FOX celebrates 25th anniversary with rebroadcast of “MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN” series premiere

Network cracks open is show vault on special occasion, Sun., Apr. 22, on FOX 48

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:27pm

Momentous encore of 500th episode of The Simpsons also will air.

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, FOX is giving viewers a chance to look back at a show that defined the network and created one of television’s most iconic characters, Al Bundy.  On Sunday, Apr. 22, the premiere episode of Married… With Children (6:00-6:30 p.m.), followed by an encore of The Simpsons’ 500th episode (6:30-7:00 p.m.), will kick off an historic evening on FOX 48.

Married… With Children premiered April 5, 1987, nationwide on FOX, with three half-hour broadcasts (6:00-6:30 p.m., 7:00-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-8:30 p.m.) of the show’s “Pilot” episode. In the pilot, Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) gets front row seats to a basketball game, but Peggy (Katey Sagal) makes him stay home and meet their new neighbors, Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and Steve Rhoades (David Garrison).

The Simpsons officially launched as a full-fledged series on January 14, 1990, but Springfield’s most famous family had appeared on FOX for several years in a number of animated “shorts” as part of The Tracey Ullman Show. To celebrate The Simpsons' continuing impact on popular culture, FOX will encore the series’ 500th episode, “At Long Last Leave,” in which the Simpsons are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town.

Immediately following these rebroadcasts, FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special (7:00-9:00 p.m.) will take an entertaining look back at the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have come to define the network. The star-studded special will pay tribute to FOX’s most memorable moments with appearances by FOX talent, highlights from iconic series and specials and reunions with cast members from some of the network’s fan-favorite series, including Married With ChildrenIn Living Color and That ’70s Show, among other surprises.

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