Move is part of net's 25th anniversary programming
Al Bundy, revisited.
Fox, going into archives to celebrate its 25th anni, will telecast the pilot episode of “Married … With Children,” one of the singular sitcoms that helped launch what was then a fledging net into a full-fledged TV force.
The pilot will air at 7 p.m. April 22, followed by a repeat of the 500th episode of “The Simpsons,” which is, arguably, the most important program in the history of Fox.
“Married … With Children” originally debuted on April 5, 1987 and ran 11 seasons. Series starred Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate — all of whom currently star on shows on broadcast and cable — and David Faustino.
At 8 p.m., the two-hour “Fox 25th Anniversary Special” will offer clips from the net’s vaults, as well as appearances by former cast members. Former laffers likely to get another look include “That ’70s Show,” “In Living Color” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”
On the drama side, hourlongs that helped shape the network include “The X-Files,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place” and “Ally McBeal,” which was a forerunner of the dramedy format that is much more common now.