helped him land Kramer, as the same casting director remembered him.
** Divine, best known for his drag work in the films of Creator/JohnWaters, was originally going to play Peggy's mother, but died in his sleep the night before shooting on the episode began. Out of respect (and because Peg's mom is said to be inhumanly obese), the writers rewrote Peg's mom's role so that way she's only heard and not seen.
** The original title for the series was ''Not the Cosbys'', as, at the time, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was popular for showing functional, loving families (and, most importantly, ''African-American'' families that were functional, loving, and middle-class) and ''Married...With Children'' was set up as the antithesis of this.
** Ed O'Neill starred as ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'', a PilotMovie that was not picked up. Had it been picked up, the Al Bundy we know and love may never have come to be.

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** Other than Ed O'Neill, the actor most strongly considered for the role was [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Michael Richards]]. His audition ultimately helped him land Kramer, [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Kramer]], as the same casting director remembered him.
** Divine, Creator/{{Divine}}, best known for his drag work in the films of Creator/JohnWaters, was originally going to play Peggy's mother, but died in his sleep the night before shooting on the episode began. Out of respect (and because Peg's mom is said to be inhumanly obese), the writers rewrote Peg's mom's role so that way she's only heard and not seen.
** The original title for the series was ''Not the Cosbys'', as, at the time, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was popular for showing functional, loving families (and, most importantly, ''African-American'' families that were functional, loving, and middle-class) and ''Married...With Children'' was set up as the antithesis of this.
** Ed O'Neill
Creator/EdONeill starred as ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'', a PilotMovie that was not picked up. Had it been picked up, the Al Bundy we know and love may never have come to be.


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* WorkingTitle: The original title for the series was ''Not the Cosbys'', as, at the time, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was popular for showing functional, loving families (and, most importantly, ''African-American'' families that were functional, loving, and middle-class) and ''Married...With Children'' was set up as the antithesis of this.
6th Aug '17 7:25:27 PM ooh
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Al and Marcy were at each other's throats during the entire show. One wonders how effective the acting would have been if Ed O'Neill and Amanda Bearse weren't at each other's throats during most of the show's production.


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* HostilityOnTheSet: Al and Marcy were at each other's throats during the entire show. One wonders how effective the acting would have been if Ed O'Neill and Amanda Bearse weren't at each other's throats during most of the show's production.
18th Jun '17 7:41:57 AM Gosicrystal
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* AccidentallyAccurate: The Board Game "Bottoms Up" shown in "Blonde and Blonder" actually does exist. However, it is not the Twister {{Expy}} that the Bundys and the D'arcys play.

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* AccidentallyAccurate: AccidentallyCorrectWriting: The Board Game "Bottoms Up" shown in "Blonde and Blonder" actually does exist. However, it is not the Twister {{Expy}} that the Bundys and the D'arcys play.
23rd May '17 4:37:41 PM jormis29
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** In the episode in which Peg and Al get involved with a gay couple, the gay couple was played by Sam [=McMurray=] and Creator/DanCastellaneta, who also portrayed a gay couple in a sketch on ''The Tracey Ullman Show''.

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** In the episode in which Peg and Al get involved with a gay couple, the gay couple was played by Sam [=McMurray=] and Creator/DanCastellaneta, who also portrayed a gay couple in a sketch on ''The Tracey Ullman Show''.''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''.
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* DescendedCreator: Ron Leavitt plays the private investigator who gives Al a job as a janitor in "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick".
30th Apr '17 5:30:36 PM ooh
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Al and Marcy were at each other's throats during the entire show. One wonders how effective the acting would have been if Ed O'Neill and Amanda Bearse weren't at each other's throats during most of the show's production.



** Perhaps the most {{egregious}} of all was how the series ended. You know that last episode where Kelly [[spoiler:almost gets married to the man who held her family hostage]]? Well, despite looking like the perfect plot for the final episode of a dysfunctional family sitcom, it wasn't scheduled to be that way. After FOX spent all of Season 10 moving ''Married... with Children'' to different timeslots (and made worse by the fact that ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/InLivingColor'', amongst other Fox shows, were gaining in popularity), the show suffered in the ratings so much that FOX decided to shut the show down after its 11th season. According to the ''E! True Hollywood Story'' about ''Married... with Children'', the actors had a lot of different ideas for what the last episode should have been. Ed O'Neill thought that the Bundys should win the lottery right before a tornado ripped through the neighborhood and killed them. Christina Applegate built on this, saying that the Bundy house should have then landed on Marcy, a la ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Ted [=McGinley=] suggested the Bundys and Marcy dying or getting hurt in some horrible fashion and Jefferson ending up relaxing on the beach with bikini-clad babes all around him. The kicker to that is the fact that some of the actors didn't know the show ''was'' cancelled until they heard the news on a radio broadcast! In fact, Ed O'Neil only found out when he was on vacation and a couple staying in the same hotel expressed their sadness at hearing about the show's demise. He promptly bought them a bottle of champagne and has said that it was good that he learned of the show's end that way rather than from a studio exec.

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** Perhaps the most {{egregious}} of all was how the series ended. You know that last episode where Kelly [[spoiler:almost gets married to the man who held her family hostage]]? Well, despite looking like the perfect plot for the final episode of a dysfunctional family sitcom, it wasn't scheduled to be that way. After FOX spent all of Season 10 11 moving ''Married... with Children'' to different timeslots (and made worse by the fact that ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/InLivingColor'', amongst other Fox shows, were gaining in popularity), the show suffered in the ratings so much that FOX decided to shut the show down after its 11th season. According to the ''E! True Hollywood Story'' about ''Married... with Children'', the actors had a lot of different ideas for what the last episode should have been. Ed O'Neill thought that the Bundys should win the lottery right before a tornado ripped through the neighborhood and killed them. Christina Applegate built on this, saying that the Bundy house should have then landed on Marcy, a la ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Ted [=McGinley=] suggested the Bundys and Marcy dying or getting hurt in some horrible fashion and Jefferson ending up relaxing on the beach with bikini-clad babes all around him. The kicker to that is the fact that some of the actors didn't know the show ''was'' cancelled until they heard the news on a radio broadcast! In fact, Ed O'Neil O'Neill only found out when he was on vacation and a couple staying in the same hotel expressed their sadness at hearing about the show's demise. He promptly bought them a bottle of champagne and has said that it was good that he learned of the show's end that way rather than from a studio exec.
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