Married for Life

Married for Life
Genre Sitcom
Written by
  • Katherine Green
  • Richard Gurman
  • Jan Rosenbloom
  • Sandy Sprung
  • Marcy Vosburgh
Directed by Terry Kinane
Composer(s) Debbie Wiseman
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 30 min
Production company(s) Central Independent Television
Columbia TriStar Central Productions
Distributor ITV Studios
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 5 March (1996-03-05) – 16 April 1996 (1996-04-16)
Related shows Married... with Children

In 1996, the UK production company Central Television and Columbia Pictures Television (Columbia TriStar Central Productions) produced Married for Life, a seven-episode sitcom that lasted one series. It was a remake of the American sitcom Married... with Children.[1]


The Bundys were renamed as the Butlers, Russ Abbot played Ted/Al, Susan Kydd was Pam/Peggy, Lucy Blakely played Nikki/Kelly, and Peter England was Lee/Bud. The Rhoadeses were renamed Hollingsworth and the Steve character was recast with Hugh Bonneville and Marcy was renamed Judy and played by Julie Dawn Cole. The series featured an early performance from Rob Brydon.[2]

Episode list

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1"For Whom the Bell Tolls"Terry KinaneKatherine Green,
Richard Gurman
5 March 1996

When Ted receives a high phone bill, Pam and the kids swear they didn't do it. Ted complains to the phone company, and they promptly turn off his phone. This proves to be a disaster for the family.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 20.
2"If I Were a Rich Man"Terry KinaneSandy Sprung,
Marcy Vosburgh
12 March 1996

When the bank loses a large amount of money, everyone blames Ted. He denies his guilt but points out that if he did have the money, he wouldn't share with those who had been mean to him. Soon, everyone is treating Ted like a king.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 16.
3"Sixteen Years and What Do You Get?"Terry KinaneKatherine Green,
Richard Gurman
19 March 1996

Pam and Ted plan a big celebration for their sixteenth anniversary. Although they say no gifts, Ted plans to buy Pam a watch. When the kids share his plan with Pam, she buys him an expensive gift. Unfortunately, when Ted goes to the jewelry store his credit card is denied.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 6.
4"Where's the Boss?"Terry KinaneSandy Sprung,
Marcy Vosburgh
26 March 1996

When Ted hears his boss has been killed in a plane crash, he's upset that he's never met the man. However, he soon finds out that his boss survived. Ted decides to quit his job if the man won't come meet his employees. When the boss doesn't appear, Ted stays at home with Pam and watches daytime TV.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 12.
5"Whose Room Is It Anyway?"Terry KinaneSandy Sprung,
Marcy Vosburgh
2 April 1996

Ted scolds his family for their spending without many results. Meanwhile, the neighbors receive a tax refund and want to use the money to build an addition on their house. Unfortunately, they need Ted's OK to continue the project.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 4.
6"My Mum, the Mum"Terry KinaneJan Rosenbloom9 April 1996

When Lee loses his new jacket, Ted decides to teach him the value of money by making him work at the shoe store. Elsewhere, Nikki volunteers Pam to cook for Career Day at her school. Pam goes on to give the class advice on being a stay at home mom.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 47.
7"Eatin' Out"Terry KinaneSandy Sprung,
Marcy Vosburgh
16 April 1996

After receiving a small inheritance, the family decides to spend the money on a fancy meal. Unfortunately, after eating, Ted realizes he left his wallet at home.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 46.


  1. Thomas Sutcliffe (1996-03-08). "In search of intelligent life on Planet Sitcom | News". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. "BBC - Comedy Guide - Married For Life". Archived from the original on 22 January 2005. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
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