Pilot was the first episode of the FOX TV series Married... with Children. The episode, which was written by Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, was directed by Linda Day. It originally aired on FOX on April 5, 1987.


Al and Peg Bundy meet their newlywed neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhoades. Peg informs Marcy how to train her new husband, while Al teaches Steve how to be a man again.

Plot summaryEdit

The Bundy family which makes up of chauvinist shoe salesman Al, his lazy housewife Peggy, their airheaded 15-year-old daughter Kelly, and their bratty 12-year-old con artist son Bud, have settled into a peaceful co-existence in suburban Chicago, married only by the vicious verbal volleys they exchange to each other while awake. Peggy invites their new neighbors, newlyweds Steve and Marcy Rhoades, over for the evening, so she forbids Al from going out to a basketball game with his single co-worker Luke, from the shoe store.

Guest stars/Recurring castEdit


  • Kelly had the first line in the first episode and the last line in the final episode.
  • The 1987 airing premiere of this pilot was also the premiere of the Fox Network; it was followed by The Tracey Ullman Show pilot; both pilots were repeated twice on that night!
  • For the first and far from the last time, food goes to Buck instead of Al.
  • This is the only episode that lists the writer/director credits at the beginning of the episode instead of at the end.
  • There is an unaired earlier original version of this episode with a modified shoe store scene and different actors as Bud and Kelly!
  • When Al hears his neighbors' first names for the first time, he asks Peggy: "What is their last name, Gorme?" This indicates that the Rhoades' first names "Steve'n'Marcy" could be a reference to "Steve and Edie" aka Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, a husband-and-wife singing team who do light songs.
  • On April 22, 2012, FOX re-aired the episode in recognition of the show's 25th anniversary.


  • As Marcy proceeds to make coffee for the men, we hear her turn the sink water on, but it's obvious none is coming out.
  • During the opening sequence, the front door to the Bundy home is white. The door, however, is actually red during the show.
  • During the show, the story about how Al and Peggy got married changes a few times. At one time Al says he was drunk and unaware that he was marrying Peg. While later he claims that it was a shotgun wedding, he tried to flee the scene but Peggy's father Ephram held Al at gunpoint during the wedding. The latter version is recreated when they renew their vows.


Wikia MWC - Pilot opening incident

The first interaction

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