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Ed O'Neill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is in front of a shoe store.
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Ed O'Neill said in an interview that when he found out about the cancellation, he talked to a FOX executive about making an episode to finish the show, where the Bundys won the lottery and were demolished by a tornado during their celebration.
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One of the show's creators said the reason Ed O'Neill was cast was that when he was auditioning for the pilot, he was required to simply walk through the front door into the Bundy home. Right before he opened the door, O'Neill let out a deep breath and slumped his shoulders, as if going home was a defeat. Producers said when they saw that, they knew O'Neill understood the show.
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During the show's heyday Ed O'Neill would fulfill requests to make birthday and holiday telephone calls to fans as Al Bundy on the condition that he could call them collect (in character with Al's cheapskate nature).
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This series, and the fledgling FOX Network were little known until the season three, episode six, "Her Cups Runneth Over", which Michigan housewife, and "family values" activist Terry Rakolta, found so offensive, that she began a letter writing campaign to the show's sponsors to try to get them to withdraw their sponsorship, and for FOX to drop the show. A few sponsors did cancel their commercials, but her efforts had exactly the opposite effect she wanted, the story spread like wildfire and resulted in a huge jump in the ratings for the show. It made this show a major hit, and put FOX on the map. The show's cast and crew sent Rakolta flowers every year that it was renewed, while the whole controversy was spoofed in season nine, episode nine, "No Pot to Pease In", the Bundy family learns that there is a show based on their lives, which subsequently gets cancelled because "a housewife in Michigan didn't like it."
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The last episode aired on May 6, 1997 on FOX. After that episode aired, FOX was trying to decide whether to renew the show. When they decided to cancel it, they didn't notify the cast. Ed O'Neill said he was on vacation, and a couple staying near him read about the cancellation in the newspaper and told him about it. He bought them a meal in appreciation. In a similar vein, Christina Applegate learned of the show's cancellation from two friends of hers.
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Katey Sagal came up with the idea for her character Peggy Bundy to dress in 1960s-inspired clothing. Sagal's reason for the look was because she wanted to parody the 1960s housewife. For her audition, Sagal had brought her own red bouffant wig, and when she won the role, producers approved the image into the show. (Peggy's '60s wear included the bouffant hair, tight capris-styled leggings paired with a large belt, and slip on heels.)
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In the opening sequence, the shot of the cars on the interstate interchange is part of a scene from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). The Griswolds' green and brown Ford Crown Victoria (Wagon Queen Family Truckster) station wagon is clearly visible on the road.
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Ed O'Neill assumes the real reason the show was cancelled was because the local stations who carried reruns of the series begged Sony, the show's producer, not to produce any more episodes because the rights were so expensive. Reportedly, stations paid Sony $1 million per episode to carry the show.
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Initially the producers were not sure about Ed O'Neill as the choice for Al Bundy. His background was mostly in dramatic roles (most recently as Lenny in a production of "Of Mice and Men"), and they weren't sure he would be able to do comedy effectively. They changed their minds once they saw O'Neill audition. Ironically, O'Neill became so identified as his Al Bundy character, that he had difficulties finding dramatic roles after his stint on this show.
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Ed O'Neill is the only cast member from the show to appear in all 260 episodes, from the lost episode to the failed pilots that stayed in the show.
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In a 2013 interview, Ed O'Neill revealed that Amanda Bearse was the only regular cast member with whom he didn't get along, and no longer kept in touch; saying that, although they generally liked and respected one another during the show's production, they grew apart after the third season. O'Neill felt that after that time, she was getting "more masculine" and "snarky", and they would often argue over trivial matters. Even though O'Neill had been supportive of Bearse's decision to come out as a lesbian in 1993, he and David Faustino were the only cast members not to be invited to Bearse's wedding in 2010, reportedly because Bearse was afraid they would laugh at the sight of "two women in tuxedos" (which, O'Neill admitted, he would).
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Former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore confessed that the series was a guilty pleasure of his. He had been a friend of the late director Boris Sagal, father of Katey Sagal, who played Peggy Bundy.
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According to Ed O'Neill and David Faustino much of their life was parodied on the show. For example O'Neill (Al Bundy) played college football, hence his character bragging he played highschool football, while Faustino (Bud Bundy) wanted to be a rapper, hence his character's alter-ego Grandmaster B.
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The name Marcy D'Arcy is a play on of the executive producer of The Cosby Show (1984), Marcy Carsey. The working title for this show was "Not The Cosbys."
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Was the longest-running show to never win an Emmy until Baywatch (1989) was cancelled in 2001.
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Buck the Dog was on the show from the day it began until the tenth season, when he was given a "retirement" by the producers. Buck died on May 28, 1996, at age thirteen, as predicted in season five, episode nineteen, "Kids! Wadaya Gonna Do?"
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Katey Sagal became pregnant three times during the ten-year span of the series. The first was during the beginning of season six (mid 1991) where her pregnancy was worked into a storyline, but was written out when Sagal miscarried. The second time was in 1994, late in season eight, and early in season nine, and the third was in season ten from 1995-1996, in which both of her pregnancies (which were successful) were hidden from the viewing audience.
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The Bundy and Rhodes families were named after pro wrestlers King Kong Bundy (who guest-starred in two episodes, one as himself, and the other as Peggy's Uncle Irwin) and Dusty Rhodes, respectively. Contrary to popular lore, the Bundys were not named after serial killer Ted Bundy
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David Faustino went to a crowded mall while wearing a shirt with the show's logo during the first season. Not even a single person came up or recognized him.
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Throughout the show, the stars had their families as guest stars. Ed O'Neill's wife, Catherine Rusoff made two appearances. David Faustino's brother, Michael Faustino, made a couple of appearances. Christina Applegate's mother, Nancy Priddy made an appearance, and Katey Sagal's brother, Joey Sagal made appearances. Elaine Hendrix and Juliet Tablak were also at one point David Faustino's girlfriends.
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David Garrison left the series because he missed performing in live theater. A story arc was worked out where Steve and Marcy grew apart, to explain his departure. Garrison left with an enlarged mugshot photo of himself (from season four, episode ten, "At the Zoo", captioned "Gotta sing, gotta dance, gotta fucking starve to death!", as a gift from the producers. He returned once per season for the next several years; each time, Steve was in a completely different line of work from before.
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Makes references to Ed O'Neill's film, Dutch (1991). It's mentioned in season six, episode twenty-four, "England Show I", when Al is on the plane. In the episode where Al and Peggy go to the video store to rent a movie, a poster for the film is covering Ed's eyes.
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Season three, episode eight, "I'll See You in Court", which was due to air on February 19 1989, was long known as the "lost episode", remaining unbroadcast in the U.S. until 2002 (though it had been seen in other countries) when an edited version aired on FX. It was held over, due to its content, about the Bundys and Rhoades being recorded on a motel sex tape.
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After the 7th season, Seven's mysterious disappearance is often alluded to. For example, in season 8, episode 26, "Kelly Knows Something," when Al is filling Kelly's head with sports facts, she is shown forgetting about Buck and Seven. In season 8, episode 22, "Ride Scare," Seven's face is shown as "Missing" on the Bundys' milk carton.
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The roles of Al and Peg Bundy were first offered to Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr. Kinison would later guest star as Al's guardian angel.
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A running gag throughout the series was that since Al Bundy was a lowly shoe salesman, others paid him little mind. Particularly when it came to spelling his name, as it was often misspelled in newspapers, on parking spaces, letters in the mail, and even on his own paycheck. Misspellings of Al's name included "Al Bindy," "Al Budny," "Al Birdy," "Al Bumby," "Al Boondy," and "Alf Bundy."
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In Futurama (1999) season two, episode thirteen, "A Bicyclops Built for Two", Leela finds a cyclops man called Alcazar. The episode ends up being a spoof of this show, where Leela marries Alcazar, calling him "Al". Leela's voice was provided by Katey Sagal, who played Peggy Bundy on this show.
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Divine was scheduled to appear as Uncle Otto in the second season finale, but died just before he was scheduled to film his scenes.
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"N.O. M.A.'A.M." stands for "National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood."
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Al's "mighty Dodge" is actually a 1972 Plymouth Duster.
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Ed O'Neill said that he based Al Bundy on one of his uncles because the uncle and Al shared so many personality traits.
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Christina Applegate wore a long blond wig for most of the 10th season because she dyed her hair red for a role in Nowhere (1997) which was shot during summer 1995, between the 9th and 10th seasons.
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Kelly's birthday is November 25, 1971, which also happens to be Christina Applegate's birthday.
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Al's favorite show is the fictional western "Psycho Dad."
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Katey Sagal had constant issues with Buck the dog trying to hump her leg on and off the set. The producers were going to "fire" Buck if his owner and handler could not get him under control, doing away with a family pet altogether.
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Al's favorite reading material is a Playboy-type magazine called "Big 'Uns". At different points in the series, Griff, Al's African-American sidekick at the store, can be seen reading a similar magazine in the series called "Black Big 'Uns", and during a scene in Cuba, "Fidel Castro" can be seen reading another similar magazine called "Cub 'Uns" (a play on the word "Cubans").
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Many of the original producers later collaborated on the WB series Unhappily Ever After (1995) which, according to "Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of The WB and UPN" by Suzanne Daniels and Cynthia Littleton, was deliberate on the part of WB executives who hired "Married With Children" creator Ron Leavitt to create "Unhappily Ever After" as a "Married With Children" knockoff, hoping that it would be the breakout hit for The WB that "Married With Children" was for FOX. WB executives even jokingly called it "Divorced With Children".
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Al's friend, Bob Rooney (E.E. Bell) is always referred to by both his first and last name. Never simply Bob or Rooney. Even his own wife refers to him as such, at one point, even during sex, when she moaned, "Ohhh, Bob Rooney!"
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Katey Sagal, Ed O'Neill, and Christina Applegate all admitted to doubting the show's potential for success at its start, but found the pilot script funny, and signed on thinking it would be fun to do.
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In one episode, where Kelly works at TVLand, a bunch of kids come up to Jefferson D'Arcy (Ted McGinley) and ask him for his autograph and he makes a reference to Happy Days (1974), and the kids ask him if he was also in The Love Boat (1977), which he denies. McGinley was on Happy Days (1974) as Roger Phillips and The Love Boat (1977) as Ashley Covington Evans.
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Bud's full name is Budrick Franklin Bundy.
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The fountain shown at the beginning of the credits is the Buckingham Fountain in downtown Chicago.
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British royal Meghan Markle spent a large part of her childhood on the set of this show, as her father Thomas W. Markle was a director of photography, working behind the scenes there.
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The series makes several references to the movie Deliverance (1972). Although Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy) was not actually in the movie, it has been reported so many times that he often doesn't dispute it.
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Peg's favorite shows are The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) and "Psycho Mom."
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Season 10, episode 23, "Enemies," was an attempt at a back door pilot based on Friends (1994). Christina Applegate would later go on to appear on Friends (1994) as Rachel's sister Amy.
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Peggy's maiden name is "Wanker" and her relatives live in fictional Wanker County, Wisconsin. "Wanker" is English slang for "masturbator."
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Jefferson's middle name is Millhouse.
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David Garrison was the first actor to be cast. Ironically, he became the only regular cast member to leave the series.
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Al falling off the roof in season 4, episode 13, "Who'll Stop the Rain?," was voted "One of Married With Children's funniest moments."
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After the show was an unexpected success among young adults in Germany, broadcasting network RTL produced a German version, called Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt (1993). The scripts and every single joke of this show's 1987-88 season were translated, and the family was called "Strunk", but it was cancelled after one season.
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This was the first primetime series aired on the new FOX Broadcasting Company. It debuted on Sunday April 5, 1987 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The first episode was also repeated twice throughout the night.
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In addition to playing the role of Marcy Rhodes/D'Arcy, Amanda Bearse also directed several episodes.
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Michael Richards auditioned for the role of Al Bundy.
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The house shown at the beginning and end of each episode is in Deerfield, Illinois.
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Al's favorite movie is Hondo (1953). He also enjoyed Shane (1953).
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The set used as Al Bundy's shoe store was previously used as the travel agency, in which Barbara and Max worked, during the final season of One Day at a Time (1975). In a couple of episodes of One Day at a Time (1975), you can even see the "New Market Mall" sign outside the windows of the travel agency.
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In some episodes, the Bundy home address is 9764 Jeopardy Lane, Chicago, Illinois. In other episodes, the address is 9674 Jeopardy Lane.
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Top of the Heap (1991), later re-titled Vinnie & Bobby (1992), was a spin-off of this show.. There were also two other ideas for spin-offs, season ten, episode twenty-three, "Enemies", and season nine, episode twenty-six, "Radio Free Trumaine". "Enemies" dealt with Kelly's friends fighting and falling in love again, while "Radio Free Trumaine" was about two unconventional disc jockeys at Bud's college. They remained as episodes for the Married with Children seasons, but never made the final cut for more episodes.
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Bud's birthday goes from January 22, 1976 to 1974. It's stated he's 11 at the start of the series, but later changes to David Faustino's natural age.
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The name of the shoe store where Al works is "Garry's Shoes and Accesories for Today's Woman." Al later discovered to his chagrin that "Garry" was in fact a woman.
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Al's favorite song is "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler. He was also fond of Arthur Alexander's "Anna."
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Al Bundy was born on November 7, 1948.
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The shoe store where Al works is in "New Market Mall."
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Luke Ventura, who was Al's colleague in the first season, was named after Jesse Ventura. The show's creators were fans of professional wrestling.
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Almost every time Al watches his favorite show "Psycho Dad", the theme song lyrics are different. Because of this, a group named "The Bones" utilized all of these different verses to record an actual almost three minute song. They, however, discluded certain ones. Like the Christmas episode, when Peg watches "Psycho Mom", or when Marcy sings "Loser Al" to the tune.
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It is never explained at any time why Peggy would have gone to Polk High School with Al when Polk High is in Chicago and her family lives in Wisconsin.
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Instead of saying "Visa" the credit card sign in the shoe store says "Vista."
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Network executives tested the pilot with a professional television viewer, who asked that the producers show that, despite all the viciousness, the family members cared deeply about each other. Co-creator Ron Leavitt told him "You, sir, are why television sucks!"
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Unlike her character Kelly, Christina Applegate's co-stars described her as being an intelligent and talented actress. Ed O'Neill also praised her performance, saying that only an actress of her caliber would be able to convincingly pull off the "dumb blonde". She often nailed her performance on the first or second take.
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Initially, writers struggled to come up with a mission statement or manifesto for the show before episodes began airing, in order to best explain the show's essence. In the end, they decided that instead of any sort of dialogue, they'd use a sound, which is why the first thing heard in the opening scene of the first episode aired on FOX, is that of Al Bundy flushing a toilet, since so much of the show's dialogue and themes involved blue collar and lowbrow humor, which the sound perfectly encapsulated and gave the audience the perfect explanation as to the show's overarching theme.
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Peggy's birthday is April 12, which is Ed O'Neill's actual birthday.
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Roseanne Barr turned down to play Peg Bundy because she felt if she was to star in a sitcom, she would like to put her own comedy into it, which she did for Roseanne (1988).
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Al Bundy was often compared to The Simpsons (1989) character Homer Simpson.
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Like Seven, many of the show's extra characters lasted for one season. Al's colleague in the shoe store, Luke Ventura, appeared in season one; Amber, the D'Arcys' niece, appeared in season nine; and Aaron, Al's first shoe store sidekick, also appeared in season nine.
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Married... with Children (1987) became the longest running American primetime scripted series then on the air after Murder, She Wrote (1984) ended on May 19, 1996 and retained that status until its final episode on June 9, 1997. It was the first Fox series to hold this distinction and was succeeded by Murphy Brown (1988).
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There is an Argentinian version of the show, Casados con hijos (2005), that had great success. The series ran 163 episodes from 2005 to 2007 and won 3 Martin Fierros.
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In 1996, UK broadcasters Carlton Televion made Married for Life (1996) for ITV, a remake of the early episodes featuring the Butler family. It was unsuccessful, and ran for only seven weeks.
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John Derbyshire of the conservative political magazine "National Review" described it as "one of the most conservative shows on TV." However, Ed O'Neill is a staunch Democrat, and one year prior to his reemergence on Modern Family (2009), made a campaign video in support of Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign as "Al, the shoe salesman." Similarly, Katey Sagal balked at the notion that the show was at all political, saying, "people would try to put political overtones, and you know, 'This isn't politically correct', and they tried to do all this stuff to it. But it's really just supposed to be twenty minutes of fun."
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When there was food (a rarity) in the Bundy household, the brand names were masked, but the packaging was often recognizable. House brand items from Safeway and Alpha Beta supermarkets appeared, and Al sometimes drank Budweiser beer.
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From the outside of the Bundy house, from far away, the door is white, but close up, it is obviously red.
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In early episodes Motörhead's mascot, Snaggletooth, can be seen superimposed on a red ace of spades hanging on Kelly's bedroom door.
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Steve's middle name is Bartholomew.
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On the show Son of Anarchy in a episode where Gemma (Katey Sagal) is on the run from the law. Tig suggests that she could dye her hair red. Gemma (Katey Sagal) replies that she would rather shave her head. This is an obvious reference to her character Peg from married with children.
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In one episode Kelly reveals the Bundy's phone number is 555-2878.
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Though she plays her mother, Katey Sagal is not quite 18 years older than Christina Applegate.
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Britney Spears recently took a fan picture with Ed O'neill, and he had no idea who she was. (Until days later when Ellen Degeneres brought it up on her show).
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The original pilot was filmed with Tina Caspary as Kelly and Hunter Carson as Bud. But the producers were not happy and felt that Caspary and Carson should go on to "better-spirited" things. Their few scenes were later re-shot with Applegate and Faustino. Ironically, both Caspary's and Carson's acting work only lasted about 3-4 more years.
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Although it is implied throughout the series that Jefferson is younger than Marcy; Ted McGinley and Amanda Bearse were both born in 1958, with Ted being slightly older than her.
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The series became very lucrative in syndicated reruns. Due to the fact that Fox only existed in a limited amount of television markets when the series premiered in 1987, many of the series episodes were not seen throughout the country. Thus when those shows went into syndication television stations realized that, although the episodes were reruns, to many viewers it was their first time seeing them. David Garrison has said that it was the reruns that lead to his notoriety and his fanbase from the series growing even after he had left it in 1990.
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In interviews Ed O'Neill stated that he stayed with show for eleven seasons, and would have continued with it had it not been cancelled, due to the fact that he feared he would be so typecast as Al Bundy that his career as an actor would be over. O'Neill stated that his growing salary from season to season is what kept him going fearing that any acting roles of significance would be in short supply after Married With Children ended. Fortunately O'Neill's sentiments proved to be wrong leading to starring roles in " Big Apple", "Dragnet", and most successfully "Modern Family."
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Ed O'Neill has stated in interviews that Fox executive Barry Diller did not want him for the series. O'Neill has stated that producers Ron Leavitt and Michael Moye wouldn't budge, believing O'Neill was the only actor they saw who got the role. Diller finally acquiesced but left the producers with the stinging remark "Well it's your funeral." Fortunately for O'Neill Diller would years later admit that he was wrong about O'Neill and that he was perfect as Al Bundy.
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Married... with Children is the first sitcom to take place in Chicago, the second in Family Matters (1989)
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Buck "said" to Bud in season five, episode nineteen, "Kids! Wadaya Gonna Do?", the ninety-ninth episode of the series, the following quote: "And at least I have the decency to die at thirteen." Five years later, Buck actually died at the age of thirteen.
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