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: Kelly, the stunning but superficial party animal, and Bud, who is too wrapped up in himself to realize his goal of "scoring" with a girl.
Not your usual TV family, the less-than-loveable Bundys attempt to survive a generally-miserable middle-class existence while nextdoor neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhoades try to keep their property values from plummeting.