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8 Simple Rules (2002–2005)
"8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (original title)

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The Hennessy clan -- mother Cate, daughters Bridget and Kerry, and son Rory -- look to one another for guidance and support after the death of Paul, the family patriarch. Cate's parents lend a hand.


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Series cast summary:
 Cate Hennessy / ... (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Bridget Hennessy / ... (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Kerry Hennessy (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Rory Hennessy (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Jim Egan / ... (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
 C.J. Barnes / ... (39 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Paul Hennessy (31 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Kyle (31 episodes, 2002-2004)


The Hennessy clan -- mother Cate, daughters Bridget and Kerry, and son Rory -- look to one another for guidance and support after the death of Paul, the family patriarch. Cate's parents lend a hand.

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Comedy | Drama


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17 September 2002 (USA)  »

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8 Simple Rules  »

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Amy Davidson , who plays the younger sister, is actually six years older than Kaley Cuoco, who plays the oldest of the siblings. See more »


In several episodes, characters drink "Safeway Select" colas. The Safeway Brands are only available in Safeway Company Stores in the Western US and Canada, in and around the Chicagoland area and at some select convenience stores in the Eastern US. The show takes place in Detroit, Michigan. No Safeway Company Stores exist in or around Detroit. See more »


Lacey: Break a leg
Bridget: Break a leg? Well, go get hit by a bus!
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence of the first season featured Kerry, Kate, Bridget and Paul each looking at Bridget's or Kerry's new date one at a time (the scene is viewed from the latter's perspective), the camera panning down to the doormat with the show's title, and finally Rory taunting the date. Rory's taunt changed in every opening sequence (although they were often repeated between non-consecutive episodes). See more »

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John will live forever
7 February 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It has been nearly five months since the passing of John Ritter and my eyes still mist at the reality that the viewing public will never again by brought to laughter or even tears by this gifted actor.

I would also like to add that in my opinion, the overall quality of situation comedies on the ABC Network has declined to a level of near-mediocrity, save maybe for shows with George Lopez, Bonnie Hunt, or Jim Belushi. But it seemed that Jonathan Southworth Ritter was the anchor, the ringleader of situation comedies on ABC.

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