“Love and marriage…..” We all remember the theme song to what was hands down one of the best sitcoms ever to air. The Bundys were the polar opposite of all the other sitcom families we’d seen; they were completely dysfunctional, but we knew deep down they loved each other. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the show, but it’s also been 20 years since it ended, so let’s find out what the cast has been up to since the last episode aired.
David Garrison – Steve Rhoades
Despite being best known as Steve Rhoades, the Bundys’ neighbor and Marcy’s first husband, David Garrison is primarily a theater actor, notably having played The Wizard in many tours of the musical Wicked. He reportedly left the show after the fourth season in order to focus on his career on Broadway, however he has had recurring roles on shows after Married…with Children, like Working It Out, The Practice, The West Wing, and Law & Order.
He has also appeared in episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Everybody Loves Raymond, NYPD Blue, The Good Wife, and 30 Rock. Most recently he appeared in an episode of Madame Secretary in 2016.
Ted McGinley – Jefferson D’Arcy
Ted McGinley is a face you probably recognize, even if you didn’t remember his name. Since appearing on Happy Days starting in 1980, he has had roles on many of TV’s biggest shows. Before getting cast as Jefferson D’Arcy on Married…with Children, he also was featured in five seasons of The Love Boat and two seasons Dynasty.
Since Married…With Children ended, he has appeared in episodes of The West Wing, The Practice, Psych, The Mentalist, Mad Men, Castle, and many others. In fact, his frequent appearances in TV shows shortly before their cancellation has led some to believe that he is cursed. He also appeared on season 7 of Dancing With The Stars, however he was eliminated after only two episodes.
Amanda Bearse – Marcy Rhoades/D’Arcy
Best known as the Bundys’ neighbor Marcy Rhoades (later Marcy D’Arcy), Bearse has spent more time behind the camera since the show ended. She directed episodes of shows like Reba, Mad TV, Dharma & Greg, and more.
She more recently appeared in two episodes of the show Drop Dead Diva, and in 2017 she will be in the movie Sky Sharks, about flying sharks that are ridden by Nazi zombies. Yes you read that correctly.
David Faustino – Bud Bundy
Faustino’s role as Bud Bundy was his big acting break, though he previously had small roles on shows like Little House on the Prairie and St. Elsewhere. After the show ended he frequently made small appearances on various TV shows, including Mad TV and The New Addams Family. He also reprised his role as Bud in both Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and Top of the Heap.
In 2009 he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a web series on Crackle called Star-ving, which included appearances by his former co-stars Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal. More recently, he voiced the character of Mako on The Legend of Korra and appeared as a fictional version of himself of the TV show Bones.
But what has his on-screen sister been up to since the show ended?
Christina Applegate – Kelly Bundy
There was a while there in the 90s and 2000s when it seems like Christina Applegate was everywhere. After Married…With Children she starred in two sitcoms, Jessie (1998-2000) and Samantha Who (2007-2009). She also guest-starred in two episodes of Friends as Rachel’s “other sister” Amy Green. She also starred alongside Will Ferrell in both Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
In 2008, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, but she was declared cancer-free on August 19, 2008 after undergoing a double mastectomy. In recent years, she did voice-acting for the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, as well as starring in the National Lampoon’s sequel Vacation.
Katey Sagal – Peggy Bundy
Peggy Bundy was definitely a woman who lived life her way and damn what anyone had to say about it. Out of all the Married…with Children cast, Katey Sagal has probably been the busiest. She’s made appearances on shows like Recess, That ’70s Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Big Bang Theory, and more.
She has also starred as Turanga Leela in Futurama, Cate Hennessy in the short-lived 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy. More recently she has appeared in the sitcom Superior Donuts, and she will be in the TV remake of Dirty Dancing.
Ed O’Neill – Al Bundy
Al Bundy is arguably one of the greatest sitcom characters of all time, and it’s hard to imagine anyone playing him as perfectly as Ed O’Neill did. In the 20 years since the show ended, O’Neill has kept busy with plenty of appearances in both movies and television.
He lent his voice to both Wreck-It Ralph and Finding Dory, as well as appearing in shows like The West Wing, and briefly reuniting with co-star Katey Sagal in an episode of 8 Simple Rules. Of course his biggest success since Married…with Children is his ongoing role as Jay Pritchett in the show Modern Family. The 71-year old has two daughters, and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Buck the dog played the Bundy’s dog of the same name from 1987 to 1995 when his character “died” and was reincarnated as Lucky the dog. Other than Married…with Children, he also appeared in the music video for Janet Jackson’s “When I Think of You” and in the movie Scrooged with Bill Murray. Unfortunately he passed away at age 13 in 1996.
Rumors of a possible spin-off featuring an adult Bud Bundy have been flying for a few years now, and the cast has confirmed they would all be on board to reunite for it. Unfortunately there are apparently legal issues that are currently preventing Sony from moving forward, and there is no word on if or when that will happen.
Do you miss this show? Would you watch a new spin-off?