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 shocked about having another kid when Peggy's relatives leave their five-year-old son Seven in the Bundy home.
Kelly has to walk through the wilderness after dumping her boyfriend in the forest. Al and Peg try to talk their marriage alive, but without success. Bud dates a girl with the measles.
Peggy discovers that Seven does not know when his birthday is, and the family decides to celebrate him... on Al's birthday.
Al has to take a job as a topless bartender to pay for Seven's doctor bill, but Peggy fears that Bud and Kelly might make Seven sick, and kicks them out of the house.
Peggy tries to make Al more interested in having sex with her by purchasing new dresses, unsucessfully.
Bud starts his own fraternity to get women.
The Bundys vote against a two cent beer tax.
Al makes Kelly get a job, so she becomes a waitress.
Al and the family try to sneak into the first class lounge by dressing up like rock stars.
Al buys a cemetery plot so that he will be buried next to a western movie star and a mule. But Peggy feels excluded.
Bud gets a huge money grant to go to college, but Al and Peggy spend it all on items for themselves.
Al remembers how the Bundys celebrated Christmas over the years.
Al becomes frustrated when Peggy can't decide what to wear to a family wedding. Meanwhile, Bud gets to know the bride and Kelly spends time with the bridesmaids.
Peggy and Marcy ruin Al's fishing trip by constantly fighting. Meanwhile, Jefferson and the kids spend Marcy's money.
Kelly buys a motorcycle, which upsets the rest of the family who find it unsafe.
Peggy creates a cartoon character named Mr. Empty Pants, who bears a strange resemblance to Al.
Bud appears on a game show for single men. Meanwhile, Al and Peg doesn't sleep for days and Kelly fears that there is a conspiracy against her.
Peggy tells Seven a fantasy store about pirates and beautiful princesses.
Al competes in an athletic championship for seniors.
Al ends up being sued by a burglar after Al punches him while he breaks into the Bundy house.
The Bundys go to the movie theater for Kelly's birthday and they see her boyfriend with another woman.
Al's lack of performance in the bedroom makes him the laugh of the town, so Al sets his mind on getting back in shape.
Al plans on retiring early, but Peggy spends too much money shopping and he must get a job at Homeplate Athletic Shoes.
Al tries to scam the insurance company when the Dodge is stolen.
Bud's cousin shows up angry after finding out that someone slept with his wife before their wedding... not knowing that that person is Bud.