Band Wagon (1953)
Band Wagon is a 1953 musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The film follows a fading Hollywood star, Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire), who decides to revive his career on Broadway and meets a talented but temperamental ballerina named Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse) along the way.
The film is known for its iconic musical numbers, including “Dancing in the Dark” and “That’s Entertainment!”. The latter became the film’s most famous song. Band Wagon is considered a classic of the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
1952 saw the world introduced to the absolute awesomeness that is Singin’ in the Rain. Its catchy songs, dazzling dance numbers, and charming performances have captivated audiences for decades, and it remains a timeless classic.
The film has also had a significant cultural impact, inspiring countless homages and parodies in popular culture. Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds danced off the screen and into our hearts with this movie.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz is a classic that has captivated audiences for generations. This film has everything you could want in a movie – except maybe a decent explanation for why a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion are all best friends.
But let’s be honest, who needs logical explanations when you have flying monkeys, magical slippers, and a terrifying green witch? And let’s not forget the iconic songs, like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard”, that will have you tapping your feet and singing along.
West Side Story (1962)
You know it’s a film to be remembered when it has 10 Academy Awards. The 1961 musical film West Side Story, initially directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, is an eponymous adaptation of the popular Broadway musical.
It follows two rival groups, the Jets and the Sharks, in New York City and the doomed love affair between Tony and Maria, who come from opposite sides of the conflict. Love, prejudice, and violence flourish amidst groundbreaking choreography and catchy Latin music.
The Sound of Music (1965)
If you’re a fan of musicals or movies, you’ve likely heard of The Sound of Music. The beloved classic has stood the test of time, thanks in no small part to the powerhouse performance of Dame Julie Andrews.
Her portrayal of Maria, the spirited governess with a love for singing, has been imitated but has yet to be duplicated. With catchy songs like “Do-Re-Mi”, “My Favorite Things”, and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, this film is a treasure trove of memorable tunes.
My Fair Lady (1964)
My Fair Lady is a movie that has something for everyone. This 1964 movie tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl transformed into a lady by the enigmatic Professor Henry Higgins.
The film features an incredible score, with unforgettable songs like “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly”, “The Rain in Spain”, and “I Could Have Danced All Night”. Beyond the catchy tunes, My Fair Lady is a timeless story about self-discovery, identity, and the power of language.
Grease is a musical that has entertained audiences since its release in 1978. The story of a summer love still burning come school time sent teens and adults into a frenzy when it was first released and continues doing so to this day.
The songs continue to be a hit on karaoke nights and car radios. At the same time, the iconic costumes of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny and Sandy remain a Halloween favorite even after 45 years.
The King and I (1956)
The King and I is a classic musical film that follows the story of Anna, a schoolteacher the King hires to educate his many children. A battle of wills and cultural differences ensues, ultimately leading to mutual respect and understanding.
With its sumptuous costumes and breathtaking dance sequences, The King and I is a feast for the eyes. The performances by leads Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr are electric, and their rendition of “Shall We Dance?” is one for the ages.
An American in Paris (1951)
From its opening moments, where we see Gene Kelly dancing his way through the streets of Paris, An American in Paris sweeps you up in a dreamlike experience that’s as beautiful as it is captivating.
Not only is the movie a delight to watch, but it’s also a significant one in cinema history for its use of Technicolor and its fusion of music and dances into a cohesive and emotional story.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, who struggles to maintain his traditions and faith in a changing world. With its iconic songs like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Sunrise, Sunset”, it’s a timeless, heartwarming, and heartbreaking classic.
Beyond the music, this movie is also a powerful commentary on the importance of family, community, and holding onto what’s most important in life. Also, how iconic is “If I Were a Rich Men”?
Have you ever felt like you’re living in a circus? Well, Hollywood took that feeling and turned it into a spectacular musical — Chicago! Set in 1920s Chicago, it’s packed with dark humor and biting satire, all wrapped in a glittering and entertaining package.
The movie features an incredible soundtrack with show-stopping numbers like the timeless “All That Jazz”. With powerhouse performances from Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Richard Gere, Chicago is a fun and thought-provoking film.
Cabaret is dazzling and disturbing, a pretty package hiding a sinister gift. Set in 1930s Berlin, the film follows the story of Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, and her relationship with an American writer named Cliff.
With unforgettable songs like “Money” and “Cabaret”, the movie celebrates the power of music to transport us to another world. With outstanding performances from Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and Michael York, Cabaret is a must-watch musical of Hollywood.
Funny Girl (1968)
Hello, gorgeous! That’s a line that every fan of Funny Girl knows by heart. This classic movie musical stars the incomparable Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, a vaudeville performer who rises to fame and falls in love with a charismatic man named Nick Arnstein.
With unforgettable songs like “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “People”, Funny Girl is a relatable story of following your dreams, overcoming obstacles, and finding love.
A Star Is Born (1954)
The 1954 musical drama A Star is Born is a Hollywood classic that tells the story of a struggling actress named Esther Blodgett who rises to fame with the help of an established actor named Norman Maine. Starring Judy Garland and James Mason, the film is a masterpiece of storytelling and musical performances.
The movie was so well received and had such an impact that it was remade twice. The first was in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, then again in 2018 with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Picture this: it’s 1899 in Paris, and the Moulin Rouge is the hottest spot in town. Imagine if a bunch of coffee-fueled, music-loving, anachronistic people ran that club. That’s Moulin Rouge! in a nutshell.
This movie musical is a wild ride that blends classic songs with modern pop hits, all set against a backdrop of turn-of-the-century France. From Ewan McGregor’s heartfelt rendition of “Your Song” to the show-stopping “El Tango de Roxanne”, this movie is a feast for the senses.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Guys and Dolls is a classic musical with a star-studded cast including Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons; this movie is a testament to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The film features iconic songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” that are still beloved by audiences today. It’s a timeless story about love, loyalty, and taking chances. So, if you’re bored, roll the dice and give Guys and Dolls a shot.
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, Pennies From Heaven is a unique blend of music and drama, with characters breaking out into songs to express their emotions. The story follows a sheet music salesperson who dreams of a better life and his relationship with a troubled schoolteacher.
Despite its initial failure, the movie is now celebrated for its innovative approach to the musical movie genre, and its influence can be seen in modern musicals like La La Land.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1969)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is, thanks to its catchy tunes and colorful characters, a fun-filled musical adventure for the whole family. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, it follows the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and his children as they try to outsmart the evil Baron Bomburst and save the day.
But let’s be honest, the show’s real star is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the flying car itself — a wonder of engineering that will have you wishing for your own magical vehicle.
Stormy Weather (1943)
Stormy Weather is a movie musical that will make you feel like you’re dancing in the rain, even if it’s sunny outside. This film celebrates African American culture and talent, featuring performances by legends like Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, and Fats Waller.
The story follows a dancer who returns to find his old love has moved on, but with the help of his friends and some great musical numbers, he soon finds his footing again.
Oliver! is the classic movie musical that will have you singing and dancing along to its catchy tunes. Based on Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist, the story follows the young orphan boy Oliver as he navigates the dangerous streets of Victorian London.
With memorable performances from Mark Lester as Oliver and Ron Moody as the villainous Fagin, this movie is a delightful romp through a bygone era.
The Muppets (2011)
If you’re looking for a movie full of laughs, catchy tunes, and lovable characters, then The Muppets from 2011 is the perfect film for you. With performances from stars like Jason Segel and Amy Adams and cameos from some of Hollywood’s biggest names, The Muppets is a movie that’s impossible not to love.
The movie brought the beloved Muppet characters back into the mainstream, introducing them to a new generation of fans. It also brought back some old fan-favorite numbers alongside new songs fans could fall in love with.
If you’ve ever felt the first stirrings of love in your heart and needed the perfect song to encapsulate your feelings, “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once is perfect. Set in Dublin, the film tells the story of a street musician who falls in love with a woman who shares his passion for music.
As they embark on a musical journey together, their connection deepens, and they explore the beauty and pain of love through the lyrics of their songs. It’s impossible to watch this movie and not have your heart beat with every beat of the music.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror-comedy musical that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its unique storyline and gory twists. The film tells the story of Seymour, a hapless florist who must find a way to stop a monstrous plant before it devours everyone in sight.
The film’s dark humor and catchy songs like “Suddenly, Seymour” make it a true cult classic. The puppetry used to bring the plant, Audrey II, to life is especially mesmerizing.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
This movie proved that animation wasn’t just for kids anymore. It was better suited for adults with a twisted sense of humor. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut! is an animated musical comedy, not for the faint-hearted, but it will tickle your funny bone.
The plot revolves around the kids of South Park getting into trouble after watching an R-rated movie, leading to a series of absurd scenarios. Honestly, the movie’s soundtrack might be more memorable than the plot itself.
Gigi, the musical movie of 1958, was a darling of its time, with enchanting tunes and beautiful costumes. The plot follows a young girl and her journey into adulthood.
It stars Leslie Caron in the title role and features Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan in supporting roles. Gigi won nine Academy Awards back in the day, but if it were released today, it would receive a lot of raised eyebrows and harsh criticism.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Are you ready to rock and roll? Because A Hard Day’s Night is the ultimate tribute to the greatest band in history: The Beatles! This movie will have you screaming and swooning as John, Paul, George, and Ringo take the world by storm.
These lads from Liverpool will have you dancing in your seat and shouting, “Yeah, yeah, yeah!” with every beat. A Hard Day’s Night is a must-see for any music lover, and if you’re not a fan yet, just wait – you will be by the end of this epic film.
The Music Man (1962)
Oh, The Music Man! The 1962 musical made marching bands attractive before anyone even knew what that meant. It introduced us to Professor Harold Hill and his snake oil salesmanship and inspired one of the most memorable episodes of The Simpsons.
With its catchy tunes and hilarious plot, it’s no wonder this musical is still loved by fans today. If you haven’t seen it yet, trust us, it’s worth watching to see the power of a good musical number.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Yankee Doodle Dandy was a surprise hit and an unconventional role for James Cagney, known primarily for his tough-guy performances. He played legendary composer and performer George M. Cohan. Through his singing and dancing, he showcased his versatility as an actor.
Interestingly, Cagney almost turned down the role, thinking he wasn’t suitable for it, but ultimately won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. The movie remains a classic and a reminder of the enduring power of music in times of conflict.
Bugsy Malone (1976)
To put it simply, Bugsy Malone is a musical movie that is pure bizarreness. Imagine a world where children play all the characters, but they’re equipped with Tommys and shoot whipped cream.
This gangster movie spoof is a unique and hilarious take on the genre, featuring catchy musical numbers and a talented cast of child actors. It’s a movie that needs to be seen to be believed, and it’s sure to leave you wondering what exactly you just watched.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Everyone Says I Love You is a sweet and charming musical comedy that’s the only musical in Woody Allen’s extensive filmography. The movie follows a wealthy family and their romantic misadventures in New York and Paris, all set to classic songs of the 1930s and 1940s.
What makes this film unique is the unexpected casting of non-singers, including Julia Roberts and Woody Allen himself, who all deliver surprisingly delightful musical performances.
42nd Street (1933)
Let us tell you about a dazzling musical that will make your heart skip a beat, and your toes tap with joy! Welcome to 42nd Street, where the lights shine brighter than the stars.
This movie is a tribute to the Golden Age of musical theater, with dazzling choreography and catchy tunes that will stay with you long after the curtains close. It’s a story of determination, dreams, and passion, and how one young woman’s journey to Broadway became a spectacle that captured the hearts of millions.
Carmen Jones (1954)
Carmen Jones is a cinematic gem that deserves more recognition. One of the few all-Black musicals of its time, this movie broke barriers and showcased the talents of Black actors and actresses.
The lead, Dorothy Dandridge, made history as the first Black woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her performance was unforgettable, as she brought the character of Carmen to life with fiery and sensual energy.
High Society (1956)
A musical set on the glamorous backdrop of Newport, Rhode Island, featuring a star-studded cast of Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra? Count us in! That’s High Society for You, the 1956 movie musical that will make you want to pack your bags and head to the nearest yacht.
The film, a remake of The Philadelphia Story, has all the glitz and glam you would expect from a classic Hollywood musical, complete with catchy tunes and dance numbers.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
It’s time to take a trip down memory lane with the classic musical Meet Me in St. Louis. This iconic film is chock full of heartwarming moments and toe-tapping tunes that will make you smile.
Did you know that “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, one of the most beloved holiday songs ever, debuted in this movie? Plus, it’s hard not to fall in love with the stunning performances of Judy Garland and the entire cast.
La La Land (2016)
They might not have won the best picture award at the Oscars, but they did win our hearts! La La Land is a masterpiece that blends the old and the new. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling hit it out of the park with their beautiful performances.
It’s a love letter to classic Hollywood musicals while still being fresh and innovative. Plus, that ending scene is both heart-wrenching and hilarious at the same time.
All That Jazz (1979)
All That Jazz is a high-energy, highly theatrical film about a director-choreographer named Joe Gideon based on the legendary Bob Fosse. From the first frame, it’s clear that this movie is a spectacle, with its over-the-top dance numbers, dazzling costumes, and non-stop energy.
And, of course, the discussion of All That Jazz wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Roy Scheider’s incredible performance as Joe Gideon. He gives it his all, a version remembered for a lifetime.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This freaky flick has existed since 1975 and is still a cult classic. The story follows a couple who stumbles upon a spooky mansion filled with strange characters. The musical numbers are catchy as heck, and the costumes are wild.
Also, let’s not forget the interactive experience of watching it in theaters – fans dress up, shout at the screen, and even throw props around. It’s a blast, even if you’re not into sci-fi horror.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a timeless tale of love and self-discovery. The animated movie tells the story of Belle, a young woman who falls in love with a cursed prince trapped in the body of a beast. With memorable songs, like “Tale as Old as Time” and “Be Out Guest”, the movie captures the enchanting and romantic essence of the story.
Not only are the leads spectacular, but the supporting cast of talking objects is an absolute delight. After all, who needs the help of a dating service when you have a talking teapot to set you up?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Ah, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the movie that gave us so much — the Oompa Loompas, everlasting gobstoppers, and of course, the legendary Gene Wilder as Wonka himself.
It’s a musical that takes us on a wild ride through the magical chocolate factory, with catchy songs and colorful visuals. Also, don’t forget the iconic meme template that came out of it. Who knew a movie about candy could be so meme-worthy?
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is a masterpiece of animated musical cinema that will bring you to your knees with its raw emotion. Simba’s loss of his father, Mufasa, is heartbreaking, leaving you with tears streaming down your face.
But it’s not just the sadness that makes the film so powerful. The music, visuals, and storytelling create a truly unforgettable experience. From “Circle of Life” to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, the songs perfectly capture the magic and wonder of the story.
The 2020 version of Hamilton isn’t exactly a movie, but it’s worth a mention because it’s seriously amazing! This version is a recording of the original Broadway production and captures the electrifying energy and incredible performances of the cast.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the show, stars as the titular character himself, and he’s joined by an incredibly talented cast that brings the historical characters to life freshly and excitingly.
Released in 1955, Oklahoma! is a musical film based on the 1943 eponymous stage musical. The film features classic songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” and stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
Set in Oklahoma in the early 1900s, the movie follows the love story of a cowboy and a farm girl. Like many other musicals of the time, Oklahoma! uses the name of a place as its title, following the tradition of Chicago and West Side Story.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Let us tell you, when it comes to movie musicals, Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! Julie Andrews as the titular nanny, is iconic, and don’t even get us started on Dick Van Dyke’s questionable Cockney accent. The man can dance!
Let’s remember the catchy tunes that are impossible not to sing along to. From “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, the music in this movie is just as timeless as Mary Poppins herself.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
The Pitch Perfect series may not have raked in Avengers-level box office numbers, but they made some serious bank. The movie’s catchy tunes, hilarious one-liners, and quirky characters have spawned countless memes, viral videos, and even Acappella competitions.
Whether you’re a Treblemaker or a Bella, Pitch Perfect has taught us that nothing is more satisfying than hitting that perfect note and feeling the rush of musical euphoria.
Hairspray is a movie musical that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes and let your hair down. With its quirky characters and catchy tunes, it’s a feel-good movie that will have you tapping your toes and singing along.
From Tracy Turnblad’s big hair to Edna Turnblad’s oversized outfits, the film is full of outrageous fashion and hilarious one-liners. And remember John Travolta’s unforgettable turn as Edna, a performance for the ages.
Married…With Children (MWC) graced our screens from 1987 and continued to make us laugh until 1997 when the show ended. We decided that it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and see what the cast has been up to since the sitcom ended.
Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy) – Then
Before Ed O’Neill landed his iconic role as father Al Bundy on Married With Children, he already had a few acting credits under his belt. He played a police detective in his first film titled Cruising, which also starred Al Pacino.
Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy) – Now
O’Neill was the longest-standing character on Married…With Children, starring in the show for its entire run of 11 seasons. After his great success with the sitcom, his career continued to thrive.
He has done voice-over work for Disney films like the Wreck-It Ralph franchise and Finding Dory but he struck luck again on the silver screen in 2009 with his role as Jay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family. O’Neill has many nominations and awards under his belt courtesy of his roles on the two sitcoms.
David Faustino (Bud Bundy) – Then
Faustino has been acting since before he could even speak. He made his TV debut at three months old when he was featured on the Lily Tomlin Special. Then in 1980, he landed a small role on Little House on the Prairie.
Throughout the mid-1980s, he guest-starred in TV shows like Highway to Heaven and Family Ties. Then in 1987, he landed his breakthrough role as the younger brother, Bud Bundy on Married… With Children. He appeared in a whopping 259 episodes of the show.
David Faustino (Bud Bundy) – Now
Faustino was a fan favorite on Married… With Children, so even after the show ended, he reprised his role of Bud in the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and Top of the Heap.
He has also guest-starred in many popular TV shows including The X-Files, The New Addams Family, and even Modern Family alongside his former co-star Ed O’Neil. You may also recognize him from the films Entourage or Not Another B Movie. He also hosts a radio show with SkeeFM.
Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy) – Then
Christina made her TV debut in 1972 at the tender age of one, alongside her mother in the famed soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her first film debut then came in the 1981 horror film Jaws of Satan.
Then in 1986, she received a Young Artist Award for her role as a policeman’s daughter in the series Heart of the City. Then, in 1987 at just 16 years old, she landed the role of Kelly Bundy on Married… With Children, which helped her rise to stardom.
Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy) – Now
After successfully playing the stereotypical “dumb blonde” character on MWC, Applegate wasted no time and starred in the title role of the NBC sitcom Jesse which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Besides her many roles on TV and even a broadway stint, Christina has also featured in some major films such as The Anchorman franchise, Hall Pass, Bad Moms, and Crash Pad. To date, the actress has a Primetime Emmy award, four Golden Globe nominations, and a Tony under her belt.
Ted McGinley (Jefferson D’Arcy) – Then
Before Ted played the handsome scam artist Jefferson D’Arcy on Married With Children, he had already starred in a few notable TV series such as Happy Days, The Love Boat, and Dynasty. Then in 1991, he landed the role of Jefferson where he stayed until 1997.
Ted has described his role on MWC as a “great, great gig.” However, despite the many shows he’s featured in, McGinley isn’t as well known as some of his co-stars.
Ted McGinley (Jefferson D’Arcy) – Now
After his stint on Married… With Children, McGinley was able to secure recurring roles on the shows Sports Night, The West Wing, and Hope & Faith. Back in 2008, he even tried his hand at the dance competition show Dancing With the Stars for its seventh season.
His most recent features include acting in the films The Outcasts, A.X.L. and God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, and the TV shows No Good Nick and Christmas Reservations.
David Garrison (Steve Rhoades) – Then
David Garrison is an American actor who primarily ventures in live theatre, but he is well known for playing the self-centered banker Steve Rhoades on Married… With Children. Before landing that role, he starred opposite Jason Bateman in the 1984 sitcom It’s Your Move.
Some of his many broadway appearances include Wicked, Titanic, Dead Poets Society, and A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine which earned him a Tony Award nomination
David Garrison (Steve Rhoades) – Now
While Garrison enjoyed playing Steve Rhoades, he admitted to missing live theatre and subsequently decided to leave the show after four seasons. However, he returned four times on seasons following on and he even became a regular on NBC’s sitcom Working It Out.
He still performs on stage nowadays and is known for his roles in the musicals The Wizard and Wicked. In 2017, he played Professor Walter in Tina Fey’s Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Michael (Buck) – Then
In 1986, Michael made his first on-screen appearance when he received a small role in Janet Jackson’s music video for “When I Think of You.” Later that same year, his trainer and owner Steven Ritt took him in for an audition for the part as Buck in Married… With Children.
They were initially looking for an older dog but his energy and impressive tricks ended up landing him the role. The talented hound featured in 177 of the show’s episodes.
Michael (Buck) – Now
While Michael was very beloved by both fans of the show and the cast of Married…With Children, his closest bond was with Ed O’Neil. Ritt even recalls how “Buck all of a sudden started kissing Ed on the face in the middle of a scene so Ed was unable to deliver his lines.”
After nine seasons on Married… With Children, Michael eventually retired and was replaced. Then at age 13, he passed away due to old age.
Harold Sylvester (Griff) – Then
Sylvester’s first role in Hollywood was playing Nathan in the sequel of Sounder. Then during the mid-’80s, he played supporting roles in the films Uncommon Valor, Innerspace, and An Officer and a Gentleman.
After that, he went on to land his best-known role as Griff, co-worker and friend of Al Bundy on Married… With Children. Griff was also a member of Al’s ‘National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood’ organization, aka “NO MA’AM!”
Harold Sylvester (Griff) – Now
Sylvester has starred in many TV shows since Married…With Children such as Walking Tall, Shaky Ground, and Today’s F.B.I. His more recent roles include starring in The Army Show, NYPD Blue, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, and Murder, She Wrote.
Sylvester even scored a recurring role in the popular series City of Angels. Today, he keeps out of the spotlight as his last acting credit dates back to 2015.
David Boreanaz (Frank) – Then
David’s first paid acting gig in Hollywood actually came when he played Kelly’s boyfriend, Frank, on Married…With Children. Before that, he did some production assistant work and even worked as a background extra in the 1993 movie Aspen Extreme.
His character Frank is an unfaithful biker who ends up getting beaten up by Al. Soon after his stint with the show, he landed a role, playing Angel on the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He then appeared in a spin-off series entitled Angel.
David Boreanaz (Frank) – Now
David’s breakout role as Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer is what cemented his career as an actor. He later went on to play the male lead, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, on the comedy-drama series Bones.
Then in 2017, Boreanaz landed the role of Jason Hayes in the military drama series SEAL Team. His last acting credit was in 2018 when he narrated an episode of America’s Game.
Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy) – Then
Sagal actually started her career as a singer-songwriter and in 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for legendary singers like Bob Dylan and Etta James. She transitioned into acting when she played a small part in the Columbo installment “Candidate for Crime,” directed by her father.
Her first major role came in the series Mary where she starred alongside Mary Tyler Moore. Then in 1987, she landed her breakthrough role as Peggy Bundy, the free-spending and lazy housewife of Al Bundy on Married… With Children.
Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy) – Now
While her role as Peggy Bundy is her most talked about, she is also known for her voiceover work as Leela on Futurama, as well as her characters on 8 Simple Rules and the FX series Sons of Anarchy.
Sagal even won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on Anarchy. Her more recent roles on the silver screen include starring on Shameless, Dead to Me, and Rebel.
Amanda Bearse (Marcy D’Arcy) – Then
While you may recognize her as the character Mary D’Arcy from Married… With Children, she did have a few gigs before she got this big break. Bearse’s first appearance on TV came when she starred in the soap opera All My Children in 1982.
During the mid-1980s, she also featured in some B-movies such as Fright Night and Protocol. Then in 1987, she landed her role as Marcy, the annoying neighbor of the Bundy residence.
Amanda Bearse (Marcy D’Arcy)– Now
While acting on Married… With Children, Bearse tried her hand at directing and even directed 31 episodes of the show. Then, when the sitcom ended in 1997, she went on to star in the films The Doom Generation and Here Come the Munsters.
She definitely caught the directing bug because she also directed episodes of hit shows like The Jamie Foxx Show, Jessie, and The Big Gay Sketch Show where she teamed up alongside Rosie O’Donnell. Her most recent acting credit came in 2020 when she starred in Sky Sharks.
E.E. Bell (Bob Rooney) – Then
E.E. Bell is best known for his role as Bob Rooney, a buddy of Al and member of ‘No MA’AM’, on Married With Children. He also acted alongside Harrison Ford in the film Air Force One in 1997.
Bell is no stranger to playing larger-than-life characters as he was also cast in the popular Nickelodeon sketch show The Amanda Show, with Amanda Bynes.
E.E. Bell (Bob Rooney) – Now
Bell went on to star in the films Water for Elephants in 2011 and Hail, Caesar! in 2016. His recurring role as Barney on The Amanda Show set him up nicely to appeal to a younger audience.
Since that gig, he has landed small parts in the hit Disney shows Drake and Josh, Good Luck Charlie, Sonny With a Chance, and Shake It Up. His latest acting credit was for his role in the 2018 Netflix short film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Shane Sweet (Seven) – Then
Shane Sweet graced our screens as the character Seven on Married…With Children. He was introduced to the show as the son of one of Peggy’s wild hillbilly family members.
Before his stint on the popular sitcom, Sweet also had small roles on the show Cheers and even starred in the film Murder of Innocence while shooting for Married… With Children. It’s fair to say that audiences hated his character’s unusual name – Seven.
Shane Sweet (Seven) – Now
Sweet went on to land his breakthrough role after his time on Married… With Children, when he starred as Josh Stevenson in Nickelodeon’s The Journey of Allen Strange.
And while he has acted in a few guest-starring roles since, his voice-acting work has taken center stage. He voiced parts in major films like Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and the sequels to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The Tooth Fairy.
Matt LeBlanc (Vinnie Verducci) – Then
Everyone who sees this face will recognize him as Joey Tribbiani from Friends but before Matt LeBlanc landed that breakthrough role, he was a struggling actor trying to break into Hollywood.
So, when he starred as Vinnie Verducci on Married… With Children, the role helped him get his name out there. During the early ‘90s, Matt also starred in two short-lived spin-offs Top of the Heap, and Vinnie & Bobby.
Matt LeBlanc (Vinnie Verducci) – Now
After his short time on Married… With Children, Matt was offered the role that changed his life forever – playing the simpleminded but adored Joey on Friends. He went on to play this character for 12 years and the sitcom is still considered one of the most successful to date.
Matt even landed his own spin-off show from it, entitled Joey, but it was cancelled after just two season. LeBlanc’s career didn’t really pick up until he starred as a fictionalized version of himself on the hit show Episodes, a role that would win him a Golden Globe Award and propel him back into the mainstream.
Joey Lauren Adams (Mona Mullins/Cousin Effie/Janie) – Then
You may recognize Joey Lauren Adams as the leading lady in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, but before she got her breakout role, she played teenage Mona Mullins on Married… With Children.
Adams started her acting career in 1977 when she played a small role in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Then in 1991, she appeared in the 100th episode of Married… With Children entitled “Top of the Heap.”
Joey Lauren Adams (Mona Mullins/Cousin Effie/Janie) – Now
Her role as Mona Mullins on Married… With Children, led to a part in the show Vinnie & Bobby, a spinoff of Top of the Heap (where she also played Mona), which was itself a spinoff of MWC. Adams made two more appearances on the show as Cousin Effie in season six and Janie in season seven.
Then in 1997, Joey landed the role as Alyssa Jones on Chasing Amy, for which she later was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Then in 2019, she reprised her role in kevin Smith’s comedy film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
Traci Lords (T.C./Vanessa Van Pelt) – Then
Traci Lords made her debut in the film industry when she landed the leading role in the 1988 remake of the sci-fi film Not of This Earth. She then went on to star alongside Johnny Depp in the teen comedy Cry-Baby in 1990.
Soon after, she got her first role on Married…With Children in season four, playing a dental assistant. Lords then returned to the series in season six, as a character in Al’s imagination.
Traci Lords (T.C./Vanessa Van Pelt) – Now
Lords has played minor roles in many popular TV series including Roseanne, Melrose Place, Gilmore Girls, and Will & Grace. She also appeared in the films Skinner, Virtuosity, and Blade.
Her more recent roles include playing Vanessa on Eastsiders for eight episodes and she featured in the thriller film The Farm which is set to release this year. Lords also has a thriving career in music and has released an album entitled 1000 Fires and one E.P.
Giovanni Ribisi (Teddy) – Then
Ribisi started his acting career when he was young after starring in the 1980s sitcom My Two Dads. He went on to guest-star in several series including Highway to Heaven and The Twilight Zone.
When he was 11 years old, the bonafide child star appeared on Married With Children and played the part of Teddy. As he got older, he took on more serious roles but you may recognize Ribisi from his later recurring role as Frank Buffay Jr. in Friends.
Giovanni Ribisi (Teddy) – Now
Ribisi comes from a family of artists with his father being a musician and his mother a manager of actors and writers. Ribisi himself has had an impressive career appearing in over 100 roles.
You might also recognize the star from the films Lost in Translation, Avatar, and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. Ribisi is currently working on the production of the Avatar sequels which plan to be released in 2022 and 2024.
Tia Carrere (Piper Bauman) – Then
Tia was scouted for her first film Aloha Summer, at the age of 17 while shopping at a grocery store. Her first major role came when she starred in the soap opera General Hospital from 1985 until 1987.
After her success on the show, she landed a few guest appearances on series such as Anything but Love and Married… With Children. On the show, Tia played the role of Kelly Bundy’s rival, Piper Bauman, who tried to steal a modeling job from her.
Tia Carrere (Piper Bauman) – Now
After MWC, Tia went on to appear in the action films Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and Showdown in Little Tokyo, which both released in 1991. She gained public recognition after being cast as Cassandra in the Wayne’s World films.
She also tried her hand at reality TV after participating in Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice. These days she mainly works in voice acting. Some of her prominent roles include voicing Nani in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and Snookie in Aloha, Scooby-Do!
Juliet Tablak (Amber) – Then
Juliet Tablak’s character on MWC made quite the splash when she was sent to live with Bundy’s neighbor Marcy, and then started up a relationship with Bud. While Tablak was only on the show for four episodes, she certainly made her mark.
Besides Married…With Children, she also featured in the shows Silk Stockings, In the Heat of the Night, and The Larry Sanders Show which was apparently her all-time favorite appearance.
Juliet Tablak (Amber) – Now
After her time on Married… With Children, Tablak decided to retire from acting in 2000 after playing a scientist on Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. Although she very much enjoyed the craft of acting, she didn’t like the business side of it.
Today Juliet lives a happy life as a chiropractor and owns her own clinic in Los Gatos, California. While the change in career is surprising, it just goes to show the variety of talents Tablak has on offer.
Keri Russell (April Adams) – Then
Russel’s first on-screen appearance came when she was just 15 years old and starred as a cast member of the all-new Mickey Mouse Club variety show. She remained on the show for two seasons.
Then in 1993, she starred in the sitcom Boy Meets World before landing her small role on MWC in 1995. She played the adorable classmate of Bud, April Adams. While her role only lasted one episode, the show helped Keri become more well-known.
Keri Russell (April Adams) – Now
Today, Russel is regarded as a well-known actress in Hollywood. Her breakthrough role came when she played Felicity Porter on the WB drama series Felicity, where Russel scored a Golden Globe and a Teen Choice Award for her note-worthy performance. Then, from 2013 until 2018, she played agent Elizabeth Jennings on the FX thriller series The Americans.
In 2019, she featured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Her latest role playing Julie Meadows in the supernatural horror film Antlers is expected to be released in 2021.
Iqbal Theba (Iqbal) – Then
Theba’s first on-screen role came on the NBC pilot Death and Taxes. While the show was not picked up, it led to his role on The George Carlin Show. Then, Theba landed his role on MWC.
Interestingly, the actor shares a name with his character on the show but that is where the similarities end. While his fictional role is the owner of a seedy sports bar where Al Bundy and his crew frequent, his real-life self is an accomplished actor.
Iqbal Theba (Iqbal) – Now
Theba has since featured on popular shows like Alias, Two and a Half Men, Roseanne, The West Wing, and Children’s Hospital. He even scored a recurring role in the ABC/CBS comedy sitcom Family Matters but his most noteworthy role came in 2009 when he was cast as Principal Figgins in the FOX series Glee.
Theba featured in 58 episodes until 2015 when the show came to an end. His latest role was as Kenneth in the 2020 sci-fi horror comedy film, Useless Humans.
Krista Allen (Crystal Clark) – Then
Krista Allen starred in MWS as a university student hiding a big secret. Since her small role on the show, her acting career really took off but interestingly enough, Allen had a different profession in mind when she was younger.
She initially thought she wanted to become a teacher after receiving her degree from the University of Texas. However, after her first role in the series Emmanuelle in Space, she found her true passion.
Krista Allen (Crystal Clark) – Now
After MWC, Krista joined the famous Baywatch cast in 2000. Since her role on the hit show, she has had parts on shows like Friends, Days of Our Lives, The X-Files, and Significant Mother.
Other popular shows you may recognize her from include Two and a Half Men, Smallville and Anger-Management. Her more recent roles came in 2020 when she starred in the film I Almost Killed a Serial Killer, and in 2021 when she played Meegan on an episode of 9-1-1.
Pamela Anderson (Yvette/Cashew) – Then
In 1990, Pamela landed her first role on TV appearing as Yvette on an episode of MWC entitled “Al… with Kelly.” She ended up guest-starring in the show twice and both times, she played a character in Al’s female-crazed imagination. Except, in her second episode entitled “Route 666: Part 2”, her name was changed to Cashew.
After MWC, Anderson continued to guest-star in shows until she got a recurring role on Days of Our Lives in 1992, and finally, she scored her big break playing C.J. Parker on Baywatch.
Pamela Anderson (Yvette/Cashew) – Now
Anderson starred in Baywatch from 1992 until 1997. The show cemented her place in Hollywood and she went on to star in many more series and films. Today, Anderson splits her time between being an actress and an animal rights activist.
In 2018, Anderson surprised audiences when she starred in the French version of Dancing With the Stars. Then in 2019, she played Jessica Fox in the French crime film Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon.
Milla Jovovich (Yvette) – Then
In 1988, this beautiful Ukrainian-American actress made her film debut as Samantha Delongpre in the romantic thriller Two Moon Junction. That same year she appeared in the made-for-television film The Night Train to Kathmandu.
Then in 1989, she appeared as a mysterious French foreign exchange student for one episode on MCW. Her character butted heads with Kelly after she stole all the attention at school thanks to her good looks.
Milla Jovovich (Yvette) – Now
Jovovich gained international recognition at age 15 for her role in the 1991 romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon. Then, in 1997 she landed her breakthrough role starring in the French sci-fi action film, The Fifth Element. Between 2002 and 2016, Milla played Alice in the franchise Resident Evil.
The show had great success and became the highest-grossing film series based on a video game. Jovovich has also released two albums and owns her own production company.
Tiffani Thiessen (Heather McCoy) – Then
Tiffany’s first role, playing Kelly Kapowski on NBC’s sitcom Saved by the Bell, helped the actress’s rise to fame. While on the show, Thiessen guest-starred in the series, Charles in Charge, Step by Step, and lastly, Married… With Children.
She played the role of Heather McCoy, where she was a mean girl at Bud’s high school. At the time, Thiessen was an up-and-coming actress after receiving Young Artist Award nominations for her role in Saved by the Bell.
Tiffani Thiessen (Heather McCoy) – Now
Thiessen went on to star as Valerie Malone on Fox’s 90210 from 1994 until 1998. Then in 2002, she starred in Fastlane, and in 2007 she landed a role on ABC’s What About Brian, and USA Network’s White Collar.
From 2018 until 2020, she played Lori on Netflix’s Alexa and Katie. In 2020, she guest-starred in the highly-anticipated reboot of Saved by the Bell, and that same year, she was cast to play herself in the comedy clip show Deliciousness.