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Married... with Children: The Complete Series (1987)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 32
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 5962 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CGI4EG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Married with Children - reunion

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Spend some quality time with the family as you join hard-working husband Al (Ed O'Neill), housework-hating wife Peg (Katey Sagal), sexy daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate) and hopelessly horny son Bud (David Faustino) to celebrate the landmark TV sitcom Married...with Children. For 11 seasons it was brilliantly tasteless, daringly raunchy and a devilishly clever comedy that pun the "fun" in "dysfunctional". Now you can own this great collectible box set that's guaranteed to give you hours and hours of domestic bliss.

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Married...with Children: The Complete First Season

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

Married...with Children: The Complete Second Season

Perhaps the definitive episode of Married... with Children is near the end of the second season, when Al and Peg Bundy (Ed O'Neill and Katey Segal), pretending to be their recently married neighbors, go on a game show that tests how willing each newlywed is to torture their spouse. This episode has everything: The cascade of blithe insults, the cheerful shredding of all dignity, the outright celebration of humanity's worst instincts-- everything that has led self-satisfied arbiters of "culture" to proclaim Married... with Children the most sordid, distasteful sitcom in the history of mankind. In short, it's sheer genius.

As the petty, miserable, conniving, yet perversely vital Bundy family, O'Neill, Segal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino give performances that walk a fine line between outrageous satire and painful truth. It's the anti-Cosby; family breeds contempt. Children scoff at their parents, parents resent their children, husbands and wives eye each other with suspicion and disdain. Episodes hinge on neutering their oversexed dog, fighting the phone company, and trying to humiliate a high school nemesis in a bowling tournament, but it's all an excuse for squalid delirium. This is not an ironic description of the show; Married... with Children is both ruthless and deeply funny. (Though created by men, Married... with Children was frequently produced, written, and directed by women, which is unusual in the sitcom world. This doesn't necessarily have anything to do with its sense of humor, but its eagerness to skewer and roast sacred cows is shared by such women-driven shows as Roseanne and Absolutely Fabulous.) The jokes are like blunt instruments, yet delivered with a unique panache that got honed to razor sharpness in the second season. If you've never experienced the Bundy clan, this is an excellent place to start. --Bret Fetzer

Married...with Children: The Complete Fourth Season

It's fitting that the producers of Married...With Children--The Complete Fourth Season were too cheap to pay for the rights to the show's classic theme song, the jaunty Sinatra tune "Love & Marriage," replacing it with some crappy instrumental. Not because the season is lousy--on the contrary, the show's crass and cynical wit is in full bloom--but because if the Bundys themselves were putting this out, they'd blow off the theme song as well. One of the longest-running sitcoms ever, Married...With Children portrayed American domestic life as bitter, sleazy, and perpetually hungry, yet bound together by the loyalty of the mutually damned. Emasculated shoe salesman Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill, Dutch, Spartan), his lazy and unsatisfied wife Peg (Katey Sagal, 8 Simple Rules), his dimwitted slut of a daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate, Anchorman, View from the Top), and his horny, conniving son Bud (David Faustino, The Trouble with Frank) all bicker and scheme to achieve any meager improvement of their lives. For example, Peg wants to buy an idol of Tubro, the fat Panamanian god of money, hoping that good luck will help her win the lottery; so she sells Al's beloved Playboy collection, launching Al into the depths of despair until he musters the shreds of his manhood and orders her to retrieve them. Or when Al, feeling suicidal on Christmas, gets a glimpse of how happy his family would be if he'd never been born and decides to live to keep their lives as awful as his has been. But it's not simply the parade of suburban atrocity that makes the show funny--it's the zest of the cast, who wallow in their white trash characters with gusto and commitment. Their glee gives the show a sardonic bite that transforms the squalor into something strangely giddy and transcendent, a vivisection of human pettiness that an 18th century novelist like Thackeray would appreciate. The fourth season features a startling array of guest stars, including Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), Joe Flaherty (SCTV), Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Beverly Hills 90210), screaming comedian Sam Kinison, and former porn starlet Traci Lords. --Bret Fetzer


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379 of 392 people found the following review helpful
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This is a video review of the Married With Children Series Box set released in September 2011. This review does not cover the show itself, this is a video review talking about the packaging for the most part. This review shows the box being opened and what's inside.

I rated the box 4 out of 5 due to the bizarre packaging. However, if it had more normal packaging it would be a five star review due to the show being pretty darned funny, as well as being an EXTREMELY great value.

UPDATE Dec 2011: It appears that sometime in the month of December, Amazon has taken the reviews for both the Sep 2011 release and the Dec 2010 release of Married with Children and merged them together. This is particularly irritating, as my video review now shows up on the Dec 2010 version, and it has nothing to do with that release. Please keep in mind this review is specifically for the Sep 2011 version, and NOT the other one. The review is about the packaging, and given they're RADICALLY different between the two releases, it's annoying that Amazon has merged the two sets of reviews. Please be sure you're looking at the right one when watching this video. The two releases are:

Married...With Children: The Complete Series - Sep 27, 2011 Release (the one the video is for)

Married...with Children: The Complete Series - Dec 12, 2010 Release (the one the video is NOT for).

A final reminder, the discs themselves are the same, and the content on the discs is the same for the two sets. The only difference is the packaging, which is quite radically different. Check my video for that. Tkx.
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153 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woah Bundy! December 14, 2010
By S. R.
Format:DVD
This review will not focus on the merits of this classic TV show since anyone visiting this page already likes it enough to possibly buy the entire series on DVD. Rather, this review will hopefully clear up the confusion regarding exactly what is being offered with this Complete Series collection. Sony originally released the individual seasons on DVD from 2003 to 2009. This 2010 Complete Series collection simply repackages the exact same DVDs from the individual seasons. There are 32 discs in all spanning the entire 11 seasons for a total of 261 episodes. Unfortunately, there is no episode list included showing what episodes are on each disc. The bonus content is slim and includes:

Season 1- 42 minute 2003 reunion special with all of the principal cast members.
Season 2- 13 hidden "Easter Eggs" featuring short interview clips with the cast.
Season 3- 10 hidden "Easter Eggs" of cast interview clips + the unaired "I'll See You in Court" episode.
Seasons 4 to 11- No series related extras.

It should be noted that the opening theme has been replaced with generic music starting with season 3 due to music licensing issues. Also, season 4 has 7 episodes that are the syndicated versions, meaning each is missing about a minute of footage from the original broadcast versions. All other seasons appear to have the original, uncut episodes. The video is presented in its original full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio and the audio is in 2.0 Dolby digital stereo. Neither the picture nor sound quality shows any noticeable signs of remastering but are still generally good considering the age of the series. The packaging is also worth mentioning as it is very different than the individual season sets. The discs are housed inside a cardboard box measuring approximately 7.
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167 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reason for price drop August 18, 2011
By Scahom1
Format:DVD
For those wondering why this set is being re-released for $20 cheaper then the one currently available from Amazon, it's because this set is smaller and the discs are all on one giant spindle, like other complete sets like Sanford & Son. As long as that doesn't bother you, by all means save the $20 and wait for this set to be released.

$40 for 200+ episodes of Married...With Children? That's a deal even Al Bundy can afford.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I get a Whoa Bundy September 27, 2011
By JGC
Format:DVD
Just got my complete set of this time-honored series "Married... with Children" and I am so excited because this was absolutely my very favorite sitcom of its time.

Here are all the details about this set, also be sure to check out the pictures that I scanned and posted of everything:

This is a 32 disc set of all 11 seasons. These are the exact same discs that came with the previous stand-alone sets. This includes in total 261 episodes, which is roughly 5,900 minutes of video from the series. The runtime of each of the eps ranges from just over 22 minutes to about 24 minutes in total inclusive of the opening and closing credits. All of the eps (with the exception of the "lost ep" that remained un-broadcast for years) are arranged in their original broadcast order.

Season 1 is spread out on 2 discs, and the other 10 seasons are spread out onto 3 discs each. Each disc includes a vibrantly color silkscreen picture on it.

These are region 1, single sided discs. The audio is mastered in Dolby digital, the aspect ratio is full screen, 1.33:1 and subtitles are not included although closed captioning is. One more thing that's prudent to mention, these are bona fide DVD video discs, not DVD-R or DVD+R discs that some studios are now starting to use more frequently. Also one more thing to note because this is important to some people, the set was made in the USA.

This is packaged in a large bookcase with a quadruple-sized digipack inside it. The digipack includes 2 large spindles, each with roughly half the series on each side of it.

The discs are held into each of the spindles by cardboard adapters. I mention this because you do not want to lose the cardboard adaptors because the discs are not locked into place on their own.
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A second complete set?
I inquired at tvshowsondvd website about this release. They told me that it's exactly the same content as the one from last December, it's merely a repackaging to be cheaper. Nothing else. They also told me it's some horrible packaging. Read this link: http://goo.gl/RDmC8 - it will show... Read More
Aug 12, 2011 by Joseph Siegler |  See all 17 posts
Languages and subtitiles?
I would like to know if you find out an answer for your questions, which is my own too.
Mar 15, 2012 by Master Card |  See all 3 posts
packaging???
No, I wouldn't worry about scratches. Mine arrived in perfect shape, no scratches, and I live in Alaska so it had a long trip here. As long as your careful with the discs and don't lay them on dirty surfaces and then re-stack them on the spindle,then store them in the trunk of your car, you... Read More
Oct 28, 2011 by ZW |  See all 6 posts
Lacking Sinatras' version yet again?
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Nov 29, 2011 by Catherine D. Leaverton |  See all 7 posts
special features?
I just got mine in the mail today, and have only looked at the stuff on the first season. I can confirm that the Reunion Special IS indeed included. It is on the 2nd disc of the first season in the Special Features section. Hope this helps!
Dec 28, 2011 by MovieMan |  See all 2 posts
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