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

The house used in this show is the same house from Sister, Sister (1994). 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: [to Bridget] You know your gonna hate prison, everyone's gonna be dressed like you!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (2013) See more »

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One Of Disney's Best Comedies
12 October 2004 | by cosmic_questSee 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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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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(76 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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