Behind the Laughter: Insights from the Golden Age of Sitcoms

By Sarah Norman | March 13, 2024

Christina Applegate Initially Turned Down 'Married... with Children' Because She Thought The Script Was 'Disgusting'

If you were a fan of sitcoms in the 1980s, then you may have thought you knew everything there was to know about your favorite shows and their stars. But behind the scenes, there were stories of drama, conflict, and fascinating moments that you never got to see on the screen. From Full House to Night Court, Moonlighting to Family Matters, Dallas to Dynasty, and The Golden Girls, this gallery takes a deep dive into the stories and secrets of the stars of these beloved shows. Get ready to discover the behind-the-scenes drama that made these shows must-see TV, and learn about the juicy tidbits that even the most die-hard fans may not know. Keep reading to uncover the hidden stories of your favorite sitcom stars from the 1980s.

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Christina Applegate rose to fame on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children, where she played the role of Kelly Bundy as a teenager. In an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Applegate revealed that she was initially approached to be part of the show's pilot when she was just 15 years old. Despite her interest in pursuing dramatic acting, she eventually took on the role that catapulted her to television stardom. She explained:

I did not want to do the show. At that time, I was on a drama series and I thought [the pilot script] was disgusting. I wouldn't even audition for it. And then they went ahead and shot a pilot with two other kids. And, for whatever reason, the chemistry just didn't work and they came back to me and said, 'Would you please come in?' and I was like, 'No.' And they sent me the pilot. My mom and I did not want to like it, and we turned it on and we were stifling laughing. So I thought I'd go in. But I'd never done comedy before... I know my mom said to [Ed O'Neil] on day one, 'Look, Christina is not very good at comedy. Will you help her?' And I guess it worked out. Eventually, I figured it out.

Katey Sagal Said She 'Disguised' Herself As Peg Bundy On 'Married... with Children' Because She Didn't Want To Be Recognized

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Katey Sagal, who portrayed the character of Peg Bundy in the long-running sitcom Married... with Children for 11 seasons, recently revealed on The Talk that she was primarily working as a musician before landing the role. Sagal expressed her concerns during the show that she might lose her job and have to go back to performing gigs if she got fired from the sitcom. She said:

So I sort of had this idea that I'll disguise myself so that nobody will recognize me when I take this [costume] off. So that was one of my motivations... because she was really in drag. I mean, that was her, she was really dolled up. And I didn't really look like that, so I could go about my normal life... I went into the audition wearing very tight clothes, and I had my hair up. I sort of felt like when I read the script that they [Peg Bundy and her husband] spoke so horribly to each other that they had to have something really hot going on somewhere.