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Married... with Children: Season 1

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The dysfunctional fun continues with the complete first season of "Married…with Children," the off-beat comedy that changed the face of TV family sitcoms forever, available on DVD for the first time! Nominated for 7 Golden Globe Awards between 1991 and 1994. 2-disc set with all 13 episodes.

When Married... with Children debuted on Fox TV on April 5, 1987 (followed by The Tracey Ullman Show a half-hour later), the grungy sitcom became an instant flagship for Rupert Murdoch's upstart network. The program's much-publicized working title, Not the Cosbys (a dismissive reference to the cheerful vitality of Bill Cosby's hugely popular television clan on NBC's The Cosby Show) was a dead giveaway. Married... with Children was going to be a trashier, raunchier, and far more cynical view of the American nuclear family. But it turned out the series actually fell into other caustic-domestic entertainment traditions, notably the Don Ameche and Frances Langford radio comedy series from the 1940s, The Bickersons, and Jackie Gleason's TV classic, The Honeymooners.

The jokes were savage, key relationships were marked by ennui and indifference, and the Bundy family name couldn't help but make one think of America's most notorious, real-life serial killer at the time. Yet the show had a hint of Golden Age Hollywood gloss, a retro-screwball feel that one could detect in the snappy verbal warfare between husband Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) and wife Peggy (Katey Sagal). The characters, and the show, eschewed sentimentality, which certainly opened the floodgates to comic cynicism but also kept a door ajar for moments of genuine sweetness. A decade later, however, by the time Fox cancelled the increasingly expensive series, Married... with Children's first-season tone would be considerably different, replaced by a stronger reliance on running jokes and character stereotypes, particularly concerning Bundy children Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino).

That evolution makes watching Married... with Children's first 13 episodes, once again, quite instructive. Those programs are all on this two-disc set, including the startling pilot, in which Al and Peggy lock horns over marital politics and enlist naive new neighbors Steve (David Garrison) and Marcy (Amanda Bearse) in a battle of the sexes. There's also the classic "Whose Room Is It, Anyway," concerning the Bundys' competition to connive Steve and Marcy into building a recreation room, and "Thinnergy," a very funny piece about a diet that supposedly boosts sexual interest. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on 2 discs: Pilot, Thinergy, Sixteen Years and What Do You Get?, But I Didn't Shoot the Deputy, Have You Driven a Ford Lately?, Whose Room Is It Anyway?, Al Loses His Cherry, Peggy Sue Got Work, Married...Without Children, The Poker Game, Where's the Boss?, Nightmare on Al's Street, Johnny B. Gone
  • Reunion special
  • New comedy sneak peek

Product Details

  • Actors: Katey Sagal, Ed O'Neill, Amanda Bearse, David Faustino, David Garrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 302 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C9JFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on November 16, 2003
Format: DVD
Finally, after a very long and restless wait, "Married with Children: Season One" is now available to own on DVD. Considered one of the raunchiest and most vulgar shows in its time, these 13 glorious episodes are here for your viewing pleasure for the very first time on DVD. These guys ain't the Cosbys, that's for sure.
The show revolves around a shoe-salesman, Al Bundy, and his lovely (lovely??) family. His wife is always on his case about money and refuses to clean or cook the house. The kids are always driving him up the wall with their constant bickering and getting into trouble. The only sane one in the family appears to be sane is the dog (although he doesn't really do much). Yep, it's "Home, Sweet Hell" for Al Bundy all day, every day. You can just feel the love.
I forgot how funny the first season was. I don't think a second went by where I wasn't laughing hysterically at the Bundy hijinx that was occurring in each episode. Personally, I think Al Bundy has some of the funniest lines ever. All 13 episodes are some of the funniest TV you'll ever see. It's nice to finally see them earn a home in the DVD world.
Here are the 13 episodes that are included in this set:
"Pilot," "Thinergy," "Sixteen Years and What Do You Get," "But I Didn't Shoot the Deputy," "Have You Driven a Ford Lately," "Whose Room is it Anyway," "Al Loses his Cherry," "Peggy Sue Got Work," "Married� Without Children," "The Poker Game," "Where's the Boss," "Nightmare on Al's Street," and "Johnny B. Gone."
This 2-disk DVD set also includes extra features like bonus trailers and the "Married with Children Reunion Special" that aired on FOX awhile back. The picture and sound quality is pretty good, considering how old the show is.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Eric Looney on August 23, 2003
Format: DVD
Finally They Have Decided To Release A Good Season Set On DVD! I Have To Say This Is By Far The Best Show To Have Ever Been On The Air. This Dysfunctional Family Made My Days Brighter. I Don't Know One Person Who Has Seen This Show And Not Laughed. What's not to like. The First Season Consists of 13 Hilarious Episodes.
Here They Are:
0101 - PILOT - Steve & Marcy visit the Bundys for the first time.
0102 - THINNERGY - Peggy & Al make a diet.
0103 - SIXTEEN YEARS AND WHAT DO YOU GET - Al & Peggy's 16th anniversary.
0104 - BUT I DIDN'T SHOOT THE DEPUTY - Steve & Marcy buy a guard dog.
0105 - HAVE YOU DRIVEN A FORD LATELY - Al & Steve buy a Ford Mustang.
0106 - WHOSE ROOM IS IT ANYWAY - Steve & Marcy want to build a new room.
0107 - AL LOSES HIS CHERRY - Al wants to sleep at Luke's. Last episode with Luke.
0108 - PEGGY SUE GOT WORK - Peggy gets a job in a watch department store.
0109 - MARRIED... WITHOUT CHILDREN - Steve & Marcy take care of Bud & Kelly.
0110 - THE POKER GAME - Steve loses his paycheck to Al in a poker game.
0111 - WHERE'S THE BOSS - Al quits his job as his boss doesn't want to meet him.
0112 - NIGHTMARE ON AL'S STREET - Marcy dreams of Al.
0113 - JOHNNY BE GONE - The last day of "Johnny B. Good's" diner. The Pilot And Thinnergy were not the best episodes but it got a lot better........The show got a lot better when they replaced Steve with Jefferson. But all of them were great......So I would recommend everyone to buy this dvd. It will be the best 23 dollars you have ever spent. And If you don't have a dvd player, Buy one just to get this show.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Shakleford on July 1, 2004
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Finally, after hearing fans that wanted full-fledged season box sets, Fox answered their prayers. So get ready for those outrageous Bundys in Married...with Children:The Complete First Season, featuring all 13 episodes from the show's debut. Though the funniest episodes are yet to come in the second season, season 1 is the groundbreaking season that completely changed sitcoms forever. This taboo-shattering hit series was often deamed too hot for TV, introducing everyone's favorite dysfunctional house hold. These are the 13 episodes:
1.Pilot-Peg forces Al to forfeit his coveted basketball game to have dinner with their annoying new neighbors, Steve and Marcy.
2.Thinergy-Hoping to rekindle Al's flame, Peg takes Marcy's advice and goes on a crash diet, much to Al's dislike.
3.Sixteen Years And What Do You Get?-After Peg runs his credit card to the max, Al is forced to show up at his own wedding anniversary empty-handed.
4.But I Didn't Shoot The Deputy-Mistaking it for a burgler, Al accidentally shoots his neighbor's watchdog.
5.Have You Driven A Ford Lately?-After restoring a vintage Mustang, Al discovers the backseat isn't the only thing "hot" about his cherry ride.
6.Whose Room Is It Anyway?-A battle between Al and Peg is waged over who has the final word on the neighbor's room addition.
7.Al Loses His Cherry-After a bad fight, Al vows to teach Peg a lesson by not coming home all night. Instead he's the one who ends up getting schooled by a blonde bombshell.
8.Peggy Sue Got Work-When Al refuses to buy Peg a new VCR, Marcy convinces her to get a job herself.(laughs)
9.Married...Without Children-When Al and Peg get away for the weekend, Marcy and Steve volunteer to baby-sit Bud and Kelly-but get more than they bargained for.
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