FOX Will Rebroadcast the Series Premiere of 'Married...With Children' to Celebrate the Network's 25th Anniversary Sunday, April 22

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April 11th, 2012


via press release:

Momentous 500th Episode of THE SIMPSONS Also Encores

In celebration of its 25TH Anniversary, FOX is giving viewers a chance to look back at a show that defined the network and created one of television’s most iconic characters: “Al Bundy.” On Sunday, April 22, the premiere episode of “Married…With Children” (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) followed by an encore of THE SIMPSONS’ 500th episode (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) will kick off an historic evening on FOX.


“Married…With Children” premiered April 5, 1987 on FOX, with three half-hour broadcasts (7:00-7:30 PM, 8:00-8:30 PM and 9:00-9:30 PM) of the show’s “Pilot” episode. In the pilot, Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) gets front row seats to a basketball game, but Peggy (Katey Sagal) makes him stay home and meet their new neighbors, Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and Steve Rhoades (David Garrison).


THE SIMPSONS officially launched as a full-fledged series on January 14, 1990, but Springfield’s most famous family had appeared on FOX for several years in a number of animated “shorts” as part of “The Tracey Ullman Show.” To celebrate THE SIMPSONS’ continuing impact on popular culture, FOX will encore the series’ 500th episode, “At Long Last Leave,” in which the Simpsons are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town.


Immediately following these rebroadcasts, FOX’s 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) will take an entertaining look back at the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have come to define the network. The star-studded special will pay tribute to FOX’s most memorable moments with appearances by FOX talent, highlights from iconic series and specials and reunions with cast members from some of the network’s fan-favorite series, including “Married With Children,” “In Living Color” and “That ’70s Show,” among other surprises.

  • billy martins

    they shall return melrose place one-nite only on july 8 for there 20th annverisary that’ll be great to see from the beganinng just anyone agree with me

  • Phil

    Nice! Love looking back at memory lane! However I wished they showed the pilot episode of The Simpsons rather than the 500th episode which was fairly recent but I guess they want to burn that one off the reruns list for the current season. Looking forward to watching this soon!

  • Lu

    Can they please broadcast The X-files pilot? Please? :D

  • Tony ^_^

    Imagine if “Married… With Children” pulled a 3.0+. Or pulled in a lot of viewers. Lol… Of course, that’s unlikely. :p

    But it’s cool that they’re showing it. And I agree. They should have shown “The Simpsons” pilot and they should also air “The X-Files” pilot (since I’ve never seen it but have seen a whole bunch of other episodes).

    And I wonder if we’ll get to see other show pilots…

  • Ultima

    They should have shown “The Simpsons” pilot

    There was no pilot; there were dozens of shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show which led to The Simpsons being picked up for a series. There’s also three different “first” episodes. The first that aired was the Christmas episode in Dec 89, the official premiere was in Jan 90, and the first produced episode was aired as the season finale.

    I think Married… #1 and Simpsons #500 is a fitting lead-in for the special.

  • Ralph Hahn

    FOX-TV hit the motherlode when “24” went on the air. “Ally McBeal” was fun to watch. Except for the brief six(or seven) episode anthology “TriBeCa,” nothing else comes to mind of the programs that I had enjoyed on Fox Broadcasting. Puzzling that after all of these years, they still don’t program for 10-11pm eastern.

  • Fred

    “Imagine if “Married… With Children” pulled a 3.0+. Or pulled in a lot of viewers. Lol… Of course, that’s unlikely.”

    Actually… I’m not sure that is unlikely, it was a popular show. And it’s still better than anything currently on Fox.

  • Todd

    I really wish Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, or Jane K or someone from Malcolm in the Middle would be present for this event. It’s kind of insulting that it isn’t being represented.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Actually… I’m not sure that is unlikely, it was a popular show. And it’s still better than anything currently on Fox.

    And all the 30 year old fans are now 50+ and they don’t matter (ratings-wise of course).

  • someboy

    best show EVER!

  • johnb

    YES XFILES PLEASE, or start making a new series XFILE 2.0 thanks

  • neJANIS

    Married with children movie would be great :D

  • DZ

    The closest thing to a Simpsons pilot is the Christmas special (while the Ullman shorts were still going, I believe) where Homer winds up at a greyhound track on Christmas Eve, loses his bet but comes home with what would become the family dog, named …

  • Ultima

    The closest thing to a Simpsons pilot is the Christmas special (while the Ullman shorts were still going, I believe)

    There was no official pilot as The Simpsons received a straight-to-series order based on the shorts, which aired from April 1987 through May 1989. It was supposed to premiere in the fall of 1989, but they had to reanimate a large portion of the first episode and parts of others. This pushed the first episode all the way back to the season finale and delayed the series until midseason; however, they aired the Christmas episode (the eighth episode produced) as a special about a month before the official premiere.

  • Ultima

    Also, I expect that FOX will air the first Simpsons short, “Good Night,” during the anniversary special. They’ve done so previously during specials for The Simpsons.

  • Riff Rafferty

    I actually watched it all 3 times the night FOX launched primetime.

    (“The Tracey Ullman Show” too.)

  • Sam

    Fox’s top 5 biggest flagship shows are as follows:

    1. The Simpsons
    2. American Idol
    3. Married with Children
    4. The X Files
    5. Beverly Hills, 90210

  • I like this show

    I have 10/11 seasons on DVD I watch it on syndication at 5am lol. This show along with the Simpsons and In living Color and X files IS A HUGE reason for Fox success in early years. I will be watching the Pilot for the 36,563 time haha. In all seriousness Im glad Fox is doing this well deserved props to the Shows that helped launched the network.

    PS I still haven’t forgiven you for Canceling Arrested Development!

  • Nick

    @Ralph Hahn,

    TV stations owned by FOX Entertainment Group (FOX and MY Network TV) do not air national programming at 10-11 pm. This is so the cable stations FEG owns (FOX sports, FX, National Geographic, etc.) have a time period to air their programming without major interference from the networks. And it has worked (Justified, Archer, etc.).

    To all you people who are holding a grudge with FOX for cancelling your shows, lay off it. If I had boycotted Alcatraz because it replaced Terra Nova (my favorite new show this fall), I would have missed a lot (Alcatraz is my 2nd favorite new show of the season).
    There will probably be a new show for you to grumble over when it gets cancelled.

  • GHM

    they are honoring Married with Children when they just canned the show without even give it a proper finale, GTFO! the people at fox were pretty heartless doing so. the show that started it all was left out to dry. pathetic!

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