Creator, "The Shield," "The Chicago Code," writer/producer, "Terriers," "The Unit," "Lie to Me," "Angel"
In 1989, while living in Vermont, I learned I had won a college playwrighting award through Columbia Pictures Television. The award was going to result in me getting to spend two weeks interning in the writers room of one of their sitcoms. I was told my time would be spent on one of three shows -- NBC's "My Two Dads", ABC's "Who's The Boss" or Fox's "Married ... With Children." I was familiar with the first two shows, but I had never heard of the third one, or even the network it was on. I couldn't find Fox amongst the Burlington, Vt. television stations, so I called back home to Illinois and found out that my parents got Fox. I asked them to record as many episodes as they could for my next visit back there. When I spoke to my mother a few weeks later she mentioned she was taping the show and had been watching it. She liked it a lot but told me it was "really different." When I finally got back home and started watching "Married With Children" I discovered the brashest, baudiest, most irreverent, risk-taking comedy on TV. I was blown away. I ended up spending my two weeks in Hollywood in the "My Two Dads" writers room, but "Married With Children" stuck in my head and I begged my way into watching a taping of the show. Been a Fox fan ever since.
An anonymous writer who has worked for various Fox shows over the years
Having written for Fox for many years -- and having dealt with their Standards and Practices [department] as well as their budget/production restraints -- I once twisted the old military phrase, "There are no atheists in foxholes," to "There are no atheists on Fox shows."
Don't forget to tune into Fox's 25th anniversary night, which kicks off on Sunday, April 22 with a re-airing of the series premiere of "Married ... With Children" at 7 p.m. ET. Then, the milestone 500th episode of "The Simpsons" follows at 7:30 p.m. ET and Fox's big anniversary special -- including major reunions -- starts at 8 p.m. ET.