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8 Simple Rules is an American sitcom television series originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal as middle-class parents Paul and Cate Hennessy, raising their three children. Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson and Martin Spanjers co-starred as their teenage kids: Bridget, Kerry and Rory Hennessy. The series ran on ABC from September 17, 2002, to April 15, 2005. The first season focused on Paul being left in charge of the children after Cate takes a full-time job as a nurse, with comedic emphasis on his often strict rules concerning his daughters and dating. The series' name and premise were derived from the book 8 Simple Rules by W. Bruce Cameron. While 8 Simple Rules was renewed for a second season and production had begun, Ritter's sudden death in September 2003 left the series in an uncertain position. After a hiatus, the series returned with killing off his character. James Garner and David Spade later joined the main cast as Cate's father Jim Egan and her nephew C.J. Barnes.

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Series Cast

  1. Katey Sagal

    Katey Sagal

    Cate Hennessy

    76 Episodes

  2. Kaley Cuoco

    Kaley Cuoco

    Bridget Hennessy

    76 Episodes

  3. Amy Davidson

    Amy Davidson

    Kerry Hennessy

    76 Episodes

  4. Martin Spanjers

    Martin Spanjers

    Rory Hennessy

    76 Episodes

  5. James Garner

    James Garner

    Jim Egan

    45 Episodes

  6. David Spade

    David Spade

    C.J. Barnes

    38 Episodes

  7. John Ritter

    John Ritter

    Paul Hennessy

    31 Episodes

  8. Billy Aaron Brown

    Billy Aaron Brown


    30 Episodes

  9. Larry Miller

    Larry Miller


    12 Episodes

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Last Season

8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter

Season 3

2004 | 24 Episodes

Season 3 of 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter premiered on September 24, 2004.

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8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter
8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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