While my family enjoyed watching The Cosby Show, Who's the Boss, and Growing Pains, they embodied the perfect family that my dysfunctional family was not.
My dad didn't have the cold beer, but he positioned his hand under his waistband as Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) did. He'd always say, “Hold on, let me get in position,” before impersonating Al and us watching the show as a family.
Married… with Children paved the way for other anti-sitcoms to break the status quo. Television series like Roseanne, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and animated series like The Simpsons and Family Guy wouldn't be here without trailblazing families like the Bundys.
The Bundys' back-and-forth banter sounds like they hate each other, but there are many moments of genuine love within the family. The show is a joke after joke premise, and once you know the characters, it's side-splitting.
“Teacher Pets” encapsulates the epitome that is Bud Bundy. Bud believes his 40-year-old teacher has the hots for him. Of course, everyone laughs at his confession. But Bud isn't wrong and juggles two relationships.
Bud brings an aspiring artist on her way to New York for art school. Tiffany is a beautiful, free-spirited blonde who everyone but Marcy likes. Marcy Rhoades, then D'Arcy, doesn't like her because Tiffany also has her husband Steve Rhoades' attention.
Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School– including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, “Spare Tire” Dixon.