History Series / EightSimpleRules

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.
11th Nov '15 2:06:59 PM fearlessnikki
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Bridget uses this trope as her social image. When a boy calls for her and Rory tells him she can't come to the phone because she's in the bathroom, she flips out.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
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Bridget uses this trope as her social image. When a boy calls for her and Rory tells him she can't come to the phone because she's in the bathroom, she flips out.



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Bridget (Blonde), Rory (Brunette) and Kerry (Redhead)

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** PlayedForDrama in another episode where Bridget gets a broken nose and wants to stay home from school until it heals. [[spoiler: Everyone at school still loves her]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Bridget (Blonde), Rory (Brunette) (Brunet) and Kerry (Redhead)(Redhead).



* ImportantHaircut: Cate puts a blonde streak in her hair as a sign she's changed over the summer.



* MistakenForGay: Both Kerry and her female prom date are straight, assume the other to be gay, and are only going to the prom together to support gay rights.

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* MistakenForGay: MistakenForGay:
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Both Kerry and her female prom date are straight, assume the other to be gay, and are only going to the prom together to support gay rights.



* NoodleIncident: The water bottle scene.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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The water bottle scene.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: 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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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: RealLifeWritesThePlot:
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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.



* TheUnfairSex: Averted: [[spoiler: Kerry cheats on Kyle while in France]] mostly out of lust, and is clearly portrayed as being the faulty party of the two.
** Although after its broadcast over the school intercom that she's had sex, he [[spoiler: (Kyle)]] remarks he can't be ''too'' mad at her for cheating on him, since everyone thinks ''he'' was the one she lost her virginity to.

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* TheUnfairSex: Averted: [[spoiler: Kerry cheats on Kyle while in France]] mostly out of lust, and is clearly portrayed as being the faulty party of the two.
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two. Although after its broadcast over the school intercom that she's had sex, he [[spoiler: (Kyle)]] remarks he can't be ''too'' mad at her for cheating on him, since everyone thinks ''he'' was the one she lost her virginity to.
2nd Jun '15 10:33:02 PM JMQwilleran
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* PhoneaholicTeenager: Bridget was this. In an episode in which each member of the Hennessey had to temporarily give up a bad habit, Bridget's was talking on the phone too much.
10th May '15 4:00:20 PM JMQwilleran
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* OutOfGenreExperience: The show was a situation comedy, but written as a drama, with drama writers, for the episodes dealing with Paul's death.
19th Apr '15 5:34:11 PM khalcyon2011
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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 [[ThreesCompany 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 [[ThreesCompany [[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.
23rd Feb '15 2:28:14 AM Mdumas43073
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The series lasted from September, 2002 to April, 2005. A total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.

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The series lasted aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from September, September 2002 to April, 2005. A April,2005, a total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.
9th Oct '14 1:05:44 PM res20stupid
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Rory has tried repeatedly to get his own monkey. [[spoiler: Every time he succeeds he is forced to give it back.]]


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* OhCrap: "'''You know!'''" Shouted by Kyle to Paul after a long, awkward silence before fleeing the house. Justified since Paul knows that [[spoiler: Kyle cheated on Bridget with Kerry]].
23rd Jul '14 5:24:39 AM blueranger
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Paul is one of the walking definitions of this trope. A lot of episodes shown he's fully aware of this trope and invokes it to have fun with the girls. Cate herself is not immune from this trope either - especially when she teaches Sex Ed in Bridget's class.


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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Rory's class make fun of him for Paul coming into the school wearing slippers. At the end of the episode Rory dumps a box of slippers on Paul's bed - saying kids have been stuffing them in his locker. Paul gets interested in one sheepskin pair.


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** When Cate is teaching Sex Ed in Bridget's class, she assures her daughter she won't be embarrassed. Cut to the class where Cate finishes off saying "and that is how Bridget was born".


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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Initially in season 1. Bookish conservative Kerry is contrasted with outgoing flirty Bridget. It keeps subverting the trope however as [[spoiler: Kerry is the first to lose her virginity, by cheating on her boyfriend too]]. One episode actually has Kerry remark that Paul expects her to be "some old spinster like [[Literature/GreatExpectations Miss Havisham]]" - and she acts like a Whore to annoy him.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: Kerry speaks about how shallow modelling is when an agent comes around to see Bridget. However the agent says her red hair is fabulous and suggests she try it too - reducing Kerry to a bashful pile of giggles. TheStinger has her acting out the commercial Bridget auditioned for in her room.
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