Rules of Engagement: Watch Two EXCLUSIVE Clips from Tonight's New Episode (VIDEO)

Here at TV.com we know that many of you are Rules of Engagement fans, and really, you should be commended for your commitment—because we also know that many of you are like, "Wait, that show's still on?" Indeed, the David Spade-starring CBS comedy is in its sixth season, and it finally returns tonight after a long hiatus and several scheduling moves.

As you may recall, Rules was last on the air in the fall, but has bounced around CBS's lineup several times—remember how it got moved from Thursdays to Saturdays, then back to Thursdays when How to Be a Gentleman flopped? Or when the show saw its Season 6 episode order cut from 18 episodes to 13 to make room for Rob?

If it's any consolation for fans, the show's cast and crew are seemingly still in good spirits. Yesterday, Spade tweeted about a Twitter takeover he's doing today to promote the show's return and "celebrate our 50th schedule change." And here at the TV.com offices, we received a press kit with a back-of-the-door basketball hoop and a release naming Rules as "CBS's go-to 'utility player.'"

But you're not here to rehash the past, you're here to watch those clips we promised you in the headline! Tonight's first new episode in weeks is called "Scavenger Hunt" and sees Jeff sending Audrey on a, well, scavenger hunt... with unintentional results. Look for it tonight at 8:30pm on CBS.


Are you a Rules of Engagement fan? Why or why not?

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I've liked Rules of Engagement since its first season, but I had no idea it was in its 6th season! CBS treats it like the red-headed stepchild by scheduling it all crazy dates and times, and I still watch thanks to ol' DVR. Anyway, last night's episode was cute, I liked how it worked out in the end because the middle was a tad sitcommy even for this show.



Why do I like it? Warburton is great, Megyn Price can be bitingly funny (they don't always give her a role that's beyond "nagging shrew" though), Spade's character is a gas when they break it in half to go the opposite way and he usually has funny lines, Bianca and Oliver are kinda amusing and do funny stuff with their material, Timmy is a hoot and watching him struggle between dignity and reality makes for laughs. Basically, it's a bland but adequate dynamic, and then the writers often give it just a little spin to put it on its ear, and that's when I'm most entertained - Russell ends up having feelings, Jennifer doesn't piss off Jeff, Timmy gives in to the dark side, Audrey is insensitive towards Adam's stupidity, Adam's prettyboyness is a driving factor for Jennifer's relationship and they both just own it, that sort of stuff. The casting has used good acting personalities to create interpersonal interactions with amusing results. And everybody on the main cast is also really good at playing their own version of funny, some are broader than others, but nobody overacts, nobody oversells, it's always been natural for each actor to go to their own comedic range and hold that line.



Rules of Engagement isn't brilliant, it isn't top-drawer material, but it's fairly consistent and isn't afraid to be a sitcom when everything else is going to single-camera, and it takes sitcom-style chances with its material in small ways to keep it from feeling too stale. It doesn't surprise me either that it's not more popular though, it's not young people, it's not poor people, it's not niche people the way most other CBS sitcoms are, it's just a sitcom about upper-middle-class people having interpersonal interactions in Manhattan and it's not as excellently-executed as Seinfeld so it's easy for viewers to dismiss.
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<3 Patrick Warburton <3

Hilarious show that gets overlooked far too often.
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It surprises me that more people do not tune into this show, for it is very funny. Call me crazy, but when a show is advertised as a comedy, I expect to laugh. "Rules" makes me laugh every time. Current popular shows such as "New Girl" are more "dramedy" than comedy. I have enough drama in life. The purpose of a comedy is to allow the viewer to escape the seriousness of life. "Rules" allows the audience a 30-minute respite each week.
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EXACTLY. Rules has been one of my favorites for a long time, and CBS needs to seriously quit jerking them around. Here's to hopefully many more years of great comedy! (And death to Rob.)
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This episode was hilarious! It was included on my fifth season DVD release from Amazon, because it was originally produced for the fifth season, but is now airing this season. Glad to see the series return, and I hope it is renewed for a seventh season!
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