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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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Tracy Gamble
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 / ... 39 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 Simple Rules See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(76 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Starting with the episode '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. 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

[a little girl dressed as an angel comes to the door on Haloween accompanied by her father]
Angel: Trick or Treat! I'm an angel!
Paul: Yeah, you may be an angel now, but in a few years you're going to be killing your father!
Angel: Daddy!
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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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Thought it would finish, but now is stronger than ever
22 November 2004 | by bestsitcoms-1See all my reviews

I live in the UK and have watched this sitcom in bits and bobs when it has been on The Disney Channel. And I really enjoy it, its a bit like an old-school family sitcom but updated and not afraid to cross a few boundaries.

When it first started it had it's full title 8 Simple Rules for dating my teenage daughter. It all focused around the dad's insecurity about trying to raise his two teenager daughters who were growing daily and how he couldn't connect with them in the way he did with his son. In these first episodes John Ritter's character dominated the show (and rightly so) but was pumped up so much that Katey Segal, who is one of my favourite actresses, was pushed to the sidelines until they decided to focus on the relationship between husband and wife as well as father and daughters.

After the untimely death of John Ritter I thought this series may have been cancelled but they carried on and I'm glad they did. Now Katey Segal's been given more to do and they've introduced two new characters one played by James Garner and the other by one of my favourite comedy actors David Spade (who I'm glad's back on TV now Just Shoot Me's finished). These two new male characters fill the gap in the parental hole for the dad. Where James Garner's grandad character is the strict oldie who wants to discpline the kids, Spade's character is the chilled out cousin who wants to be down with the kids and tell them how to be cool but also is looking out for them. These two characters demonstrate both sides of the dad but at the same time are conflicting views on how the mother should raise her children.

A great sitcom and long may it continue


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