The Best Episodes of Married... with Children

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018

This Fox comedy broke the mold of unbelievably selfless family characters which had become the norm in American sitcoms of the 1980's. Al Bundy, shoe salesman, fears the frequent amorous advances of his ditsy wife Peggy, who henpecks him and frivolously spends most of his wages. Supporting characters include their two shallow, self-serving teenage children Kelly and Bud, as well as nosy neighbor Marcy and her husband.

The Stepford Peg

#1 - The Stepford Peg

Season 11 - Episode 10

When Peggy gets amnesia, Al turns her into the perfect wife, which makes everyone happy, except Marcy.

star 8.12
97 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Valerie Ahern, Christian McLaughlin
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Luck of the Bundys

#2 - Luck of the Bundys

Season 8 - Episode 4

When the Bundys start having good luck, Al remembers the Bundy Curse and realizes he is doomed.

star 8.03
145 votes
Writers: Richard Gurman
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Teacher Pets

#3 - Teacher Pets

Season 6 - Episode 21

Bud juggles two women at once, one being Miss McGowen, his English teacher. Meanwhile, the family ignores Peggy when she is sick and Al gets free pizza by attending children's birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese.

star 8.03
118 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Katherine Green
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Al Goes to the Dogs

#4 - Al Goes to the Dogs

Season 10 - Episode 21

Al's construction of a dog house for Lucky is constantly interrupted when a building instructor hired by Marcy complains about every little detail.

star 8.02
82 votes
Directors: Sam W. Orender
Writers: Gary B. Bowren, Laurie Lee-Goss
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Get the Dodge Outta Hell

#5 - Get the Dodge Outta Hell

Season 9 - Episode 16

On their way to Wanker County, the Bundys stop at the car wash, where their Dodge disappears.

star 8.00
106 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Larry Jacobson
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Ship Happens (1)

#6 - Ship Happens (1)

Season 9 - Episode 18

The Bundys and D'Arcys go on a Caribbean cruise.

star 7.99
95 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Michele J. Wolff
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I Can't Believe It's Butter

#7 - I Can't Believe It's Butter

Season 10 - Episode 13

Al's friends get addicted to calling a woman named Butter at a 1-900 phone sex line, but Al finds out that the woman is Peg's mother.

star 7.97
89 votes
Directors: Sam W. Orender
Writers: Scott Zimbler, Joel Valentincic
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Oldies but Young 'Uns

#8 - Oldies but Young 'Uns

Season 5 - Episode 17

Al goes crazy trying to remember the name of a song he heard on the radio.

star 7.96
134 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Bill Prady
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Hot Off the Grill

#9 - Hot Off the Grill

Season 4 - Episode 1

Marcy's dead aunt's ashes end up in the Labor Day hamburgers.

star 7.96
230 votes
Writers: Michael Moye, Ron Leavitt
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Get Outta Dodge

#10 - Get Outta Dodge

Season 8 - Episode 18

Al will get a new Viper for his Dodge if he lets people film a video of the Dodge crossing the 1 million mile mark. Meanwhile, Kelly tries to find Waldo.

star 7.95
111 votes
Directors: Sam W. Orender
Writers: Mark Driscoll
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Spring Break (1)

#11 - Spring Break (1)

Season 10 - Episode 18

During Spring Break, Kelly and friends seduce Bud and friends' airline tickets and hotel reservations at Fort Lauderdale. Al, Jefferson, and Griff go to Fort Lauderdale to judge a bikini contest. When Marcy sees Jefferson and Al on a Spring Break TV special, she heads out to Fort Lauderdale with Bud and friends.

star 7.94
82 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Kim Weiskopf
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'Til Death Do Us Part

#12 - 'Til Death Do Us Part

Season 7 - Episode 22

Al's lack of performance in the bedroom makes him the laugh of the town, so Al sets his mind on getting back in shape.

star 7.93
114 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Stacie Lipp
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A Little Off the Top

#13 - A Little Off the Top

Season 8 - Episode 12

Al ends up being circumcised after the surgeons misread the doctor's instructions.

star 7.93
125 votes
Directors: Sam W. Orender
Writers: Michael Moye
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Al Goes Deep

#14 - Al Goes Deep

Season 8 - Episode 25

Al convinces Jefferson to bet on a football game, but the star of the football team starts dating Kelly, and it interrupts his training.

star 7.93
95 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Garry Bowren, Laurie Lee-Goss
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The Egg and I

#15 - The Egg and I

Season 6 - Episode 17

Steve Rhoades returns to reclaim his wife, but is shocked to find out that Marcy remarried. The Bundys argue whether friendship is more important than money when they find out that Steve is on the run from the police for stealing a rare egg from a national park.

star 7.93
125 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Ellen L. Fogle
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No Pot to Pease In

#16 - No Pot to Pease In

Season 9 - Episode 9

Kelly reveals a bit too much about her family when she auditions for a part in a sitcom, and the producers base the new sitcom on the Bundy household.

star 7.92
115 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: John Glenn Houston
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The Hood, the Bud and the Kelly (2)

#17 - The Hood, the Bud and the Kelly (2)

Season 10 - Episode 15

Bud has until 5:00 PM to finish the video, but Kelly keeps having fights with the other person in the video. Meanwhile, Peggy and Marcy think Al and Jefferson can't figure out the satellite dish, but they are really hiding from their wives on the roof.

star 7.92
85 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Daniel O'Keefe
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Calendar Girl

#18 - Calendar Girl

Season 10 - Episode 16

Al convinces Bud to make a calendar with beautiful women in order to win a rivalry.

star 7.92
95 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Fran E. Kaufer
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The Godfather

#19 - The Godfather

Season 5 - Episode 13

Al becomes the neighborhood godfather when Kelly starts dating a 41-year-old man with the right connections.

star 7.92
153 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Ralph R. Farquhar
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Shoeless Al

#20 - Shoeless Al

Season 9 - Episode 25

Al can't wear shoes because of his phony lawsuit against the mall.

star 7.91
88 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Bootsie
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Requiem for a Chevyweight (2)

#21 - Requiem for a Chevyweight (2)

Season 11 - Episode 5

Al buries the Dodge and leases a new sports car. Meanwhile, Peggy digs up the Dodge so she can sell the engine.

star 7.90
108 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Russell Marcus
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Kelly's Gotta Habit

#22 - Kelly's Gotta Habit

Season 11 - Episode 3

Kelly must sign a morals clause when she gets a commercial part playing a nun. Meanwhile, Al gets to be on Cops as Officer Dan's partner.

star 7.89
118 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Laurie Lee-Goss, Garry Bowren
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The Dance Show

#23 - The Dance Show

Season 5 - Episode 5

Al doesn't mind Peggy going out with Marcy every night to a ballroom dance hall and dance the night away with a handsome man named Andy, until another man, named Pete, tells Al that Peggy is stealing someone's husband - his.

star 7.89
154 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Arthur Silver
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And Baby Makes Money

#24 - And Baby Makes Money

Season 5 - Episode 11

Al and Peggy try to have another baby after a dead relative promised $500,000 to the couple who provide an heir named after him.

star 7.89
141 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Art Everett
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Spring Break (2)

#25 - Spring Break (2)

Season 10 - Episode 19

When Al finds that the bikini competition Jefferson is judging has a $10,000 prize, he has Kelly enter and Griff and him become judges to pick Kelly. When, Marcy, Bud, and friends finally arrive at Fort Lauderdale, she tries to ruin Al's scheme.

star 7.88
78 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Calvin Brown Jr.
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