Saturday, May 26, 2012

Married...with Children

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.

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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. 

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.

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.

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--"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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  1. You're right about that Earth Day Crisis - at least as far as I'm concerned. I never heard of it! Thanks for that info, and when I get home in the morning, I'll have to watch it!

  2. It should fit into Toobworld as well, with a couple of guys from the Tooniverse who have been known to cross over before. It was a TV special, after all, and most of the characters shown are from TV. In addition to those listed, one of the nurses shown is Dana Delaney, meant to invoke her character on China Beach, but since it's 1990, it can't be her. Her daughter, perhaps?