One of Fox’s earliest and longest-running series, the bawdy sitcom ran for 11 seasons and 259 episodes. Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino starred as the aggressively dysfunctional Bundy clan, whose crude exploits helped establish the fledgling network’s desired brand identity as young, edgy, and courting of controversy. In an era of loving family sitcoms, Married… With Children anchored a Fox line-up that sought to buck the conventions of the Big Three networks; it was probably the show most closely identified with the network in its early stages, until The Simpsons came into its own in the early 1990s. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Michaela Conlin, forensic specialist (35); Johnny Depp, undercover cop (50); Michael J. Fox, preppy (52); Jackie Mason, comic (77); Gloria Reuben, physician assistant (49); Joe Santos, cop (82); Aaron Sorkin, scribe (52); Dick Vitale, sportscaster (74); Mae Whitman, Braverman kin (25).