Legendary sitcom stars John Ritter and Katey Sagal team up in 8 SIMPLE RULES, ABCs hit family comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny. If you make my daughters cry, Ill make you cry. Thats the rallying cry of Paul Hennessy. A little rusty in the parenting department, Paul is forced to meet fatherhood head-on when his wife Cate returns to work. Two teenage daughters and a wisecracking son make Pauls new situation daunting but never dull. Cybill Shepherd, Jason Priestley and Terry Bradshaw are just some of the guest stars joining the fun in Season One. Experience all 28 episodes, plus exclusive bonus features, including a hilarious bonus reel, in this sensational 3-disc set.
After gaining fame as ladies man Jack Tripper on the 1970s sitcom Threes Company, John Ritter steals the show as a father of three--including two nubile teenage girls--on 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The first season, which aired on ABC during 2002 and 2003, introduces viewers to Paul (Ritter) and Cate Hennessy (Katey Sagal) and their precocious children Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), Kerry (Amy Davidson), and Rory (Martin Spanjers). When former stay-at-home mom Cate returns to the work force as a nurse, its up to Paul to write his newspaper column at home on occasion and mind the kids. The first season deals with that uneasy transition. Its actually refreshing to see a family depicted where the parents dont always like the kids. Paul often jokes with Cate that hes mad she ever suggested they start a family. He also notes, Whats it called if youre damned if you do and damned if you dont? Oh yes, fatherhood.
As for the children, weve seen similar stereotypical characters on other sitcoms. Bridget is the 16-year-old blonde bombshell. Kerry is her awkward, brunette younger sister, and Rory is their kid brother who has the creepy habit of hiding in their closets. Pauls relationship with Rory is even keeled. But its his daughters that he is trying to win over. They love him, but theyre also embarrassed and befuddled by him. Just when he thinks hes bonding with them, the girls will sarcastically point out his faults--such as his being at least 100 years old. As he succinctly points out to his wife, They live in my house, but they dont even like me. Theyre not kids. Theyre cats! Though the show is big on comic moments, it also is generous in sharing poignant memories. When Paul looks at his girls, he doesnt see young women that even his friends think of as hotties. Rather, he still views them as innocent toddlers who looked up to and adored him. Sagal, who was so over-the-top in both looks and mannerisms when she played the matriarch on Married with Children, is a wonderful foil for Ritter. Beautiful, smart, and funny, shes a tough act for him to follow when it comes to being a stay-at-home dad. --Jae-Ha Kim
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