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8 Simple Rules 

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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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
...  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
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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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In an episode of 8 Simple Rules, the son comments about his two sisters, the bride of Chucky is after Barbie. John Ritter who starred in that show until his death in 2003 also starred in Bride of Chucky 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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Cate: [reading Paul's last article] Okay readers, today we're having a little pop quiz, it's multiple choice, so sharpen your number 2 pencils and put your thinking caps on. Ready? Here's a quote: "Dad, you're an idiot." Now, contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions? A: Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks? B: Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday at school was her boyfriend? C: Referring to rapper Fiddy ...
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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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One Of Disney's Best Comedies
12 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best comedies on the television at the moment. It takes the sugary-sweet idea of a show revolving around a close family and turns it into a quite realistic yet funny depiction of a typical family complete with sibling and parent spats, brat brothers, over-protective fathers and bimbo sisters. I'm almost surprised it's Disney!

To its credit, '8 Simple Rules' knows it's a comedy and doesn't try to be more. Too many shows (eg, 'Sister, Sister' and 'Lizzie McGuire') think just because its lead characters are now teenagers then they should tackle social issues and end up losing their humour by being too hard-hitting. This is a trap '8 Simple Rules' has avoided; it does tackle some issues (such as being the school outcast) but it has fun while doing so. In fact the only time it has really been serious was understandably when it sensitively handled the tragic death of John Ritter and his character.

And I think, although John Ritter will be sadly missed since he was the reason the show made its mark, '8 Simple Rules' can still do well if it remembers its humour and doesn't make Cate's father a second version of Paul Hennessy.


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