Katey Sagal realized Married…With Children was going to be a hit for a surprising reason. While her talented costars Ed O’Neill and Christina Applegate certainly bolstered the series, the hair and makeup department budget caught Sagal’s eye. “I think the first time we knew [it was going to be a success] was when they bought me a wig,” Sagal joked in an April 2021 interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “The first three years, I would do my own hair, and then all of a sudden they started dishing out money like wigs are not cheap. They got me a wig.”
Of course, the script helped too for the Fox series. “I remember reading [it] and thinking, ‘This is hysterically funny, but no one will watch it because it’s just too outside the box. We’ll get canceled immediately,'” Sagal reminisced. “It was so irreverent, and it was so not like anything else on TV, which is why I thought I got the job because I wasn’t like anything else on TV.”
And the rest is history – er, wig-story?