Tang is a fruit-flavored powdered drink mixture. It is consumed in various ways by the Bundy family on Married... with Children.
In the first season of the show, it is labeled as "Tri-C" (to avoid legal issues), but starting in the season 2 episode, "Impo-Dent", it is referred to by its actual name and and its logo is clearly seen.
Tang was created in 1957 by a food scientist, William A. Mitchell, who also created other convenience foods such as Cool Whip and Pop Rocks, and released in its powdered form in 1959, though it failed to gain popularity upon release.
Its improved its market share later, due to it being used by astronaut John Glenn on the Mercury flight in space in 1962 and later used in the Gemini flights.
Although starting out as an orange-flavored powdered drink, it has expanded its flavor catalogue to meet regional tastes, as it is sold in over 30 countries and comes in various obnoxious flavors such as grape, lemon, hibiscus, and mango, though orange is still its most well-known flavor.
Tang at the Bundy household
The Bundys use it as a drink in the morning, but as the family is considerably poor, they have also found ways to turn it into a food. Some of the ways the family has used it:
- Tang Sandwich / "Tangwich" - Adding a few spoonfuls of Tang powder between two pieces of bread. It is necessarily to pinch the edges or else the powder will spill out, as Kelly points out in "Desperately Seeking Miss October"
- Tang Wipe - A slice of bread wiped inside the jar to absorb the residual Tang powder, as seen in "Impo-Dent"
- Tang Margarita - Mixing Tang and pool water into a plastic cup, as seen in "You Better Shop Around (Part 1)"
- Smoking Tang - A spiked drink the family offers to Al in "The Egg and I" as a way to poison him, so they could turn Steve in to the FBI, but he quickly points out that "Tang don't smoke!".
- Tang BonBon - A shotputt-sized BonBon that weighs 5 pounds created by Peggy, the ingredients of include an entire jar of Tang. And takes hours to chew As seen in "Al Goes Deep".
- Bundy Mimosa - A bottle of beer and Tang, used by Bud after sleeping with Gary. As seen in "Bud on the Side"
Apperances on Married... with Children
- "Sixteen Years and What Do You Get?" - Al and Peggy have a bottle labeled "Tri-C" (a play on "Tang" and another juice brand, "Hi-C") on the table that they use to make orange juice.
- "Nightmare on Al's Street" - Peggy brings Al a glass of water and he grabs the jar of "Tri-C" to have juice while Marcy tells them about the two men who offered to repave her driveway.
- "Impo-Dent" - Bud is seen hiding a nearly empty bottle of Tang under his shirt. Kelly notices and then fights him over "Tang Residue". Al eventually comes downstairs and finds out that they drank the remaining powder. Thinking that they left him nothing, he takes a piece of bread and wipes the inside of the Tang bottle down to make "Tang Wipe", causing the kids to look on and salivate.
- "The Egg and I" - After realizing that they can turn their former neighbor turned fugitive Steve Rhoades for a reward, the rest of the Bundy family offer Al a glass of Tang to poison him and make it easier to turn Steve in. He becomes suspicious though when he notices that it is smoking intensely and tells his family "Tang don't smoke!". Kelly then tells that is is a new and improved versions "chocked full of vitamins and ministers."
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