Fun! Laughter! And a touch of crass! The Bundys are back and more outrageous than ever in the eleventh and final season of Married... with Children. Highlighted by the hilarious three-part "Breaking Up Is Easy To Do" - whe... more »re Al (Ed O'Neill) leaves Peggy (Katey Sagal) and the kids (Christina Applegate and David Faustino) to become Chicago's swingingest single - plus hysterical Bundy misadventures involving strippers, Satan worshippers and a horde of angry obese women, these 24 final episodes prove that when it comes to sidesplitting, taboo-busting comedy, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings. Woooo Bundy!« less
"I was beginning to think that I would be dead and buried before Sony had all eleven seasons of Married With Children out(knock on wood that I make it to October). We fans have had a long, long journey getting here. Star Trek came and went in all it's incarnations. Jessica started later and got her tenth season out prior to this (Murder She Wrote). So I am happy to be able to complete the collection with some of the best shows they did, even tho Fox had dumped them in spirit long before this and the show was beginning to show it's age. The "Al goes to Hell" episode with Robert Englund alone is worth the whole season. So to all of us who have been in the "Hell-evator, going down!", lo these many years...we finally have our floor in sight and we will at long last be in Married With Children Heaven with Buck."
Hasta La Vista Bundys!
Taheen Lopez | United States- San Diego, CA | 07/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's about time that Sony released this 1996-97 Season of the Bundy's out on DVD since I've been waiting for the longest time to have the Bundy's final season on DVD, especially since Sony already has the first 10 seasons of the Bundy's on DVD along with the fact that the Bundy's 11th Season was one of my favorite seasons and the season when I think the sexy, but the daffy airheaded Kelly(Christina Applegate)was looking her best along with the fact that this was the show that made Christina Applegate a star and very popular to this very day and Applegate's mastectomy in 2008 has now made her an inspiration to all women battling breast cancer too, which makes Christina Applegate a good role model and I will always love her for that as well.
The Bundy's Eleventh Season also has some of its best episodes like when Kelly gets an acting gig as a princess on a kids show that eventually ends up faltering when Kelly becomes snotty and too controlling.
Another is the episode when the lowlife perverted Al(Edward O'Neill)gets to be on the show COPS riding along with Chicago P.D. and Kelly gets a commercial gig as the Virgin Olive Oil girl when FAMILY TIES Tina Yothers does a cameo appearance.
Another is the episode where the Bundys take a vacation to Branson, Missouri and Kelly and Peg do a singing gig as The Juggs to help make ends meet with a special cameo appearance by country western singer(Tammy Wynette), whom died 2 years later in real life.
Another is the Series Finale episode when Kelly is about to get married and move out of the Bundys house and then finds out on her wedding day that her fickle ex-con fiancee was being unfaithful to her by making a pass at Marcy(Amanda Bearse)and ends up calling off the wedding leaving us no real explanation on whether Kelly still moved out or stayed living at home or what, but chances are Kelly was still living at home after the disaster on her wedding day.
However I was kind of surprised that MARRIED WITH CHILDREN lasted this long and I'm sure it was time for the Bundy's to move on and say goodbye since this show was getting burned out and the Bundy's were obviously getting tired, especially Christina Applegate(Kelly) and Edward O'Neill(Al).
This season also takes me back to memory lane to when FOX had temporarily moved this show to Saturday nights in September of 1996 showing the Bundy's after COPS & AMERICA'S MOST WANTED, but was eventually moved back to Sundays, due to scheduling conflicts and then the Bundys were moved to Mondays in January of 1997 before this shows cancellation in the Spring of 1997 after FOX had the Bundy's Series Finale episode in May of 1997, but the one thing I cant understand is why didn't sony have the series finale episode on this DVD.
In the meantime, I can hardly wait till they finally release the Bundy's 11th Season on DVD this Fall, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday October 13th, 2009. Yipee!"
Going back to the basics, but all for nothing...
Twiddles42 | MN, USA | 10/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The final year is a step up from the last few years, which descended into total vapid crudity.
Now, the final year also retains crudity that "Married with Children" (MWC) is known for, yet plot quality has risen (the jokes aren't as obvious and even when the punchline is, there are enough instances where you don't get the set-up until after the groundwork has been laid), and goes new places/tackles new ideas. For example:
* "The Stepford Peg" - Peggy gets amnesia and Al trains Peggy to serve him 24 hours a day (literally). Rating: 5-stars * "Grime and Punishment" - Bud lands some money and Al now demands rent. Unfortunate, Bud being the smart one, knows renters' rights and calls in the authorities. Hilarity really does ensue. 5-stars * "Kelly's Gotta Habit" - Bud gets Kelly in for a product ad commercial, but has to clean up her wardrobe and act (not being "easy") in order to get the role. Another 5-star ep. * "Bud on the Side" - Bud, eyed by Al's boss, go into a relationship - much to the initial chagrin of Al, until his boss starts furnishing the shoe store with a large TV and beer. Obviously a total farce, but is remarkably funny (and, of course, crude). Another 5-star winner. * "Crimes against Obesity" - not a clip show as such; most of the women Al has insulted over the years make a return visit. Definitely not PC, but this one too had me rolling: 5 stars. * "A Babe in Toyland" - Kelly is hired to host a children's show when the existing host is axed. The subplot between Al and Peggy still has me rolling too. Oh, this is a top-notch episode. 5 stars, obviously! :) * "D*mn Bundys" - (episode title is not censored on the DVD case). Al makes a deal with the Devil so he can play on a NFL football team. The 3D gimmick FOX ran is so-so but the overall episode still, like the others I've mentioned, show the show has a LOT of life left in it. Or at least has a second wind... (I will also bypass the obvious pun...) * "Lez Be Friends" - Marcy's identical cousin arrives and comes out to Al. Great acting by all involved. Note, this episode originally aired 20 days before "Ellen" did a GLBT-themed episode too. MWC got there first. (And both shows were great in what they wanted to do.) Rating: 5 stars.
Now, the funny thing with this final year is, some stories (e.g. "Grime and Punishment") take place in 'the present' - meaning the actors act their physical ages. Other stories, (e.g. "Crimes and Obesity") have the kids acting like they were in season 1. Okay, David Faustino and Christina Applegate are a decade older, and despite being veteran actors, I can't believe they're playing 13- and 15-year olds because they obviously look mid-20s. No amount of acting will overcome that particular barrier. The shows are still funny, but that pesky "looks" issue cannot be avoided.
FOX, with the final year, kept moving the airdate from its original comfy Sunday line-up to Saturday. And then to other days. And not always advertising. I'm not sure "The Stepford Peg" ever got aired; likely due to a football game going overtime... Usually that's a big sign a network wants to axe a program, by moving the time slot (which was initially advertised with Al mimicking John Travolta and Saturday Night Fever, of course) but then quietly made other changes. I was hooked with this season early on, which was amazing given how the series turned empty for the last 3 years. I can't pinpoint the entire WHY, but there is a freshness in the stories, some of which hark back to the series' roots.
Oh, the Kelly marriage episode and the 3-parter where Al and Peg split up are the obligatory clunker episodes.
At least it ended on a high note, albeit with an episode that didn't air "Chicago Shoe Exchange" as FOX promoted Kelly's marriage to be the final episode. A final episode that didn't feel like a finale in any sense...
Definitely a must-have set for fans, even those who gave up on the show after season 5. This one readily eclipses seasons 5-10 in terms of laughs.
Bondfanatic | 07/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The single greatest sitcom of all time's final season is finally here. This is the show that launched the Fox network. Yes, long before the Simpsons existed, Married with Children started in 1987 and put Fox on the map. No sitcom since has even come close to this masterpiece. Even the best today: Family Guy, doesn't even come close to the brilliance of this show. For a show to outshine such greats as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Happy Days is saying something. And no, the Simpsons doesn't even belong in the same league as Married with Children or Family Guy...period!!! Al Bundy is far and away the greatest fictional character in TV history. Not many shows can say they made it through 11 great seasons. Some shows start off good with their first season or two and just stink afterwards. Married with Children was magnificent from season 1 to season 11 with out question. Any DVD collector should definitely have every season of the greatest sitcom ever in their library. This show will live on forever!!!"
PCness Be Damned!
John Robinson | Michigan | 10/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Political Correctness? WTF is THAT??? And who cares? This show is great with all it's taboo humor about sex, drugs, stereotypes and just plain ol' silly situations that is pure escapism! Ed O'Neill should be proud that his characterization of Al Bundy has gone down as TV legend...NO ONE but Mr. O'Neill could make Al what he is/was. David Faustino should get kudos as well as his portrayal of Bud; for a character who supposedly doesn't get the babes, he gets more than his share from Al's boss Gary...actress Janet Carroll (Gary) finally gets to show us how hot she is this season!
And then there's the old "Ginger or Mary Ann" argument regarding Peggy and Kelly; my circle of buddies usually choose Peggy - Katey Sagal looks slimmer and tighter in this eleventh season that'll make Kelly voters switch.....
Not many TV characters make me laugh out loud...but Ed's Al Bundy does. Would I want to live next door to an Al Bundy? Or have an Al Bundy in my family? Or be like Al Bundy? Heck no! He's devilish, crude, crass, selfish, trashy, insulting and smells bad. So what makes us love and root for this guy? Is it because he says things we wish we could? Or that he's an underdog? You can come to your own conclusions but my explanation is he just makes me damn laugh OUT LOUD. And for me, that's a helluva lot.