This Fox comedy broke the mold of unbelievably selfless family characters which had become the norm in American sitcoms of the 1980's. Al Bundy, shoe salesman, fears the frequent amorous advances of his ditsy wife Peggy, who henpecks him and frivolously spends all of his money, reliving his 4 touchdowns in a single game at high school. Supporting characters include their two shallow, self-serving teenage children Kelly and Bud, as well as nosy neighbor Marcy and her husband.
Al is excited when Bud decides to move out, but a bit disappointed when Bud moves back in to the basement, and even more horrified when Peg's mother comes to live with them after splitting up with Peg's father.
When Al suggests an aerobics studio for the open lot next door, he puts peep holes in the wall, but all of the students are fat.
Buck dies and is reassigned to the Bundys in the form of a puppy, Lucky.
Al becomes a priest when NO MA'AM forms its own church to avoid a beer tax.
While researching for her new part of playing a scientist, Kelly discovers the new color bleen. Al finds that bleen grows hair.
Al says he thinks women are weak when Peggy and Marcy begin taking a self defense class. But a newscrew labels Al as weak when Peggy punches a man trying to steal Al's wallet.
To join NO MA'AM, Bud must get his picture taken with wrestler King Kong Bundy.
At their high school reunion, Kelly and her best friends compete for the rich nerd whom Kelly teased in high school. Meanwhile, Marcy's bank holds a "Guns for Toys" drive.
Al and Jefferson's fishing lodge is taken away by a famous actress, but Jefferson plots revenge, and a small fortune, when they find out that they unknowingly took a nude picture of the actress. Kelly and Bud try to get Lucky a part in a dog food commercial.
Marcy tries to do her best to stop it when her bank wants to dedicate a scoreboard at Polk High... to Al.
Al and Bud go hunting with Peggy's dad so that he will get back together with her mother.
Al, Peggy, and her parents go to a marriage retreat and water park to get her parents back together. Meanwhile, Kelly has a guy she likes, Carlos, who agrees to date her if Bud can amuse his sister.
Al's friends get addicted to calling a woman named Butter at a 1-900 phone sex line, but Al finds out that the woman is Peg's mother.
Bud borrows money from the mob for Kelly's exercise video, but when she has a disagreement with the male lead in the video the mob says they will kill Bud if the video isn't finished. Meanwhile, Al and Jefferson try to install a satellite dish.
Bud has until 5:00 PM to finish the video, but Kelly keeps having fights with the other person in the video. Meanwhile, Peggy and Marcy think Al and Jefferson can't figure out the satellite dish, but they are really hiding from their wives on the roof.
Al convinces Bud to make a calendar with beautiful women in order to win a rivalry.
On their anniversary, Jefferson plans to surprise Marcy with a tattoo, but the tattoo artist accidentally writes "I LOVE MARY".
During Spring Break, Kelly and friends seduce Bud and friends' airline tickets and hotel reservations at Fort Lauderdale. Al, Jefferson, and Griff go to Fort Lauderdale to judge a bikini contest. When Marcy sees Jefferson and Al on a Spring Break TV special, she heads out to Fort Lauderdale with Bud and friends.
When Al finds that the bikini competition Jefferson is judging has a $10,000 prize, he has Kelly enter and Griff and him become judges to pick Kelly. When, Marcy, Bud, and friends finally arrive at Fort Lauderdale, she tries to ruin Al's scheme.
Marcy tries to convince Al to sell his Dodge to Marcy's boss, a big collector of classic cars.
Al's construction of a dog house for Lucky is constantly interrupted when a building instructor hired by Marcy complains about every little detail.
In another spinoff attempt, Kelly ends up in the middle of a couple.
Sex gets in the way of Bud studying for his finals, and he risks being expelled when he is caught in the school library.
Al and Marcy are angry when they find Kelly and Jefferson must kiss for a coffee commercial.
Al helps Griff win a trip to Atlanta for the Olympic games by helping him answer questions on a radio sports quiz.