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Married With Children – The Complete 11th Season (1996 – 1997/Sony DVD)


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



Maybe existing a few seasons beyond its time Married with Children still managed to catch audiences’ hearts and attention with its offbeat, slapstick humor.  This reviewer has always sand the praises of Married with Children as it has been a personal favorite for a very long time.  The chemistry between the cast was amazing and I could honestly feel the dysfunctional love between each and every one of them.  The Eleventh Season was the end of the road for the Bundys, but they maintained the same great comic timing and captivating personalities right up until the end.


The final season consists of 24 episodes using the same old Bundy quirks to create new stories that are as enjoyable as ever.  The Eleventh Season abandons the family dynamic to an extent and focuses mostly on Peg/Al centric episodes; ultimately leading to chaos between the couple that always works out in the end.  There are other episodes of the Eleventh Season also seem to have consistent themes that either focus on Kelly’s road to fame, the shoe store or other random acts of craziness.  In the episode “T*R*A*S*H” Jefferson gets Al and Griff to join the National Guard, under the delusion that they would be on one big vacation, but instead are deployed and get into a whole HEAP (haha) of trouble.


The series was good from beginning to end and in this final season they drive that old Dodge into the sunset in a very fitting way.


The technical features of Married with Children are the same as previous seasons as they are adequate, but far from a Bundy “Whooooah.”  The picture 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 saddest part of this final box set is the lack of extras.  The Married with Children sets have never had very many extras (if any), but it is ridiculous that for the final season that Sony wouldn’t put together some commentaries, featurettes or even an updated cast interview.


The final 24 episodes made me sad to see them go, but what a great run it was.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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