The two parents are still very much in love, and their displays of affection are frequently met with disgust and shock by their children.
While the show is titled "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter", it's not the prevalent theme throughout the series.
In fact, the rules themselves are only mentioned in dialogue in the pilot's opening scene, and after which, are only used sparingly throughout the series.
It's been seen on shows like "The Brady Bunch", "Family Ties", "Home Improvement", and of course, the ever-popular "Full House." Often, the show will try to depict one point of view: "Home Improvement" centered on paterfamilias Tim Taylor, while "Malcolm in the Middle" focused on its titular kid.
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.
But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a column 8 Simple Rules was a really funny sitcom.
discovers that Cate may be starting a clandestine relationship with Principal Gibb, he blabs it to Bridget. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years.Paul's three children also fall into a tradition of sitcom stereotypes.Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) is the popular and fast-talking oldest daughter and Kerry (Amy Davidson) is the moody and environmentalist middle child.That and hiding in his sisters' closet, then reporting what he hears to Paul.What separates Rory from his sisters aside from gender is that he isn't so easily embarrassed by his father's presence, and there is a natural "hero worship" that the son holds for his dad.Furley), Nick Carter (Ben Hatcher), Robert Guillaume (Cody Grant), Jason Priestley (Carter Tibbits), Ed Marinaro (Byron), Tom Poston (Jake), Wendie Jo Sperber (Rachel), John Ratzenberger (Fred Doyle), Shelley Long (Mary Ellen Doyle), Thad Luckinbill (Donny Doyle), Cybill Shepherd (Maggie Egan Barnes) Running Time: 601 Minutes (28 episodes) / Rating: TV-PG 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French) Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; French, Spanish, Closed Captioned DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007 / Suggested Retail Price: .99 Season 1 Airdates: September 17, 2002 to May 20, 2003 Three single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9); Clear Amaray Keepcase By Albert Gutierrez "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" premiered on ABC in the fall of 2002, and its first season earned respectable ratings (#42 in the Nielsens), largely due to viewers' curiosity over John Ritter's newest television role, his first starring one since the early '90s sitcom "Hearts Afire." "8 Simple Rules" was part of ABC's experimental "Happy Hour", in which each weeknight the - p.m.