Married... with Children

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Married... with Children
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Genre Sitcom
Created by
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Love and Marriage"
by Frank Sinatra
Ending theme"Love and Marriage"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes259 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Barbara Blachut Cramer
  • John Maxwell Anderson
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time22–23 minutes
Production companies Embassy Communications
(seasons 1-2)
ELP Communications
(seasons 2-11)
Columbia Pictures Television
(seasons 2-11)
Original network Fox
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseApril 5, 1987 (1987-04-05) 
June 9, 1997 (1997-06-09)
Related shows Top of the Heap
External links

Married... with Children is an American television sitcom created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Originally broadcast from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997, it is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on Fox and the first to be broadcast in the network's primetime slot. In addition to the show's original run, one episode that was not screened on Fox when originally filmed on January 6, 1989, was aired on FX on June 18, 2002, five years after the series' conclusion.


The show follows the suburban Chicago lives of Al Bundy, a once-glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women's shoe salesman; his lazy wife, Peggy; their attractive, dumb and popular daughter, Kelly; and their smart, horny and unpopular son, Bud. Their neighbors are the upwardly mobile Steve Rhoades and his wife Marcy, who later gets remarried to Jefferson D'Arcy, a white-collar criminal who becomes her "trophy husband" and Al's sidekick. Most storylines involve Al's schemes being foiled by his own cartoonish dim wit and bad luck.

The series comprises 259 episodes and 11 seasons. Its theme song is "Love and Marriage" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, performed by Frank Sinatra from the 1955 television production Our Town.

The first two seasons of the series were videotaped at ABC Television Center in Hollywood. From season three to season eight, the show was taped at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, and the remaining three seasons were taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The series was produced by Embassy Communications during its first season and half of its second season and the remaining seasons by ELP Communications under the studio Columbia Pictures Television.

In 2008, the show placed number 94 on Entertainment Weekly 's "New TV Classics" list. [1]

Cast and characters

Ed O'Neill Al Bundy 1987–1997, 20021–11259
Katey Sagal Margaret "Peggy" Bundy 1987–1997, 20021–11247
Amanda Bearse Marcy Rhoades/D'Arcy 1987–1997, 20021–11236
David Garrison Steve Rhoades 1987–1990, 1992, 1993, 19951–4, guest 6–7, 973
Christina Applegate Kelly Bundy 1987–1997, 20021–11256
David Faustino Bud Bundy 1987–1997, 20021–11257
Ted McGinley Jefferson D'Arcy 1989, 1991–1997, 20025–11167

Pilot episode

In the show's pilot episode, Tina Caspary played the role of Kelly Bundy, while Hunter Carson played Bud. Before the series aired publicly the roles for the two Bundy children were re-cast. O'Neill felt a lack of chemistry with the original actors cast as the children. He requested a re-cast, which the producers approved. All of the scenes in the original pilot were re-shot with the replacement actors, Christina Applegate and David Faustino. [2]

Recurring characters

Fox broadcast history

SeasonTime slot
1986-87 Sunday at 8:00 pm
1987–88 Sunday at 8:00 pm (September 27 - October 18, 1987)
Sunday at 8:30 pm (October 25, 1987 - May 1, 1988)
1988–89 Sunday at 8:30 pm
1989–90 Sunday at 9:00 pm
1996–97 Saturday at 9:00 pm (September 28 - October 12, 1996)
Sunday at 7:30 pm (November 10 - December 29, 1996)
Monday at 9:30 pm (January 6–27, 1997)
Monday at 9:00 pm (February 24 - June 9, 1997)

On April 22, 2012, Fox reaired the series premiere in commemoration of its 25th anniversary. [3]


External video
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During its 11-season run on the Fox network, Married... with Children aired 258 episodes. A 259th episode, "I'll See You in Court" from season 3, never aired on Fox (see below), but premiered on FX and has since been included on DVD and in syndication packages. The episode counts in the chart below. Three specials also aired following the series' cancellation, including a cast reunion.

Nielsen ratings

Despite the show's enduring popularity and fanbase, Married... with Children was never a huge ratings success. Part of the reason was the fact that Fox, being a new startup network, did not have the affiliate base of the Big Three television networks, thus preventing the series from reaching the entire country. In an interview for a special commemorating the series' 20-year anniversary in 2007, Katey Sagal stated that part of the problem the series faced was that many areas of the country were able to get Fox only through low-quality UHF channels well into the early 1990s, while some areas of the country did not receive the new network at all, a problem not largely rectified until the launch of Foxnet in June 1991 and later the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment which brought the NFC football rights to the network.

Another problem lay in the fact that many of the newly-developed series on Fox were unsuccessful, which kept the network from building a popular lineup to draw in a larger audience. In its original airing debut, Married... with Children was part of a Sunday lineup that competed with the popular Murder, She Wrote and Sunday-night movie on CBS. Fellow freshman series included Duet , cancelled in 1989, along with It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Tracey Ullman Show , both of which were canceled in 1990. The success of The Simpsons , which debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, helped draw some viewers over to Fox, allowing Married... with Children to sneak into the top 50 of television shows for seasons 3 through 9 doing its best overall rating at number 8 for its third and tenth seasons. Although these ratings were somewhat small in comparison with the other three networks, they were good enough for Fox to keep renewing the show.

While the series didn't end on a cliffhanger, it was expected to be renewed for a 12th season and thus didn't have a proper series finale when Fox decided to cancel it in 1997. With Fox announcing the cancellation publicly before informing the cast and crew, most if not all of them found out about the series cancellation from fans and low-level employees instead of the network itself. Katey Sagal stated that she constantly felt that the series was neglected by Fox despite helping bring the fledgling network on the map and was even on before The Simpsons, which Ed O'Neill attributed to the constant turnover at the top of the Fox Network aside from owner Rupert Murdoch during the series run. [4]

Ratings data for some seasons courtesy of[ dubious ][ citation needed ]


In 1989, Terry Rakolta, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, led a boycott [5] of the show after viewing the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over". [6] Offended by the images of an old man wearing a woman's garter and stockings, the scene where Steve touches the pasties of a mannequin dressed in S&M gear, a homosexual man wearing a tiara on his head (and Al's line "...and they wonder why we call them 'queens'"), and a half-nude woman who takes off her bra in front of Al (and is shown with her arms covering her bare chest in the next shot), Rakolta began a letter-writing campaign to advertisers, demanding they boycott the show.

After advertisers began dropping their support for the show and while Rakolta made several appearances on television talk shows demanding the show's cancellation, Fox executives refused to air the episode titled "I'll See You in Court".[ citation needed ] This episode became known as the "Lost Episode" and was aired on FX on June 18, 2002, with some parts cut. The episode was packaged with the rest of the third season in the January 2005 DVD release (and in the first volume of the Married ... With Children Most Outrageous Episodes DVD set) with the parts cut from syndication restored.

Ironically, viewers' curiosity over the boycott and over the show itself led to a drastic ratings boost in an example of the Streisand Effect, which Rakolta has since acknowledged. She has been referenced twice on the show: "Rock and Roll Girl" [7] when a newscaster mentioned the city Bloomfield Hills, and "No Pot to Pease In", [8] when a television show was made about the Bundy family and then was cancelled because (according to Marcy) "some woman in Michigan didn't like it".

The conservative Parents Television Council named Married... with Children the worst show of both the 1995–96 and 1996–97 television seasons in its first two years in operation. [9] [10] In 1996, the organization called the show the "crudest comedy on prime time television...peppered with lewd punch lines about sex, masturbation, the gay lifestyle and the lead character's fondness for pornographic magazines and strip clubs." [9] Amanda Bearse told News Corp Australia in 2018 that she did not believe the show would work in the present day given its content amid a more politically correct climate. "It was a mean-spirited and misogynist show. It was just so completely inappropriate," said Bearse. "Even then it wasn't everybody's cup of tea but for some reason it's had this amazing longevity." [11]

Despite the series controversial content and being clearly aimed at a male audience, it did receive recognition behind the scenes of being one of the few series on at the time that gave women prominent roles backstage and was often praised for its treatment of women. The positive treatment of women on the set was such that it allowed Bearse to become one of the first mainstream actresses to publicly come out as lesbian, which she did during the series and received positive recognition for doing so. [4]

Home media

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released all 11 seasons of Married... with Children on DVD in Regions 1, 2, & 4. On December 12, 2010, Sony released a complete series set on DVD in Region 1. [12]

In December 2007, the Big Bundy Box—a special collection box with all seasons plus new interviews with Sagal and David Faustino—was released. [13] This boxset was released in Australia (Region 4) on November 23, 2009. [14]

The Sony DVD box sets from season 3 onward do not feature the original "Love and Marriage" theme song in the opening sequence. This was done because Sony was unable to obtain the licensing rights to the song for later sets. [15] Despite this, the end credits on the DVDs for season 3 still include a credit for "Love and Marriage."

On August 27, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the home media rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library including Married... with Children [16] with the original theme song "Love and Marriage" sung by Frank Sinatra. They have subsequently re-released the 11 seasons on DVD. The Mill Creek Entertainment version (along with the versions available for streaming and downloading) include scenes that are normally edited in syndication and most of the licensed music that's dubbed over or deleted due to copyright issues. [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] A complete series DVD set was re-released on July 7, 2015 in Region 1. All seasons of Married... with Children are now available for online download and streaming through Amazon, Apple iTunes, Hulu, and Vudu.

DVD NameEp #Release datesDVD Special Features
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season One13October 28, 2003 [23] April 7, 2004October 25, 2005 [24] Married with Children reunion
Season Two22March 16, 2004 [25] October 26, 2004September 22, 2008 [26] Clips from the 2003 reunion
Season Three22January 25, 2005 [27] February 10, 2005September 22, 2008 [28] Clips from the 2003 reunion
Season Four23August 30, 2005 [29] December 22, 2005September 22, 2008 [30] None
Season Five25June 20, 2006 [31] June 27, 2006September 22, 2008 [32] Promos for other TV shows
Season Six26December 19, 2006 [33] August 17, 2006September 22, 2008 [34] Promos for other TV shows
Season Seven26September 18, 2007 [35] October 5, 2006September 22, 2008 [36] None
Season Eight26March 18, 2008 [37] December 19, 2006October 22, 2008 [38] None
Season Nine26August 19, 2008 [39] February 20, 2007October 22, 2008 [40] None
Season Ten27March 17, 2009 [41] March 20, 2007March 11, 2009 [42] None
Season Eleven24October 13, 2009 [43] May 8, 2007March 11, 2009 [44] Promos for other TV shows
The Big Bundy Box209N/AN/ADecember 3, 2008 [45] Seasons 1-9 with room for Seasons 10 & 11. Special features same as individual seasons.
The Complete Series259October 13, 2009 [43]
July 7, 2015 (re-release) [46]
November 22, 2009November 23, 2009 [47]
June 17, 2020 (re-release) [48]
Married with Children reunion (2003)

Clips from the 2003 reunion

David Faustino interview

Katey Sagal interview

Promos for other TV shows

Bonus wall poster



The Complete "Married... with Children" Book: TV's Dysfunctional Family Phenomenon, Bear Manor Media, August 2017, ISBN   1629331899

Comic books

Married... with Children was adapted into a comic book series by NOW Comics in 1990. [49]


Board game

  • Married With Children: Act Like...Think Like...Be Like a...Bundy was released in 1990 by Galoob. [50]

Action figures

Two series (10 in all) of 8" action figures were produced by Classic TV Toys in 2005 and 2006. [51] In 2018, Funko produced figures of Al, Kelly, Bud and Peggy as a part of their Funko POP! line. [52] That same year, Funko also released a Married... with Children box set as a Comic Con Exclusive. It included retro-styled Al, Peggy, Kelly and Bud action figures. [53] In 2018 and 2019, Mego released Target exclusives of Al, Peggy and Kelly in 1/9 scale. [54]

International remakes


An Armenian remake was made in 2016, called The Azizyans . The Azizyans is an Armenian sitcom television series developed by Robert Martirosyan and Van Grigoryan. The series premiered on Armenia TV on October 31, 2016. However, the series was not available to the public until Armenia TV started airing the sitcom from October 10, 2017. The series takes place in Yerevan, Armenia. The Azizyans sitcom is starred by Hayk Marutyan. He embodies the character of Garnik Azizyan – a clothes store seller, who is the only one working in the family. Mrs. Ruzan Azizyan is lazy enough to perform the duties of a housewife. The problems of the father of the family don't bother his 3 children – his daughter, who is internet-addicted and is active in all social networks; his unemployed eldest son, who is a complete loser, and his youngest son, who is a schoolboy. The roles in this sitcom, created for family watching, are played by Ani Lupe, Satenik Hazaryan, Ishkhan Gharibyan, Suren Arustamyan and other popular Armenian actors. The project is directed by Arman Marutyan. In the second season of the sitcom, the Azizyan family continues to survive thanks to the meager salary of Garnik. The wife of Garnik - Ruzan, remains in the status of a housewife, without even thinking about finding a job. The elder son of Garnik and Ruzan - Azat, continues to look for a new job, a young man appears in the life of Marie, who is trying to win the girl's heart. Their younger son Levon, continues to live his own life and does not understand what he has in common with this family. And their neighbors Irina and Alik continue to be friends with the family, which Azizyans do not quite approve. The only bright spot in the life of the family is their house, which Garnik inherited from his grandfather.


An Argentine remake was made by Telefe in 2005, called Casados con Hijos . Two seasons were made (2005 and 2006), totaling 215 episodes. It is still aired Monday through Friday at 2 pm and Saturday at 11:30 pm. [55] The series has been also shown by local channels in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Peru.

The character names are: José "Pepe" Argento (based on Al, played by Guillermo Francella), Mónica "Moni" Argento (based on Peggy, played by Florencia Peña), Paola Argento (based on Kelly, played by Luisana Lopilato), Alfio "Coqui" Argento (based on Bud, played by Darío Lopilato), Dardo and María Elena Fuseneco (based on Marcy and Jefferson D'Arcy, played by Marcelo de Bellis and Érica Rivas).


In Brazil Rede Bandeirantes made a remake in 1999 with the name A Guerra dos Pintos (The War of The Pintos). 52 episodes were recorded but only 22 aired before cancelation. [56]


In Bulgaria a remake is aired from March 26, 2012 with the name Женени с деца в България (Zheneni s detsa v Bulgaria) (Married with children in Bulgaria). [57]


In Croatia a remake called Bračne vode was broadcast from September 2008 until November 2009 on Nova TV channel. The characters based on the Bundys were called Zvonimir, Sunčica, Kristina and Boris Bandić while the ones based on Marcy and Steve were called Marica and Ivan Kumarica. [58]


In Germany, the 1992 remake Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt , broadcast in the prime time, reached double the audience than the original (broadcast in the early fringe time). This, however, was not enough to maintain the series, so it was cancelled after one season. [59] The remake used the exact translated scripts of the original series (which already substituted localised humour and in-jokes for incomprehensible references to American TV shows not shown in Germany, as well as some totally different jokes) and just renamed places and people according to the new setting. [60]

Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt was aired from March to December 1993 for 26 episodes. [61]


In 2006, Hungarian TV network TV2 purchased the license rights including scripts and hired the original producers from Sony Pictures for a remake of the show placed in a Hungarian environment. It was entitled Egy rém rendes család Budapesten [62] (in English: Married with children in Budapest , loan translation: A gruesomely decent family in Budapest). The main story began with the new family called the Bándis inheriting an outskirt house from their American relatives the Bundys. They filmed a whole season of 26 episodes, all of them being remade versions of the plots of the original first seasons. It was the highest budget sitcom ever made in Hungary. First it was aired on Tuesday nights, but was beaten by a new season of ER , then placed to Wednesday nights. The remake lost its viewers, but stayed on the air due to the contract between Sony and TV2. [63] [64] [65] Also the Hungarian critics have strongly condemned the copyright infringement of the original series. They also criticized the lack of quality and the dilettante forcing of the American cliches in Eastern European (Hungarian) environment. [66]


The complete American series aired in Israel in the 1990s, with reruns of it ever since. There has also been an Israeli remake to the show titled Nesuim Plus (Married Plus) that aired its two seasons from 2012 to 2017.


The Original Married... With Children ran on TV-6 Russia in the late 1990s and early 2000s (before the closing of the channel) in prime-time basis, broadcasting the episodes from seasons 1–10. The show later aired on DTV and Domashniy TV. However, for unknown reasons, most episodes from season 11 were not shown. A Russian adaptation, titled Happy Together (Schastlivy Vmeste; Happy Together), was broadcast on TNT across the country. [67] [68]

The character names are: Gena Bukin (based on Al, played by Viktor Loginov), Dasha Bukina (based on Peggy, played by Natalya Bochkareva), Sveta Bukina (based on Kelly, played by Darya Sagalova), Roma Bukin (based on Bud, played by Alexander Yakin), Elena and Anatoliy Poleno (based on Marcy and Jefferson D'Arcy, played by Yulia Zaharova and Pavel Savinkov), Evgeniy Stepanov (based on Steve Rhoades, played by Aleksey Sekirin), Sema Bukin (based on Seven, played by Ilya Butkovskiy), and Baron Bukin (based on Buck and Lucky, played by Bayra). [69]


ITV had been screening the original Married... With Children since 1988. In 1996, the UK production company Central Television and Columbia Pictures Television (Columbia TriStar Central Productions) produced a UK version called Married for Life, which lasted for one series with seven episodes. [70]


Top of the Heap was a sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc. The show was about Vinnie Verducci (played by LeBlanc) and his father Charlie (played by Joseph Bologna) always trying get rich quick schemes. The Verduccis were introduced in an earlier episode where Vinnie dated Kelly Bundy, and Charlie was introduced as an old friend of Al Bundy's. The end of the pilot episode shows Al breaking into their apartment and stealing their TV to replace the one he lost betting on Vinnie in a boxing match. However, the show didn't last long and was ultimately cancelled. It had its own spin-off/sequel called Vinnie & Bobby a year later, which was also cancelled.

Also, an attempt was made to make a spin-off out of David Garrison's Steve Rhoades character which took place on Bud's Trumaine University called Radio Free Trumaine where Garrison played the Dean. [71] Enemies was another spin-off, but played to be a spoof on the TV series Friends . [72] [73]

On September 11, 2014, it was announced that a spin-off was in the works, centered on the character of Bud Bundy. [74]

U.S. syndication and international airings

Distributed by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution (now Sony Pictures Television Distribution), Married... with Children debuted in off-network syndication in the fall of 1991. The series later began airing on cable on FX from September 1998 until 2007. In June 2002, FX became the first television network to air the controversial, previously banned episode "I'll See You in Court", albeit in an edited format. The fully uncensored version of "I'll See You in Court" can only be seen on the DVD release Married... with Children: The Most Outrageous Episodes Volume 1 and the Mill Creek Entertainment complete series collection. The version found on the Third Season DVD set under Sony is the edited-for-TV version. In 2008, the Spike network reportedly paid US$12 million for broadcast rights to every episode including the unedited version of the infamous episode, "I'll See You in Court". [75]

The series started airing on Spike TV on September 29, 2008 with a weeklong marathon. TBS also began airing the show shortly after, acquiring the show in fall 2008 to run in the early morning hours. Through late September 2018 it ran for two to three hours (on rare occasions four or five) on TBS during the early morning hours (depending on the length of overnight programming) before TBS dropped it from their lineup. TV Land picked up the rights to broadcast the show from its MTV Networks sister Spike in August 2009. Comedy Central began airing the show on February 8, 2010; Comedy Central acquired rights to air the series from TV Land, who in turn, had earlier acquired the rights to the series from Spike, though Comedy Central dropped the rights to the series in April 2010. Spike picked up the rights to the series again, and began airing the series for the second time on July 10, 2010, airing on weekend mornings only. [76] All three cable channels are owned by Viacom. [77] The comedy began airing on Nick at Nite on July 6, 2011. [78] MTV2 added the series on March 21, 2012 and VH1 Classic began airing the series on April 9, 2012. The series has aired on a total of seven MTV Networks owned cable networks since 2008. It previously aired on Antenna TV, Ion Television, and TBS. The series currently airs on CMT, GetTV, Logo TV and regularly on WGN America. WGN America gained rights to the show when TBS removed it from their early morning slots in September 2018. [79] In November 2018, the entire 11-season run became available to watch through Hulu. [80]

Married...with Children has also been a ratings success in other countries around the world.

CountryForeign titleTranslationNetwork(s)Notes
Australia Married...with ChildrenNone Network Ten (1989–1991)
Nine Network (1991–1999, 2002–2008)
GO! (2009-2010)
7mate (2015-2016)
7flix (2016–present)
TV1 (1998–2013)
Argentina Casados con Hijos Dubbed Telefe
Sony Entertainment Television
Austria Eine schrecklich nette Familie
(An Awfully Nice Family)
Dubbed ORF
Belgium (Flanders)Married... with ChildrenSubtitled Eén
Brazil Um amor de Família
(A Lovely Family)
Sony Entertainment Television
The show runs on Sony Entertainment Television and Comedy Central Brasil (since 2012 February) with original sound and subtitles (source:, the dubbed version runs on PlayTV. 57 dubbed and subtitled episodes are now available on the Brazilian version of Netflix.
Bulgaria Женени с деца
(Married with Children)
Dubbed bTV
Fox life
Airing on bTV Comedy.
Canada Married...with Children CMT
Broadcasting on Spike, DejaView, Much, and MTV
Chile Casado con hijos SubtitledSony Entertainment TelevisionToday the show runs on Sony Entertainment Television.
Colombia Casado con hijos Subtitled Cadena 1
Sony Entertainment Television
Comedy Central
The original series aired in Colombia presented by Cinevision on Channel 1 from 1992 to 1994. Reruns on the original language aired on basic cable channels Sony and Comedy Central. The Colombian remake Casados con hijos airs on Teleantioquia (2000-2005), Caracol Channel (2004-2006, 2011-2012) and CityTv (2014-2016).
Croatia Bračne vode
(Marriage Waters)
Subtitled HRT
RTL Televizija
Nova TV
Fox Life
The show runs on Nova TV and Fox Life.
Czech Republic Ženatý se závazky
(Married with commitments)
Dubbed TV Prima
TV Nova
Nova Cinema
The show runs weekly from Monday to Friday on TV Smíchov.
Denmark Vore værste år
(Our Worst Years)
Subtitled TV3
Comedy Central
Dominican Republic Casado con Hijos
(Married with Children)
DubbedTelesistema Canal 11
Estonia Tuvikesed
Subtitled Kanal 12 Broadcast before midnight on Kanal 12, episodes rerun on the next weekday morning.
Finland Pulmuset
Subtitled MTV3
Being rerun on TV5.
France Mariés, deux enfants
(Married, Two Children)
Dubbed M6
Runs on the cable channel Comédie!.
Germany Eine schrecklich nette Familie
(An Awfully Nice Family)
Dubbed RTL
Comedy Central
kabel eins classics
RTL Nitro
It first ran from 1992 on RTL ("RTLplus" at that time), moving to ProSieben for the final 51 episodes, ending in 1997. It airs two episodes a day Monday-Friday on RTL Nitro, with an additional two episodes on Thursday night.
Greece Παντρεμένοι με παιδιά
(Married with Children)
Subtitled ANT1
Mega Channel
Makedonia TV
The series returned on January 9, 2016 for reruns, airing every weekend at 10:40 p.m., starting from season 1, on Mega Channel which initially aired just the last seasons.
Hungary Egy rém rendes család
(A gruesomely decent family)
RTL Klub
Viasat 3
A cable television called CoolTV airs 3 episodes and PrizmaTV 2 episodes each day.
Iceland Vísitölufjölskyldan (The Index Family)SubtitledStöð 2
Ireland Married...with ChildrenNone RTÉ Two All episodes aired; reruns have been aired
Israel נשואים פלוס
(Married Plus)
Subtitled yes Comedy The complete American series aired in Israel in the 1990s, with reruns of it ever since. There has also been an Israeli remake of the show titled Nesuim Plus (Married Plus) that aired its two seasons from 2012 to 2017.
Italy Sposati ... Con Figli
(Married ... With Children)
Dubbed Canale 5 and Sky Show The first broadcast by Canale 5 (later of the Mediaset group).
Lithuania Vedęs ir turi vaikų
(Married and has children)
Voice-over TV3
TV6 Lithuania
The show periodically runs on TV3 and TV6 Lithuania.
Latvia Precējies, ir bērniDubbed TV3
TV6 (Latvia)
Mexico Married...with ChildrenDubbed Comedy Central
Sony Entertainment Television
Runs on Comedy Central.
Netherlands Married...with ChildrenSubtitled Veronica
Comedy Central
Originally aired on Veronica, RTL7. The show is being broadcast on Comedy Central.
New Zealand Married...with ChildrenNone TV2
Sky TV
Ran for many years on TV2, now on Sky TV and Prime TV.
Norway Bundy
Subtitled TV3
Viasat 4
Originally named Våre verste år (Our worst years), but was later renamed Bundy. It had its on run on TV3, and now in reruns after midnight every day except weekends on TV3. Reruns have also been shown on TV3's sister channel Viasat 4.
Paraguay Matrimonio con Hijos
(Marriage with Children)
Sony Entertainment Television
The sitcom runs on Unicanal from Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm.
Peru Matrimonio con Hijos
(Marriage with Children)
DubbedRed Global TV
Sony Entertainment Television
The show runs on Red Global TV from Monday to Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Poland Świat według Bundych
(The World According to the Bundys)
Voice-over Polsat The show was aired many times on Polsat and is still broadcast on that channel. The series' success brought about a local TV show Świat według Kiepskich (The World According to the Kiepskis) that paraphrased the Polish title of Married... with Children; however, the premise of the Polish show is significantly different from that of the American original, which is why it is usually not considered a remake.
Romania Familia Bundy
(The Bundy Family)
Subtitled PRO TV
PRO Cinema
Antena 1
Antena 2
Russia Женаты... с детьми (Married... with Children), Счастливы вместе
(Happy Together)
Voice-over (original) TV-6, DTV, Domashniy TV (original)
TNT (remake)
The Russian remake of the show, Счастливы вместе, has been broadcast since March 2006 on TNT every weekday. The series was cancelled in 2013.
Serbia Брачне воде / Bračne vode
(Marriage Waters)
Dubbed (Season 1)
Fox televizija
Fox Life
Fox televizija aired season 1 dubbed, by the studio "Prizor". The show aired on Fox Life too, with all of its seasons in subtitles only.
Singapore Married with ChildrenNone STAR World Married with Children is aired every Monday to Friday during the minisodes.
Slovenia Družina za umret
(Family to die for)
Subtitled Kanal A
Slovakia Ženatý se závazky
(Married with commitments)
Dubbed Markíza The show is being run with the Czech dubbing on TV Markíza.
South Africa Married...with ChildrenNone M-Net The original series ran on the pay channel, M-Net.
Spain Matrimonio con hijos
(Marriage with Children)
Dubbed TVE2
TV3 (Catalonia)
The original series was a classic that ran for a decade in the public national channel TVE2 and in TV3 (Catalonia). The Spanish TV channel Cuatro did a remake of the original series under the name Matrimonio con Hijos. [81] In Catalonia, the show is running on the DTT channels Canal 300 and Sony Entertainment Television en VEO.
Sweden Våra värsta år
(Our Worst Years)
Subtitled TV3
The name "Våra värsta år" is a pun on the name "Våra bästa år" ("Our best years") as Days of Our Lives is called in Swedish.
Turkey Evli ve Çocuklu
(Married...with Children)
Dubbed Star TV
On e2 in 2000s.
Ukraine Одружені... та з дітьми (Married... with Children)
Щасливі разом (Happy Together)
Voice-overTET, 1+1 (original)
Novyi Kanal (Russian remake)
The show aired on TET (first two seasons) in 2009 and on 1+1 (all seasons) in 2011–2012.
The Russian remake of the show, Счастливы вместе, is being shown on Novyi Kanal (New Channel) every Sunday from 12:20–14:20.
United Kingdom Married...with ChildrenITV Thursday's 10:35 PM Sky One Weeknights at 6:30PM ITV
Uruguay Matrimonio con hijos
(Marriage with children)
DubbedCanal 12
Venezuela Casado... con Hijos
(Married...with Children)
Dubbed Venevisión, Sony Entertainment Television


The opening footage comprises views of Chicago, opening with a shot of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The aerial downtown shot was taken from the Lake Shore Drive section north of the Loop. The expressway entrance shot was taken from the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation featuring the Griswolds' green family truckster with a northeastward view of the Dan Ryan/Stevenson junction southwest of the Loop. The exterior shot used for the Bundys' house was taken in a subdivision in Deerfield, Illinois. [82] Non-English versions might differ, e.g. the dubbed German version always includes the expressway shot. [83]

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