Trivia / 8 Simple Rules

  • Actor Allusion: Paul has a dream sequence in one episode that's an obvious nod to John Ritter's previous sitcom Three's Company.
  • The Cast Showoff: 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.
  • The Character Died with Him: Paul Hennessy, played by John Ritter. It's implied that Paul died of the same causes - with a line from Bridget about him collapsing in a grocery store.
  • The Danza: Katey Sagal as Cate Hennessy; James Garner as Jim Egan.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Amy Davidson was twenty-three playing a high schooler, with the justification that Teens Are Short.
    • Martin Spanjers was four years older than his character. Rory is fourteen by Season 3; Martin was eighteen.
    • Averted with Kaley Cuoco, who was just a year older than Bridget, and turned twenty after the show had ended.
  • Playing Against Type: Katey Sagal's Cate Hennessy is the polar opposite of Peg Bundy. She actually cares about her kids and husband.
  • Typecasting: Kaley Cuoco as the bubbly blonde with most guys after her.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An episode was in the process of being rehearsed when John Ritter collapsed on set. Eerily enough this would have been the fourth episode of Season 2.
    • Plans for a spin-off involving Bridget going off to college were tossed around but never amounted to anything due to Kaley Cuoco joining Charmed.
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