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8 Simple Rules

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  Rated: 7+ (TV-PG)2002 - 20053 Seasons,Series EndedOn:  

8 Simple Rules is an American sitcom television series, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal. It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005. Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003. After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character. James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward. ABC cancelled the series on May 17, 2005 after three seasons due to low ratings.The show's premise and title were derived from the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: And other tips from a beleaguered father by W. Bruce Cameron.8 Simple Rules featuring Katey Sagal and Kaley Cuoco has one or more episodes free on ABC. It's a comedy and drama show with 76 episodes over 3 seasons. 8 Simple Rules is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.1 (22,456 votes).

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#412 Ranked in Comedy TV

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8 Simple Rules has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.1 (22,456 votes). The show is popular with Reelgood users lately.

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Season 1

ABC
Season 01, Episode 01 Pilot

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Sep 18, 2002
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Pilot Sep 18, 2002 Paul had grown accustomed to Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and undertakes the responsibility of helping out with the kids. Although not new to fatherhood, Paul is just a bit rusty on day-to-day interaction and discovers that he's grown a little out of touch with his kids - especially his daughters. His value has been reduced to a wallet and a ride to the mall. Sixteen-year-old Bridget (Kaley Cuoco, ""Growing Up Brady,"" ""Ladies Man"") has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager, with a different boyfriend each week and a taste for fashion that tends to be a little too revealing for her father's taste. By contrast, 15-year-old Kerry (Amy Davidson, ABC Family series ""So Little Time"") is intelligent and cute, but her lack of selfconfidence has led her to hide behind a mask of s

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Season 01, Episode 02 Wall of Shame

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Sep 25, 2002
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Wall of Shame Sep 25, 2002 Paul is left home alone with the kids while Cate is at a seminar on the day of the big Michigan/Ohio State football game. But much to Paul's dismay, the game soon takes a backseat when Bridget is accused of shoplifting and Kerry gets upset over her latest cause.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Bridget's First Job

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Oct 2, 2002
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Bridget's First Job Oct 2, 2002 After seeing how much money Bridget spends on keeping up with the latest fashions, Paul tells her to go out and get a job to learn how to be fiscally responsible. But when she lands a job at a trendy mall clothing store that offers its workers a 40% discount, Paul and Cate begin to worry that she may not be learning the true value of a dollar.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Wings

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Oct 9, 2002
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Wings Oct 9, 2002 Bridget takes drastic measures when an overprotective Paul keeps coming up with excuses to delay her from taking her driver's test. Meanwhile, after convincing a less-than-confident Kerry that she has the talent to enter an art competition, Paul is shocked and Kerry is devastated when her submission is rejected, on ""8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.""

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Season 01, Episode 05 Son-in-Law

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Oct 16, 2002
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Son-in-Law Oct 16, 2002 A sports-struck Paul lets Bridget do whatever she wants when she breaks up with Kyle and begins dating high school basketball wonder Travis ""The Rainman"" Smith - whose father just happens to be Michigan baseball legend Steve ""Canned Heat"" Smith (Terry Bradshaw). Meanwhile Kerry resents the fact that Paul still thinks of her as a little girl and not as a budding teenager ready to take on the dating world.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Cheerleader

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Oct 23, 2002
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Cheerleader Oct 23, 2002 Bridget is ecstatic when the cheerleading squad has an opening for a new member. But after telling Kerry that she is not cut out to be a cheerleader, Bridget is completely dumbfounded when her sister tries out and is chosen for the team. Meanwhile, Paul tries in vain to wean Rory off video games and introduce him to the world of books

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Season 01, Episode 07 Trick or Treehouse

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Oct 30, 2002
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Trick or Treehouse Oct 30, 2002 Paul seems to be the only one looking forward to a family Halloween, as Bridget, Kerry and Rory make plans to spend the spooky evening away from home and with their friends. But Paul's wish to relive the past by having the family get together for one last Halloween campout in the old treehouse may turn out to be the biggest nightmare of the evening.

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Season 2

ABC
Season 02, Episode 01 Premiere

S02 E01

Sep 24, 2003
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Premiere Sep 24, 2003 Bridget finds her popularity waning because of her exclusive, long distance relationship with Donny, while Kerry's social status skyrockets because of her relationship with Kyle. But Bridget's eyes begin to stray when she meets Damian - a sexy new kid at school. Meanwhile, as she waits for the results of her pregnancy test, Cate is stunned when Paul, Bridget, Kerry and Rory seem more concerned about how the baby could disrupt their lives than the blessed event itself. In fact, the only support Cate seems to be getting is from her nosy neighbors, the Doyles, who share a well-kept secret about their own family.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Sex Ed

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Oct 1, 2003
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Sex Ed Oct 1, 2003 Bridget is horrified when Cate is asked to fill in as the sex ed instructor in her daughter's class. But Cate is in for a shock when she tries to answer a student's written question about being pressured to have sex -- and realizes it may be from Bridget. Meanwhile, Paul and Kerry are too embarrassed to look each other in the eye after watching a foreign film together that contains a sexually explicit scene.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Donny Goes AWOL

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Oct 8, 2003
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Donny Goes AWOL Oct 8, 2003 When Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle ask Bridget to be a part of a video message they are sending to Donny at the Naval Academy, they are shocked to discover that Bridget has broken up with their son on the tape - and Donny goes AWOL to try and patch things up. Meanwhile, Paul is asked to help give a nickname to a neighborhood prankster who has been terrorizing the block, not realizing that the culprit may be living under his own roof.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Goodbye (1)

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Nov 5, 2003
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Goodbye (1) Nov 5, 2003 The Hennessy famly must deal in their own way with the unexpected death of Paul. Cate's separated parents, Jim and Laura, come to visit and try to console the grieving family.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Goodbye (2)

S02 E05

Nov 5, 2003
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Goodbye (2) Nov 5, 2003 The family finds Paul's last written article, and reads it just before going to sleep.

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Season 02, Episode 06 No Right Way

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Nov 12, 2003
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No Right Way Nov 12, 2003 Cate is unprepared for the diverse reactions exhibited by Bridget and Kerry on their first day back to school since their father's death. Meanwhile, Jim tries his best to be helpful by making some questionable home improvements to the Hennessy home.

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Season 02, Episode 07 What Dad Would Want

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Nov 19, 2003
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What Dad Would Want Nov 19, 2003 Cate persuades Rory to try out for basketball because that would've made his dad proud.

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Season 3

Season 03, Episode 01 First Day of School

S03 E01

Sep 25, 2004
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First Day of School Sep 25, 2004 Knowing that Kerry is dragging her feet over breaking up with Kyle, Bridget takes it upon herself to do it for her sister -- which only makes matters worse for Kerry. Meanwhile, Cate is offered the position of school nurse by Principal Ed Gibb, and Rory's first day of high school proves embarrassing when he has to hit the showers after gym class.

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Season 03, Episode 02 Changes

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Oct 2, 2004
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Changes Oct 2, 2004 The kids question Cate's motives when they return from their summer getaways and discover that she has bought a new bed and changed her hairstyle. Meanwhile, after traveling through Europe over the summer, Kerry met and had a fling with a boy - which leaves Bridget jealous and Kerry wondering what to do about boyfriend Kyle; new high school Student Body President Bridget is convinced even further that life is a popularity contest after taking a trip to Washington, DC over the summer; and after a depressed Jim fails to win back the affections of his wife in Florida, Rory attempts to help him quit smoking -- which is complicated by Jim's discovery that C.J. was responsible for their irreconciliation.

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Season 03, Episode 03 School Nurse

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Oct 9, 2004
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School Nurse Oct 9, 2004 After Cate accepts the position of school nurse from Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, ""Chicago Hope""), Bridget and Kerry are convinced that she only took the job to spy on them -- while Rory is ecstatic that his mom might be able to protect him from a school bully. Meanwhile, after Bridget inadvertently spills the beans about Kerry losing her virginity in Europe, a shocked Cate accidentally switches on the school's P.A. system and lets the whole student body in on their ensuing conversation.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Out of the Box

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Oct 16, 2004
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Out of the Box Oct 16, 2004 Kerry is livid when Bridget unintentionally makes a mockery out of her art project at the mall. But she quickly forgets about Bridget when fellow artist and young hottie Tyler asks her out on a date. However Tyler's intentions may not be completely genuine. Meanwhile, while C.J. finds himself striking out at speed dating, Jim discovers that he's a hit with the ladies-which further humiliates his socially inept grandson.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Car Trouble

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Oct 23, 2004
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Car Trouble Oct 23, 2004 Bridget and Kerry are ecstatic when Cate hands them the keys to the minivan, except for one provision -- they are responsible for driving Rory wherever he needs to go. But when the girls fail to deliver on their promise to chauffeur their little brother, he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to drive himself -- and wrecks the car in the process.

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Season 03, Episode 06 Halloween

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Oct 30, 2004
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Halloween Oct 30, 2004 Kerry doubts Bridget's ability to put together the school's Halloween party as part of her Student Body President duties. Meanwhile C.J. is hired as the party's security guard and sets his sights on catching Rory pulling off a prank, and Jim finds himself under attack by the neighborhood kids when he refuses to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Coach (a.k.a. Tennis Coach)

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Nov 6, 2004
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Coach (a.k.a. Tennis Coach) Nov 6, 2004 Bridget is psyched to join the high school tennis team when she develops a crush on Coach Scott (Dan Cortese, ""Veronica's Closet,"" ""MTV Sports""). But her infatuation soon turns to disgust when she learns that Scott has a crush on Cate. Meanwhile, Kerry and Rory begin to question the authenticity of Jim's war stories while rummaging through his war chest.

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