Alright, Unhappily Ever After, who remembers this series? Anyone? I did. The series ran from 1995-1999 on the WB network. The show starred Nikki Cox, Justin Berfield, Geoff Pierson, Stephanie Hodge and Kevin Connolly. Many of the younger cast went off to have successful careers in the long run after this series. For example, Kevin Connolly with Entourage, Nikki Cox with various roles, Justin Berfield with Malcolm in The Middle.
Many say that this show was a ripoff of Married With Children. I wouldn’t say it was a complete copy of Married, but it was quite similar. Although, I must say, Jack Malloy had a much better job as a used car salesman than Al Bundy as a woman’s shoe salesman. Jack’s wife, Jennie was much more bitter than Peg Bundy. At least Peggy would support Al from time to time. Jennie did nothing but be a grim reaper to everyone in the family. Nikki Cox was good looking. Whenever she would enter the room, the studio audience would erupt, every time! Funny. I couldn’t believe how skinny she was, man, her diet must of been nothing.
Who could forget Mr. Floppy, voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait. Floppy was a blunt bunny and never held back. It did take some getting used to the fact that Jack was literally speaking to a doll, weird. Anyway, Floppy was a good part of the wacky series. The show often would make fun of popular culture and break the fourth wall. Ross was the running gag of the series as a character. Ross would disappear for a good amount of episodes and then reappear. Ryan was a happy kid but not too bright. A loveable loser.
I still think to this date, Unhappily Ever After has one of the coolest opening themes. “Hit the Road Jack” with the whole cast singing and dancing. A few of my favorite episodes would be Don Juan De Van Nuys from season 1 and The Agony of Victory from season 2.