Behind the Laughter: Insights from the Golden Age of Sitcoms

By Sarah Norman | March 30, 2024

Cybill Shepherd And Bruce Willis Were Constantly Fighting On The Set Of 'Moonlighting'

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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The popular TV series Moonlighting had a downfall due to constant fighting and endless screaming before and after every take. Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis despised each other from the first day to the very last moments of filming for the show's fourth and final season.

The delay in shooting caused most of the drama, as Shepherd took a longer maternity leave while Willis was trying to launch his movie career. At the time, Willis was relatively unknown, and he felt Shepherd was hindering his future.

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

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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.