8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules (formerly titled 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is based on the best-selling book series of the same name. The series follows the lives of the Hennessy family, who in the second and third seasons, dealt with the loss of their father and family patriarch, Paul, and the next chapter in their lives. His wife, Cate, now a single mother, is still with a full time job at the hospital and still tries to raise her three kids: Bridget, Kerry, and Rory. Luckily for Cate, her father Jim and her crazy nephew C.J. have decided to stay at her home and help her raise her children.

8 Simple Rules starred John Ritter as Paul Hennessy, Katey Sagal as Cate Hennessy, Kaley Cuoco as Bridget Hennessy, Amy Davidson as Kerry Hennessy, Martin Spanjers as Rory Hennessy, James Garner as Jim Egan, and David Spade as C.J. Barnes.

8 Simple Rules enjoyed three successful seasons on the ABC network, but was abruptly canceled after the end of the third season due to dwindling ratings. The series has been caught in syndication and the first and second seasons have been released on DVD.

In memory of John Ritter(1948-2003):

You will be missed. You are, and will always be, the funniest.

Episode Info

Prev: 3x24 -- Ditch Day (Apr/15/2005)

Cate doesn't want to tell the family that she is dating Principal Gibb, and she finds it even harder when she's confronted at every angle at school...even though it is Ditch Day and hardly anyone else shows up!

John RitterJohn Ritter
As Paul Hennessy (Episodes 1-31)
Katey SagalKatey Sagal
As Cate Egan Hennessy
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Bridget Hennessy
Amy DavidsonAmy Davidson
As Kerry Hennessy
Martin SpanjersMartin Spanjers
As Rory Joseph Hennessy
James GarnerJames Garner
As Jim Egan (Episodes 40-76; recurring previously)
David SpadeDavid Spade
As C.J. Barnes (Episodes 42-76; recurring previously)


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Recurring Guests

Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle (20 eps)
Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb (12 eps)
Larry Miller as Tommy (10 eps)
Artie Lee Anderson as Father (5 eps)
Nicole Hayden as Jenna (5 eps)
Wendie Jo Sperber as Christina's Mom (4 eps)
Howard Alonzo as Andre (4 eps)
Daniella Monet as Missy Kleinfeld (4 eps)
Marisa Theodore as Megan (4 eps)
Liam Kyle Sullivan as Zac (4 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 17, 2002
Ended: April 15, 2005
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