13 Bundy Facts for ‘Married With Children’ 30th Anniversary (Photos)
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Linda Ge | April 4, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
Last Updated: April 5, 2017 @ 9:44 AM
The Bundy family is celebrating a huge birthday. "Married... With Children" aired its series premiere on Sunday, April 5, 1987 and lasted 11 seasons. It became a pop culture icon, starring Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal. Here are some fun facts on its 30th anniversary, with the help of the show's IMDb trivia page.
The opening credits for the show's first four seasons included stock footage of highways, and one familiar family car. The Griswold station wagon is briefly glimpsed in a shot re-purposed from the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation."
The sitcom was the first primetime show for Fox, which was a young network at the time. When it wrapped up after 11 seasons, it did so as the longest-running show on the air at the time. It remains the longest-running live-action show to ever air on the Fox network. (Remember, "The Simpsons" is animated).
The show was not an initial success, but it was actually helped by a protest campaign that decried its "anti-family values." The outrage gave Fox an edgy reputation and turned the show into a bona fide hit.
In a fitting tribute, when Ed O'Neill got his Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011, it was perfectly placed in front of a shoe store.