Character: Peggy Bundy / The Grim Reaper / Princess Scarlett
Created by: Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye
Directed by: Gerry Cohen, Linda Day, Amanda Bearse, Sam W. Orender, Tony Singletary, Bill Brown, Mark K. Samuels, Zane Buzby, Brian Levant, Arlando Smith, James Eric Hornbeck, John Sgueglia, Katherine Green, Richard Correll
Written by: Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye, Larry Jacobson, Ralph Farquhar, Stacie Lipp, Ellen L. Fogle, Kevin Curran, Sandy Sprung, Marcy Vosburgh, Alison Taylor, Eric Abrams, Valerie Ahern
Produced by: Barbara Blachut Cramer, John Maxwell Anderson
Cast Members: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ted McGinley
Released date: April 5, 1987
Episode(s) Number: Appeared in almost all episodes
Duration: 22 min
Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.
→ Domestic bliss was never like this!
♦ Katey Sagal came up with the idea for her character Peggy Bundy to dress in 1960s-inspired clothing. Sagal’s reason for the look was because she wanted to parody the 1960s housewife. For her audition, Sagal had brought her own red bouffant wig, and when she won the role, producers approved the image into the show. (Peggy’s ’60s wear included the bouffant hair, tight capris-styled leggings paired with a large belt, and slip on heels.)
♦ Katey Sagal became pregnant three times during the ten-year span of the series. The first was during the beginning of season six (mid 1991) where her pregnancy was worked into a storyline, but was written out when Sagal miscarried. The second time was in 1994, late in season eight, and early in season nine, and the third was in season ten from 1995-1996, in which both of her pregnancies (which were successful) were hidden from the viewing audience.
♦ Katey Sagal, Ed O’Neill, and Christina Applegate all admitted to doubting the show’s potential for success at its start, but found the pilot script funny, and signed on thinking it would be fun to do.
♦ Katey Sagal had constant issues with Buck the dog trying to hump her leg on and off the set. The producers were going to “fire” Buck if his owner and handler could not get him under control, doing away with a family pet altogether.
♦ Though she plays her mother, Katey Sagal is not quite 18 years older than Christina Applegate.
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• Sound familiar? How many times have I told you, Al, you gotta stick it in the right way. And you know, pressing the right buttons wouldn’t hurt either.
• Honey, I complain about your performance all the time… you don’t care. Sometimes you don’t even wake up.
• Kelly, its time we had a little talk. There is a thing men will want you to do when you get married; it’s called work.
• Once you do it though, you’ll never have to do it again and there will come a time when your husband comes home smellin’ like beer and wantin’ some lovin’; you’ll follow that fat butt up the stairs because you’ll know that no matter how disgusting the next five minutes may be, it’s still better than work.
• Al, how am I supposed to do my job and yours? I tell ya, now I know how Hillary feels.
• Sooo… we’ve certainly learned a lot about each other. We have no opinions on politics, religion, science, starving people, nuclear holocaust or recycling. The only thing we seem to feel strongly about is we both hate that painting behind Jay Leno.
• I tried to get Al to fix the driveway a long time ago. But his philosophy is why improve a home you’re only going to live in anyway?