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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 Cate Hennessy / ... (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Bridget Hennessy / ... (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Kerry Hennessy (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Rory Hennessy (76 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Jim Egan / ... (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 C.J. Barnes / ... (39 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Paul Hennessy (31 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Kyle (31 episodes, 2002-2004)
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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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After John Ritter's death, Katey Sagal hosted the final episodes featuring Ritter. See more »

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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 »

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Kerry Hennessy: I can't believe you're encouraging your daughter to join the Airhead Squad. Aim High!
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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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Stellar Comedy
15 November 2002 | by (Buffalo, NY) – See all my reviews

Just when things were looking dark for ABC (compared to last year), out of the blue comes a savior sitcom! 8 Simple Rules is a funny sitcom, and has a premise that most modern families can relate to.

This show is somewhat similar to My Wife and Kids, except that the stories are more centered on teenage issues (dating, school, etc.) Bridget is the oldest child, the one who often dates Kyle, and despite the on-going "shallow teenage daughter" stereotype, she's pretty funny. Kerry is the slightly younger daughter, who's not very popular, but is a great artist. Rory is the only son, youngest child, and doesn't seem to have a life outside video games, and pestering his sisters. Unlike many other shows with annoying siblings, he's more funny than he is annoying. Paul is the over-protective dad, and Cate is the liberal mom. All of these five personalities put together creates another fantastic family comedy.

One thing I'm puzzled about is how Amy Davidson is playing the slightly-younger daughter to Kaley Cuoco's role as the oldest daughter. Davidson is actually six years older than Cuoco. Women of today are often known for wanting to look beautiful, which is to say, youth equaling beauty. Maybe the effects of making someone younger than they actually appear has finally paid off, this very sitcom being the living proof.

A lot of the best jokes come from Paul's coping with Bridget and Kerry. He tries hard (perhaps too hard) to make sure Bridget doesn't step out of line with her dating privileges, and tries to get Kerry to be more social. I love it when Paul calls Kerry "Care Bear". The over-protective dad vs. shallow teenage daughter thing is a staple in many sitcoms, and in this case, does a swell job not not growing stale.

8 Simple Rules is ABC's highlight program for Tuesday nites, the same as how My Wife and Kids is the alphabet network's highlight program for Wednesday nites. Along with several other new shows, this also seems to be a lead for ABC's recovery tactics, which so far, seems to be working. The network generally would've had better luck had it not filled up so much on Who Wants to be a Millionare a couple seasons ago. 8 Simple Rules is a great sitcom, and now provides a better reason why one must watch TV on Tuesday nites!


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