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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: [Originally known as "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" during season 1.] Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, this ABC family comedy starred John Ritter and Katey Sagal as the parents of three kids: the beautiful but dim-witted teen Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), her younger sister[Originally known as "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" during season 1.] Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, this ABC family comedy starred John Ritter and Katey Sagal as the parents of three kids: the beautiful but dim-witted teen Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), her younger sister Kerry (Amy Davidson), who is smart but naive, and their kid brother Rory (Martin Spanjers), who prefers to get his sisters in trouble. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 3, 2014
    75
    Ritter is still quite adept at broad, keep-it-simple comedy, and this one plays to his strengths. [17 Sep 2002]
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 3, 2014
    70
    Not flashy, not spectacular, "8 Simple Rules" is a cute show that will appeal to its intended audience.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 3, 2014
    67
    Ritter has a well-honed sense of comedic timing, and some of the lines are clever, for a change. This one could grow on you. [15 Sep 2002]
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 3, 2014
    60
    Not the best comedy you've ever seen, but the best chance for a new hit. [17 Sep 2002]
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 3, 2014
    50
    There are bits of "8 Simple Rules..." that are genuinely funny and hint at better things to come. But the full 22 minutes doesn't stick together well and ends up feeling like a comedy that's been overdone.
  6. 40
    Moments of sweetness, but too few laughs - and way too many sexual references. [8 Sep 2002]
  7. Reviewed by: M.S. Mason
    Jul 3, 2014
    20
    It is just offensive to hear a middle-aged man ask his daughter about her bodily functions. [13 Sep 2002]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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 ofIt 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 ofIt 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