Christmas in ~ the Bundy family members is, as any viewer the ""Married . . . With Children"" can conveniently imagine, a Noel nightmare.

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Walking in the door of his house, Al Bundy (Ed O`Neill) exclaims ""I dislike Christmas"" and proceeds to describe how that beat increase a Santa who had actually been ringing his bell also loudly in front of Al`s shoes store.

The family members dog is chewing on a stuffed Santa.

The kids are fighting for their father`s affections in order to acquire the lion`s share of the $280 he has actually saved to buy Christmas presents.

""Daddy`s no stupid sufficient to think you yes, really love him,"" says the wife.

The sad reality is the Al doesn`t have the money. His bank was in the midst of a bacchanalia when he arrived. The couldn`t get in to make his withdrawal.

The family members reacts with usual vitriol: ""Christmas without presents,""

says the daughter, ""is like Thanksgiving there is no pizza.""

Presentless, the family departs because that their yearly holiday feast at Denny`s, leaving Al alone top top Christmas Eve. The tries come pet the dog. The dog growls.

But every one of this is just prelude come the figure of the many unlikely

""guardian angel"" ever before to visit a network series: Sam Kinison.

Sam Kinison, together in the reigning madman of comedy. Sam Kinison, as in the many unimaginable TV guest star. Sam Kinison, as in very, an extremely funny.

Kinison guest stars in a distinct one-hour illustration of ""Married . . . V Children"" (8 p.m., Sunday, WFLD-Ch. 32). He shows up shortly ~ Al has actually electrocuted self fooling with Christmas lights, and together the pair embark ~ above a homage come ""It`s a wonderful Life.""

Al`s incredulity in ~ being sent out a long-haired, beret-wearing angel pales beside Kinison`s outrage in ~ his chore.

He shouts to the heavens, ""Could you avoid playing Nintendo up there a minute,"" and tells Al, ""I assumed I was sent below to conserve a person soul.""

The bantering is spirited and perfectly in tune with Kinison`s comedy:

""My wife got 100 pounds for each year we to be married. We had two kids, ns think. She ate them . . . Ns hated going home so much, I had vanity plates made up that said: fight ME.""

If the is able come ""save"" Al, Kinison will be offered his wings. ""They median a lot up there,"" he says, pointing heavenward. ""Especially with the chicks.""

For those you have never viewed Kinison, his power will indeed be startling: ""Who is this guy?"" but he meshes perfect (and hilariously)

into the skewed setting of ""Married . . . With Children.""

This is the rawest and raunchiest sitcom in tv history. That is cynical. That is mean. That is crass and crude. Yet it can also be funny, in a splendidly sophomoric way.

It paris boldly in the challenge of the happy/successful/loving clans on such sitcoms together ""The Cosby Show."" and also one can forever controversy which family closer mirrors the genuine world: the warm Cosbys or the bonkers Bundys.

The Bundy clan is determindedly unhappy and also eager come take the end their pains and also frustration top top one another. Al`s wife, the doyen that decolletage play by Katey Sagal, is a sexually irritable homemesser. The kids, daughter Kelly

(Christina Applegate) and also son Bud (David Faustino), are social misfits of the highest possible order.

When Al and Kinison ""see"" what life would have been like had actually Al never ever lived, they encounter a family members so prim and also proper that they make the Cleaver clan look choose Hell`s Angels. All ends happily, if weirdly.

And one is left learning that just as there never was any real-life family that was like the Cleavers, there is not one choose the Bundys. Yet what a strange blessing to have actually them on TV. Now, if Fox could only come up through a series for Kinison to speak to his own.


`It`s a Bundyful Life` created by creators/executive producer Ron Leavitt and also Michael G. Moye. With Ed O`Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, David Faustino and also Sam Kinison. Airing in ~ 8 p.m. Sunday ~ above WFLD-Ch. 32.


What the Bundys room to the Cleavers, the Simpsons are to Charlie Brown`s brood.

This cartoon family, the development of Matt Groening, is a bizarrely bug-eyed bunch and far more wicked, funny and sophisticated than what we have pertained to expect from cartoons. This Fox transfer Co. Unique is prelude come the constant ""The Simpsons"" collection that will begin in January in the very same time slot.

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I won`t damn its strange holiday story-let it surprised you-but I`ll tell friend it`s a update riot.