Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Telecast seven years after the final first-run episode of Married. . .With Children, this 42-minute reunion special originally aired with a minimum of commercial interruptions. Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy) gets things going with a brief rundown of the series' formative years. This is followed by individual interviews with the seven principal cast members: Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy), Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy) David Faustino (Bud Bundy), Amanda Bearse (Marcy Rhodes D'Arcy), David Garrison (Steve Rhodes) and Ted McGinley (Jefferson D'Arcy). Six of these seven actors are seen lounging around a replica of the "Bundy Living Room" set, much of which had to be reconstructed based on those actors' memories; Katey Sagal is filmed separately on the set of her then-current sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter. Amidst scores of classic clips from the original series, the actors dispense fascinating info-bites: For example, Ed O'Neill reveals that he based Al Bundy on his own uncle, while Katey Sagal describes the evolution of Peg's distinctive stiletto-heels walk. Also seen are a number of choice outtakes and deleted scenes. The coda is provided by David Faustino, bringing this entertainment retrospective to a conclusion that, like Married. . .With Children itself, manages to be both hilarious and iconoclastic.