Richard Gurman discusses Married…with Children vs. the World

Richard Gurman

Married... With Children burst onto the airwaves with a full-frontal attack on the myth of domestic tranquility depicted in family comedies since the dawn of TV. The outlier series, created by two rebellious writers given carte blanche from a fledgling FOX, became one of the longest running live-action sitcoms in television history and forever changed the way married life was portrayed on the very networks it so scathingly satirized. But it was far from smooth sailing as the creators bucked up against Barry Diller--then CEO of FOX--on everything from casting to content and then butted heads with network standards as they sought to shatter traditional broadcast norms.

"Reading Married... With Children vs. the World jolted me right back into the mindset where our little show was the rock 'n' roll of sitcoms fighting to get heard in an easy-listening world. Richard Gurman, who was there for the whole ride, digs deep into the joys and frustrations of the entire experience and turns it up loud." --Katey Sagal

Married... With Children writer-producer Richard Gurman takes us behind the scenes of this boundary-breaking show to reveal how its inner workings were at times as disruptive and contentious--yet at other times, as hysterical and raunchy--as the Bundy family themselves. Featuring exclusive interviews with the cast, including Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal, media moguls, network executives, writers, directors, critics, and even the woman who was so offended by one episode she launched a sponsor boycott that almost got the series canceled, Married... With Children vs. the World celebrates the rebellious, satirical vision of the show and the battle to keep it alive that paved the way for the tremendous diversity in family comedy style we see today. (Permuted Press)

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 7:00pm
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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Married… With Children vs. the World: The Inside Story of the Shock-Com that Launched FOX and Changed TV Comedy Forever By Richard Gurman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781637588314
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Published: Permuted Press - April 23rd, 2024