The series' storylines deal with the struggles of parenthood and the pressures of being a teen.Since "8 Simple Rules" begins with the children already in full-adolescent mode, the shift from childhood to adulthood is abrupt for viewers, as it is for Paul, who is finally taking a more committed turn at fatherhood.As the "straight man" to Paul, it's usually up to Cate to be a more firm voice of reason and the heart of their family.The two parents are still very much in love, and their displays of affection are frequently met with disgust and shock by their children.Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) is the popular and fast-talking oldest daughter and Kerry (Amy Davidson) is the moody and environmentalist middle child.While the two sisters share a room, they regularly are at odds with each other and their father, with Kerry offering biting sarcasm and Bridget trying to talk her way out of punishment.Show & DVD Details Repeat Directors: James Widdoes, Terry Hughes, Mark Cendrowski Regular Writers: Tracy Gamble, Bonnie Kallman, Martin Weiss, Philip Wen Cast: John Ritter (Paul Hennessy), Katey Sagal (Cate Hennessy), Kaley Cuoco (Bridget Hennessy), Amy Davidson (Kerry Hennessy), Martin Spanjers (Rory Hennessy) Recurring Characters: Billy Aaron Brown (Kyle), Larry Miller (Tommy), Cole Williams (Anthony), Brian Sites (Jason), Nikki Danielle Moore (Jenna Sharpe), Nicole Mansour (Rachel Sharpe), Amanda Mac Donald (Danielle) Notable Guest Stars: Lee Corso & Chris Fowler (Sportscasters), Terry Bradshaw (Steve "Canned Heat" Smith), Matt Funke (Travis Smith), Patrick Warburton (Nick Sharpe), Rachel Bilson (Jenny), Don Knotts (Himself/Mr.Furley), Nick Carter (Ben Hatcher), Robert Guillaume (Cody Grant), Jason Priestley (Carter Tibbits), Ed Marinaro (Byron), Tom Poston (Jake), Wendie Jo Sperber (Rachel), John Ratzenberger (Fred Doyle), Shelley Long (Mary Ellen Doyle), Thad Luckinbill (Donny Doyle), Cybill Shepherd (Maggie Egan Barnes) Running Time: 601 Minutes (28 episodes) / Rating: TV-PG 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French) Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; French, Spanish, Closed Captioned DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007 / Suggested Retail Price: .99 Season 1 Airdates: September 17, 2002 to May 20, 2003 Three single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9); Clear Amaray Keepcase By Albert Gutierrez "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" premiered on ABC in the fall of 2002, and its first season earned respectable ratings (#42 in the Nielsens), largely due to viewers' curiosity over John Ritter's newest television role, his first starring one since the early '90s sitcom "Hearts Afire." "8 Simple Rules" was part of ABC's experimental "Happy Hour", in which each weeknight the - p.m.
Usually, he'll falter due to his own shortcomings and ends up learning a lesson about himself or his children.
The family sitcom easily adhered to a familiar formula: two parents simply attempt to keep their home civilized despite having teenage children under their roof.
It's been seen on shows like "The Brady Bunch", "Family Ties", "Home Improvement", and of course, the ever-popular "Full House." Often, the show will try to depict one point of view: "Home Improvement" centered on paterfamilias Tim Taylor, while "Malcolm in the Middle" focused on its titular kid.
The resultant Re Tool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with Paul's death and it was cancelled within two years. I've got a very important announcement for the whole family.
The series aired on ABC from September 2002 to April 2005, a total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.
At Paul's side is his wife Cate (Katey Sagal), who is returning to work after years as a housewife and mother.