'Married with Children - Complete Seventh Season'
(Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1993) 2007 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Married With Children was nominated for seven Golden Globes® and seven Emmy Awards® over the course of its run, including best actor and best actress nominations for Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal. Married With Children continues to reign as one of the most shocking TV comedies ever produced and the seventh season continues the tradition. The Bundy family – led by ever-scheming Al (O’Neil), lazy housewife Peg (Sagal), promiscuous yet naive daughter Kelly (Applegate), and sexually frustrated son Bud (Faustino) -- lives their lives in complete disarray. This season, there’s a new man in the house when Peggy’s relatives leave their young son with the Bundys. Al takes a job as a topless bartender to help with bills, Kelly buys a motorcycle, Bud starts his own fraternity to meet girls, and Peggy spends so much that Al can’t retire.
DVD Verdict: This season seven is full of great classic moments, of this we all know. Sure that pesky kid shows up and saps the energy from a few scenes (before he got canned!) but all in all it's not overwhelming. Season 8 forward is back to the consistent hi-jinks, but for now let's concentrate on the goodness from this 3-disc season 7. You gotta love Peggy's sensational creation "Mr Empty Pants," when Bud gets a little lovin' from the bride of his cousin, when Kelly moves out, when Al competes against Senior citzens and ACTUALLY WINS something! All in all plenty of great and entertaining moments ... just not a winning season all the way though, unfortuantely.
Other than that - Kelly is still of questionable virtue, Bud can't get a date, Al hates his life, and Peggy wants sex!
In my opinion, the worst episode in this collection is the awful "Rock of Ages" episode where the Bundy's pretend to be rock stars in order to sneak into a first class lounge at the airport. Get out your book of History of Rock and Roll B Players to try to keep up with most of these has-beens and never beens who are highighted instead of sticking to the comedy! Reminiscent of the Sports Bar episode a few seasons back that had a lot of old sports heroes that many of us younger viewers really didn't quite know - except that one was at least funny!
Anyhoo, worthy mentions are that Faustino had a very solid season with storylines whilst Jefferson also had his best season. So, whichever way you slice it, come on and enjoy some manic laughter with the Bundys again ... and again, and again! Let Al, the King Bundy, live on forever in these wonderful-to-collect box sets. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of of some Bonus Previews (as usual!).