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8 Simple Rules 

8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter (original title)
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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When teenage girls become women their new curves throw dad for a loop.

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17 September 2002 (USA)  »

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John Goodman was in negotiations to play the lead. See more »

Goofs

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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Ed Gibb: So, um. Need any help there?
Jim: Are you some kind of engineer?
Ed Gibb: No. I just...
Jim: So what then? You think I need help because I'm old?
Ed Gibb: No, I really...
Jim: Well, let me tell you somethin', college boy...
Ed Gibb: Hey hey hey, if you hit me again, I am not coming for Christmas.
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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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It's just not the same with out John....
11 December 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews



I am a typical young Australian bloke. One night I was sitting by the TV with, actually a coke in my hand. I'm channel surfing' past friends, everybody loves Raymond, Sienfield, And I'm thinking, "Why is my TV filled with American sit com crap. So I switched off. It's now 7.30 and new shows will be on now.

WOW! There's a hot blonde chick!

  • What first got me into 8 simple rules.


I started to watch this show even if the background laughing did annoy me. I honestly couldn't believe I just watched a sitcom. Over the next few months I was hooked into my couch on Saturday nights at 7.30. The show related to me in many ways, and the parents were portrayed perfectly. And above all, the show was funny. Watching this sitcom I gave others a chance, I now enjoy, "My wife and kids" and "Friends", but there's still some I hate...

Months later I heard of John Ritter's unexpected death. It was the first time I had been upset with anyone famous dieing, because I felt I was connected with the show. Now I find it hard to watch the show, and currently the network is showing older episodes with John still in it. For some reason now it doesn't feel right. And now I honestly think the show should now rest in piece.

How ever of course If you have never seen the show I suggest you do. It is a great show with original comedy. 8/10 for its time.


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