Apr. 05, 1987
30 min.
FOX TV Network

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The Bundys are a stereotypical American family. Al is a shoe salesman who is fond of frequently reliving his doubtful 15 seconds of fame on the football field. Al is terrified of the all-to-frequent amorous advances his ditsy wife Peggy, a woman who must spend most of Al's wages at the salon and the mall. They have two children.

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Kelly Bundy is the older child in the Bundy family, born on approximately November 27, 1973 or sometime before February 19. "Pumpkin," as Al often calls her, is a promiscuous bimbo and embodies the stereotypical "dumb blonde." She may have inherited her behavior from her mother, known as "The Big Easy" in high school. Kelly is very promiscuous, much to Al's dismay, and he becomes furious when anyone outside of the family makes fun of her for this.

During the series' run, Kelly became progressively more stupid. Initially, she was not the stereotypical dumb blonde bimbo she eventually becomes. In one episode, a flashback to Kelly's childhood reveals her to have been a prodigious reader until she banged her head during a road trip, instantly changing her personality to prefer focusing on her "shiny, shiny shoes." In the early seasons Kelly was smarter yet rebellious, and had more self-respect. The show hints at her amazing intrinsic intellectual ability, which only exhibits itself on those rare occasions when she is not preoccupied with her social status or men. For instance, she can predict the next number drawn on a roulette wheel, but only after letting her mind go blank. When properly motivated, she is able to solve complex mathematical equations, such as her calculation of the trajectory to shoot garbage bags into the D'Arcys' yard from a homemade catapult. It has been demonstrated that she can absorb a limited amount of information very well, but will forget something that she learned in the past once her limit is reached. Kelly is also known to display excellent hand-eye coordination when playing pool or performing archery.

Kelly's comedic function tends to include blatant displays of naïvete and ignorance, with the typical response by the family of willfully allowing her to remain ignorant. Bud, in particular, likes to sow misconceptions in her mind. For example, she asks Bud to help her with her book report on Robinson Crusoe, but ends up reviewing Gilligan's Island instead. Her family is surprised to learn that she earned her high school diploma in 1990—but when she receives her diploma through the mail after finishing summer school, she asks her mother to read it to her. She then worked as a model and waitress. She had become a bottle-blonde at an early age at her mother's encouragement after a boy at school liked a natural blonde more than Kelly. She is obsessed with boys, hair coloring, and the telephone.

Though she often pokes fun at her younger brother, Bud, for being under-developed, pubescent and constantly obsessed with girls, she usually seems to be proud of him whenever he manages to get an attractive date. On at least one occasion, she has also avenged Bud by humiliating a girl that humiliated him. Kelly is very fond of her pets, even when unable to sufficiently care for them. Buck, the family dog, was generally considered to be Bud's but Kelly was the most upset when he died.

Her favorite comic strip is Garfield. Her less-than-stellar reading skills led to many comedic situations in which she would read the Garfield comic aloud, mispronouncing lasagne as "luh-SAG-nee." She also watches cartoons, such as Looney Tunes, under the impression that it is a nature show.

Tina Caspary was originally cast as Kelly, but after the original pilot was filmed, the show's producers felt that she did not quite fit the part, and so she was replaced by Applegate.

Episode Screenshots

10x27 - The Joke's on Al
Season 10, Episode 27
08x19 - Field of Screams
Season 8, Episode 19
05x16 - All Night Security Dude
Season 5, Episode 16
04x04 - Tooth or Consequences
Season 4, Episode 04
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