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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Kaley Cuoco, David Spade, Katey Sagal
  • 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 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: Tom Shales
    Jul 3, 2014
    70
    It's surprisingly sweet and cleverly hilarious. ... The show may not exactly blaze new trails, but it treads some old ones with finesse and veracity -- and even, thanks largely to Ritter, an endearingly rumpled charm. [17 Sep 2002]
  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: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 3, 2014
    60
    This is one of those broadly played comedies that needs reining in and writing sharper than having Ritter play super dad in what, essentially, is a single-parent comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 3, 2014
    50
    Fortunately, Ritter is such a seasoned pro at this sitcom thing that he makes "8 Simple Rules" vaguely watchable, and at times actually funny, when in lesser hands it would be thoroughly unpleasant. [17 Sep 2002]
  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 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