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Married With Children – The Complete Ninth Season (Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: B-



One of the most infamous, dysfunctional families of all time returns to DVD with Married With Children: The Complete Ninth Season.  When Married With Children hit television sets over 20 years ago, no one thought the series would or could make it; but 11 seasons and 10 years later the Bundys proved skeptical critics wrong time and time again.


There is not much to say about the series that everyone does not already know.  They are the Bundys.  They lie, cheat and steal; yet we all somehow manage to forgive all their faults, regardless of their unwillingness to change.  There are no happy endings for the Bundys.  The series is a dark comedy with a deceivingly light pop culture infused sitcom glaze.  The audience for nine seasons seemed to forget all the bad stuff this family did to each other and all those around them; most likely because they were fun and ridiculous at the same time.  For all their faults, we all may see a little bit of ourselves in the family’s obnoxious dysfunctionality.


The amazingly cast of Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino (among others) all return to make the sitcom experience surreal to say the least.  There are a plethora of memorable moments when Al loses his license, Kelly continues to wow the world as a beer promoter and a 12 year old’s prom date, and the girls crash a good ole nudie bar trip.  This season also holds The Best of the Bundys Episode and the fun 200th Episode.


When Married With Children premiered on FOX in 1987 they broke the mold.  The series is and was criticized as ‘crude’ and ‘idiotic,’ but the truth of the matter is that Married With Children did and said many things that were never discussed on television before.  If nothing else it was a series that paved the way for a more open and controversial series that stressed that freedom of speech is alive and well (no matter how odd).  The Ninth Season was one of the series best and never seemed to out stay its welcome.  The audience did and will openly invite the Bundys into their home; even if they steal your newspaper.


Not much has changed in nine seasons for the technical features of Married With Children, but nevertheless, though they are not the greatest, they slide by as adequate.  The picture continues to have crispness and color issues in its 1.33 X 1 Full Screen format (shot on professional NTSC analog tape) and is for the most part is unimpressive.  The sound is once again presented in a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo that often times sounds very distant and/or muffled; needing (like the picture) a major restoration.  The extras are nonexistent, which will be quite disappointing for fans of the sitcom who want cast commentaries, and behind the scenes footage.


Say yes to ‘No MA’AM.’



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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