Married... With Children

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 1987 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Al gets free tickets to a Chicago Bulls game, but is forced by Peg to stay home so they can meet their new neighbors Steve and Marcy, who are an idealistic newlywed couple.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Pilot

    You wouldn't be able to tell from this episode that it would go on to become an iconic TV series, but you did see groundbreaking signs and a movement toward an edgier take on family comedy than we had seen before. A solid start, but we know it got better from here.
  • A Funny Start

    In the start of the show its not as crazy as can be. It still has the feel of the show. The plot is like many shows. Meet the characters with a small plot. Seeing the style of the show. Al is still good in the pilot. As he wants to go to a game. He cant cause of company. The next door neighbors Steve and Marcy. Allready Al and Peggy are messing up their Marriage. Al's first best line. I hate these people. Plus u gonna nuder him too. Plus where are your kids. I dont know. In the end it was a nice simple funny start to a great comedy.moreless
  • Al gets free basketball tickets but peg tells him he cant go because their is a new couple next door coming over.

    This has to be one the greatest tv introductions for a series that i have ever seen. I feel the pilot was still family friendly but at the same time pushing the line what a family show could do. Even though the pilot is different than later episodes their was still things they used later on(fat jokes and hating his wife) but still really fun to watch.
  • A good start for this classic series.

    In this series opener we find Al and Peggy Bundy for the first time, which are actually light versions of what these characters will develop in the next eleven years. Their fight for the buying of juice turns the humor domestic and certainly gives the series and air of a normal family, somethign the Cosby\'s reallt lack on. Since the beginning Bud and Kelly fight like normal brothers and the nozy neighbors appeared to be perfect until Al and Peg discover that married life is more than it seemed.

    For the Bundy\'s there is still a long road to travel and a lot of strange characteristcs to develop, still it is a very good series opener and an episode a true fan of Married with Children must watch.moreless
  • A great start, but still a little tame regarding the eventual characture profiles of later episodes.

    The true feel of The Bundys was still very much in devellopment in this first episode. Al and Peg showed signs of passion and caring, which were largely gone in later episodes. They even willingly kiss each other in this episode, whereas it nearly takes drugs or bribery to get Al to even touch Peggy in later episodes.

    In fact, looking back with the perspective of later episodes, Al and Peggy behave more like Steve and Marcy than they behave like the Al and Peggy that we truely get to know and love in the seasons to come.

    Interesting, but not typical of later MWC episodes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Peggy: Al, do you have to leave the refrigerator door open? I'm getting a draft.
      Al: I'm sorry, maybe I should look for some food in the dishwasher.

    • (Peggy is spooning a lot of coffee into two cups)
      Marcy: Isn't that an awful lot of coffee you're putting in there?
      Peggy: Yes. It's for them. Ours will be good. You see, if they enjoy eating and drinking at home too much, they never take you anywhere. With man, if you ask them for something, you are never gonna get it but if you do some damage to their internal organs, you got a shot. And if it doesn't work, huh, what have you lost.

    • Al: So Steve, looks like life is really shaping up for you two. How long've you two crazy kids been married?
      Steve: Two months, Al.
      Al: Well Marcy, looks like you got a heck of a piece of clay here to work with.

    • Al: You know another thing that makes women such a blessing for us? It's when you're sitting somewhere and they come over and they say to you, "What are you thinking?" And you start thinking, "You know, if I wanted you to know, I'd be talking." But you can't actually say that to 'em or else they'll kill you. And they're allowed to, see it's that whole period, P.M.S. thing, I don't know, I'm not a doctor, but I think that P.M.S. stands for "Pummels Men's Scrotums."

    • Marcy: I feel sports glorify violence and competition, and I don't think it's psychologically healthy. When we have a child, we don't want it to grow up with that winning-is-the-only-thing attitude. A child is better off not being exposed to sports.
      Al: You gonna neuter him too?

    • Al: I'm sorry, honey. I didn't hear you. I was just thinking of killing myself.

    • Al: Let me tell you something. No woman tells Al Bundy what to do.
      Woman: Hey you! Get my shoes.
      Al: Yes, Ma'am.

    • Peggy: That's not good. Do you have PMS?
      Marcy: No.
      Peg: Get it!

    • Al: And i'm telling you you're son's going to grow up to be a sissy mary without sports.
      Steve: I used to love sports.
      Al: Of course you did, you're a man.

    • Peg: See Al? Steve helps around the house.
      Al: Way to go, Steve!

    • Peg: Al, they're here. And another thing, don't eat or drink anything while they're here. One of them may have to use the bathroom while they're here.

    • Al: Does nobody have a name? Like Tom, Dick, Cobra with a sore on his mouth.
      Kelly: Oh it's not that kind of a sore. He just fell asleep with a cigar in his mouth.

    • Al: Kids gone?
      Peg: Yeah... but they'll be back.

    • Fat Woman: I don't care what your little ruler says, I've been a 7 since I graduated from High School.
      Al: The scale says 9, but... lady you're a 9, I can accept it, why can't you.
      Fat Woman: You're very fresh.
      Al: No, ma'am, that's impossible. For the last hour I've been trying to squeeze you foot into a shoe when I really should've been easing them into the box, so I'm anything but fresh, and could you tell John Henry to give those $100 pumps a rest.
      Fat Woman: Your ad says "courteous service".
      Al: That's not my ad, ma'am. That was from the former owners, he died on this very spot when a size 9 exploded in his face.

    • Marcy: Hi, I'm Marcy!
      Steve: I'm Steve!
      Marcy: You have a beautiful home.
      Al: Yeah, so do you, come on in.
      Steve: Howdy, Neighbors!
      Al: Yeah, Yeah, (mouthing words) I hate these people.

    • Marcy: My mother is coming over next week.
      Steve: Oh yeah? Is she gonna teach you how to bury me like she buried her three husbands?
      Marcy: Steve. Are you emplying that their suicides had something to do with mother?

    • Fat Woman: Come on Arnold, we're leaving.
      Kid: I want a balloon!
      Al: You've already got one.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Kelly has the first lines of the show.

    • Part of the opening montage of a Chicago expressway is taken from movie National Lampoon's Vacation. You can see the Griswald's Truckster leaving on the trip West.

    • This was the Fox network's very first prime time show.

    • In the original pilot episode, Tina Caspary played Kelly and Hunter Carson played Bud.
      Ritch Shydner (Luke Ventura) was a main character in the original pilot and also credited in the opening credits. A few scenes and lines are different in the original pilot: The scenes with Bud and Kelly have slightly different dialogue; The scene where we first see Luke Ventura is totally different and a lot of cut dialogue include Luke mentioning that he slept with a woman for three hours before Al came to work that day; finally a few lines where Al tells Steve that P.M.S means "Pummel Men's Scrotums"

    • Roseanne Barr and the late Sam Kinison were considered for the roles of Peg and Al. The shoe store was once used by the series One Day At A Time. A German version of the show's first 13 episodes were produced and some of the first season episodes were taken from another show. A porn version of series does exsist as Married with Hormones volume 1 & 2.

    • This pilot was also the pilot for the new FOX network. After this episode aired, the pilot of The Tracey Ullman Show which would spin-off The Simpsons, FOX's biggest hit even to this day aired.