History Series / EightSimpleRules

16th Aug '17 11:52:22 AM ngh93
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The premise was good and it worked well... until the show was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot derailed]] by the death of John Ritter. The resultant ReTool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C.J. (David Spade). Because of Ritter's death, the show's name was changed from the quirky ''Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter'' to simply ''Eight Simple Rules''. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Paul's death]] and it was cancelled within two years.

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The premise was good and it worked well... until the show was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot derailed]] by the death of John Ritter. The resultant ReTool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C.J. (David Spade).(Creator/DavidSpade). Because of Ritter's death, the show's name was changed from the quirky ''Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter'' to simply ''Eight Simple Rules''. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Paul's death]] and it was cancelled within two years.
10th Jul '17 4:16:56 PM MagBas
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** Fans still argue if the show [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]] or [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] after John Ritter's untimely demise. On one hand, the main premise was gone. On the other hand, the characters gained a lot more depth.

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** Fans still argue if the show [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]] or [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] after Aafter John Ritter's untimely demise. On one hand, demise, the main premise was gone. On the other hand, the characters gained a lot more depth.gone.
12th May '17 12:48:09 PM fearlessnikki
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The premise was good and it worked well... until the show was [[RealitySubtext derailed]] by the death of John Ritter. The resultant ReTool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C.J. (David Spade). Because of Ritter's death, the show's name was changed from the quirky ''Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter'' to simply ''Eight Simple Rules''. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Paul's death]] and it was cancelled within two years.

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The premise was good and it worked well... until the show was [[RealitySubtext [[RealLifeWritesThePlot derailed]] by the death of John Ritter. The resultant ReTool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C.J. (David Spade). Because of Ritter's death, the show's name was changed from the quirky ''Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter'' to simply ''Eight Simple Rules''. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with [[RealLifeWritesThePlot [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Paul's death]] and it was cancelled within two years.



* ArgumentOfContradictions: Paul having a phone conversation with Bridget. We only get to hear Paul's side:

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* ArgumentOfContradictions: ArgumentOfContradictions:
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Paul having a phone conversation with Bridget. We only get to hear Paul's side:



* AscendedExtra: Cate and Rory were really just there in the first season but became more developed characters after Paul's death.
** Which is sort of sad, because a big subplot of the first season is that Rory is Paul's other source of testosterone in the house.

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* AscendedExtra: Cate and Rory were really just there was mainly a supporting role in the first season but became more developed characters after season, as was Rory with Paul's death.
** Which is sort of sad, because a big subplot of
conflict with his daughters as the first season is that Rory is central plot. After Paul's other source of testosterone in death, Cate became the house.lead and she and Rory received more plots.



* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Bridget and Kerry.

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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: BrattyTeenageDaughter:
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Bridget is the more conventional example, where she likes boys, parties and Kerry.rebelling.
** Kerry in a different way where she acts out for not fitting in.



* GetOut: Paul to Rory after he finds him hiding in Kerry's closet in the pilot. And later, as Kerry needles Bridget after she lied about going to the library. "Kerry! Out!" [[RunningGag And a third time]] after Rory comes up Paul mocking his sisters - "Dad? Do you think I'm pretty?" "'''''Get out!'''''"
** In fact, this is something of a running gag with Rory throughout the series.

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* GetOut: Paul to Rory after he finds him hiding in Kerry's closet in the pilot. And later, as Kerry needles Bridget after she lied about going to the library. "Kerry! Out!" [[RunningGag And a third time]] after Rory comes up Paul mocking his sisters - "Dad? Do you think I'm pretty?" "'''''Get out!'''''"
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out!'''''" In fact, this is something of a running gag with Rory throughout the series.



* GilliganCut: An episode contains Kerry thinking of working at some food joint at the mall irksome... followed by her doing what she hated thinking about in the next scene.

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* GilliganCut: GilliganCut:
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An episode contains Kerry thinking of working at some food joint at the mall irksome... followed by her doing what she hated thinking about in the next scene.



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalryTheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Popular and boy-crazy Bridget is the pretty sister, while Kerry is the smart sister. A few episodes do explore the conflict between these archetypes - mainly Kerry wishing that she were thought of as the pretty sister too.



* HappilyMarried: Paul and Cate, before Ritter's death obviously.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Grandpa Jim in the first Thanksgiving episode (pre-Ritter-death).

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* HappilyMarried: Paul and Cate, before Ritter's Paul's death obviously.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Grandpa Jim Cate's parents 'appear' in the first season Thanksgiving episode (pre-Ritter-death).but aren't seen. They do feature for real after Paul's death in Season 2.



* {{Homage}}: One ep pre-Ritter-death contains a dream sequence that mimics ''ThreesCompany'' with the kids in the main roles.
** And Paul in the role of the landlord. He noticed something odd about the situation.
** Kyle's older brother's bachelor pad even resembles the set.
* {{Irony}}

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* {{Homage}}: One ep pre-Ritter-death contains a dream sequence that mimics ''ThreesCompany'' with the kids in the main roles.
** And Paul in the role of the landlord. He noticed something odd about the situation.
** Kyle's older brother's bachelor pad even resembles the set.
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%%* {{Irony}}



* [[spoiler:{{Jerkass}}: The guy Kerry lost her virginity to. She's been trying to call him back, but he doesn't answer. She asked C.J. to drive her to him. But when C.J. parked just outside the house, Kerry cries and wants to go home.]]
* LaughTrack: Used in every episode, except for the one where Paul dies.
** Although a laugh track WAS later added to that episode in syndicated airings. It was kept out of the DVD release, though.

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* [[spoiler:{{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler: The guy Kerry lost her virginity to. She's been trying to call him back, but he doesn't answer. She asked C.J. to drive her to him. But when C.J. parked just outside the house, Kerry cries and wants to go home.]]
* LaughTrack: Used in every episode, except for the one where Paul dies.
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dies. Although a laugh track WAS later added to that episode in syndicated airings. It was kept out of the DVD release, though.



* MarshmallowHell: Rory with his aunt.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Kerry

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* MarshmallowHell: Rory with his aunt.
aunt. Invoked by him actually.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: KerryKerry, although she spends more time whining about it than fulfilling it. She actually seems to be Paul's preferred child.



* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: "Dorky" Donny Doyle, a clean-cut Naval Academy student who Bridget dates briefly.

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: SheIsAllGrownUp: Male example. "Dorky" Donny Donnie Doyle is said to have been a {{Gonk}} in his childhood. Bridget's jaw drops when she sees him all grown up.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan:
** "Dorky" Donnie
Doyle, a clean-cut Naval Academy student who Bridget dates briefly.briefly.
** Also Jeremy - a nerdy boy for whom Bridget develops a three-episode crush.
7th May '17 12:32:31 PM Xtifr
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Based on a popular W. Bruce Cameron column, '''''8 Simple Rules''''' is your basic DomCom where Paul and Cate Hennessy (played by Creator/JohnRitter and [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Katey]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Sagal]]) attempt to ride herd on the burgeoning love life of their teenage daughters, bookish Kerry (Amy Davidson) and promiscuous Bridget (Kaley Cuoco). Rounding out the family is son Rory (Martin Spanjers), who is Paul's only other source of testosterone, and thus they bond often.

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Based on a popular W. Bruce Cameron column, '''''8 ''8 Simple Rules''''' Rules'' is your basic DomCom where Paul and Cate Hennessy (played by Creator/JohnRitter and [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Katey]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Sagal]]) attempt to ride herd on the burgeoning love life of their teenage daughters, bookish Kerry (Amy Davidson) and promiscuous Bridget (Kaley Cuoco). Rounding out the family is son Rory (Martin Spanjers), who is Paul's only other source of testosterone, and thus they bond often.
16th Feb '17 2:34:07 PM ConnorJohn
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* BareYourMidriff: Bridget. Good luck finding an episode where she doesn't do this.
27th Aug '16 9:46:41 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* ClosetKey: Rory is this for his date. He goes to great lengths to make her fall for him, but fails. However, even ''she'' thinks it should have worked, and thus concludes that she must not be into guys at all.


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* LastHetRomance: Rory is this for his date. He goes to great lengths to make her fall for him, but fails. However, even ''she'' thinks it should have worked, and thus concludes that she must not be into guys at all.
15th May '16 5:31:42 PM nombretomado
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Based on a popular W. Bruce Cameron column, '''''8 Simple Rules''''' is your basic DomCom where Paul and Cate Hennessy (played by [[Creator/JohnRitter John Ritter]] and [[MarriedWithChildren Katey]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Sagal]]) attempt to ride herd on the burgeoning love life of their teenage daughters, bookish Kerry (Amy Davidson) and promiscuous Bridget (Kaley Cuoco). Rounding out the family is son Rory (Martin Spanjers), who is Paul's only other source of testosterone, and thus they bond often.

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Based on a popular W. Bruce Cameron column, '''''8 Simple Rules''''' is your basic DomCom where Paul and Cate Hennessy (played by [[Creator/JohnRitter John Ritter]] Creator/JohnRitter and [[MarriedWithChildren [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Katey]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Sagal]]) attempt to ride herd on the burgeoning love life of their teenage daughters, bookish Kerry (Amy Davidson) and promiscuous Bridget (Kaley Cuoco). Rounding out the family is son Rory (Martin Spanjers), who is Paul's only other source of testosterone, and thus they bond often.



The series aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from September 2002 to April,2005, a total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.

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The series aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from September 2002 to April,2005, April 2005, a total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.
12th Feb '16 7:45:30 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ActorAllusion: Paul in the ''Series/ThreesCompany'' dream sequences (though he was Mr.Roper).



* TheCastShowoff: Katey Sagal got to show her singing talent twice in the show. Kaley Cuoco, a former tennis player, got to play tennis twice on the show as well.



* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Paul Hennessy, played by John Ritter.



* DawsonCasting[=/=]PlayingGertrude: the older daughter was played by Kaley Cuoco, b. 1985; the younger daughter was played by Amy Davidson, b. 1979.
** TeensAreShort: Justification for why Amy plays the younger daughter rather than the older.
21st Jan '16 5:31:12 AM catriona176
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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: "Dorky" Donny Doyle, a clean-cut Naval Academy student that Bridget dates shortly. They didn't last long together.

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: "Dorky" Donny Doyle, a clean-cut Naval Academy student that who Bridget dates shortly. They didn't last long together.briefly.
21st Jan '16 5:29:37 AM catriona176
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** Several did made a few appearances.

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** Several did made make a few appearances.
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