Married... With Children Around the World

Twenty-five years ago, the new Fox Network began airing their first prime time sitcom, Married... with Children. The show, about a dysfunctional working-class family in Chicago, ran for eleven seasons until 1997. The series went into syndication beginning in 1991 and reruns can still be seen.

But just because the series went out of production in 1997 in the United States doesn't mean it's passé. The concept, characters, and even scripts from the original Fox series have been remade in countries all over the world.


The newest version is called Zheneni s deca v Balgaria, which translates to Married with Children in Bulgaria. You can watch the entire first episode at YouTube (and you'll find other episodes if you can read the titles). The series debut last month inspired redditor sudurjalimonovsok to post a picture of the TV family. The resulting thread had redditors from all over the world showing us their countries' versions of the show.


The Argentine version called Casados con Hijos debuted in 2005, and is broadcast to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Peru. Only two seasons were filmed, but they were so popular they still air in reruns.


The Chilean version is named Casados con hijos, the same as the Argentine show.


Casados con hijos is also the show's name in Colombia. What does it mean? Married with Children.


This Croatian show is titled Bracne Vode, which means The Waters of Marriage. Two seasons were produced, in 2008 and 2009.


The German show Hilfe, meine Familie spinnt only ran for 26 episodes during 1993. The publicity still makes it look pretty grim.


The Hungarian show Egy rém rendes család Budapesten aired for 26 episodes in 2006-07. The name is supposed to mean Married with Children in Budapest, but a literal translation is A gruesomely decent family in Budapest.


Redditor karmazon says the Polish version is awesome, and has been airing since 1999. The title is Swiat wedlug Kiepskich, which translates to The World According to the Kiepskis. You can tell by the picture that this production strayed a bit from the original formula instead of trying to clone the American sitcom. The family is purely Polish, and so is the production. However, the series takes its inspiration from both Married... with Children and The Simpsons.


Russia aired the American series for years, then did their own version called Shastlivy Vmeste, which means Happy Together. It uses translated scripts from the original Fox episodes.


In Spain, the name of the show is Matrimonio con hijos.


The show seen in Turkey is titled Evli ve Çocuklu. It has been on air since 2004.


(YouTube link)

The series Married For Life was a remake of Married... with Children produced in 1996. Only seven episodes were produced, and from what I've heard, even fewer were seen by any measurable number of people.


Yeah, it's a joke.

(All images were gathered from the reddit thread)

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From the one seen in Argentina, the actress who plays Kelly (named Paola in the local version) is Luisana Lopilato, wife of Canadian singer Michael Bublé.
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