ran from 2002 to 2005 on the ABC in America, ABC1 in the UK and Channel 7 in Australia.
The shows storylines were about a family patriarch named Paul Hennessy trying to stop his daughters from growing up too fast mainly in dating.
Original Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles _____ ______ ___________ ___________ ___________________________________________ Season 1 1.
1-28 20 May 03 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 2 Season 2 29.
Retitled 8 Simple Rules after John Ritter's death.
In the immediate aftermath of John Ritter’s death, it was hard to take issue with ABC’s decisions, since execs were thrust into an untenable situation.
At Paul's side is his wife Cate (Katey Sagal), who is returning to work after years as a housewife and mother.
She doesn't always agree with some of his more outlandish ideas in getting to better know their children, but she shares his lamentations at the generation gap between parent and child.
slot would be devoted to family-friendly programming. shows such as "The Drew Carey Show", "My Wife & Kids", and "America's Funniest Home Videos" were joined by two newcomers: sitcom "8 Simple Rules" and the reality show "Extreme Makeover." The "Happy Hour" concept did not last long, as the following season saw gritty anti-terrorist drama "Threat Matrix" and newsmagazine "Primetime" claiming the first hour of certain nights.
But "8 Simple Rules" had some staying power, and would remain on ABC's schedule for three seasons.
And now, one suspects, the show will pretty quickly fade.