Ed Ames

Ron Leavitt, the cocreator (with Michael G. Moye), of Married… With Children, died today at the age of 60. When it debuted on Fox in 1987, MWC was arguably the least conventional sitcom on network TV — not many other shows centered on a schlubby husband who routinely compared his bathroom to the Fortress of Solitude. Of course its quality declined over the years, but MWC paved the way for two edgier sitcoms that came along a few years later: The Simpsons and Seinfeld. On the other hand, it also indirectly spawned According to Jim.

But Leavitt, who also cowrote the pilot for Silver Spoons and worked on The Jeffersons, should also be remembered as the cocreator of an even more irreverent sitcom — Jason Bateman’s short-lived It’s Your Move, which I have been writing about since it was cruelly yanked from the air after only 18 episodes in the 1984-85 season. I pity you if you haven’t seen it.

Anyway, the man was a TV legend. R.I.P.