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Married With Children: The Complete Tenth Season (Sony DVD)


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



Well, Married with Children is coming in for the home stretch now that Married With Children: The Complete Tenth Season has been released on DVD.  The series that originally aired as a spring replacement managed to pull a historic feat when it lasted 11 seasons.  Granted the series went on a few seasons too long; the series did manage to capture America’s hearts and be instilled as a piece of television pop culture for all time.  Married with Children reintroduced people to Ed O’Neill and made Katy Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino household names.  Their careers have all gone in very different directions after Married With Children ended; with Sagal getting involved in the now classic Futurama, Applegate becoming a huge television and movie star, and David Faustino now stars in an edgy internet series entitled Star-Ving on crackle.com with Corin Nemec of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.  If nothing else the series gave us many memorable moments and whereas by the time Season 10 rolled around the jokes had become stale and repetitive there were still some shining moments that will remain classics in the television universe.


Towards the end of the series more and more guest stars were arriving on set such as Ben Stein, Alan Thicke, Shannon Tweed, Traci Bingham, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tim Conway, Pat Morita, Nicole Eggert and many more.  It was almost like they were trying to see how many guest stars and new characters they could fit in before the end, which was at the time noticeably approaching fast. The 26 episodes feature more madness from the NO MA’AM club, the Bundy’s trip to Spring Break, Bud’s big move to the basement, Peg’s mom moves in with earthquake-like consequences, and sadly Buck died…but was quickly reincarnated as the Bundy’s new dog, Lucky.  This season hosted just as many classic moments as it did stinkers, but it was a fun ride on the couch nevertheless.


The technical features of Married with Children return on this DVD set as lax and uninspiring, but even though they are not the greatest they slide by as adequate.  The picture once again has crispness and color issues in its 1.33 X 1 Full Screen format (shot on professional NTSC analog tape).  The sound is 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.


I think the set is less than it could/should be, but never the less if you have loved the series for this long, now is not the time stop buying or watching.


Can I get a Bundy Wo?



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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