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lll333
May 11, 2010, 07:19 PM
Which show was more popular, Married with Children or Malcolm in the Middle? How would you compare those two sitcoms?

PBUNDY
May 11, 2010, 11:00 PM
This is a very interesting question. Married with Children and Malcolm in the Middle are absolutely my favorite two TV shows. They're similar in the fact they both defied what "the typical American family" was like with exaggerated disfunction. Married with Children wanted to be the anti-Cosby show and it definitely accomplished that. Married with Children helped pave the way for shows like Malcolm in the Middle. I do think that Married with Children was more popular and had a larger impact on pop culture only because it was one of the first shows of its kind and it ran for 11 seasons. What made both of these shows work through was that at the end of the day you knew these families cared immensely for each other.

Movieye
Jun 21, 2010, 10:53 AM
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, without a doubt, was more popular and had a bigger impact on pop culture than MITM.

I believe, along with THE SIMPSONS, MARRIED was one of Fox's first TV shows and the audience was broader. It set the tone of the Fox network. The writing on MARRIED may have been lowbrow, but it's funny how MARRIED was criticized then, when its humor was really similar to THE SIMPSONS.

I think MITM's humor was more in the post-FREAKS/GEEKS era. Who knows how it would have evolved if it had gone on for a few more seasons!

junie
Jul 17, 2010, 02:23 AM
Married with Children was just sleazy. I don't think it even compares with MITM. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of any the seasons, that anyone has recorded? I already bought season 1.

kamil
Jul 18, 2010, 09:41 AM
In Poland more popular is Married with Children. TV shows that since 1997, and generally often than Malcolm. But Malcolm in the Middle is a lot of better TV series.

MITM_Fan
Jul 18, 2010, 09:02 PM
Married with Children? Never heard of it.

The most popular shows of ever are;
- The Simpsons
- South Park
- Dragon Ball Z
- Lost
- Prison Break
- Heroes
- Malcolm in the Middle

It's hard to choose which one is the #1 most popular. I'd go with DBZ anyway. ^_^

Gouki
Aug 19, 2010, 11:44 PM
Married with Children? Never heard of it.

The most popular shows of ever are;
- The Simpsons
- South Park
- Dragon Ball Z
- Lost
- Prison Break
- Heroes
- Malcolm in the Middle

It's hard to choose which one is the #1 most popular. I'd go with DBZ anyway. ^_^

Haha, no. They might be your favourites, but they are not the most popular (which would include best rating) 'of ever'.

MITM_Fan
Nov 12, 2010, 08:47 AM
I think Malcolm in the Middle is more papolour but i am a big fan of Married with Children.

The one show that is very very popular is The Simpsons and Prison Break which ended sometime ago.

TS is junk now.:(

MalcolmFun
Nov 14, 2010, 11:11 PM
Married with Children was definitely more popular for a simple reason that if you think back there were less tv channels and total number of tv shows back then. Today people flip through their 300 channels or go online. The culture is far more fractured. So a lot more people saw Married with Children and it was a much bigger part of the culture.

Comparing the two now, Married has a lot of funny jokes and sentiments and like Malcolm has interesting characters. But Married is painfully awful in terms of any type of cinematic quality or the dreadful laugh track or the terrible attempted physical comedy. Remember Malcolm was essentially shot with movie technology and style where as comedies from 90's and before where pretty much fixed sets and fixed cameras with a stage and audience. It is pretty awful stylistically and technically.

There definitely is a common theme among the two shows. This is of the common, downtrodden family who no matter what problems they have themselves, always end up seeing it as them against the world and stick together. No matter how dysfunctional you want to call these characters or what awful things they get themselves into, there is always that nugget at the core of family unity and loyalty and that they will stand up for themselves and each other.

curl
Jan 3, 2011, 06:37 AM
Married with Children is all time favorite sitcom. It is the longest running show.