8 Simple Rules

2002 TV-PG 2 seasons

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8 Simple Rules

2002 TV-PG 2 seasons
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Writer Paul Hennessy (John Ritter) becomes a stay-at-home dad to his daughters, Bridget and Kerry, and son, Rory, when his wife, Cate (Katey Segal), returns to work full-time in this hilarious family sitcom that took a sharp turn following the beloved Ritter's untimely death. Now the head of the household, the grieving Cate seeks help from her bumbling but well-meaning father, Jim (James Garner), and ne'er-do-well nephew, C.J. (David Spade).
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2002) - 3 discs

John Ritter ("Three's Company") and Katey Sagal ("Married ... with Children") star as harried husband-and-wife team Paul and Cate Hennessy in this ABC family sitcom about the rules of raising adolescents. In the show's first season, Cate decides to go back to work as a nurse, prompting Paul to take a more active role in raising their teenage daughters, Bridget and Kerry (Kaley Cuoco and Amy Davidson), and son, Rory (Martin Spanjers).
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that despite a bit of iffy language ("damn," "ass") and some fairly light sexual innuendo, this sitcom offers a positive representation of family, teens, and parental guidance. The first season focuses on a father who becomes more involved with his teenagers' lives after his wife goes back to work; in later episodes, coping with the sudden death of a parent and living/coping with extended family become central themes of the show.

Sexual Content

Occasional hugging and kissing. Some sexual innuendo that will go over the head of younger viewers. Discussions about dating (both teen and adult). C.J. makes references to "booty calls." Occasional references to homosexuality.


No violence, but some sadness when a major character dies.


Includes words like "damn" and "ass."

Social Behavior

Presents positive images of family, teens, and parental guidance. Bridget, Kerry, and Rory aren't perfect kids, but they're basically good ones who respect their parents. Bridget is presented as a ditzy blond; Kerry is a social activist. Coping with the death of a parent becomes a central theme in the second season; extended family becomes central to the healing process. C.J. often provides questionable advice to the kids, but he's never harmful and clearly loves them. Not much cast diversity to speak of.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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