8 Simple Rules

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8 Simple Rules
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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!moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Cate Egan Hennessy

James Garner

James Garner

Grandpa Jim Egan (Episodes 40-76; special guest before that, 2004-05)

Amy Davidson (I)

Amy Davidson (I)

Kerry Hennessy

John Ritter

John Ritter

Paul Hennessy (2002-2003)

Martin Spanjers

Martin Spanjers

Rory Joseph Hennessy

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Bridget Hennessy

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Fan Reviews (223)

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  • A lovely show

    9.0
    Really connected to me. I hate that the show was canceled. Although one may say that it is not kick in nuts funny, but I find it a lot more than a simple sitcom. Passing away of Ritter was really sad. Best thing about the show is it isn't specific to particular portion of society it rather is a phenomenon : teenagers & their family.



    Surely recommended.



    The ending left me wanting more.moreless
  • Classic Show for me

    8.5
    8 Simple Rules is one of the few family sitcoms I wholeheartedly enjoy. I still remember when I first watched the show, my first episode was Season 1, episode 4, "Give it Up" back in 2002 or 2003, it was one of those years. Anyway, I was instantly hooked after and continued to watch the series throughout. I really do think all the actors were great and was anyone else surpirsed that the actress who played Kerry (Amy Davidson) was actually older than the "older" sister Bridget (Kaley Cuoco)? That shocked me so much as Amy Davidson really looked so young for her real age at the time lol.



    Anyway, back on the show. I really did enjoy it though I will say, that I found the show more funny wiith John Ritter . He played the goofy dad quite well and without him, the show felt empty. So personally, I didn't enjoy the later half of season 2 & season 3 as much as I liked season 1 because John Ritter provided this quintessential humor style that paralleled the other characters so well. James Garner played a good, old-fashioned Grandfather but David Spade... Honestly, I found his character to be annoying (Sorry David Spade fans).



    If I had to say anything positity about season 2 & 3, I do feel that Katey Sagal portrayed the struggles of a widowed mom very nicely. It's still funny how she went from playing a lazy housewife (Married with Children) to a devoted mother. She's really good! And of course, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, & Martin Spanjers still did a good job portraying the kids.



    I think the main thing that really grabbed me of the show was how relatable it was. I personally related best with Kerry (being more quiet, loving art) while my brother related to that of Bridget (Extroverted and a party fan) so that definitely raised the hook of the show for us.



    8 Simple rules is truly a classic and while some of the jokes are a little dated, I highly recommend the show to anyone, old and young. :)



    The only reason I didn't give a rating of 10/10 is because the sad truth is the show did dwindle a little after the farewell to John Ritter. Still a show worth a watch nonetheless.

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    9.5
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    9.5
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  • I LOVE that show!

    9.0
    I feel obligated to put a high rating because I just love that show! It's one of my favorites for sure! The actors are very good, it's always funny, there is some drama very well player and done, and the show bounced extremely well after season 1 and the events that occured!
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    Comedy

    Themes

    gender roles, bad parenting, teen angst, Sitcoms, laugh track