Married with Children is a live-action sitcom that aired on Fox, created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. Originally aired from April 1987 to June 1997, it is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on Fox and the first to be broadcast in the network’s primetime programming slot.
The period of the late 80s till the end of the 90s was surely a golden era for the American TV industry. We saw many hit TV shows including this one. The show also proved to be a career launching pad for some of the stars. Let’s check out what other cast members of the famous show are up to now.
12. Michael as Buck: 190 Episodes, 1987-1995
Buck was unquestionably the cutest and easily favorite cast member among the Bundys. A tri-colored Briard named Michael (or Mike) played the role and the dog retired and left the show in 1995. His funny entertaining canine character was later replaced by a Cocker Spaniel named Lucky, who was possessed with Buch’s reincarnated spirit. Unfortunately, Michael didn’t enjoy much of his retirement as he passed away in May 1996, just less than a year after his final appearance on the show. But we’ll never forget the hilarious furry character.
11. Ed O’Neill as Al Bundy
The star of the show was none other than Edward Leonard “Ed” O’Neill who played the role of the head of the family and the funniest guy on the show, Al Bundy. Although true, it was a family show and the whole cast played their part in making the show highly successful but Al Bundy was an act on his own.
His character is a beer-loving, working-class father of two, described as somewhat a bittersweet figure. Although he is cheap, unsuccessful, rude, unhappy, and scheming, he nonetheless stands by his family, displaying wit, self-sacrifice, and resilience in times of crisis. He and his wife, Peggy Bundy, were rated the 59th best characters on TV by Bravo.
10. Appeared In 263 Episodes, 1987-1997
Ed O’Neill started his career in 1970 but never made it big until he got the part in Married With Children. He then became a household name with the huge success of the show and that is why he has seen a stable career even after the show ended in 1997.
He appeared in almost all the 263 episodes. Since 2009, he has been playing Jay Pritchett on the award-winning sitcom Modern Family, which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and won four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also voiced in the blockbuster, Finding Dory. Fun Fact: He won a black belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu back in 2012 when he was 60 years old! Nothing is going to stop this guy.
9. Ted McGinley as Jefferson D’Arcy
Jefferson Milhouse D’Arcy is Marcy’s second husband, a “pretty boy” who marries her for her money. He’s also self-centered and lazy and is the male counterpart of Peggy. He was pretty well known on the show as the suave male bimbo. Marcy met Jefferson after a bankers’ convention when she got drunk and found herself married to him the next morning. She was horrified to find out that her name was now Marcy D’Arcy.