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Christina Applegate Talks About the Success of 'Married... With Children' Cast (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30AM
Christina Applegate, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'If someone were to ask which show of the late '80s and '90s would spawn some of the most acclaimed and successful actors of the modern generation, no one would have picked FOX's raunchy hit 'Married... with Children.' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), Christina Applegate marveled at the success the cast has seen.

While she's enjoying another career renaissance with 'Up All Night,' Ed O'Neill is finally getting some industry recognition for his work as family patriarch on 'Modern Family.' Meanwhile, Katey Sagal has been working steadily through the years, finally striking Golden Globe for her gut-wrenching performance on 'Sons of Anarchy.'

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11 Great 'It's a Wonderful Life' TV Spoofs

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 24th 2010 10:00AM

Al Bundy Christmas

'Psych' just did it: the holiday episode that plays off the now classic 1946 Christmas movie 'It's a Wonderful Life.' It's become a holiday staple for sitcoms, but as our countdown of 11 'Wonderful' spoofs shows, it's not just for sitcoms ... and it's not always just for the holidays, either.

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Ed O'Neill Discusses 'Modern Family's' Future

by Gary Susman, posted Jun 7th 2010 2:20PM
Ed O'Neill in 'Modern Family'Ed O'Neill has a pretty light schedule these days. He has a movie coming out on June 4, the documentary 'Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean,' which he narrates. Otherwise, he can relax until July 8, when 'Modern Family' will likely receive a slew of Emmy nominations (the Academy has enlisted his TV wife, Sofia Vergara, and 'Community's' Joel McHale to read the nomination announcements), and then, until the end of July, when the cast meets to begin filming the hit ABC comedy's second season.

O'Neill called TV Squad from his home in Los Angeles to talk about 'Modern Family's' Emmy odds, what to expect from season 2, the mysterious origins of the romance between his character and Vergara's and the show's long-term future. He also updated us on the whereabouts of his old castmates from 'Married... With Children.'

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Ed O'Neill on Being the 'Modern Family' Patriarch

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2010 5:02PM
Ed O'Neill of 'Modern Family''Modern Family' is a repeat tonight, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to give fans a little taste by posting the quick talk I had with Ed O'Neill in January. It was the last day of the press tour, and the critics were in the middle of an epic day of set visits; one of the most fun aspects of the day was that were able to wander through the sound stages at 'Family' and talk informally to the show's stars.

I found O'Neill in the kitchen of the house where his character, Jay Pritchett, lives with his trophy wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and old soul stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez). As my fellow critics were beckoning me to get on the bus to go to the next set, I asked Ed a few questions about how Jay has changed this season, and what he thinks the legacy of 'Married... With Children' might be.

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10 Dysfunctional TV Families We'd Like to Adopt

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 3rd 2010 2:00PM
That little smoocheroo between 'Big Love' mom Margie and her stepson, Ben, last Sunday? Whether or not you think the buss equals an incestuous act by the 'Big Love' duo -- she's sorta his stepmom, since she's married to his dad, Bill, though they're not legally married, since she's one of his polygamy wives -- eh, it makes out heads hurt, and our stomachs more than a little queasy, to contemplate the Ben/Margie, uh, affair much further.

Suffice it to say: The Hendricksons of 'Big Love' are more than a tweak or two away from being a healthy family.

And, thankfully for our quirky TV family-lovin' hearts, they're not alone. Sometimes the inner-family workings of TV kin lead to comedy, i.e. The Bluths of 'Arrested Development' and the Pritchett family on ABC's new hit 'Modern Family,' and sometimes it leads to dead wives in the bathtub or dead husbands in the shower, on dramas like 'Dexter' and 'Dallas.'

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Deck the Halls With Our 12 Favorite Christmas Episodes

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:05PM
Friends / The OC
From the 1950s through the 1980s, most successful TV series aired at least one Christmas show. Such seasonal events are less plentiful now, when most networks air reruns during the holidays -- but the classics of the past are gifts that keep on giving. Taking our cue from 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' we bring you a dozen holiday-themed episodes rich in tidings of comfort and joy.

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Ed O'Neill shines on Modern Family

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 25th 2009 7:01PM
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One of the true breakout hits of this fall season is ABC's sitcom Modern Family. The critics have been singing the praises of this show, and the ratings have been good enough that I will predict without equivocation, that Modern Family will see a second season. And Ed O'Neill deserves a lot of the credit.

I like Modern Family. I don't love, love, love it, but I like it. The guys that were together on Frasier, Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, have given us something good here. It's not Frasier level yet, but it might get there with time.

If there's one part of Modern Family that has won me over completely, it's Ed O'Neill. You might think, well, sure, it's Ed O'Neill. But I have never liked Ed. I was never a fan of Married With Children. I loathed it. And don't tell me I'm a moron for saying that; it's just a show that never worked for me.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2009 6:02PM
Legend of the SeekerHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't know if Legend of the Seeker could be considered a guilty pleasure or not. I mean, if you like something, why does it have to be a "guilty" pleasure? Having said that, I think a lot of people would consider this show something they're not willing to admit they like. But I'll admit it: I like it. It's a fun show.

Holiday TV Comedy Collection is a mix of Christmas episodes from various shows, including The Office, 30 Rock, Psych, Monk, and House.
  • Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes - Spotlight Collection Vol. 7
  • Curious George - A Very Monkey Christmas
  • Flashpoint - Season 1

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 28th 2009 6:06PM
KingsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

This might not be the biggest DVD release day in history, but it's certainly one of the business. There's something for everyone this week, including a bunch of "Fan Favorites" DVDs for various sitcoms, including NewsRadio, All in the Family, and I Dream of Jeannie. That's a neat idea, though I wonder, if you're a big fan, wouldn't you already have the DVDs?

Oh, and remember Day Break, the ABC mystery series from a couple of years ago? You can get the Complete Series. I don't think I ever saw the end of that show. You can watch it on SlashControl, so maybe I'll start there before buying the set.


  • All in the Family - Fan Favorites
  • Ax Men - Season 2
  • Barney Miller - Fan Favorites
  • Bewitched - Fan Favorites

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Jason Bateman once starred in a funny sitcom (way before Arrested Development)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2009 1:27PM
You can talk all you want about the best thing about the web: keeping friends and family connected, shopping, maps to help you get where you are going, making money. But I think the best thing about the web is that someone actually takes the time to upload episodes of short-lived 80s TV show.

Case in point: It's Your Move, the NBC sitcom that starred a teenage Jason Bateman and Married...with Children's David Garrison. The opening is pure cheese, but the writing was a notch above typical sitcom fare. Here's the first episode (parts 2 and 3 after the jump - more episodes here). Bateman's first little speech has a really funny payoff, and he always had great timing. River Phoenix shows up in this episode too.

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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The Wire was a really funny show

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2009 6:37PM
Looking at this clip, I noticed that someone first posted it on YouTube back in 2006. So some of you might have seen it already. But as NBC used to say about their repeats, "if you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" What if The Wire had the laugh track from Married ... with Children? Wonder no more.

Laugh tracks can be so inappropriate.(NSFW)

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Bad moms, bad moms, whatcha gonna do?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2009 5:16PM
Everybody Loves RaymondMother's Day is Sunday, but we all have to realize that not every mom deserves a box of chocolates, a nice dinner, or a bouquet of flowers. AOL has their picks for the worst TV moms of all time, and a lot of the usual suspects are on the list. I think we can all agree that Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond should be on the list. She clearly loves her kids, but...wow, how manipulative and pushy and meddling can a person get?

Evelyn Harper from Two and a Half Men is on the list, too. She's such a bad mom that it's sometimes easy to forget that she's even Charlie and Alan's mother. She seems more like some older, sexy aunt or something.

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What are the best TV shows of the 1980s?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2009 5:01PM
Magnum, P.I.AOL has chosen the best TV shows of the 1980s, and it's not a bad list. But I'm sure everyone reading this will have their own thoughts.

Sure, there are shows that were my favorites I'd like to see on the list, but those would be personal choices. The only problem I have is where the shows place on the list. For example, is Fraggle Rock really a better show than Spenser: For Hire, Miami Vice, and Kate and Allie (even beyond the fact that it might be an odd show to compare to the other shows in the first place)? Is Facts of Life better than MacGyver?

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Best '80s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 13th 2009 6:00AM
Family TiesIt may have been the Me Decade.

But in TV land, the sisters were doin' it for themselves and finally getting respect as cops, war nurses and working moms; iconic shows like 'Hill Street Blues,' 'St. Elsewhere' and 'L.A. Law' would forever change (for the better) cop, medical and legal dramas; and no idea was too high concept to fill a primetime spot (time-travelling physicist? check; housewife-turned-CIA op? check; New York City beauty in love with a subterranean monster? check).

The bottom line: They all add up to 10 years of fine channel surfing -- and our awesome list of the 40 best series of the 1980s.

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