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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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2005   2004   2003   2002  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy | Drama

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17 September 2002 (USA)  »

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The fourth episode of season 2 was rehearsed with Paul still in it before John Ritter's sudden death. It is unknown what was left out/changed after his death. 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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Cate: Are you okay?
Paul: I'm mad at something you said.
Cate: What?
Paul: 'Let's start a family'!
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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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Featured in CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.2 (2012) See more »

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Has it All!
24 January 2003 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

This show indeed has it all! The humor: brilliant! the drama: fantastic! the acting: better that ever! ABC has had some recent hits, but this tops them all. John Ritter always makes drama a comedy somehow, and here he does it again. Please try and watch this.


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