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8 Simple Rules (TV Series)

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Original title
8 Simple Rules (TV Series)aka
  • 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Running time
20 min.
United States United States
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Tracy Gamble, W. Bruce Cameron, Bonnie Kallman, Martin Weiss, Paul F. Ciancarelli, David S. DiPietro, Bill Daly, Bill Callahan, Seth Kurland, Steve Baldikoski, Bryan Behar, Christy Jacobs White, Philip Wen, Gayle Abrams, David Flebotte, Rob Hanning, Tamiko K. Brooks, Michael Langworthy, Dena Waxman, Janis Hirsch, Rosalind Moore, Hayes Jackson, Grant Nieporte, Robert Spina, Kathy Ann Stumpe, John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
Dan Foliart, John Adair, Steve Hampton
Bruce L. Finn, Tony Askins, Gary Palmer
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Tracy Gamble Productions
TV Series. Comedy | Family Sitcom
Synopsis / Plot
TV Series (2002-2005). 3 Seasons. 76 Episodes. It's a time for healing and learning to deal with life without family patriarch Paul, as the Hennessys discover the frailties of life and the strength of the family unit, on the second season of 8 Simple Rules. The series was awarded the 2003 People's Choice Award for Best New Comedy, as well as two 2003 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Comedy and Choice TV Breakout Actress for Kaley Cuoco, and two Family Television Awards for Best Comedy and Favorite Siblings.

Cate (Katey Sagal) now finds herself in the precarious position of raising three teenagers on her own while holding down a full time job as a hospital nurse near their Detroit-area home. She does, however, get a little relief, thanks to her father, Jim (James Garner), who's been staying at the house since Paul's death. Retired and separated from his wife, Jim mostly spends his days making home improvements to the house — with arguably mixed results — and, in his own inimitable way, gives comfort and guidance to his daughter and grandchildren during their time of need. But the family is thrown for a loop when Cate's wayward nephew, C.J. (David Spade), moves in and finds it hard to resist getting himself into trouble or offering questionable advice to the kids.

Now more than ever, Cate needs to be there for her kids — particularly her daughters. Oldest daughter Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager — especially with the boys. But since her father's death, she has begun to question the importance of running with the "in crowd" at school. By contrast, middle child Kerry (Amy Davidson) is intelligent and cute, but her continued lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm — which makes it difficult for her to get in touch with her true feelings. And youngest child Rory (Martin Spanjers), fondly referred to as "The Boy," is trying to fill his father's shoes by becoming the man of the family, while at the same time entering the world of puberty and discovering one of life's true mysteries — girls.

Dating boys and fitting in with their peers will once again become a top priority for the girls. But no matter what, Cate will continue to enforce Paul's number one rule — "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry."
2004: Emmy: Best Cinematography. Nominated for Best Actor (John Ritter)
2003: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director in Comedy Series
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