Airing from 1987 until 1997 for eleven seasons, Married…With Children was a groundbreaking sitcom that changed the television landscape forever. It was crude, lewd, and hilarious, pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable to air on network television.
The show brought us some of the most iconic characters in television history and some of its stars are now some of the most famous actors around, including Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, and Christina Applegate. Here are some facts that will surprise you, even if you you’re a die-hard fan of the show!
1. Married…With Children Was Fox’s First Prime Time Show
Fox Broadcasting first launched on October 9, 1986. It started out broadcasting during the late-night time slot and only in 1987 did it venture into prime time television, considered the most lucrative time slot. Its big launch was on April 5th with Married…With Children which aired on Sunday night.
It was quite a smart move for the network as not only did it venture into prime time television, it also managed to finally pose as an alternative to the big three broadcasters (ABC, CBS, and NBC).