This video is part of an ongoing project to build a retrospective TV archive made for the LL community on my Retro TV channel at
Aired from 1987 to 1997, 11 seasons 259 episodes. There were also 3 specials after the show went off the air, one of which was a cast reunion. Not only did this show run in syndication in 42 countries, there were 8 remakes of the show in various countries too.
There was an episode called "Top of the Heap" with Tony Bologna and Matt LeBlanc which was a spinoff, though it wasn't very successful. A few more spinoffs were proposed but never got off the ground. The episode "Radio free Trumaine" was supposed to be a spinoff that would follow Bud Bundy to college. Another episode was called "Enemies" which was supposed to be a clone of "Friends" but with Kelly's circle of friends instead. Sounds cool to me. The episodes were the pilots. There were a couple more ideas for spinoffs with no name that never got past the pitch proposal stage.
A bit of trivia. In the intro, the scene where the cars are on the on-ramp merging onto the expressway at about the 00:45 second mark in the video. Look closely and you will see that the vehicle in the center is a large green station wagon. That scene was taken from the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation". That's the Griswold's wagon.
There is just so much more to say about this show. Ed O'neill is actually a very down to earth guy in real life, during the show's heyday, Ed O'neill would fulfill requests to make birthday and holiday telephone calls to fans, as Al Bundy. On the condition that he could call them collect (in character with Al's cheapskate nature).
The show broke many of the established rules and mores of television, very unconventional. Since the FOX network was a fledgeling network and didn't have full coverage over quite a bit of the country and in many places was only available in UHF. This show, which actually pulled FOX's ass out of the fire, went largely unappreciated in it's time. It has since been recognized the world over and is considered a creative stepping stone for a lot of shows that air today.
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