Never in a million years would we EVER admit to watching the television show Married With Children on TBS. It happens to be the TV show we turn to for slowly waking up while reading the morning newspaper, drinking the first cup of coffee and discussing the day. The morning television news at 5:00am just recycles itself ad nauseum in an endless loop and the limited basic cable offerings of real estate channels, cable access calendars, religious programming and QVC do nothing to tantalize the sleepy mind. But, Married With Children in all of it's ridiculous manner does have bits and pieces of good writing that have us guffawing and chortling, in spite of ourselves, in between coffee sips and reading the news of the day, Dear Annie's column and completing the daily Sudoku puzzle in the Times-Standard. It's all just an amalgamation of our morning ritual. Sure Al is a boob and Peg is obnoxious. Sure Marcy and Steve/Jefferson are over the top. Sure Bud and Kelly are cartoonish, but here we are, from 5am to 7am with four back-to-back episodes whirring away in the background as we discuss world events, local politics and do laundry. We never once watched a full episode during it's original run. What's most amusing is their poking fun at the currents events of the late 1980's, many of which we completely forgot about. Although, that Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen tune sung by Frank Sinatra will stick with you all day. Everyone follow along: "Love and marriage, love and marriage... go together like a horse and carriage..."
We wonder how many other discoveries we have missed based upon our pride, preconceived notions and pseudo-intellectual social rules. On the other hand, we beg you TBS, do NOT put Two and A Half Men in the morning rerun rotation.