8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 2002, to April 15, 2005, with 76 episodes in three seasons. Bruce Cameron's self-improvement book of the same name.
The show starred John Ritter until his death on September 11, 2003.
Katey Sagal took over the show's starring position for the rest of the series's run.
Veteran actor James Garner and David Spade also joined the show.
8 Simple Rules is about an American married couple with three children and is set in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
The father, Paul Hennessy (John Ritter), was a sportswriter who is prompted by his wife Cate's (Katey Sagal) return to nursing to take a more active role in raising their two teenage daughters, Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), and Kerry (Amy Davidson), and son Rory (Martin Spanjers).
He is soon overwhelmed by the responsibility of being the father of teenage daughters and misses being a sports writer.
The show, created by veteran comedy writer Tracy Gamble, derives its name and some of its elements from W.
Bruce Cameron's book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
The rules are: The third season took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. and Jim, the grandfather, than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the show shortly returned to its roots.
Widowed mom Cate Hennessy raises three teens in this sitcom, which shifted focus in 2003 following the sudden death of its star, John Ritter, just before the start of its second season. Season 3, Episode 23April 8, 2005While everyone else goes ice fishing with Jim (who would rather be alone), Cate invites Ed (Adam Arkin) over to see a video.
Cate's father Jim (James Garner) joined the show and helped the family adjust to the loss.