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 (219)

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 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!
  • John Ritter made the show watchable

    1.0
    Apparently John kept the show alive. Miss you John
  • Loved untill John Ritter died.

    9.0
    After that it just got pretty stupid. But not too bad after.
  • Check out Martin Spanjers ("Rory Hennessey") in funny new Youtube video!

    9.5
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8_aTxp6dDU&feature=g-upl
  • What an awesome and hilarious show. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching family life at home.

    8.0
    WOW. WHAT A SHOW! I just love it so much. It is another family show that is about a wife and husband that have three kids and live together in a house. Paul and Cate and their three kids Bridget, Kerry, and Rory. It's very similar to My Wife and Kids and 8 Simple Rules. Each episode is full of fresh humor and hilarity that makes me laugh in literally almost every single spoken word in literally almost every single character line. It's just freaking hysterical. After something is said, I laugh so hard that I can't forget about it. This show is full of fun and surprises that will keep you coming back for more every time. It expresses quintessence of the typical family life at home, and shows viewers what it is like to have a family and how hard it is to raise kids. Some kids may even be able to relate the things that happen on the show to things that happen in their own lives at home. This show is the purest, most perfect example of family life at home and the kind of crazy situations that happen with kids.



    Bridget and Kerry are always getting into trouble with their boyfriends and parties and stuff like that, while Rory is only seen most of the time bothering his sisters, playing video games, and finding new ways to ask his parents for a monkey every time they say no. I like the things that Rory says when he messes with Bridget and Kerry. He makes jokes about them to annoy them, and it adds to the humor and hilarity of the show. But I was disappointed to see that he didn't really have any storylines, plots, or roles in the show, and he never got in trouble. He didn't really have any problems because he didn't really have a life. I was so angry and so depressed that the father Paul died. He was the male head of the family. He was everything. He was what made this show. A family show whose patriarch passes away? That is just not good at all. This was a family show just like with Still Standing, My Wife and Kids, George Lopez, and others. Having no dad just ruins everything. I just can't stress that enough and it is hard for me to get over it. This didn't have to happen, but it did. I was surprised that they didn't cancel the show. They continued to incorporate the death of Paul into an episode that was a tribute to him. The late, great John Ritter. His character Paul collapsed in a grocery store while buying milk, but he actually did die in real life. I would have liked them to replace the actor instead so that there still would have been a father, and even though I still wouldn't have gotten over it completely, I would have gotten over it more than if they brought in Jim and CJ. But that would have been disrespectful, so I'm glad that they did something nice for him and made an episode in honor of him that showed people in real life that he will never be forgotten, will remain in memory forever, and was an awesome actor that always made us laugh. Rest In Peace. It is not easy for the cast to act out grief after they have probably already grieved when they heard about his passing when they were not on set. I give the cast credit for that.



    After three episodes of the show's second season, Cate's father and the kid's grandfather Jim came to stay with the family to help support their lives after the tragic, untimely, shocking death of Paul. Later, Cate's nephew and the kid's cousin tags along and joins the household. He proves himself to be irresponsible even after coming back from the army, but then later proves himself to be a good guy and the whole family welcomes him to stay with them longer after he almost got kicked out. Well, almost everybody. Jim strongly opposes him. He kinda hates him and wants him to leave their house. He just doesn't seem to want to get along with him all that well and tends to get in fights with him. However, he still remains irresponsible throughout the rest of the series run. Jim and CJ continued to make the show awesome and hilarious. However, as I watched future episodes after Paul's death, I kind of felt like I was a part of the family and also had to deal with Paul's death. Every episode without him, I just kept thinking about Paul being gone. Come back Paul. The show was never the same without him, but Jim and CJ still kept the humor hilarious and fresh. Jim and CJ were just as funny as Paul and made up for the loss of him, but they will still never replace him. CJ always make things funny when the kids get in trouble and it annoys Cate, and I just love it because he makes me laugh and takes my mind off of the kids getting into trouble. Jim and CJ did not worsen the show in any aspect shape or form. However, it did jump the shark a little sometimes in some episodes of the third season.



    The purpose of this show was half defeated after Paul's death. Jim did not take Paul's role in the show. He did not really help Cate raise the kids. Sure, he talked to them about their problems just like Paul would as a father, but he did not punish or ground them when they broke the rules and did something wrong or unacceptable, and he did not teach them any lessons to not do it again next time. That is the role that a father plays in both a TV show and real life. He did not really get involved in the kid's lives like Bridget's or Kerry's dating guys or problems at school or anything like that like the role of a father would in both a TV show and real life. Cate was still the only one who did all that stuff. Jim just lied around every day on the couch all day and watched TV. Just like any other old man would. He did not take over the ruling authority as a father. He was kind of just like another one of Cate's kids that she had to take care of. So was CJ, but obviously he is going to be. When Paul was involved in the kid's lives, he carried out all the responsibilities of being a father of three children and was raising them the way a concerned father would. And for that reason this show was the perfect example of family life at home and was the perfect example of what kind of situations happen with teenagers in life and how they are dealt with by parents. WAS. It was also funny when he was involved with the kids. He was always making jokes about what they were doing because he was so overprotective of them. It was just great when Paul was around. But Jim doesn't assume Paul's role. He just kind of takes advantage of the fact that he is there. That's why the purpose of the show is half defeated after Paul's death. Half because Cate was still the mother and still did her best to cope with everything and raise the kids correctly so that they will stay on the right track in life, but nobody is there to be a father to the kids. Therefore, the purpose of showing examples of family life at home and the purpose of showing situations that happen with teenagers and how they are dealt with by parents were fifty percent defeated because one of the parents died and was gone. If even that. Maybe even lower than fifty percent. And because of that, the show had to undergo some major changes and turn arounds to concept and purpose. It ruined everything. Obviously I can understand CJ not being the father. But Jim no. Who said grandparents can't be parents if one is gone? It happens all the time in real life. However, even if he did take the role of Paul as a father, it still would not be the same because Jim is an old man, and it wouldn't feel right for a grandparent to be a parent. It would feel kind of awkward and might even worsen the pain of Paul being gone. It would probably just be too painful to watch. That's probably why the writers of this show didn't have him assume the role of Paul in the show. So I am overjoyed that they made Jim act like another one of Cate's kids and made him still be as hilarious as Paul was in a different way. Therefore, the changes made to the show were very easy to adjust to. I still loved and it, and it was still as great as ever. Without Jim or CJ, this show would have probably gone downhill fast and lost its humor and comedy. Jim and CJ were needed to fill the gap of missing Paul. No matter how much they help or not. I guess as long as Cate was still a single parent and did her job like she would normally do if Paul were still around and as long as Jim and CJ are still as hilarious as Paul even though not as helpful as Paul, then everything is still okay. So I am not complaining about Jim not being a father to the kids like Paul because I clearly stated that I was happy that the writers didn't do that. I only mentioned it as a part of this review because I am trying to prove my point that the purpose of this show was fifty percent defeated after Paul's death, and that the show was just never the same without him. Paul was hilarious, and I think he was the funniest character. I haven't really seen that many episodes with Jim and CJ yet. I've seen two with Jim and CJ that were funnier than Paul. I've seen about ten other ones that were still funny, but not as funny as Paul. There's a whole lot more episodes that I have not yet seen. So I can't really make a judgement or opinion about it yet which one of the three characters is funnier. I just love the theme song. It happens at just the right time in every episode after one character says the perfect thing that is so hilarious to hear. It goes with the flow of things in the show and just works out to be great. The music has a soothing melody and tune, and it makes me so happy and puts me into a very good mood. It is so satisfying and pleasing to listen to. I wonder how the producers or whoever made the theme song has the creativity, skill and talent to come up with that kind of music. It seems to fit the show just right. It shows each of the cast members answering the door when it is knocked on, and Rory does something different each time he comes on that makes me laugh. I was disappointed to see that they got rid of it after the death of Paul. They could have still done it with Jim and CJ, and it still would have been great. What a letdown. Oh well.



    This is an awesome show, and I was glad to finally see another classic, light-hearted, hilarious family show that I could once again enjoy watching. It is funny and makes you laugh when you are angry, depressed, or stressed out. It can help you forget about everything that is on your mind and just relax and chill out. Even when you are feeling fine, normal, and happy, it is still funny, makes you laugh, and is something that you can enjoy and look forward to seeing. They kept going after the death of Paul and they did a great job of staying strong and getting through it together as a family. So I give the cast credit to that.moreless
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    gender roles, bad parenting, teen angst, Sitcoms, laugh track