In the 1980’s, family sitcoms were basically a retooling of the family sitcoms from the 1950’s. Even with modern updates, it was the same concept. It was still the happy nuclear family who would somehow (with the exception of the very special episodes) find a way to resolve any issues within a 30 minute episode.
Then Married With Children premiered. It was everything the other shows were not. It was raunchy, it was sexist, it was so far from politically correct that one needed a telescope to find the political correctness in a show. But it was funny and it is still funny today.
Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) works in a women’s shoe store and tries to relive the 15 seconds of glory he had on the high school football field. His wife, Peggy (Katey Sagal) is suppose to be a housewife, but doesn’t do much housework. Their daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate) is a blonde ditz and their son Bud (David Faustino) has only girls on the brain. Living next door are the yuppy Marcy and Steve Rhoades (Amanda Bearse and David Garrison). Later on in the series Steve leaves and Marcy marries Jefferson D’Arcy (Ted McGinley).
As far as I am concerned, there is nothing like waking up a Saturday morning and beginning my weekend with a Married With Children rerun. What makes it’s so funny is that is more real that other family sitcoms of the same era. Not every issue is wrapped up neatly within 30 minutes and not everyone is as lovey dovey to their spouse and children as television would make it seem. Sometimes you need to laugh out loud and Married With Children never fails to make me laugh out loud.