Married for Life

Married for Life is a British seven-episode sitcom with one series. It was produced by Central Television and Columbia Pictures Television (Columbia TriStar Central Productions) and was a remake of the American sitcom Married... with Children.[1]

Married for Life
Written by
  • Katherine Green
  • Richard Gurman
  • Jan Rosenbloom
  • Sandy Sprung
  • Marcy Vosburgh
Directed byTerry Kinane
Composer(s)Debbie Wiseman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Running time30 min
Production company(s)Central Independent Television
Columbia TriStar Central Productions
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 March (1996-03-05) 
16 April 1996 (1996-04-16)
Related showsMarried... with Children


The Bundys were renamed as the Butlers: Russ Abbot played Ted/Al, Susan Kyd was Pam/Peggy, Lucy Blakely played Nikki/Kelly, and Peter England was Lee/Bud. The Rhoadeses were renamed Hollingsworth: 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 (1996-03-05)

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, which spells disaster.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 20.
2"If I Were a Rich Man"Terry KinaneSandy Sprung,
Marcy Vosburgh
12 March 1996 (1996-03-12)

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 (1996-03-19)

Pam and Ted plan a big celebration for their 16th anniversary. Although they say no gifts, Ted plans to buy Pam a watch. When the kids tell Pam this, she buys him an expensive gift. Unfortunately, when Ted goes to the jewellery 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 (1996-03-26)

When Ted hears his boss has been killed in a plane crash, he's upset that he's never met the man. When he finds out that his boss survived, he decides to quit his job if the man won't come meet his employees. The boss doesn't appear, so Ted stays 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 (1996-04-02)

While Ted scolds his family for their endless, useless spending, the Hollingsworths receive a tax refund and decide to build an extra room onto 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 (1996-04-09)

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, and Pam gives the class advice on being a stay-at-home mum.

Remake of Married... with Children episode Nº 47.
7"Eatin' Out"Terry KinaneSandy Sprung,
Marcy Vosburgh
16 April 1996 (1996-04-16)

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 (8 March 1996). "In search of intelligent life on Planet Sitcom | News". The Independent. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  2. "BBC - Comedy Guide - Married For Life". Archived from the original on 22 January 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
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