Married With Children
The Show “Married With Children“, Cast, and Trivia!
This series is about a down on their luck family living in a suburb (fictional) of Chicago, Illinois. Their name is, Bundy. No matter what things befall them, it’s almost always bad. And even when something surprisingly good actually does happen, it usually just makes things even worse. This is a group of unlucky, poor, lazy, socially impaired and undignified family members. And that, added with their annoying, slightly yuppie neighbors, makes this a place that you would never want to live!
Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill)-Al is a women’s shoe salesman. He is miserable with both his unrewarding career and a home life where he is disrespected and ignored, unless of course someone needs money! He constantly insists that the reason for all of this is because of the dreaded “Bundy curse”, and that due to this he will never be happy. His greatest achievement in life was back in high school, when he was a football player and scored four touchdowns in one game. Now he just goes to work every day, drives home in his Dodge with nearly 1 million miles on it, and looks at one of his favorite nudie magazines, “BigUns”. The only other joys in his life are watching a television show called “Psycho Dad”, and going to the local nudie bar. Occasionally, he gets into a fight, either over the Bundy honor, or over the “honor” of his little girl. Any way that you look at though, Al Bundy is the perfect example of what you don’t want to become!
Peggy Bundy (Katey Sagal)-Peggy is the lazy, nagging wife of Al Bundy. She is “technically” a housewife, though her refusal to cook, clean or take care of anyone but herself does not exactly live up to that title. She is constantly on her husband’s case about how little money he makes and what a disappointment he is in bed. She pays little or no attention to her children, unless it’s to give them bad advice. And she spends most of her time either on the couch watching TV or spending all of the money they do have at the mall, or on male strippers. She is friends with their neighbor, Marcy (Amanda Bearse), and sometimes collaborates with her against her own husband.
Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate)-Kelly is the dim-witted, loose daughter of Peg and Al Bundy. She has absolutely no interest in school, and will sleep with anyone with whom she can get something. Her boyfriends’ usually end up getting beaten up by her father, and she follows the example of her mother when it comes to taking Al’s money and spending it. Her favorite pastime is making fun of her dorky brother, Bud (David Faustino). She loves to make fun of him for any number of reasons, although if someone from outside of the family tries to do the same, she is always there to defend him.
Bud Bundy (David Faustino)-Bud is the only son of Peg and Al Bundy. And though he has many problems, he does have one thing that the other Bundy’s’ do not, intelligence. He is the first Bundy to ever attend college. However, that is where his good luck stops. Bud is incredibly unlucky with the opposite sex, no matter what he tries; they just want nothing to do with him. He even goes so far as to invent another persona called “Grandmaster B”, a rapper from New York. (When using this persona he wears a hat backwards and dark sunglasses.) He is basically disdainful of his entire family, though he will stand up for Kelly against others.
Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy (Amanda Bearse)-Marcy is Peggy’s best friend, as well as the Bundy’s next-door neighbor. Al hates her with a passion and she in return despises him equally. She is a banker, feminist and a Republican. She has a dark, aggressive sexual side to her, and seems too often be thinking of that subject. She founds a group called “F.A.N.G.” (Feminists against Neanderthal Guys) and is always thinking of ways to irritate and torture Al.
Steve Rhoades (David Garrison)-Steve is the first husband of Marcy and also a banker. He unwittingly gets involved in many of Al’s favorite pastimes (nudie bars, watching sports, etc.), despite the disapproval of his wife. He eventually gets tired of Marcy and her controlling behavior, so he leaves her and becomes a forest ranger at Yosemite National Park.
Jefferson D’Arcy (Ted McGinley)-Jefferson is Marcy’s younger and handsome second husband. She awakes one morning to find herself married to him after getting drunk at a banker’s convention. Jefferson is the complete opposite of her previous husband, in that he is lazy, poor and somewhat of a scam artist. He really only married Marcy because of her money. He becomes best friends with Al despite Marcy’s objections, and makes fun of her behind her back on a constant basis.
This show is funny to a point. While some of the long-running jokes throughout are amusing, they do tend to get old after a while. The best part of the show is its ability to take the bad things and turn them into something that you can laugh at. The actors however are very talented and do a great job at playing their roles. This show was on for a very long eleven seasons, and I give it a 5 out of 10.
Al Bundy-Ed O’Neill
Peggy Bundy-Katey Sagal
Kelly Bundy-Christina Applegate
Bud Bundy-David Faustino
Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy-Amanda Bearse
Steve Rhoades-David Garrison
Jefferson D’Arcy-Ted McGinley
Recurring Cast Years
Griff-Harold Sylvester 1994-1997
Officer Dan-Dan Tullis, Jr. 1989-1997
Ike-Tom McCleister 1994-1997
Norris-Frank Lloyd 1987-1995
TV Announcer-Edd Hall 1991-1995
Seven-Shane Sweet 1992-1993
Miranda Veracruz Cardinal-Teresa Parente 1994-1996
Cab Driver #2-Bert l. Cook 1991-1996
Gary-Janet Carroll 1994-1997
Barney-Steve Susskind 1987-1994
Aaron-Hill Harper 1993-1996
Luke Ventura-Ritch Shydner 1987
Peg’s Mom-Kathleen Freeman 1995
Roger Moore (former 007) was a friend of Katey Sagal‘s father, the late director Boris Sagal, and once admitted that this series was a guilty pleasure of his.
Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy) played football in college and was actually signed by the “Pittsburgh Steelers” in 1969. He was cut from the team, however, during training camp. (The famous Terry Bradshaw from the Steelers’ team in real-life also made two guest appearances.)
In the beginning sequence of the intro song “Love and Marriage”, the shot of the cars on the interstate interchange is actually a scene from the well-known and popular film, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. If you look carefully, the Griswold’s car, a green and brown Ford Crown Victoria station wagon can be clearly seen on the road.
Christina Applegate’s garage is where the famous group “The Pussycat Dolls” was born.
Ted McGinley (Jefferson D’Arcy) worked as a lifeguard in high school, and was captain of the water polo team while in college.
When Fox decided to cancel the series, they didn’t inform any of the cast members.
Ed O’Neill received his black-belt in the martial arts in 2007, after training in it for more than 22 years. In the “I Am Bruce Lee” documentary, he said that receiving his black belt is “the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children”.
During the first season of the show, David Faustino went to a very crowded mall wearing a t-shirt with the show’s logo. Amazingly, not one person recognized or came up to him.
People Magazine chose Christine Applegate as the most beautiful person in the world in their list of “100 Most Beautiful People, 2009”. She was also chosen as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People, 1999”.
Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy) started her career not as an actress, but as a singer and a songwriter. She has been a back-up singer for some very established and famous singers such as Bob Dylan, Tanya Tucker, Olivia Newton-John and Etta James. Katey even performed as one of Bette Midler’s “Harlettes” in her innovative stage shows of the late 1970’s. She has also released her own CD’s, which include “Well” from 1994, and also “Room” which was released in 2004 and includes classic songs and original songs written by Katey herself.
One of the more well-known things about this show is that it was the first prime-time series to air on the Fox network.
In the beginning of the credits they show a fountain, this is the Buckingham Fountain which is located in downtown Chicago.
During Christina Applegate‘s first job on Broadway doing the musical, “Sweet Charity”, she broke her foot. Though producers wanted to close the show during previews, she convinced them not to do this, and made her Broadway debut in April 2005. She had to wear special shoes in order to perform and can no longer dance any strenuous roles to this day.
David Garrison (Steve Rhoades) is best known for his role on Married with Children, but is mostly a theater actor. Although he enjoyed his role on the series, he was the one that actually asked to be released from his contract so that he could return to the theater.
Until the TV series “Baywatch” was cancelled in 2001, Married with Children was the longest-running show to never win an Emmy award.
David Faustino was arrested in 2007 for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Additionally, he was charged with disorderly intoxication as well, but that charge was later dropped.
Katey Sagal‘s second pregnancy (her first pregnancy, very sadly, ended in a miscarriage after only two months) was written into the Married with Children storyline. During her seventh month she had to have an emergency C-section which tragically, ended with a daughter who was stillborn. She later gave birth to a healthy son and daughter, though these were not written into the show because of the earlier stillbirth. Years later with her third husband, Kurt Sutter, she had another healthy daughter via surrogate mother.
Ed O’Neill‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is, believe it or not, right in front of a shoe store.
The first choices to play Al and Peggy Bundy were, Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr.
Amanda Bearse (Marcy D’Arcy) came out as being a lesbian in 1993. This was somewhat of a headlines grabber at the time due to the fact that she was the first prime-time actress to “come-out”.
Christina Applegate‘s (Kelly Bundy) first acting job was when she was only three months old for Playtex baby bottles. At 5 months old she appeared on the popular soap opera, “Days of Our Lives” with her mother, actress Nancy Lee Priddy.
The part of Sam Malone from the series “Cheers” almost went to Ed O’Neill. In the end of course, it went to Ted Danson. O’Neill was also considered for the part of Steven Keaton on “Family Ties”.
Ted McGinley was also in the cast of several other popular television series, Happy Days, Love Boat, Dynasty and Hope & Faith. He has become known as the “patron saint” of what’s termed “Jumping the Shark”. This means an event that usually marks the beginning of a show’s decline, (in this case when McGinley is put onto a show). Although in the case of Married with Children, his presence on the show may actually have lengthened it.
Christina Applegate married fellow actor Jonathan Schaech in 2001. They were divorced in 2007. She then married musician Martyn LeNoble in 2010, and had a daughter a year later.
The only actor in the series to be on every episode was Ed O’Neill.
In August of 2008, Christina Applegate was found to have an early stage of breast cancer, and a few weeks later had a double mastectomy. Though the cancer was only found in one breast, she was a carrier of the BRCA 1 mutation, (an inherited genetic trait) which is known to trigger breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy is herself a breast cancer survivor. Because of these issues she has participated in many breast cancer charity organizations. This includes the founding of “Right Action for Women” in 2009, which is a charitable foundation that is dedicated to screening for breast cancer and is especially fixed on using the same type of MRI scan that saved her life.
David Faustino (Bud Bundy) owns a nightclub called “Balistyx”. This is also the same name as his rap album.
Amanda Bearse has directed around 30 episodes of Married with Children, as well as many other popular shows, “Reba”, “Dharma & Greg”, “Veronica’s Closet” and more.
The look of Peggy Bundy was actually invented by Katey Sagal. When Sagal auditioned for the role, she brought her own red bouffant wig, and the producers liked the idea so much that they approved it for the show.
The producers were unsure if Ed O’Neill would be right for the role of Al Bundy, due to the fact that his roles up to that point were more dramatic. However, after they saw his audition, where all he was required to do was to walk through the front door of the Bundy home, they changed their minds. The reason for this was because before he opened the door, he let out a deep sigh and slumped his shoulders and they immediately knew that he understood both the character and the show.
Christina Applegate grew up near the shocking site of the 1981 Wonderland Murders involving notorious porn star, John Holmes. Years later, Applegate actually played “Susan Launius”, the only survivor, in the movie about the murders called “Wonderland”.
Ted McGinley took Brooke Shields to her senior prom in 1982.