8 Simple Rules (2002 - 2005)

8 Simple Rules


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Widowed mom Cate Hennessy raises three teens in this sitcom, which shifted focus in 2003 following the sudden death of its star, John Ritter, just before the start of its second season. Cate's father Jim (James Garner) joined the show and helped the family adjust to the loss.

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2004, ABC, 24 episodes

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2003, ABC, 24 episodes

Critics Consensus: The first season of 8 Simple Rules is simple indeed, but nevertheless showcases the talents of genial sitcom legend John Ritter.

2002, ABC, 28 episodes


John Ritter
as Paul Hennessy
Katey Sagal
as Cate Hennessy
Kaley Cuoco
as Bridget Hennessy
Amy Davidson
as Kerry Hennessy
Martin Spanjers
as Rory Hennessy
Thad Luckinbill
as Donny Doyle
Mo Gaffney
as Mrs. Connelly
Marisa Theodore
as Student No. 2
Mo Gaffney
as Principal Connelly
Kaitlin Cullum
as Alison Doyle
Cindy Williams
as Mary Ellen Doyle
Kelsey Lynn Batelaan
as Little Bridget
Suzy Nakamura
as Mrs. Krupp
Nikki D. Hayden
as Jenna Sharpe
Edward James Gage
as Security Guard
Monique Lea
as Shalindsay
Jan Hoag
as Secretary
Jason Priestley
as Carter Tibbits
Shelley Long
as Mary Ellen Doyle
Jere Burns
as Commissioner
Russell Howard
as Tyler McBain
Shelly Cole
as Christina
Kit Pongetti
as Ms. Hunter
Angel Elliott
as Volunteer
Oleg Zatsepin
as Care Bear
Robyn Moran
as Pregnant Woman
Tatum O'Neal
as Ms. McKenna
Rachel Bilson
as Gum Chewing Girl
Brian Leckner
as Off. Jackson
Beth Grant
as Mrs. Whitley
Rachael Harris
as Margaret Brandenbauerbern
Jamie Nations
as Director
Tracie Savage
as TV Reporter
Sarah Domin
as Heather
Bob Bryan
as Tennis Player No. 1
Emilia Groth
as Beth Doyle
Kristin Brye
as Heather
Matt Funke
as Travis
Mac Davis
as Guitar Man
Donna Cooper
as Mall Shopper
Rick Batalla
as Crew Guy No. 1
Terri Mathieson
as Attendant
Kenneth Kimmins
as Mr. Kolodny
Rory Thost
as Young C.J.
Peter Gannon
as Bartender
Michael Kostroff
as Photographer
Edward James Gage
as Security Guard
Mike Bryan
as Tennis Player No. 2
Armando Heredia
as Crew Guy No. 2
Lynn Manning
as Blind Man
Sebastian Feldman
as Crew Guy No. 3
Marcus York
as Construction Guy
Andy Morrow
as Richardson
Tara Rose
as Rachel
Ashlynn Rose
as Mary Maureen Doyle
Carlie Casey
as Katie Sharpe
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Series Details

TV Network: ABC
Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2002
Genre: Comedy
Executive Producers: Michael Bostick, Tom Shadyac
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