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.
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
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.
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 Holly Wood 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.
March 1996-- MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN--"Turning Japanese"Marcy is trying to impress her
boss Mr. Shimokawa. Byer doing very stereotypical Japanese things When Marcy and Jefferson offer him Tea Mr. Shimokawa thinks to himself"offering a Japanese man tea that's like Gilligan getting off the island and being offered a coconut". Later Marcy refers to the Bundys returning home at the worst possible time has them Mothraing on home"
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.
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)
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
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