Saturday, May 26, 2012

Married...with Children

A Married... With Children Crossover Chronology

by Robert E. Wronski, Jr. (original post) and Matt Hickman (all the updates)

Taking a break from my research on Dracula crossover to cover something much more horrifying.  Love and marriage.

Married...with Children was a really dumb show, with stupid idiotic plots and unrealistic characters, and yet it was a show my whole family loved. (Ironically, Full House was the other show we seemed to all rally around.)

Married...with Children was a ground breaking show, in that it broke the popular trend of the family sitcom formula by showing us a truly dysfunctional family.  This was something my own family could relate to.  Other shows, like Roseanne, would soon follow to show us that the Cosbys, Seavers, and Keatons were a fantasy.

Fortunately for us, the show was popular enough to make it's way into at least one major multi-network crossover, (yes, a Bundy Crisis Crossover of sorts), and it made at least two attempts at a spin-off, one of which was only partially successful.  I now present a Bundy Chronology.

1962-- Twlight Zone --"To Serve Man" An Alien Race known has the The Kanamits make contact   with Earth to Seemingly to help Humanity. They  however Turn out to  be less then altruistic when it turns out to To Serve Man is a cook book.  a copy of this Book will change hands over the following years

1983 To 1987--HARDCASTLE AND MCCORMICK--The Story of Retired Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle, and Ex Car Thief Mark McCormick fight crime using the Super Car the The Coyote X

1986 to 1992--Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling--The Story of a Las Vegas based woman's Wrestling  promotion and the Wacky Hi-jinks that ensue.

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1987 to 1997--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--This is the story of shoe salesman Al Bundy, cursed with bad luck (literally).  His wife is lazy and selfish.  His daughter is dumb and slutty.  And his son is a total loser.  The typical all-American family.  Note that Playpen Magazine is seen often on this show.  Playpen Magazine also appears in THE X-FILES, MILLENNIUM, SPECIAL OPS FORCE, THE PRETENDER, THAT GIRL, GROSSE POINT, RENEGADE, PACIFIC BLUE, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, THAT 70S SHOW, CSI:  CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, LOST, SUPERNATURAL, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, and KYLE XY. 

1987 to 1996-- MARRIED WITH CHILDREN INTRO The Griswolds and the Bundy's seem to live in the Same neighborhood has the Wagon Queen Family Truckster is often seen merging into traffic has Al heads to work 

1988--  WILL ROGERS INSTITUTE-- The Bundy's try to watch a Movie end up giving money to the Will Rogers Institute 

May 1988--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--All in the Family--- Al Just wants to Watch Hando unfortunately for him  Peggy's family has come to Visit including her Brother/Cousin Iriwn who looks just like King Kong Bundy 

January 1989--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--"the Bald and Beautiful"--Al lists off several cool bald people. one of Which is  Lex Luthor 

Summer 1989--Troop Beverly Hills--A Rich  socialite Takes over a Wilderness girls Troop  and Teaches them how to Survive the Wilds of Beverly Hills.  Ted McGinley  Appears has Himself. Married with Children implies that  Jefferson  Actually is Ted Mcginley. 

December 1989--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--"It's a Bundyful Life"--An angel takes the form of Sam Kinison to show life without Al Bundy, and life is great for everyone he knows.  In the end, he chooses to live because he doesn't want them to be happy.

1990--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--A Now Comics comic book is produced which is in canon.

February 1990--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--You Gotta Know when to hold them Part 2-- After Peg and Marcy lose all their money in Vegas Al Must Battle one the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to try and win 10,000 Dollars unfortunately for him it's Big Bad Momma   

April 1990--THE EARTH DAY SPECIAL--This is crossover gold, and most people don't remember it.  Appearances by the muppets, MURPHY BROWN, BUGS BUNNY (from the Looniverse), PORKY PIG (from the Looniverse), TWEETY (from the Looniverse), Will Smith (THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIRE), DOOGIE HOWSER M.D., Kid 'n' Play (HOUSE PARTY), Dr. Emmett Brown (BACK TO THE FUTURE), MOTHER NATURE, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller, Elon Spengler (brother of Egon Spengler of the GHOSTBUSTERS), Nathan Thurm (SCTV/SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), the people of CHEERS, the Huxtables (COSBY SHOW), THE GOLDEN GIRLS, E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL, the cast of THE DATING GAME, the cast of JEOPARDY, Doctor SteVen Kiley (MARCUS WELBY, M.D.) and the Bundys (MARRIED WITH CHILDREN).  All these characters, plus other celebrities, appearing as themselves or one time characters are all part of the same story, thus sharing the same reality.  Basically, the Earth is doomed, unless we can save the environment.  This is a global crisis, and just like a DC Comics Crisis event, all these different characters are affected by the same crisis.  Loved it then, and I found it on youtube.  Enjoy.  Oh, and if you catch any crossovers I missed while watching, please let me know.  

October 1990--PARKER LEWIS--"Musso & Frank"--Frank Lemmer, school disciplinarian, is such a badass he gives Bud Bundy detention, and Bud doesn't even go to that school.

October 1990--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--"Kelly Bounces Back" The Coyote X From Hardcastle and McCormick Appears at a car show

October 1990-- "Pig out with Peggy" Peg Bundy  writes a cook book

March 1991---MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN---Oldies but Young 'Uns--Al is Haunted by a Song he hears on the Radio. Frsit appearance of Charlie and Vinnie  would would Star in TOP OF THE HEAP

1991--TOP OF THE HEAP--Charlie Verducci and his son try to pretend to be rich to con the real rich folk.  His son Vinnie used to date Kelley over on Married.

November 1991--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"Kelly Does Hollywood parts 1 and 2 " in this two parter Kelly Starts a public Access show Called Vital Social Issues N' Stuff With Kell which is picked up By the NBS Network only to be Canceled before after one epiosde thanks to a retool . In this 2 parter we have a twofer crossover. First Vinnie Verducci from the Canceled married with Children spin off TOP OF THE HEAP appears. Then NBS the Network that picks up Kelly's  show will reappear in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

November 1991--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"God's Shoes"--Al dies and goes to Heaven, but is quickly returned to Earth.  During his glimpse, he got to see God's shoes, and tried to market them, but failed.

1992--VINNIE AND BOBBY--Charlie moves out and Vinnie's friend Bobby becomes the new roommate and it didn't help the show's ratings at all.

April 1992--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN---"Goodbye  Girl" Jefferson is strongly implied to Actually be Ted Mcginley 

November 14 1992--SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT--  Al tunes into Saturday Nights Main Event

April 1993--TWILIGHT  ZONE PINBALL--   A copy of To Serve Man is among the items in a Mysterious curio  shop somehow connected to the Twilight Zone.

January 1994--MARRIED ...WITH CHILDREN--"Sofa So Good"  the Citizens of Wanker County have a Copy of TO  SERVE MAN   Which Al  is horrified  learn is a cookbook.

February 1994--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"How Green Was My Apple"--It's hinted that the surveyer that visits the Bundys may be a grown Danny Partridge of THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY.

February 1994--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"Get Outta Dodge" Kelly Finds Waldo and Brings him home

July 1994--TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR RIDE AT DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS-- A copy of To Serve Man is among the items in the HollyWood Tower Hotel

May 1995--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"Radio Free Trumaine"--This was meant to be the pilot for a spin-off that would feature Bud in college with Marci's niece working at the college radio station and butting heads with new Dean Steve Rhodes.

September 1995--Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner-- Kelly Mentions Uncle Fester and Cousin Itt has an example  cool people who live in basements

October 1995--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"Requiem for a Dead Briard"--Buck the Dog dies and goes to Animal Heaven which turns into Hell as he is judged by a cat.  Al hires Father Guido Sarducci to perform a seance, which gets Buck reincarnated into a new dog, specifically the Bundys' new dog, Lucky.  Father Guido Sarducci was a recurring character on Saturday Night Live.  Besides his appearances on SNL, he has appeared on GILDA LIVE, BECOME AN ARTIST, SQUARE PEGS, ON LOCATION:  THE COMEDY STORE'S 11TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW, JOAN RIVERS AND FRIENDS SALUTE HEIDI ABROMOWITZ, FATHER GUIDO SARDUCCI GOES TO COLLEGE, NOT NECCESSARILY THE NEWS, IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW, GREAT PERFORMANCES, TALES OF THE CITY, BLOSSOM, THE GORDON ELLIOT SHOW, CASPER, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, HO HO NOOOOOOO!!!! IT'S MR. BILL'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER, MAKING TUTTI, SIN CITY SPECTACULAR, THE COLBERT REPORT, and THE RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY AND/OR FEAR.

October 1995--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--How Bleen is My Kelly--Two Face is Mentioned has Someone who is prettier The Tori Spelling

October 1995--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--Flight of the Bumblebee-- Bud Bundy Ends up Wrestling King Kong Bundy who looks Just like his Uncle/Cousin Irwin.

April 1996--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"Enemies"--This was meant to be a pilot for a show with Kelley and a group of young 20-somethings, plus Alan Thicke.  Note that another spin-off idea based on "NO MA'AM" never panned out either.

April 29th 1996--The Tonight Show with Jay Leno--While Doing the Tonight Show in Chicago Jay Leno  Meets the Bundys and Buys their couch 

May 1996--MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN-- "Torch Song Duet" Griff Calls in to a radio station and is told to Keep his problems to himself  because this isn't  Frasier.  Frasier  is of course form Cheers and Frasier

September 1996 to February 1997--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--"Damn Bundys"--Al Bundy makes a deal with the Devil to play in the NFL, but on the day of the Super Bowl, the Devil comes to collect Al's soul, and sentences him to an eternity of spending time only with his family and his neighbors, the D'Arcys.  Napoleon also appears.  Napoleon has also appeared on THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE PRISONER, TIME BANDITS, THE NEVER SAY U.N.C.L.E. AFFAIR, BEWITCHED, and BLACKADDER:  BACK AND FORTH. 

October 1996--MARRIED WITH...CHILDREN--Kelly's got a Habit. Al Blackmails his Friend Officer Dan so he can appear COPS with Him.

June 1997--MARRIED WITH...CHILDREN--"Chicago Shoe Exchange"  Al is Reading a  presumably magic  Newspaper that has also appeared on Jonas,Traveler's Insurance ad, Worst Week,A murder of crows,A Texasi Láncfűrészes,Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,No Country for Old Men,Power Rangers Zeo,Dallas,Angel,Charmed,Six Feet Under,Malcolm in The Middle,Lucky Louie,Smith,everybody hates Chris,Desperate Housewives,Scrubs,Wildfire,10 things I hate about you tv series, Cougar Town and Modern Family 

2005 to now  --These became a very popular product.

2006-2007--- STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP  ---A Show  about the inner workings of NBS's long running Sketch Show  named Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. NBs has you may rrecall is the Network that picked up and Ruined  Kelly's talk show in Kelly Does Hollywood parts 1 and 2

October 21st, 2008--You Tube--Al Uses  Barack Obama's Tax Calacator--

March 22nd 2012--PISSEDCONSUMER.COM--Gary's Shoes is Given a Bad Review by a lady from Springfield Arkansas after a run in with Al Bundy

September 16th  2015--Hollywood Reporter-- Al and Peg Spend Sometime together(Okay I admit I just wanted an excuse to add this photo) 

2016--Expendable Assets---C.I. A. Agent Carter employs A team of mercs. for a mission. Cater is played by  Ted Mcginley who played Jefferson on Married with Children. I don't really like the same actor theory unless its an unnamed character with the same job . But Jefferson  is ex C.I.A.  but no one really quits the C.I.A.  and Jefferson isn't even his real name so I'm counting it 

April 1st 2016--The Mallmanac: No Supply, No Demand - Newmarket Mall, Chicago, IL--BloggerThe Mallmanac does a Profile on The  NewMarket Mall Home to Gary's Shoes & Accessories for Today's Woman. Which is where Al Bundy works 

December 23rd to 25th 2017--El Camino Christmas--A man looking for the father he never knew met  ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve.At the Begining of this Netflix original movie Deputy Carl Hooker is seen reading a copy of Big 'Uns.Big 'Uns is Al Bundy's favorite Magazine 

The SyFy Movie Timeline  2020--Sharknado: The 4th Awakens--Bud Bundy Escapes a Sharknado in Las Vegas with the Help of Finn shepard. Finn  seems to know Bud since he greets him with "Hey Bud" has the escape the flooded city on the Treasure Island Pirate Ship

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Occasionally, the TVCU will discuss a character whose origins are a little askew of the norm.  Elvira did not start of in some film or tv storyline, like most of our characters discussed.  If anything, she falls in the ranks with such an assortment of characters as Father Guido Sarducci, Kermit the Frog, Jose Jiminez, Pee Wee Herman and mostly, the Shadow.

Elvira started out as the host of a local network's horror movie programming.  This fictional Vampira knock-off was a goth valley girl who would introduce the films and the commercials, and occasionally interrupt the film with her sarcastic remarks, ala MST3K.

She became such a hit, that soon she started appearing, as Elvira, in guest spots n a variety of TV shows, was featured in numerous commercials, and even finally got that TV series and a few films.

She is an icon of my childhood who seems not to have aged one bit, and I'm very pleased to write this blog.

1851--ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS--An ancestor of Elvira's, who must be part of the group that splintered from the witch kin and lost touch with their magical abilities long ago, is in Romania where she is sought after by a vampire who wants to make her his bride.

1981--ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE--Elvira is hired to host her own show that plays old cheesy B horror films.  She's perfect for the role.

1982--ELVIRA AND THE VITONES 3-D TV--Her first music album release.

OCTOBER 1982--CHIPS--"Rock Devil Rock"--Ponch and Hot Dog (yeah, they jumped the shark at this point) meet Elvira.

April 1983--CHIPS--"Things That Go Creep In the Night"--Not even October and Elvira shows up, but it is a horror themed episode.
1983--VINYL MACABRE--Record album.

October 1983--THE RICHARD SIMMONS SHOW--Richard Simmons and Elvira in what to me sums up the 80s.

1984--LAST OF THE GREAT SURVIVORS--This is a TV movie.  Not sure what it's about, but Elvira appears.

1984--MOVIE MACABRE--"The Human Duplicators"--June Cleaver meets ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK.

October 1984--FALL GUY--"October the 31st"--Colt Seavers meets Elvira.

February 1985--SUPER BLOOPERS AND PRACTICAL JOKES--Elvira guests.

1985--THRILLER VIDEO/ELVIRA'S MIDNIGHT MADNESS/BOX OF HORRORS--Elvira begins doing pre-recorded intros for VHS movies.  (Of course, only the worst of the worst.)

1985--GET OUT OF MY ROOM--Elvira appears during the events that coincide with another film, BORN IN EAST L.A. (and the music video of the same name.)

1985--BOB HOPE BUYS NBC?--Elvira appears in this telethon to save NBC.

OCTOBER 1985--SUPER BLOOPERS AND PRACTICAL JOKES--Elvira guest again for the Halloween episode.

October 31, 1985 to December 1986--ELVIRA'S HOUSE OF MYSTERY--Following some sort of cosmic Crisis, a house becomes available and Elvira moves in, unaware that this house is a portal to THE DREAMING and that the former occupant was CAIN, a being created by Morpheus THE SANDMAN using some dream essence of the immortal KANE thousands of years ago.  Note that Elvira has appeared in other comics by other publishers as well.

November 1985--FALL GUY--"October the 32nd"--Colt once again encounters Elvira.

1986--WRESTLEMANIA 2--Elvira is one of the celebrity guests at this sporting event.

OCTOBER 1986--ELVIRA'S HALLOWEEN SPECIAL--Elvira plays MTV VJ for a day.


October 31, 1987--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--Elvira appears on Weekend Update.

1988--ELVIRA:  MISTRESS OF THE DARK--Elvira inherits the family home in Salem, MA when her aunt dies and learns that she comes from a long line of powerful witches.  She must learn to master her own innate powers to combat her uncle Elmo, who also wants the house and the spellbook left within it.  Note that Elvira's aunt's last name is Talbot, not a common name in the TVCU, but whenever does seem to have that name, it usually implies a family connection to THE WOLF MAN.
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1988--THE MAGICAL WORLD OF DISNEY--Michael Eisner hosts this retrospective on Disney, with lots of commentary by real life TV celebs, including Elvira.

October 31, 1988--NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL--Elvira is at the game.  (Colts vs. Broncos if you're interested.)

March 1989--JUST SAY JULIE--Elvira is a guest.

1989--HEAVY METAL HEAVEN--Elvira hosts this Rockumentary.
October 1989--TOTALLY HIDDEN VIDEO--Elvira appears.
1990--ELVIRA:  MISTRESS OF THE DARK--Following the death of her evil uncle Elmo, Elvira, now a fully realized and powerful witch, and you, must stop Elvira's ancestor, Queen Emelda, accidentally raised from the dead, from taking over the world.

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1991--ELVIRA:  THE ARCADE GAME--Elvira gains ownership of her family's castle in Transylvania.

February 1992--PARKER LEWIS--"Boy Meets Girl II"--Elvira seems to randomly show up just because...
1992--ELVIRA II:  THE JAWS OF CERBERUS--When Cerberus captures Elvira for her power and holds her prisoner in a move studio where every prop becomes real, her boyfriend must come to save her.

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October 31, 1992--At a U2 concert, Elvira announces her candidacy for president.

1993--THE ELVIRA SHOW--Elvira moves to Manhattan.  Manhattan, Kansas that is.  She moves in with her wacky but less evil aunt Minerva.  Things become complicated as she makes a living as a phony fortune teller selling fake love potions, and falls for the cop whose trying to bust her operation.



1995 to 1997--ELVIRA'S FRIDAY THE 13TH--Elvira seems to show up to celebrate at the MGM theme park whenever it's Friday the 13th.

1995--THE KETCHUP VAMPIRES--Elvira is caught in the middle as vegetarian vampires face off against the good old fashioned blood sucking variety.

February 1996--STRANGE UNIVERSE--This is a show that explores the mysteries of our world like Big Foot and UFOs, while under the careful watch of at least one Man in Black.  In this one show, Elvira guests.

June 1996--SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST--"Switcheroo"--Far in the future, the barriers between the TVCU and Looniverse have broken down, and travel back and forth is relatively easy, so much so that there is little distinction, and it's hard to say which characters come from which reality.  In this future, there was a super-hero called Space Ghost.  Now to old to fight, he hosts a talk show, where he interviews celebrities from the TVCU of the late 20th century.  In this instance, Elvira is the celebrity guest.

October 28, 1996--NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL--Elvira at another game, this time Bears v. Vikings.

1997--SUPERSTITION--Know nothing about this, other than it's a cross.  Elvira and the Frankenstein Monster.

April 1998--THE RUPAUL SHOW--Elvira is a guest.

2001--SCARES AND DARES--Elvira hosts a game show where the WINNERS are TORTURED!!!!!!
2005--I LOVE THE 80'S 3-D--Elvira is one of the celeb commentators.
2005--I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS--Again, Elvira is a commentator.  Wonder which of the holidays she's discussing?  Probably Arbor Day.  She is best known for her love of trees, after all.

2006--Elvira once again announces her candidacy for president.

October 2006--THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR--"Girls Will Be Ghouls"--Elvira visits the playmates.

2007--THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ELVIRA--Finding her schedule far too busy, and finding herself getting up there in age (gasp!), Elvira holds tryouts via reality TV for an heir to the throne.

February 2008--ZOMBIE KILLER--Elvira adds her vocals to this song performed by Leslie and the Ly's, who would later perform to an audience of zombies in a stadium named after the Mistress of the Dark.

2008--HER MORBID DESIRES--All I know is it has Elvira and Dracula (or rather a soul clone, I suppose.)

2010--ELVIRA'S GREATEST HITS--Whatever the modern version of a record album is, that's what this is.

September 2010--ELVIRA'S MOVE MACABRE--Elvira revives her show, but with some better films.  (Personally, I think she should have stuck with the "classic" B films.)

October 30, 2011--Elvira is guest DJ for Chicago's 97.1 FM WDRV.

October 31, 2011--THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW--Elvira is a guest.

October 2011--LAST MAN STANDING--"Last Halloween Standing"--Ed is dating (or doing something with) Elvira.


MONSTAAH--I suggest reading Chris Nigro's excellent essay on Horror Hosts.  

I know there is more info out there, and please, Elvira fans, if you have more details, please let me know.  Info out there on the web on Elvira is actually much scarcer than I thought, but at least I hope I have established enough of a connection to cement her place in the TVCU, with her connections to CHIPS, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, THE FALL GUY, and PARKER LEWIS.