The show starred John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers, James Garner, and David Spade. This hit comedy series is based on a very odd family who fight a lot but at the end of the episode they are all drawn together. B: Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday at school was her boyfriend? Kerry: He thinks of me as some sort of virgin spinster, like Miss Havisham.(Bridget has a confused look on her face) Great Expectations…? C: Referring to rapper Fiddy Cent as "Fifty Cents"?
The two get a lion's share of airtime, as they are the titular "teenage daughters" whom Paul is trying to protect.
Usually the protection is from guys like Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown) and Jason (Brian Sites), recurring male characters who date Bridget and Kerry, respectively.
1-27 13 May 03 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 1 28.
2-9 23 Dec 03 The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy 38.
There are tons of girls that could do a way better job than I can. Bridget: It just doesn't seem right that I play Anne.
I can go to sleep at night when it's dark, in a warm bed...
So you see, the previous generation isn't always so wise. Your grandmother always cooked the pot roast in a little pan, so one day your mother asked her why. Yesterday, she was like, "I love your vintage jacket. Paul: I just got off the phone with Carter Tibbits, NASCAR legend. (Kyle and Rory ignore him and continue playing video games) Riveted. Cate: (reading Paul's last article) Okay readers, today we're having a little pop quiz, it's multiple choice, so sharpen your number 2 pencils and put your thinking caps on. Here's a quote: "Dad, you're an idiot." Now, contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions? Now do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Because I know that whenever they insult me whether it's a "You're an idiot," "You're a geek," or an "I hate you," an "I love you" isn't far behind. He would've definitely sent me upstairs to change and tell me to cover myself up in some hideous sweater and then give me a one-hour lecture on how I should respect myself and how guys are only out for one thing and I always hated when he did that! Bridget: I mean, how could I have taken on the role of Anne Frank? I mean, I came up here to see what it was like to be her.
So I went to my great grandmother and asked her why SHE cut the ends off the pot roast, and she said, "because the pan was too small". I mean, you know, he's older and he goes to the naval academy instead of his school, and then Danielle's going to this party this weekend, she's all, "You better be there," and I'm all, "Uh, yeah," but Donny's all, "Oh, no, I don't want to share you," which is actually very sweet when you think about it, but it's just the sort of thing that Danielle's gonna use against me, and then (points at Cate) you have to go and exacerbate the whole thing by teaching sex ed at my school! And my wife reassures me this is a good thing over and over and over, and she's always right. Well my house would be quieter, and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no. Bridget: I know you never see this side of me, but it's true.
Early in the series, "8 Simple Rules" took this route as well, as the first several episodes were mainly about father Paul Hennessy's (Ritter) efforts to understand his teenaged children's behavior.
Usually, he'll falter due to his own shortcomings and ends up learning a lesson about himself or his children.
Cate is a far cry from Peg Bundy, so seeing Katey Sagal as a nice mom is a pleasant surprise.