Married… with Children is an American television sitcom created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt for Fox. Originally broadcast from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997, it is one of the longest-running prime time sitcoms in television history, alongside others such as MAS*H (CBS), Frasier (NBC),Friends(NBC) and Modern Family (ABC). Married… with Children was the first series to be broadcast in the primetime slot of the then-new fourth network, Fox. In addition to the show’s original run, one episode that was not aired after filming on January 6, 1989, was aired on FX on June 18, 2002, five years after the series’ conclusion.
The show follows the Chicago lives of Al Bundy, a once-glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women’s shoe salesman; his lazy wife, Peggy; their pretty and dim-witted daughter, Kelly; and their smart-aleck son, Bud. The show also prominently features their neighbors, the stuffy Steve and Marcy Rhoades, both of whom Al finds somewhat annoying, although the feeling is mutual from the Rhoades; and later, Marcy’s second husband Jefferson D’Arcy, a white-collar criminal who becomes her “trophy husband” and Al’s sidekick.