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(I-Mockery)   A look back at the Married With Children "It's A Bundyful Life" Christmas special featuring the late Sam Kinison as a guardian angel   (i-mockery.com) divider line 52
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2013-12-18 07:58:49 PM
 
2013-12-18 08:20:06 PM
Probably the most underrated Christmas special in TV.
 
2013-12-18 08:38:13 PM
Married with Children had a couple of good Christmas episodes

http://www.albundy.net/marriedaniac/ate/script/0213t.html

Coroner:   Well, that about wraps it up here. Roll him out, boys! You know, Mr. Bundy, you're a
       decent guy, so here is a little tip from me to you. Don't die with your jewelry on. Hah!
 
2013-12-18 08:49:21 PM
That was really great how the article gave a play by play of the entire show. Really. No sense in linking to the video directly or anything.

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PJ3hhiLMrA
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUQzraG2X7Y
 
2013-12-18 09:29:00 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: That was really great how the article gave a play by play of the entire show. Really. No sense in linking to the video directly or anything.

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PJ3hhiLMrA
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUQzraG2X7Y


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I appreciated subby's sharing of a well-written recap that could introduce the show to a generation not privileged enough to grow up on it, but yours was the post that inspired a vision of a thousand mice clicking in sync to the opening bars of "Bad to the Bone."
 
2013-12-18 10:01:25 PM
I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.
 
2013-12-18 10:03:31 PM

Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.


WAT?
 
2013-12-18 10:10:22 PM
Also, the season 2 Christmas episode where a parachuting stunt Santa's chute fails to deploy and Santa dies in the Bundy back yard was when I knew back then that it would be one of my favorite shows. That was WKRP turkey territory right there.
 
2013-12-18 10:14:09 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?


Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."  They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.
 
2013-12-18 11:08:59 PM

eddievercetti: Probably the most underrated Christmas special in TV.


This.  Al's version of The Night Before Christmas is great - hell, the whole episode is gold from start to finish.  Funny and yet poignant.
 
2013-12-18 11:17:25 PM

Lsherm: AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?

Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."   They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.


Yeah, and that farks up some credit roll gags. One of my favorite episodes is Oldies But Young'uns, where Al was trying to figure out the name of the song he loved. They originally played the song over the closing credits with a shot of the broken record, but the DVDs lose it because of the credit/music change.

It's a bummer, but I don't blame Sony. The music rights holders were greedy pigs, so Sony did the smart thing and said "fark you, you get nothing" and released seasons 3-11 95% intact. Good on 'em.

/the song was "Anna", by Arthur Alexander.
//It's possible the upcoming cheap-ass rereleases of MWC by Mill Creek will have the original theme intact, but it won't be known until S3 is solicited in a few months.
 
2013-12-18 11:20:03 PM
I watch it every year.
Thing is, I prefer to watch it when the wife and kids are out of the house.
 
2013-12-18 11:24:41 PM
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2013-12-18 11:27:59 PM
Just rewatched it for the first time in I don't know how many years.  I forgot just how hilarious it was.
 
2013-12-18 11:33:38 PM
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Wtf? Anybody else freaked out?
 
2013-12-18 11:57:06 PM

Lsherm: Also, the season 2 Christmas episode where a parachuting stunt Santa's chute fails to deploy and Santa dies in the Bundy back yard was when I knew back then that it would be one of my favorite shows. That was WKRP turkey territory right there.


Coroner: Do you know the deceased?

Peg: I've seen pictures of him in books, but he's usually going up!
 
2013-12-19 12:00:07 AM

FirstNationalBastard: They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.


Always wondered why they did that (only ever watched it in syndication).  And I could never understand how they got the rights to use it in the first place.

/It's a terrible, monotonous song
//one of Sinatra's worst.
 
2013-12-19 12:09:49 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Lsherm: AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?

Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."   They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.

Yeah, and that farks up some credit roll gags. One of my favorite episodes is Oldies But Young'uns, where Al was trying to figure out the name of the song he loved. They originally played the song over the closing credits with a shot of the broken record, but the DVDs lose it because of the credit/music change.

It's a bummer, but I don't blame Sony. The music rights holders were greedy pigs, so Sony did the smart thing and said "fark you, you get nothing" and released seasons 3-11 95% intact. Good on 'em.

/the song was "Anna", by Arthur Alexander.
//It's possible the upcoming cheap-ass rereleases of MWC by Mill Creek will have the original theme intact, but it won't be known until S3 is solicited in a few months.


Wanting to get paid for somebody using your work = greedy pig.
 
2013-12-19 12:29:31 AM

ongbok: FirstNationalBastard: Lsherm: AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?

Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."   They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.

Yeah, and that farks up some credit roll gags. One of my favorite episodes is Oldies But Young'uns, where Al was trying to figure out the name of the song he loved. They originally played the song over the closing credits with a shot of the broken record, but the DVDs lose it because of the credit/music change.

It's a bummer, but I don't blame Sony. The music rights holders were greedy pigs, so Sony did the smart thing and said "fark you, you get nothing" and released seasons 3-11 95% intact. Good on 'em.

/the song was "Anna", by Arthur Alexander.
//It's possible the upcoming cheap-ass rereleases of MWC by Mill Creek will have the original theme intact, but it won't be known until S3 is solicited in a few months.

Wanting to get paid for somebody using your work your dead family members work = greedy pig.


The estate of Sinatra wanted more than Sony was willing to pay for it. Sinatra was likely already paid when the show was airing, but for whatever reasons the artist or their estate has to be paid again when moving shows to a different medium. By the time the show was being transferred to DVD Sinatra himself was dead.
 
2013-12-19 12:32:41 AM
Okay, Santa will leave you a pony under your tree. But if it isn't there in the morning, that means your mommy chased it away and killed it.
 
2013-12-19 12:49:13 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: ongbok: FirstNationalBastard: Lsherm: AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?

Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."   They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.

Yeah, and that farks up some credit roll gags. One of my favorite episodes is Oldies But Young'uns, where Al was trying to figure out the name of the song he loved. They originally played the song over the closing credits with a shot of the broken record, but the DVDs lose it because of the credit/music change.

It's a bummer, but I don't blame Sony. The music rights holders were greedy pigs, so Sony did the smart thing and said "fark you, you get nothing" and released seasons 3-11 95% intact. Good on 'em.

/the song was "Anna", by Arthur Alexander.
//It's possible the upcoming cheap-ass rereleases of MWC by Mill Creek will have the original theme intact, but it won't be known until S3 is solicited in a few months.

Wanting to get paid for somebody using your work your dead family members work = greedy pig.

The estate of Sinatra wanted more than Sony was willing to pay for it. Sinatra was likely already paid when the show was airing, but for whatever reasons the artist or their estate has to be paid again when moving shows to a different medium. By the time the show was being transferred to DVD Sinatra himself was dead.


It wasn't Sinatra's "estate" (my bad for choosing that word) - Capitol Records holds the copyright to the performance used for the theme song.  They would have been the ones who demanded contract changes for home video and syndication releases.  Joke's on them, though, since they didn't get shiat.  Frank never owned the copyright to the song, and royalties may have passed to his family after his death if the song had been used, but they got shiat because Capitol Records wouldn't negotiate.

There are rumors that the January 2014 re-release of seasons 1&2 will include the original theme song along with other original content, but at this point, it's too late, too little.  The theme song didn't have dick to do with the show, and it's unlikely Mills Creek Entertainment is going to be able to make enough money to stamp the whole series.
 
2013-12-19 12:55:59 AM
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2013-12-19 12:58:55 AM

ongbok: Wanting to get paid for somebody using your work = greedy pig.


It's pretty common for owners of famous masters to set outrageous fees for their songs.  The Beatles catalog is famously super-expensive to use, which is why you rarely hear original versions of Beatles songs in films or on TV (I think Mad Men using "Tomorrow Never Knows" was the last one I've seen, and they were cut a discount).  Some bands, like Led Zeppelin, simply won't do it for any money, even for their friends.

That's why I said I was always surprised that they got the rights to the Sinatra master, which would have involved him signing off on the original deal.  Tapes DVDs weren't part of the original agreements on TV shows, which is why certain shows either haven't been released, or get released with all their music replaced (WKRP, which I could never understand when I was growing up, as they used Muzak for syndication).
 
2013-12-19 01:11:24 AM
A Married With Children Thread and no one mentions the disaster that was Seven?

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2013-12-19 01:11:39 AM
We miss you Sam
 
2013-12-19 01:22:31 AM
The trip to the MWC wiki page was worth it for the international spin offs.
 
2013-12-19 02:33:04 AM
I probably did see this special when it first aired, but it's been a long time.
 
2013-12-19 05:06:06 AM
" entire cast is compromised of characters  "

That word is crying quietly into it's cereal right now.

-RoG- owes it an apology.
 
2013-12-19 05:08:06 AM
Nope.

Can't finish reading it.

The butchering of the language borders on criminally intentional or mentally impaired.

Kudos to all who did.
 
2013-12-19 05:08:16 AM
MWC is on TBS right now. They have been sneeking in a christmas episode here and there all month. No Bundyful life yet unless I missed it.

""The new guy jumps in the pool and Moses parts the water. Now thats christmas!"
 
2013-12-19 06:29:44 AM

styckx: A Married With Children Thread and no one mentions the disaster that was Seven?

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Yeah, seven was pretty bad. He was too little to fit into the adult plotlines. Now imagine that season where katey was pregnant, she intended to bring up her baby on the show ala saved by the bell. She unfortunately lost the baby, but seven shows what wouldve happened. He would have been ignored while funny stuff happened around him.
 
2013-12-19 08:12:38 AM

styckx: A Married With Children Thread and no one mentions the disaster that was Seven?


There was never such a character. No amount of "proof" will convince me otherwise.

/Seven denier
 
2013-12-19 09:09:02 AM

Dwight_Yeast: FirstNationalBastard: They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.

Always wondered why they did that (only ever watched it in syndication).  And I could never understand how they got the rights to use it in the first place.

/It's a terrible, monotonous song
//one of Sinatra's worst.


That was why they used it.  Marriage in the show was terrible and monotonous.  It set a tone of drudgery and misery.
 
2013-12-19 09:10:41 AM

ongbok: Wanting to get paid for somebody using your work = greedy pig.


No, but raising the prices asked for each release until the price for the song is such that the show can't be released if Sony pays to use the song is a bit more than just wanting to get paid.

And, as has been menioned, it's really not anyone involved with the song who is getting paid... just corporations and heirs.
 
2013-12-19 09:19:55 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Some bands, like Led Zeppelin, simply won't do it for any money, even for their friends.


Didn't they license a song or two for Cadillac some years ago?  And I'm pretty sure I heard a Zeppelin song used in an ad for Revolution about a year or so ago.
 
2013-12-19 09:39:16 AM
Christina Applegate was SO hot on that show.

That's all I have to contribute to the thread.
 
2013-12-19 09:53:16 AM

FirstNationalBastard: One of my favorite episodes is Oldies But Young'uns, where Al was trying to figure out the name of the song he loved. They originally played the song over the closing credits with a shot of the broken record, but the DVDs lose it because of the credit/music change.


HMMM HMMMM HIIIIIIMMMMM.

"Peg, before we're all knee deep in your blood, why don't you to check the radio to see if they play my song."
 
2013-12-19 10:10:59 AM

Lsherm: AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?

Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."  They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.


Saw it on Crackle recently, wondered why the opening music changed.
 
2013-12-19 10:16:24 AM
FTFA:  The following morning, we cut to the kitchen where Bud and Kelly enjoy "Toaster Shakings" for breakfast. If you're not familiar with them, Toaster Shakings are not a generic brand of Pop Tarts... they're from when Bud actually turns the toaster upside-down and shakes the crumbs out onto their plates to eat.

My memory keeps telling me that the traditional Bundy breakfast food was "toaster leavin's", and I know it was mentioned in more than one episode.
 
2013-12-19 10:25:34 AM

Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.


Agreed! Just make sure to get a CD folder or rip them to a drive once you get them. The packaging for the disks is awful, but considering the price you'll live. The show has held up REALLY well.

Just stop watching on the last few seasons, when the show stated turning into a cartoon.
 
2013-12-19 10:28:59 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: FTFA:  The following morning, we cut to the kitchen where Bud and Kelly enjoy "Toaster Shakings" for breakfast. If you're not familiar with them, Toaster Shakings are not a generic brand of Pop Tarts... they're from when Bud actually turns the toaster upside-down and shakes the crumbs out onto their plates to eat.

My memory keeps telling me that the traditional Bundy breakfast food was "toaster leavin's", and I know it was mentioned in more than one episode.


Toaster Shakin's

In a later episode Kelly also mentioned "toaster leavin's".

My personal favorite was the Tangwich, or, when the Tang jar was empty, the Tang wipe.
 
2013-12-19 11:14:14 AM

Yanks_RSJ: My personal favorite was the Tangwich, or, when the Tang jar was empty, the Tang wipe.



How 'bout when Al made a toothpaste sammich--and Steve ate it?


/no reason to own a TV after MWC ended.

//RIP Sam
 
2013-12-19 11:31:44 AM

FirstNationalBastard: /the song was "Anna", by Arthur Alexander.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihsfVEFvrxA
 
2013-12-19 11:37:39 AM

Orgasmatron138: Christina Applegate was SO hot on that show.

That's all I have to contribute to the thread.


RIP Christina's boobs
 
2013-12-19 12:07:38 PM
alwaysjaded:

Just stop watching on the last few seasons, when the show stated turning into a cartoon.

...and when the audience started getting in the way:

Applauding at every major character's entrance at every point in the show,

Clapping and laughing wildly, even at the unfunny lines,

And shouting their approval of the characters' actions ("That's RIGHT!" "You tell 'em!")
 
2013-12-19 03:46:32 PM

Zul the Magnificent: Yanks_RSJ: My personal favorite was the Tangwich, or, when the Tang jar was empty, the Tang wipe.


How 'bout when Al made a toothpaste sammich--and Steve ate it?


/no reason to own a TV after MWC ended.

//RIP Sam


I loved when the kids had the one green M&M and started heating it in the skillet...only for Peg to swipe and eat it.

Was alos enjoyable to watch the family eat the British food.

/Hummah!
 
2013-12-19 04:20:08 PM
Dang, missed this thread. I like to talk about Sam Kinison because he F*CKING SUCKED!
 
2013-12-19 04:21:17 PM

Harry_Seldon:


Clay Matthews sort of looks like Christina Applegate.
 
2013-12-19 06:38:26 PM

Lsherm: AverageAmericanGuy: Lsherm: I picked up THE ENTIRE SERIESon DVD for $20.  I have no idea why that didn't sell well, but man it was the best deal I ever got.  You do have to put up with a changed theme song because they didn't want to pay the rights for "Love and Marriage" - but they've changed it in the syndicated reruns as well.

WAT?

Frank Sinatra sang the "Love and Marriage" theme song and his estate wanted too much money in North America for the license fees for DVD and rebroadcast.  So they have the same opening but in some markets that weren't part of the original syndication deal you get a generic melody instead of "Love and Marriage."  They also freeze the credits (in syndication and in the DVDs) right at the end so the credit for "Love and Marriage" doesn't show.


where can I buy this!
 
2013-12-19 09:43:09 PM

rvesco:

...and when the audience started getting in the way:

Applauding at every major character's entrance at every point in the show,

Clapping and laughing wildly, even at the unfunny lines,

And shouting their approval of the characters' actions ("That's RIGHT!" "You tell 'em!")


I love it when the Simpsons made fun of that. I think it was on an episode that had Larry King.

shortymac:

where can I buy this!


Well, I bought it off Amazon for $25 about a year ago. But now they're selling it for (holy shiat!!) $179.

Best Buy has it for about $40 though. Like I said, make sure you get a CD book to hold the disks or rip them to a drive if you buy it. They just come stacked on top of each other.
 
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