History Trivia / MarriedWithChildren

18th Apr '16 3:05:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Series/{{Friends}} Matt LeBlanc]] and [[Series/{{Angel}} David Boreanaz]] were featured on the show before they hit the big time.
** [[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Noah Segan]] was in the 1995 season finale as Kelly's date.
** Creator/DanCastellaneta was a casket salesman on the episode where Al wants to be buried next to his favorite Western star and a gay man on the episode where Peg and Marcy go out dancing.
** Seven's parents were Linda Blair (from ''Film/TheExorcist'') and Bobcat Goldthwait (from the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies and the ''Married... with Children'' clone ''Unhappily Ever After'').
** Five former ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' cast members have appeared on this show:
*** Jon Lovitz, who started out in the critically-panned 11th season, but went on to be apart of ''SNL'''s second GoldenAge (from 1986 to around 1993, though Lovitz stayed on the show from 1986 to 1990). On ''Married... with Children'', Lovitz played a TV executive who "helps" Kelly make her talk show more salient to network TV viewers,
*** Garrett Morris from the original 1970s cast (as one of Al's friends in the early episodes, particularly the one where Al wins Steve's paycheck in a poker game and the one where Al's barber dies and Al gets his hair done at a salon filled with [[CampGay camp gay men]] and only one beautiful woman),
*** Creator/GilbertGottfried from the [[SeasonalRot 1980-1981 season]] (as himself on the two-part episode where the Bundys and the D'Arcys end up shipwrecked during a cruise),
*** Don Novello, a lesser-known feature player and writer from the 1979-1980 season and the 1985-1986 season, appeared on "Requiem for a Dead Briard"[[note]]the episode where Buck the dog dies and is sentenced to be reincarnated as the Bundys' new dog, Lucky[[/note]] as his recurring character, Father Guido Sarducci,
*** and Tim Kazurinsky (from the latter half of season six through season 9 under Dick Ebersol's reign as executive producer) as the angel whom Al mistakes for God and original creator of God's Shoes.
** The sightings of Milla Jovovich (as a French exchange student), Michael Clarke Duncan (bodyguard), and Fred Willard (timeshare salesman).
** [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Nicholas Brendon]] showed up as a member of Ray-Ray's street gang.
** [[Series/CaliforniaDreams Jay Anthony Franke]] played one of Kelly's many, ''many'' boyfriends.
** High school football is nothing, Al. Jefferson played football in [[Film/RevengeoftheNerds college]].
** One episode features both Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Dorff as friends of Bud's.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is where [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]] got his start.
** In some episodes where Buck is the central focus, his thoughts are voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]].
24th Mar '16 8:43:10 PM burstkiller
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* CreatorBreakdown: After FOX executive Garth Ancier left, showrunners Michael G. Moye and Ron Levitt were left without an ally against the network censorship that increased in the wake of the Rakolta incident. As result, Moye who stated the fight during and afterwards had stressed him and Levitt to the point of health problems, took a leave of absence during the seventh season. When he returned for season 8, Ron Levitt had enough and found an out developing ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' for Creator/TheWB. Moye eventually left the show ''and television altogether'' after season 10.
8th Mar '16 2:25:15 AM erforce
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* IAmNotSpock: All the main actors 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}}'' and ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' and Christina Applegate became ''Series/SamanthaWho'' (or before that, [[Film/{{Anchorman}} Veronica Corningstone]], leaving poor David Faustino to forever be remembered as Bud. Then he became [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]].

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* IAmNotSpock: All the main actors 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}}'' and ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' and Christina Applegate became ''Series/SamanthaWho'' (or before that, [[Film/{{Anchorman}} [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Veronica Corningstone]], leaving poor David Faustino to forever be remembered as Bud. Then he became [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]].
24th Feb '16 12:49:58 PM creader
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* RecycledScript: Season 5 episode "Weenie Tots and Other Lovers" is the exact same plot as the episode "The Godfather", which aired ''less than two months prior in the same season.'' Kelly and Bud both experience a good opportunity/good fortune (Kelly is a spokesmodel for a nationwide product and begins dating an alderman and Bud has an opportunity to go into space and meet the president, respectively). The Bundys decide Kelly's good luck is more interesting/profitable than Bud's and in essence, they screw him out of both chances. Everything is going their way until Kelly's own stupidity [[spoiler: as well as Bud's [[LaserGuidedKarma sweeter-than-sweet and well-timed revenge]]]] ruins everything for her and Al and Peg.
28th Jan '16 12:58:06 PM JamesAustin
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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was created by Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, both veteran television writers and producers. Both of whom worked on ''Series/TheJeffersons''.

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' ''Married... with Children'' was created by Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, both veteran television writers and producers. Both of whom worked on ''Series/TheJeffersons''.



--->Who's that ridin' in the sun?
--->Who's the man with the itchy gun?
--->Who's the man who kills for fun??
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!
--->He's quick with a gun!
--->But he loves his son!
--->Killed his wife 'cause she weighed a ton!!
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!

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--->Who's that ridin' in the sun?
--->Who's
sun?\\
Who's
the man with the itchy gun?
--->Who's
gun?\\
Who's
the man who kills for fun??
--->Psycho
fun?\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!
--->He's
Dad!\\
He's
quick with a gun!
--->But
gun!\\
But
he loves his son!
--->Killed
son!\\
Killed
his wife 'cause she weighed a ton!!
--->Psycho
ton!\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!Dad!



--->A little touched, or so we're told!
--->Killed his wife 'cause she had a cold!
--->Might as well, she was gettin' old!!
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!
--->He's quick with a gun!
--->But his job ain't done!
--->Killed three wives by 21!!
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!

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--->A little touched, or so we're told!
--->Killed
told!\\
Killed
his wife 'cause she had a cold!
--->Might
cold!\\
Might
as well, she was gettin' old!!
--->Psycho
old!\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!
--->He's
Dad!\\
He's
quick with a gun!
--->But
gun!\\
But
his job ain't done!
--->Killed
done!\\
Killed
three wives by 21!!
--->Psycho
21!\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!Dad!



--->Who's that ridin' in the sleigh?
--->Who's that firin' along the way?
--->Who's roughin' up bums on Christmas Day??
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!

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--->Who's that ridin' in the sleigh?
--->Who's
sleigh?\\
Who's
that firin' along the way?
--->Who's
way?\\
Who's
roughin' up bums on Christmas Day??
--->Psycho
Day?\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!Dad!



--->Who's that tall dark stranger there?
--->The one with the gun and the icy stare?
--->The one with the scalp of his ex-wife's hair??
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!
--->He's a darn good pa!
--->But he hates the law!
--->Chopped up Reno to eat it raw!!
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!

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--->Who's that tall dark stranger there?
--->The
there?\\
The
one with the gun and the icy stare?
--->The
stare?\\
The
one with the scalp of his ex-wife's hair??
--->Psycho
hair?\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!
--->He's
Dad!\\
He's
a darn good pa!
--->But
pa!\\
But
he hates the law!
--->Chopped
law!\\
Chopped
up Reno to eat it raw!!
--->Psycho
raw!\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!Dad!



--->Who's that ridin' across the plain?
--->Who's lost count of the wives he's slain?
--->Who's the man who is plum insane??
--->Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!

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--->Who's that ridin' across the plain?
--->Who's
plain?\\
Who's
lost count of the wives he's slain?
--->Who's
slain?\\
Who's
the man who is plum insane??
--->Psycho
insane?\\
Psycho
Dad! Psycho Dad! Psycho Dad!!Dad!



--->Who's the man whose show is gone?
--->Whose tv hero is on the run?
--->Who'll be watching [=VH1=]?
--->Loser Al! Loser Al! Loser Al!

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--->Who's the man whose show is gone?
--->Whose tv
gone?\\
Whose TV
hero is on the run?
--->Who'll
run?\\
Who'll
be watching [=VH1=]?
--->Loser
[=VH1=]?\\
Loser
Al! Loser Al! Loser Al!



--->Who's the gal who needs no man?
--->Killed him dead with a frying pan!
--->Did it 'cause he missed the can!
--->Psycho Mom! Psycho Mom! She's Psycho Mom!

to:

--->Who's the gal who needs no man?
--->Killed
man?\\
Killed
him dead with a frying pan!
--->Did
pan!\\
Did
it 'cause he missed the can!
--->Psycho
can!\\
Psycho
Mom! Psycho Mom! She's Psycho Mom!



** In one episode, Jefferson is followed around by kids who think he was on ''Happy Days'' and ''The Love Boat''. Ted [=McGinley=] was indeed on both of those shows (and is considered notorious for making those shows {{jump the shark}}).

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** In one episode, Jefferson is followed around by kids who think he was on ''Happy Days'' and ''The Love Boat''. Ted [=McGinley=] was indeed on both of those shows (and is considered notorious for making those shows {{jump [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark}}).shark]]).



** During a flight, after Al is asked to put his shoes back on.
--->"They show ''Film/{{Dutch}}'', and they say ''I'' stink?!"
** Al as a [[Film/PopeyeDoyle detective who wears a porkpie hat]].

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** During a flight, after Al is asked to put his shoes back on.
--->"They
on. Al answers back with "They show ''Film/{{Dutch}}'', and they say ''I'' stink?!"
stink?!" Ed O'Neil, who plays Al, starred in ''Dutch''.
** Al as a [[Film/PopeyeDoyle detective who wears a porkpie hat]].hat. Ed O'Neil appeared in the TV movie ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'' playing the titular, porkpie hat-wearing detective.



* ChannelHop: In-universe -- ''Psycho Dad'' going from PBS to ''The New Adventures of Psycho Dad'' on Fox finally gave him a reason to watch the network.



* DirectedByCastMember: Amanda Bearse (Marcy) directed over 30 episodes. The episode ''T*R*A*S*H'' was WrittenByCastMember, being co-authored by David Faustino.

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* DirectedByCastMember: Amanda Bearse (Marcy) directed over 30 episodes. The episode ''T*R*A*S*H'' "T*R*A*S*H" was WrittenByCastMember, being co-authored by David Faustino.



* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/{{Friends}} Matt LeBlanc]] and [[Series/{{Angel}} David Boreanaz]] were featured on the show before they hit the big time.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: HeyItsThatGuy:
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[[Series/{{Friends}} Matt LeBlanc]] and [[Series/{{Angel}} David Boreanaz]] were featured on the show before they hit the big time.



** Seven's parents were Linda Blair (from ''TheExorcist'') and Bobcat Goldthwait (from the ''Police Academy'' movies and the ''MarriedWithChildren'' clone ''Unhappily Ever After'').

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** Seven's parents were Linda Blair (from ''TheExorcist'') ''Film/TheExorcist'') and Bobcat Goldthwait (from the ''Police Academy'' ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies and the ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Married... with Children'' clone ''Unhappily Ever After'').



*** Jon Lovitz, who started out in the critically-panned 11th season, but went on to be apart of ''SNL'''s second GoldenAge (from 1986 to around 1993, though Lovitz stayed on the show from 1986 to 1990). On ''MarriedWithChildren'', Lovitz played a TV executive who "helps" Kelly make her talk show more salient to network TV viewers,

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*** Jon Lovitz, who started out in the critically-panned 11th season, but went on to be apart of ''SNL'''s second GoldenAge (from 1986 to around 1993, though Lovitz stayed on the show from 1986 to 1990). On ''MarriedWithChildren'', ''Married... with Children'', Lovitz played a TV executive who "helps" Kelly make her talk show more salient to network TV viewers,



*** Creator/GilbertGottfried from the [[SeasonalRot 1980-1981 season]] (as himself on the two-part episode where The Bundys and The D'Arcys end up shipwrecked during a cruise),
*** Don Novello, a lesser-known feature player and writer from the 1979-1980 season and the 1985-1986 season, appeared on "Requiem for a Dead Briard"[[note]]the episode where Buck the dog dies and is sentenced to be reincarnated as The Bundys' new dog, Lucky[[/note]] as his recurring character, Father Guido Sarducci,

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*** Creator/GilbertGottfried from the [[SeasonalRot 1980-1981 season]] (as himself on the two-part episode where The the Bundys and The the D'Arcys end up shipwrecked during a cruise),
*** Don Novello, a lesser-known feature player and writer from the 1979-1980 season and the 1985-1986 season, appeared on "Requiem for a Dead Briard"[[note]]the episode where Buck the dog dies and is sentenced to be reincarnated as The the Bundys' new dog, Lucky[[/note]] as his recurring character, Father Guido Sarducci,



** [[Series/{{BuffyTheVampireSlayer}} Nicholas Brendon]] showed up as a member of Ray-Ray's street gang.

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** [[Series/{{BuffyTheVampireSlayer}} [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Nicholas Brendon]] showed up as a member of Ray-Ray's street gang.



* HeyItsThatVoice: Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is where [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]] got his start.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: HeyItsThatVoice:
**
Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is where [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]] got his start.



* IAmNotSpock: All the main actors are usually identified by their respective roles in ''MarriedWithChildren'', especially Ed O'Neill. This is slowly being overturned by ''Series/ModernFamily'', however. Very slowly. Katey Sagal escaped this with ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' and Christina Applegate became ''Series/SamanthaWho'' (or before that, [[Film/{{Anchorman}} Veronica Corningstone]], leaving poor David Faustino to forever be remembered as Bud. Then he became [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]].
* MissingEpisode: Season 3's episode "I'll See You in Court", where The Bundys and the Rhoades sue a motel for videotaping them during sex and using the surveillance footage as pornographic movies for other motel guests. It was pulled because of the backlash involving Terry Rakolta (a Michigan housewife who protested against the show because of the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over" because its bawdy jokes centered around a lingerie-cum-marital aid store), but premiered on the cable channel FX and was released on DVD twice -- once on a collection of the show's "Most Outrageous" episodes, and again when the complete third season was released. On both occasions, "I'll See You in Court" was branded as a "Lost Episode."
* 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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* IAmNotSpock: All the main actors are usually identified by their respective roles in ''MarriedWithChildren'', ''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}}'' and ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' and Christina Applegate became ''Series/SamanthaWho'' (or before that, [[Film/{{Anchorman}} Veronica Corningstone]], leaving poor David Faustino to forever be remembered as Bud. Then he became [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Mako]].
* MissingEpisode: Season 3's episode "I'll See You in Court", where The the Bundys and the Rhoades sue a motel for videotaping them during sex and using the surveillance footage as pornographic movies for other motel guests. It was pulled because of the backlash involving Terry Rakolta (a Michigan housewife who protested against the show because of the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over" because its bawdy jokes centered around a lingerie-cum-marital aid store), but premiered on the cable channel FX and was released on DVD twice -- once on a collection of the show's "Most Outrageous" episodes, and again when the complete third season was released. On both occasions, "I'll See You in Court" was branded as a "Lost Episode."
* TheOtherDarrin: 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.



* ThePeteBest / TheOtherMarty : The original pilot had different actors playing Bud and Kelly.
* 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.

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* ThePeteBest / TheOtherMarty : TheOtherMarty: The original pilot had different actors playing Bud and Kelly.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: 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.



* RealitySubtext: One episode in the final season guest starred Marcy's identical gay cousin "Mandy". The actress who played both characters (Amanda Bearse) is a lesbian in real life.

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* RealitySubtext: RealitySubtext:
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One episode in the final season guest starred Marcy's identical gay cousin "Mandy". The actress who played both characters (Amanda Bearse) is a lesbian in real life.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Where to start?

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Where to start?



** 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 moving "Married...With Children" ''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! ''E! True Hollywood Story" Story'' about "Married... With Children", ''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.



* TechnologyMarchesOn:
** The show is a product of the late 1980s into the 1990s, and it shows. Such as the episode where the family tries getting Al to upgrade from Betamax to VHS...and the one where the Bundys buy a computer with features that, these days, would be considered outdated and has Al dismissing computers as a useless fad (when these days, they're used for anything and everything and have vastly improved). There's also [[BitingTheHandHumor "Fox Viewing Positions]]", poking fun at the various weird things you used to have to do to pick up some broadcast TV stations using rabbit ear antennas, especially many early Fox affiliates, which tended to be placed higher up the dial in many markets; that ended with the Fox-New World deal of 1994; see DisasterDominoes for more on that deal and its' wide-ranging effects. Ironically, in Chicago, where the series was set, Fox owned the station there, WFLD-32, which has been a long-time challenger to the legendary WGN.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: The Russian series ''Series/HappyTogether'' is based on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn:
**
TechnologyMarchesOn: The show is a product of the late 1980s into the 1990s, and it shows. Such as the episode where the family tries getting Al to upgrade from Betamax to VHS... and the one where the Bundys buy a computer with features that, these days, would be considered outdated and has Al dismissing computers as a useless fad (when these days, they're used for anything and everything and have vastly improved). There's also [[BitingTheHandHumor "Fox Viewing Positions]]", poking fun at the various weird things you used to have to do to pick up some broadcast TV stations using rabbit ear antennas, especially many early Fox affiliates, which tended to be placed higher up the dial in many markets; that ended with the Fox-New World deal of 1994; see DisasterDominoes for more on that deal and its' wide-ranging effects. Ironically, in Chicago, where the series was set, Fox owned the station there, WFLD-32, which has been a long-time challenger to the legendary WGN.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: The Russian series ''Series/HappyTogether'' is based on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.''Married... with Children''.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: 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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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
**
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.
27th Jan '16 3:55:13 PM JamesAustin
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* DuelingShows: Although rarely observed at the time, many fans have noticed the similarities between this show and [[Series/{{Roseanne}} Roseanne's show]], which also featured a blue-collared, wisecracking, dysfunctional family set in the state of Illinois and also ended production in the same year, 1997. Although ''Roseanne'' earned more Emmys (usually at the expense of ''MWC''), this show lasted longer and tends to be remembered more fondly.

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* DuelingShows: Although rarely observed at the time, many fans have noticed the similarities between this show and [[Series/{{Roseanne}} Roseanne's show]], ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', which also featured a blue-collared, wisecracking, dysfunctional family set in the state of Illinois and also ended production in the same year, 1997. Although ''Roseanne'' earned more Emmys (usually at the expense of ''MWC''), this show lasted longer and tends to be remembered more fondly.
9th Jan '16 3:13:49 PM shamblingdead2
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** One episode features both Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Dorff as friends of Bud's.
21st Dec '15 5:20:17 AM JamesAustin
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* ActorAllusion: In one episode, Jefferson is followed around by kids who think he was on ''Happy Days'' and ''The Love Boat''. Ted [=McGinley=] was indeed on both of those shows (and is considered notorious for making those shows {{jump the shark}}).

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
**
In one episode, Jefferson is followed around by kids who think he was on ''Happy Days'' and ''The Love Boat''. Ted [=McGinley=] was indeed on both of those shows (and is considered notorious for making those shows {{jump the shark}}).


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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''.
20th Dec '15 4:41:08 PM JamesAustin
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* YouLookFamiliar: Ted [=McGinley=] was in the episode "It's a Bundyful Life," playing Peg's might-have-been charismatic husband, aired a year before he took the role of Jefferson.
29th Nov '15 7:37:15 AM LiamA
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* High school football is nothing, Al. Jefferson played football in [[Film/RevengeoftheNerds college]].

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* ** High school football is nothing, Al. Jefferson played football in [[Film/RevengeoftheNerds college]].
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