The show follows the Hennessey family lead by Cate (Sagal), her son Rory (Martin Spanjers, little seen and limited to cliché one liners in season 1), and two daughters - the tall, tall, blonde, vein, popular Bridget (star in the making Kaley Cuoco) and (as trite as it may sound) spunky, red-headed, equally pretty Kerry (a great Amy Davidson) who the show couldn't even go for one season pretending she wasn't attractive and engaging enough to get dates.James Garner was brought in as Cate's father for a little insurance but wisely not as a replacement.In the wake of the tragedy, the show attempted what at the time might have been unthinkable.
More than that, it became a graceful love-note to its late star.
Family sitcoms are a dime a dozen, but '8 Simple Rules' is better than we're used to from the genre.
I have a problem with the addition of David Spade to the cast, but I've never liked Spade anyway.
His bratty nephew role here is just Spade doing his same old tired shtick.
At that time, if we want to sing the death song for the series, so be it, but I don't want to proclaim it yet. This has to be one of the best comedies on the television at the moment.
It will never be the same series it was, but that doesn't mean it can't be as good. It takes the sugary-sweet idea of a show revolving around a close family and turns it into a quite realistic yet funny depiction of a typical family complete with sibling and parent spats, brat brothers, over-protective fathers and bimbo sisters. To its credit, '8 Simple Rules' knows it's a comedy and doesn't try to be more.The people at the show chose instead to go out on a limb and let the show mirror reality.They showed the pain of a family goes through when losing a loved one. Most sit-coms now-a-days shy too much away from reality and give us a syrupy-sweet, trite twenty minutes of simulated laugh tracks and simulated humor.Before that startling jolt of reality intruded on its world '8 Simple Rules' was as passive and insignificant as family sitcoms get.A show that kept its head down, churned up warm and fuzzy feelings and got a few laughs in the process.Bruce Cameron) will most likely be remembered as the last series that comedian John Ritter worked on before his tragic, sudden death in 2003.