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Reruns on ABC Family Channel Weekdays 6 & 6:30 p.m. ET/PT

Aired on Network Television on ABC from 2002-05

ABC Televison

In memory of our star, John Ritter. We will always remember you, John :(

Cast of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002)Cast of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2004)

Starring John Ritter as Paul Hennessy (2002-03)

Katey Sagal as Cate Hennessy

Kaley Cuoco as Bridget Hennessy

Amy Davidson as Kerry Hennessy

Martin Spanjers as Rory Hennessy

with James Garner as Jim (2004-2005 ; special guest star before that)

and David Spade as C.J. (2004-2005 ; special guest star before that)

For a Press Kit of the show and stars click here. It has show description and bio's on the stars and producers of this show.



Number one new sitcom for 2002-03!

" 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" is based on the best-selling book, 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, by W. Bruce Cameron , a father is blind-sided when his two sweet little girls turn into teenagers with hormones raging and a logic all their own. His only solace his is 13-year-old son whom he still manages to understand.  John Ritter stars as Paul Hennessy, a loving, rational dad who can't quite figure out how his sweet little daughters morphed into hormonally-challenged, incomprehensible teenagers. Luckily, he still has a 13-year-old son who still speaks his language.


8/5/07: In case you have not read our DVD Review of the first season DVD, then click HERE! It is certainly a good set but wish we had more extras! The DVD is out this Tuesday, so if you have not bought it yet, click HERE to buy it. Please buy it so we can be assured of all three seasons on DVD.

5/17/07: Two pieces of news today!  First, fresh off from our update last week that the show is coming to DVD in August, today ABC Family announced that the show has been picked-up by them for rerun play starting June 12!  The show will air weekday evenings at 6:00pm & 6:30pm ET/PT!  What wonderful news!  Click HERE for further details. In other news, Kaley Cuoco will be back on network television on CBS in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.  After 8 Simple Rules ended in 2005, Kaley went on to co-star on Charmed's last season, she also taped a pilot for ABC last fall but it didn't make it, and earlier this year she starred in the Lifetime movie Fat Like Me.  For details on Kaley's new sitcom, which will air Mondays at 8:30 pm ET/PT on CBS this September, click HERE.

5/11/07: It's been a long time since our last update I know, but one of the best news ever has come!  The First Season will come on DVD in August!  August 14 is the tentative date. All 28 first season episodes will be there and as of now just bloopers for extras, but we will let you know if there is anything else. Cover art is found above. The set will be retailed at 23.99 but you may order it cheaper on Amazon.  Please pre-order today, by clicking HERE!

9/15/06: Today is the last day for the show on Daytime WB.  The WB becomes The CW next week.  Let's hope the show returns to the airwaves at some point.

1/2/06: The show will start airing in reruns starting today on Daytime WB.  Weekdays at 4 & 4:30 p.m

7/10/05: I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and is continuing to watch encores of 8 Simple Rules on ABC. The ratings has been OK, usually 2nd place in its slot and the highest rated sitcom of the night. This Friday ABC will encore the most popular episode of the season, "Secrets" - so make sure everyone catches that! Now, to some wonderful news! 8 Simple Rules is heading to syndication! The WB is creating a new afternoon block replacing Kids' WB in January 2006. 8 Simple Rules will be airing in it! Full details:
The WB Afternoon Block
3:00 PM ER
4:00 PM 8 Simple Rules...
4:30 PM 8 Simple Rules...

3:00 PM TBD
4:00 PM Reba
4:30 PM Reba

So, we will have 8SR in reruns from January-September AT LEAST. If it does well, here is what will happen:
It would either be renewed with The WB afternoon or taken into syndication, according to Buena Vista Television Distribution President Janice Marinelli. But if 8SR in early fringe performs decently airing in pattern on WB affiliates, Marinelli could have some interesting options: Either put it on the shelf for awhile at The WB Afternoon or seek better time periods than it would have gotten otherwise in syndication.

5/17/05: ABC announced its schedule for the 2005-06 season today, and unfortunately 8 Simple Rules is not a part of it. It is very heartbreaking and surprising that they renewed Less Than Perfect for mid-season, but not us. Nevertheless, we are very fortunate that we had 3 marvelous seasons on the air. Hopefully now we can get the show on DVD and in reruns, probably more likely for cable. ABC is still slated to air the show in summer reruns, starting May 27 at 8:00pm. Please tune in so we can bring the best ratings for the night, and to let ABC know they made a mistake. 8 Simple Rules may be gone, but this site will remain updated with news and updates.

4/19/05: The season finale, "Ditch Day" was third in its timeslot overall with 5.26 million viewers and fourth in its slot among adults 18-49. While that is not a good way to finish the season, the sitcom was still the highest rated show on TGIF that night. The encore of Pamela Anderson's second episode had 4.98 million viewers. The episodes came in at #74 and #80 for the week of April 11-17. Let's hope and pray 8 Simple Rules returns next fall. Stay tuned here on May 17 for details on that. For now, catch Kaley on The View all this week and watch E! on Sunday night (8-9PM ET/PT) as the True Hollywood Story of John Ritter premieres, with interviews with Kaley, Amy, Martin and Katey.

4/12/05: "The Sleepover" was third place in its timeslot overall with 5.94 million viewers and second in its slot among adults 18-49. The rerun of "Freaky Friday" was also third in its slot overall with 5.65 million viewers and second in adults 18-49. The episodes came in at #69 and #74 for the week of April 4-10. The season finale airs this Friday! PLEASE WATCH!!! And Kaley on The View all next week (April 18-22).

4/5/05: "The Teacher's Lounge" was third place in its timeslot overall (6.12 million viewers) and second among adults 18-49. The rerun of "VolleyBrawl" was also third in its slot overall (6.06 million viewers) and second in adults 18-49. The episodes came in at #69 and #71 for the week of March 28-April 3. New episode this Friday called "The Sleepover" -- tons of promos for it. "Freaky Friday" encore follows.

Check out more archived news from earlier by clicking here..

Episode Guide:

Executive Producers: Tom Shadyac, Flody Suarez (2002-2003), Jamie Widdoes, John Peaslee (2004-), Judd Pillot (2004-), Michael Bostick and Tracy Gamble (2002-2004).

Directors: Gil Junger (pilot) and James Widdoes (main director). 

In association with Touchstone Television, Shady Acres Entertainment, Flody Co., and the ABC Television Network. 

Taped at Walt Disney Studios at 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA.




Episode 53 - Title: "First Day of School"

Synopsis: Knowing that Kerry is dragging her feet over breaking up with Kyle, Bridget takes it upon herself to do it for her sister -- which only makes matters worse for Kerry. Meanwhile, Cate is offered the position of school nurse by Principal Ed Gibb (Adam Arkin), and Rory's first day of high school proves embarrassing when he has to hit the showers after gym class.

Airdate: 9/24/2004. Tape Date: 8/19/2004.

Writer: Kathy Stumpe.

Director: James Widdoes.

Special Guest Star: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb.

Guest Stars: Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle, Nikki D. Hayden as Jenna and Sam Horrigan as Pete.

Nielsen Rating: 4.0/8--#62 (for the week of Sept. 20-26; third in timeslot overall and viewers 18-49).

Episode 54 - Title: "Changes"

Synopsis: The kids question Cate's motives when they return from their summer getaways and discover that she has bought a new bed and changed her hairstyle. Meanwhile, after traveling through Europe over the summer, Kerry met and had a fling with a boy - which leaves Bridget jealous and Kerry wondering what to do about boyfriend Kyle; new high school Student Body President Bridget is convinced even further that life is a popularity contest after taking a trip to Washington, DC over the summer; and after a depressed Jim fails to win back the affections of his wife in Florida, Rory attempts to help him quit smoking -- which is complicated by Jim's discovery that C.J. was responsible for their irreconciliation.

Airdate: 10/1/2004. Tape Date: 8/13/2004.

Writer: Seth Kurland.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: April Ortiz as Lisa (her scene was not shown in the final cut in original airing).

Nielsen Rating: 4.3/8--#64 (for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3; third in timeslot overall and second in slot for viewers 18-49).

Episode 55 - Title: "School Nurse"

Synopsis: After Cate accepts the position of school nurse from Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope"), Bridget and Kerry are convinced that she only took the job to spy on them -- while Rory is ecstatic that his mom might be able to protect him from a school bully. Meanwhile, after Bridget inadvertently spills the beans about Kerry losing her virginity in Europe, a shocked Cate accidentally switches on the school's P.A. system and lets the whole student body in on their ensuing conversation.

Airdate: 10/8/2004. Tape Date: 8/27/2004.

Writer: Rob Hanning.

Director: James Widdoes.

Special Guest Star: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb.

Guest Stars: Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle, Sam Horrigan as Pete and Marisa Theodore as Marisa.

Nielsen Rating: 4.0/7--#61 (for the week of Oct. 4-10; third in timeslot overall and first among 18-49).

Episode 56 - Title: "Out of the Box"

Synopsis: Kerry is livid when Bridget unintentionally makes a mockery out of her art project at the mall. But she quickly forgets about Bridget when fellow artist and young hottie Tyler asks her out on a date. However Tyler's intentions may not be completely genuine. Meanwhile, while C.J. finds himself striking out at speed dating, Jim discovers that he's a hit with the ladies-which further humiliates his socially inept grandson.

Airdate: 10/15/2004. Tape Date: 9/10/2004.

Writer: Martin Weiss.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Russell Howard as Tyler McBain, Shawn Pyfrom as Jake, Donna Cooper as mall shopper and Rachelle Carson as woman.

Nielsen Rating: 4.2/8--#66 (for the week of Oct. 11-17, third in timeslot overall and viewers 18-49.).

Episode 57 - Title: "Car Trouble"

Synopsis: Bridget and Kerry are ecstatic when Cate hands them the keys to the minivan, except for one provision -- they are responsible for driving Rory wherever he needs to go. But when the girls fail to deliver on their promise to chauffeur their little brother, he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to drive himself -- and wrecks the car in the process.

Airdate: 10/22/2004. Tape Date: 9/17/2004.

Writer: Hayes Jackson.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Star: Tiffany Thornron as Marni.

Nielsen Rating: 4.4/8--#64 (for the week of Oct. 18-24, third in its slot in viewers and adults 18-49.).

Episode 58 - Title: "Halloween"

Synopsis: Kerry doubts Bridget's ability to put together the school's Halloween party as part of her Student Body President duties. Meanwhile C.J. is hired as the party's security guard and sets his sights on catching Rory pulling off a prank, and Jim finds himself under attack by the neighborhood kids when he refuses to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.

Airdate: 10/29/2004. Tape Date: 9/24/2004.

Writers: Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar.

Director: Lynn McCracken.

Guest Stars: Sam Horrigan as Pete, Eric Jungmann as Max, Rory Thost as young C.J., Shawn McGill as bully, Ronnie Alvarez as boy, Mitchel Federan as trick or treater and Naya Rivera as nice girl.

Nielsen Rating: 4.9/9--#53 (for the week of Oct. 25-31, second in its timeslot overall and first among viewers 18-49.).

Episode 59 - Title: "Coach"

Synopsis: Bridget is psyched to join the high school tennis team when she develops a crush on Coach Scott (Dan Cortese, "Veronica's Closet," "MTV Sports"). But her infatuation soon turns to disgust when she learns that Scott has a crush on Cate. Meanwhile, Kerry and Rory begin to question the authenticity of Jim's war stories while rummaging through his war chest.

Airdate: 11/5/2004. Tape Date: 10/8/2004.

Writer: Laurie Gelman.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Dan Cortese as Coach Scott, Marisa Theodore as Marisa and Jamie Starr as Leo.

Nielsen Rating: 4.8/8--#64 (for the week of Nov 1-7, third in timeslot overall and second in slot among viewers 18-49.).

Episode 60 - Title: "Secrets"

Synopsis: Everyone in the Hennessy family fears the ringing of the phone when they all find themselves keeping secrets from one-another. Rory refuses to divulge the identity of the student responsible for bullying and beating him up at school, which leads Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin) on a mission to find the culprit and tell Cate; Bridget and Kerry use fake IDs to get into a club, where Bridget meets a cute guy and gives him her phone number -- before discovering that he's a cop (Colby Donaldson, "Survivor"); Cate doesn't want the family to know that Bridget's tennis coach, Scott (Dan Cortese), is in hot pursuit to get her to go out on a date with him; and C.J. is distracted and forgets to pick up Rory's pain medication, which leads the pharmacist to call the house to find out if Rory's OK.

Airdate: 11/12/2004. Tape Date: 10/15/2004.

Writer: Bonnie Kallman.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Ed Gibb, Dan Cortese as Scott, Colby Donaldson as Shawn, Rocky McMurray as door man and Dennis Singletary as Mike.

Nielsen Rating: 5.0/9--#58 (for the week of Nov. 8-14, third in its timeslot overall and second in timeslot among viewers 18-49.).

Episode 61 - Title: "Thanksgiving"

Synopsis: While the family prepares Thanksgiving dinner for Cate to give her some much needed time off, she's left with nothing to do until she brings home an unexpected guest while on an errand -- Principal Ed Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope"). Meanwhile, while C.J. deep-fries the turkey, Bridget and Kerry spar over pie recipes; Jim disassembles the TV in a shocking attempt to repair it; and Cate finds herself with an insurance adjuster the day after the holiday to find out who was responsible for burning down the garage.

Airdate: 11/26/2004. Tape Date: 11/4/2004.

Writers: Rob Hanning & Seth Kurland.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Ed Gibb, Tom McGowan as Frank, Howard Alonzo as Russell and Michael Burger as TV announcer (v.o.).

Nielsen Rating: 4.6/8--#60 (for the week of Nov 22-28, third in timeslot overall and viewers 18-49, 7.09 million viewers.).

Episode 62 - Title: "Vanity Unfair"

Synopsis: After Bridget is turned down for a role in a sports car commercial, Jim discovers that the head of the modeling agency who rejected her is his old flame Jackie (Raquel Welch). When he tries to persuade her to reconsider his granddaughter, Jim soon finds himself reminiscing over old times -- and possibly rekindling their romance. Meanwhile, Kerry and Rory discover a secret about C.J.'s past modeling experiences.

Airdate: 12/3/04. Tape Date: 10/22/2004.

Writers: Paul Ciancarelli & David DiPietro.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Raquel Welch as Jackie, Jamie Nations as director and Jill Walter as receptionist.

Nielsen Rating: 4.6/8--#62 (for the week of Nov 29-Dec 5, third in its timeslot overall and a virtual three way tie for third place among viewers 18-49; 6.71 million viewers.).

Episode 63 - Title: "Princetown Girl"

Synopsis: Bridget is ecstatic when she learns that tennis scouts from Princeton are coming to her school to watch her play for a possible scholarship. But when Bridget's school forbids her to play because of a poor grade, Cate has to decide whether to use her clout as school nurse to help her daughter out. Meanwhile, Jim promises a nervous C.J. that he'll give up his room if he can spend one night alone in the attic.

Airdate: 12/10/2004. Tape Date: 11/12/2004.

Writer: Tamiko K. Brooks.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Krupp.

Nielsen Rating: 4.1/7--#68 (for the week of Dec 6-12, with 5.88 million viewers; third in its timeslot overall an the big four networks were all very closely batched for the adults 18-49 slot, with 8 Simple Rules tied for 3rd, just a few points behind Dateline for first.).

Episode 64 - Title: "A Very C.J. Christmas"

Synopsis: To keep C.J. from spending Christmas alone in Las Vegas, the Hennessy household bends over backwards to recreate one of Cate's first holiday memories to entice him to stay. Meanwhile, Rory decides to break up with his wealthy girlfriend when he fears that he won't be able to buy her a Christmas gift worthy of her upper class status.

Airdate: 12/17/2004. Tape Date: 11/19/2004.

Writer: Kathy Ann Stumpe.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Kimberly McConnell as Rebecca, Sarah Rafferty as Danielle, David Garry as Robert and Michael Kostroff as photographer.

Nielsen Rating: 4.9/9--#51 (for the week of Dec. 13-19, second in timeslot and viewers 18-49; 7.09 million viewers).

Episode 65 - Title: "The Sub"

Synopsis: Cate is shocked to discover that Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope") has hired C.J. to be a substitute teacher at the high school. But when C.J. catches Rory cheating on a test, he is torn about reporting it when Cate tries to persuade him to look the other way. Meanwhile, when Bridget breaks her leg because of Kerry's blunder, she makes her little sister's life a living nightmare.

Airdate: 1/7/2005. Tape Date: 12/3/2004.

Writers: Bryan Behar & Steve Baldikoski.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb, Owen Williams as Tom, Nicholas E. Barb as Joey and Andy Morrow as Billy.

Nielsen Rating: 5.2/9--#61 (for the week of Jan 3-9, virtually tied for second with Joan of Arcadia for its timeslot overall (7.82 million viewers), first in timeslot among adults 18-49 with a 2.6/9).

Episode 66 - Title: "C.J.'s Temptation"

Synopsis: While Cate finds herself becoming jealous of Principal Ed Gibb's (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope") new girlfriend, Cheryl (Pamela Anderson), C.J. is asked by Ed to help tutor Cheryl for her G.E.D.s -- and finds himself unwittingly being hit on by her. Meanwhile, Rory feels awkward after Cate accidentally interrupts him during a private moment.

Airdate: 1/7/2005 (special time of 8:30pm). Tape Date: 12/10/2004.

Writers: Bryan Behar & Steve Baldikoski.

Director: James Widdoes.

Special Guest Stars: Pamela Anderson as Cheryl and Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb.

Nielsen Rating: 5.4/9--#57 (for the week of Jan 3-9, virtually tied with Joan of Arcadia for second in timeslot overall with 8.39 million viewers, first in timeslot among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/9).

Episode 67 - Title: "Old Flame"

Synopsis: After sending an email to former college flame Matt (Ed O'Neill) to see how he's been doing over the years, Cate becomes fed up with the unreasonable demands of her family and locks herself in her room for some alone time. But she's shocked when Matt shows up at her window and whisks her off to re-live some adventurous, old times - then she begins to question if his rebel lifestyle is just a front.

Airdate: 1/14/2005. Tape Date: 12/17/2004.

Writers: Judd Pillot & John Peaslee.

Director: James Widdoes.

Special Guest Star: Ed O'Neill as Matt.

Guest Star: Sherry Brown as Matt's wife.

Nielsen Rating: 5.6/10--#64 (for the week of Jan 10-16, a virtual three way tie for 1st place overall (8.43 million viewers) and a clear first place winner among adults 18-49 with a 2.5/8).

Episode 68 - Title: "Closure"

Synopsis: When Cate and C.J. discover that Kerry has been e-mailing Bruno -- the boy she had a fling with in Europe -- they secretly try to snoop in her computer to find out what the two have been up to. But unbeknownst to them, Bruno is in the house and hidden in the attic by Kerry, while Bridget tries her best to talk her little sister out of doing something she may regret. Meanwhile, Jim discovers Rory's clandestine poker game and decides to deal himself in to teach Rory and his friends a lesson about gambling.

Airdate: 1/21/2005. Tape Date: 1/7/2005.

Writer: Seth Kurland.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Kyle Howard as Bruno, Jamie Starr as Leo, Erin Sanders as Riley and Artie Lee Anderson as TV announcer.

Nielsen Rating: 4.8/8--#59 (for the week of Jan 17-23; second in timeslot in both overall and adults 18-49, 7.49 million viewers overall).

Episode 69 - Title: "VolleyBrawl"

Synopsis: Cate's alleged antics at Kerry's volleyball game threaten to make her team forfeit the match. Meanwhile, C.J. has a crush on Kerry's volleyball coach (former Pro Beach volleyball player Gabrielle Reece), and Bridget becomes upset when one of her friends begins dating her ex-boyfriend.

Airdate: 1/28/2005. Tape Date: 1/14/2005.

Writer: Hayes Jackson.

Director: Barnet Kellman.

Guest Stars: Jere Burns as commissioner, Gabrielle Reece as Maggie, Kristin Brye as Heather, Lynn Manning as blind man, Andy Morrow as Richardson and Lee Garlington as Leslie.

Nielsen Rating: 5.3/9--#58 (for the week of Jan. 24-30; third in its timeslot overall with 7.89 million viewers, and second in timeslot among viewers 18-49 with a 2.3/7).

Episode 70 - Title: "Freaky Friday"

Synopsis: After watching the film "Freaky Friday," Cate awakens to find that she has switched bodies with Bridget, C.J. has changed places with Jim, and Rory has swapped places with his hamster. The only one not affected is Kerry - who begins to find the entire mishap amusing.

Airdate: 2/4/2005. Tape Date: 1/21/2005.

Writer: W. Bruce Cameron.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Liam Sullivan as Duane, Beth Grant as Mrs. Whitley.

Nielsen Rating: 5.6/10--#45 (for the week of Jan 31-Feb 6; third in its timeslot overall in households, second in timeslot for total viewers with 8.3 million, and second in timeslot among viewers 18-49 with a 2.5/8).

Episode 71 - Title: "Torn Between Two Lovers"

Synopsis: Valentine's Day finds C.J. in a predicament when he commits to two different Valentine's Day dates - Principal Gibb's ex-girlfriend, Cheryl (Pamela Anderson), and Bridget and Kerry's uptight math teacher, Mrs. Krupp. Meanwhile, Bridget's excitement over being elected to the court of the Valentine's Day dance -- with a chance to be crowned Queen of Hearts -- quickly turns to shock when she discovers that Cheryl is also in the running.

Airdate: 2/11/2005. Tape Date: 2/4/2005.

Writers: Bryan Behar & Steve Baldikoski.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Pamela Anderson as Cheryl and Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Krupp.

Nielsen Rating: 5.1/9--#67 (for the week of Feb 7-13; second in timeslot among total viewers with 7.54 million viewers, third in its timeslot among total households, and tied for second among adults 18-49 in its timeslot).

Episode 72 - Title: "C.J.'s Real Dad"

Synopsis: C.J. is shocked and delighted when his biological father (Danny Woodburn, recurring on "Seinfeld" as Mickey Abbott) - a motivational speaker and "little person" - reveals himself for the first time to his wayward son. But Jim doesn't trust the man and thinks he may have ulterior motives for the visit. Recording artist Ruben Studdard makes a cameo appearance.

Airdate: 2/18/2005. Tape Date: 2/11/2005.

Writer: Rob Hanning.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Danny Woodburn as Lyle, Mary Page Keller as Traci and Ruben Studdard as guy.

Nielsen Rating: 5.4/10--#64 (for the week of Feb. 14-20; second in timeslot in total viewers with 8.04 million, second also in households and adults 18-49).

Episode 73 - Title: "The After Party"

Synopsis: After turning down Bridget s request to throw a harmless after-prom party in a hotel room, Cate decides to throw a school- sanctioned party at the house which totally embarrasses her kids. Meanwhile, Kerry tries to make a political statement by inviting a girl to the prom, and Rory is overjoyed when a hot senior asks him to the dance.

Airdate: 3/4/2005. Tape Date: 2/25/2005.

Writers: Robert Spina & Grant Nieporte.

Director: Patricia Doak.

Guest Stars: Vanessa Lengies as Monica, Leighton Meester as Nikki, Liam Sullivan as Duane, Matt Lanter as Brendon and Kimberly Kevon Williams as friend.

Nielsen Rating: 4.7/9--#67 (for the week of Feb. 28-March 6; third in timeslot for total viewers with 6.91 million viewers, third in households, and second in adults 18-49 with a 2.2 rating).

Episode 74 - Title: "The Teachers Lounge"

Synopsis: Officially a full-time teacher, C.J. is overjoyed to finally get access to the teachers lounge. But he soon finds himself being bullied out of the room by the school's overzealous Home Ec instructor, Mr. Edwards. Meanwhile Rory wants to impress a girl, so Bridget and Kerry take it upon themselves to give him a full-fledged makeover.

Airdate: 4/1/2005. Tape Date: 3/18/2005.

Writers: Paul Ciancarelli & David DiPietro.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Michael Milhoan as Mr. Edwards, Wendie Jo Sperber as Mrs. Wells and Lindze Letherman as Megan.

Nielsen Rating: 4.2/8--#69 (for the week of March 28-April 3; third in timeslot for total viewers with 6.12 million viewers, third in households, and second in adults 18-49 with a 1.8 rating).

Episode 75 - Title: "The Sleepover"

Synopsis: After Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope") and Cate fall asleep at the house while watching a movie, the family catches them and falsely assumes that the two are having a relationship. Meanwhile, Bridget, Kerry, Rory and C.J. are forced to go ice-fishing with Jim in order to spend quality time with their grandfather - but unbeknownst to them, Jim would much rather be left alone and is forced to keep up a happy fagade.

Airdate: 4/8/2005. Tape Date: 2/18/2005.

Writers: Judd Pillot & John Peaslee.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Ed Gibb, Rachael Harris as Margaret Brandenbauerbern, Rick Batalla as crew guy no.1, Armando Heredia as crew guy no.2 and Sebastian Feldman as crew guy no.3.

Nielsen Rating: 3.9/7--#69 (for the week of April 4-10; third in timeslot overall with 5.94 million viewers; tied for third in timeslot among adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating).

Episode 76 - Title: "Ditch Day"

Synopsis: After C.J. discovers that Cate may be starting a clandestine relationship with Principal Gibb, he blabs it to Bridget. An angry Cate gets even by having Gibb put C.J. in charge of the detention of students on Ditch Day, and C.J. gets even by detaining Bridget. Meanwhile, because she is stuck in detention and can't complete the ditch day prank herself, Bridget convinces Kerry and Rory to steal the rival school's mascot. Nicole Richie ("The Simple Life") guest stars as one of Bridget's fellow detainees, on the Season Finale.

Airdate: 4/15/2005. Tape Date: 3/24/2005.

Writer: Jeremiah Leibowitz.

Director: James Widdoes.

Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Ed Gibb, Nicole Richie as Ashley and Kenneth Kimmins as Mr. Kolodny.

Nielsen Rating: 3.7/7--#74 (for the week of April 11-17; third in timeslot in total viewers with 5.26 million; and fourth in timeslot among adults 18-49 with just a 1.3 rating).

Upcoming tape dates: TBD. All subject to change, please do NOT list elsewhere on the web.

In memoriam to John Ritter, I have included below the tape date schedule for Sept-Nov 2003 that was SUPPOSED to happen but wasn't meant to be unfortunately. This list will always be cherished:
9/12 - "The Hot List" (With Guest Stars Henry Winkler and Peter Bogdanovich)
9/19 - "YMCA"
9/26 - "Carrie/Kerry"
10/10 - "Teacher's Pet"
10/17 - No Title Was Given
10/24 - "The Perfect Storm"
11/7 - No Title Was Given
11/14 - "Drug Dog"
11/21 - Holiday Show (Christmas) No Title Was Given
Every other tape date had no title.

Photos: (All from Circa 2002 CRAIG SJODIN/ ABC-TV)

Starring John RitterKatey Sagal

Kaley CuocoAmy Davidson

Martin SpanjersAnd Billy Aaron Brown

Photos from the pilot: (All from Circa 2002 CARIN BAER/ ABC-TV)

Amy Davidson, Kaley Cucoco and John RitterKaley Cucoco and John RitterAmy Davidson and John RitterStarring John Ritter and Katey Sagal!

More photos of the pilot can be viewed in the Photos section by clicking here. Season one ad:

Audio (Theme Song):

8 Simple Rules Opening Theme #1 -- Low Quality -- High Quality

8 Simple Rules Opening Theme #2 -- Low Quality -- High Quality

8 Simple Rules Ending Theme -- Low Quality -- High Quality

8 Simple Rules Ending Theme #2 -- High Quality


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Opening Theme Videos: -- Download the 8 Simple Rules Opening Video Credits -- Download the opening credits that were used for episode #2 "Wall of Shame"

Clips/Promos: -- Long Promo for the Pilot --- Clip from "Come and Knock on Our Door" -- Clip from "Paul Meets Hit Match -- Clip from "The Doyle Wedding" -- Clip from "Blooper from All ABC Bloopers" -- AUDIO Promo for the Season 2 Premiere :( -- Clip from "No Right Way" -- Kaley Cuoco promo -- Martin Spanjers promo -- "Get Real" Clip -- More Coming Soon!  All episode clips provided by ABC.

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Official ABC Site

W. Bruce Cameron's Official Website

Avril's John Ritter Appreciation Site

Carla's John Ritter Fan Page

Ashley's Martin Spanjers Site

Kaley Cuoco Source

John Ritter Fan Listing

Katey Sagal Fansite

Martin Mania: Marty Spanjers Fan Site

David Spade Official Site

Fan Forum

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2002-2007 By:  PB. "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ABC) is produced by Touchstone Television and airs on the ABC Television Network.