Usually, he'll falter due to his own shortcomings and ends up learning a lesson about himself or his children.At Paul's side is his wife Cate (Katey Sagal), who is returning to work after years as a housewife and mother.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.Furley), Nick Carter (Ben Hatcher), Robert Guillaume (Cody Grant), Jason Priestley (Carter Tibbits), Ed Marinaro (Byron), Tom Poston (Jake), Wendie Jo Sperber (Rachel), John Ratzenberger (Fred Doyle), Shelley Long (Mary Ellen Doyle), Thad Luckinbill (Donny Doyle), Cybill Shepherd (Maggie Egan Barnes) Running Time: 601 Minutes (28 episodes) / Rating: TV-PG 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French) Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; French, Spanish, Closed Captioned DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007 / Suggested Retail Price: .99 Season 1 Airdates: September 17, 2002 to May 20, 2003 Three single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9); Clear Amaray Keepcase By Albert Gutierrez "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" premiered on ABC in the fall of 2002, and its first season earned respectable ratings (#42 in the Nielsens), largely due to viewers' curiosity over John Ritter's newest television role, his first starring one since the early '90s sitcom "Hearts Afire." "8 Simple Rules" was part of ABC's experimental "Happy Hour", in which each weeknight the - p.m.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.Fathers may suspect it's not easy for their daughters to become women, but those same daughters have no idea how hard it is for fathers to stand by and watch. Bruce Cameron, "Having a child mutate into a teenager is a bit like being an airline passenger who must suddenly take over for a stricken pilot and land the plane.
Network: ABC Episodes: 76 (half-hour) Seasons: Three TV show dates: September 17, 2002 — April 15, 2005 Series status: Cancelled/ended Performers include: Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers, James Garner, David Spade, John Ritter, Billy Aaron Brown, Adam Arkin, Larry Miller, Nikki Danielle Moore, Liam Kyle Sullivan, Cole Williams, Nicole Mansour, Thad Luckinbill, Artie Anderson, Howard Alonzo, Amanda Mac Donald, Daniella Monet, Marisa Theodore, Wendie Jo Sperber, John Ratzenberger, and Suzanne Pleshette.He eventually took a string of day jobs to support his writing habit including driving an ambulance; repossessing cars; selling life insurance, wine making equipment, and men's clothing; programming computers, and analyzing financial statements.In 1995, he started an on-line Internet column, which became successful.He sold his first short story when he was 16 years old to The Kansas City Star and was paid .00.He graduated from Westminster College and became a freelance writer.