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13 Facts About 'Married With Children' That Will Just Make You Miss The Show Even More

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It's hard to believe the Bundy's have been off the air for 20 years, because reruns of Married With Children are still fresh and funny to this day.

Here are 13 facts you probably never knew about the classic sitcom:

1. The Lost Episode

The show's racy storylines attracted a lot of attention, including a letter-writing campaign over "anti-family" content that made advertisers pull their money from the show. Ironically, these protests only made the series more popular.


But censors still cracked down on sex after the campaign, and wound up taking one episode from season three, "I'll See You In Court," off the air completely.

The episode involved Marcy and Steve, then Peggy and Al being caught on tape having sex at a motel. The episode didn't air in America until 2002, when FX played it in reruns (they still cut out four lines from the episode).

2. Ed O'Neill's Hollywood Walk of Fame star is in front of a shoe store

O'Neill signs autographs (and shoes) in front of his star.Starzlife

A fitting tribute for the actor who played a shoe salesman. You can find his star in front of a DSW Shoes store on Hollywood Boulevard.

3. Ed would also make birthday calls to fans in character as Al Bundy

That's a pretty nice gift, but there was a catch: O'Neill always made the call collect, just like the notoriously stingy Al would, leaving the birthday boy or girl to pay 65 cents a minute for the privilege.

4. David Faustino didn't just play a rapper on TV

The show's writers got a lot of mileage out of Bud Bundy's quest to become a famous rapper under the name "Grandmaster B," but they had a lot of inspiration to work with.

Grandmaster B.Wikia

Faustino was a real life hip-hop head who tried to kick start a music career while acting on the show. He went by the rap name D' Lil, and released an album called Balistyx in 1992.

5. Roseanne almost played Peggy Bundy

Roseanne Barr and Sam Kinison.

When the show was pitched, Roseanne Barr and comedian Sam Kinison were imagined as Al and Peggy Bundy, but both their managers turned the show down. At the time, neither of them was interested in TV parts (although Roseanne started two years later).

6. Bud and Kelly were recast too

The show's pilot was taped with actress Tina Caspary playing Kelly Bundy, and with Hunter Carson as her little brother Bud. Reportedly, Ed O'Neill complained he had no chemistry with his TV children, and asked for them to be recast.

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