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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Tracy Gamble
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Series cast summary:
Katey Sagal ...  Cate Hennessy / ... 76 episodes, 2002-2005
Kaley Cuoco ...  Bridget Hennessy / ... 76 episodes, 2002-2005
Amy Davidson ...  Kerry Hennessy 76 episodes, 2002-2005
Martin Spanjers ...  Rory Hennessy 76 episodes, 2002-2005
James Garner ...  Jim Egan / ... 45 episodes, 2003-2005
David Spade ...  C.J. Barnes / ... 38 episodes, 2004-2005
John Ritter ...  Paul Hennessy 31 episodes, 2002-2003
Billy Aaron Brown ...  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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Starting with season two, episode four, "Goodbye, Part 1", the show's theme was never shown again. Instead, the screen would just fade out and "8 Simple Rules" would just be added to the beginning of the list of actors and actresses. 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 »

Quotes

Kerry: Like Oh My God, my name's Bridget and I can't believe how much my head shakes when I talk!
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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 sardid007See 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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Country:

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English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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8 Simple Rules See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(76 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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