Christina Applegate: 5 best TV roles of all time

Photo Credit: Dead To Me/Netflix/Saeed Adyani, Acquired From Netflix Media Center
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A promotional portrait of the cast of the television series ‘Married With Children,’ 1990. (L-R) David Faustino, Ed o’Neill, Katey Segal, Christina Applegate, and Amanda Bearse (standing at back). (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)
A promotional portrait of the cast of the television series ‘Married With Children,’ 1990. (L-R) David Faustino, Ed o’Neill, Katey Segal, Christina Applegate, and Amanda Bearse (standing at back). (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images) /

1. Married… with Children (1987-1997)

What it’s about: Married… with Children, the first series to be broadcast on FOX’s primetime programming timeslot follows the lives of the Bundy family. Al Bundy, a former star high school football player, works as a women’s shoe salesman and deals with the daily dilemmas of his “lazy” wife Peggy, popular daughter Kelly, and not-so-popular son Bud. The sitcom focused on Al’s schemes being foiled by his own bad luck and the family’s constant comical mishaps.

Who else co-stars: The classic sitcom starred Ed O’Neill as Al Bundy, Katey Sagal as Peggy, Christina Applegate as Kelly, and David Faustino as Bud. Married… with Children also starred Amanda Bearse, David Garrison, and Ted McGinley. Once the series became a hit, a long list of recognizable guest stars appeared throughout the show’s 11 seasons.

Why it’s one of her best: You never forget the first time you a meet a star who later becomes widely known as an icon, and that’s what Married… with Children represents for Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, and Christina Applegate. The sitcom was a major breakthrough, as the first series to debut on a new network, but the novelty didn’t take away from its quality.

Applegate displayed her wry, sharp-as-a-tack talent even as a teenager getting her legs on a family sitcom. It’s no wonder Kelly Bundy remains such an iconic character and her portrayer has enjoyed a long career in comedy.

Where to watch: All 11 seasons and 259 episodes of Married… with Children are available to instantly stream on Hulu.

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