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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Starring: Kaley Cuoco, David Spade, Katey Sagal
  • Summary: It's a time for healing and learning to deal with life without family patriarch Paul (the late John Ritter), as the Hennessys discover the frailties of life and the strength of the family unit, on 8 Simple Rules. Cate (Katey Sagal) now finds herself in the precarious position of raising three teenagers on her own while holding down a full time job as a hospital nurse near their Detroit-area home. She does, however, get a little relief, thanks to her father, Jim (James Garner), who's been staying at the house since Paul's death. Retired and separated from his wife, Jim mostly spends his days making home improvements to the house - with arguably mixed results - and, in his own inimitable way, gives comfort and guidance to his daughter and grandchildren during their time of need. But the family is thrown for a loop when Cate's wayward nephew, C.J. (David Spade), moves in and finds it hard to resist getting himself into trouble or offering questionable advice to the kids.

    Now more than ever, Cate needs to be there for her kids - particularly her daughters. Oldest daughter Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager - especially with the boys. But since her father's death, she has begun to question the importance of running with the "in crowd" at school. By contrast, middle child Kerry (Amy Davidson) is intelligent and cute, but her continued lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm - which makes it difficult for her to get in touch with her true feelings. And youngest child Rory (Martin Spanjers), fondly referred to as "The Boy," is trying to fill his father's shoes by becoming the man of the family, while at the same time entering the world of puberty and discovering one of life's true mysteries - girls.

    Dating boys and fitting in with their peers will once again become a top priority for the girls. But no matter what, Cate will continue to enforce Paul's number one rule - "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry."

    In Memory Of John Ritter (1948-2003). You will be missed! You are (and always will be) the funniest!
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    67
    I find Ritter's performance -- as a father besieged by a pop culture he no longer understands -- to be, within the confines of the series' dumb-dad punchlines, rousingly substantial.
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    67
    A lot of this material may be hackneyed, but Ritter puts it over with energy and a slathering of shtick. It's simple, really: Like him, like the show.
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  1. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    It is very funny and charming despite the of course extremely annoying Dad character. But this is a very good edition to television. And of course it won't be remembered. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2011
    8
    It is very funny and charming despite the of course extremely annoying Dad character. But this is a very good edition to television. And of course it won't be remembered. Expand