Their outrageous and ridiculous behavior was often the source of crazy schemes and hijinks that usually ended in disaster, much to our hilarity. They were a family that was rooted in stereotypes but still very relatable, even during some of the show’s more incredulous storylines. With so many episodes during the 11 season run (259 to be exact), we had plenty of opportunities to laugh at the antics of this bizarre family and the people they encountered in their lives. Many familiar faces appeared on Married… with Children at some point, often playing multiple roles, and we wanted to remind ourselves of the memorable parts they played. The focus here is on those iconic women, because there were just so many of them, and they all had an impact on us and the show.
What set Married… with Children apart from other sitcoms of its time was the emphasis it placed on off-color humor. With a tendency to derive laughs from crude jokes and erotic content, it posed the risk of being distasteful and putting off viewers. However, for the most part, this distinct style of humor helped the show to be a success. There were moments when the show went too far (the episode Her Cups Runneth Over led to a boycott because of indecent content), but it’s actually proved to be one of the pioneers for off-color humor on television.
Animated shows like Family Guy, South Park and Rick and Morty have all been incredibly popular in recent years, and they all implement a similar style of humor to attract laughs. Futurama was another programme that achieved similar success through cruder language and visual jokes, and even spoofed Married… with Children in the episode, A Bicyclops Built For Two.
It’s not just animated shows that have gone down this path either. Many of the big comedy movies from the late ‘90s and ‘00s – including American Pie and There’s Something About Mary – sought laughs in a similar fashion. More recent films like Ted and Deadpool have achieved the same thing, all without crossing the line from funny to depraved.
It’s thanks to programmes like Married… with Children that the media has adapted to accept this humor on a mainstream basis. Without great female characters like Peggy and Kelly Bundy pushing boundaries and making us laugh, our TV schedules nowadays would not be the same.