Married… with Children was not only the first ever prime-time series to run on the Fox network, but it also remains one with a fiercely loyal fanbase. And the Bundy family’s adventures over 11 seasons from 1987 to 1997 made stars out of Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal and Christina Applegate and set the benchmark for the modern family sitcom. Here, though, are 30 things that you may not know about the show even if you watched from the start.
30. The opening credits borrowed from National Lampoon’s Vacation
Eagle-eyed viewers of early ’80s screwball comedies may well have noticed that Married… with Children’s opening credits weren’t entirely original. In fact, the shot featuring cars on the interstate was lifted from the Chevy Chase classic National Lampoon’s Vacation, with the Griswolds’ station wagon itself also in full view.