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8 Simple Rules
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8 Simple Rules
Date: 22/09/04, updated on 06/10/04 (1132 review reads)
Advantages: Never fails to make me laugh, good characters, it's on every day
Disadvantages: John Ritter's absence will leave a void in the show, can be kind of samey
Ever since they began advertising “8 Simple Rules…For Dating My Teenage Daughter” I knew I was going to love it. It was a sitcom about a family, and more aimed at teenagers, and since I love everything teenager related, I knew this show was for me. “8 Simple Rules…” is officially one of my favourite programmes; it’s cute, funny and always makes me laugh. I always feel like I relate to the daughters in this programme, with a crazy dad trying to keep them away from boys for as long as possible. Hmmm sounds familiar!
The show is all about the Hennessy’s. Paul Hennessy is a loving and caring father who has three children, two daughters and a son. Even though he loves his daughters to bits, unfortunately they’re no longer his little girls; they’re turning into hormonal teenage girls! One of the daughters (Bridget) is into boys, shopping, boys, shopping and did I mention boys (sounds about right ;)) whilst the other daughter (Kerry) is more intelligent and rebels against most things airhead related. Every boy who knocks on that door is instantly given the third degree by Paul which is nothing but embarrassing for the girls. Paul’s wife Cate is a nurse and isn’t as strict as he is, so in that sense he’s got no support for being such a hard guy! There is only one person in the family who still speaks Paul’s language and that is his son Rory. The little snitch’s favourite hobby is to get his sisters in to trouble, but the best bit is that he does it so slyly and sarcastically that it’s funny. The title of this op is the title of a book Paul begins to read on parenting in order to discipline his children using reverse psychology, classic.
PAUL HENNESSY (Played by John Ritter)
Definitely the funniest element of the show. Paul is constantly chasing after his crazy, slightly dumb blonde daughter Bridget who has boys on her mind, most of the time. He’s a funny character as chasing after his daughter makes him do slightly crazy things. After watching the show it will become apparent that Paul’s character is having a hard time letting his daughters grow up. Even though John Ritter passed away last year, the show is still in production. Paul’s character was killed off and the remaining characters have to deal with his death.
CATE HENNESSY (Played by Katey Sagal)
Yes Peggy Bundy plays the mom in this show, however Cate couldn’t be further from Peggy. She’s a caring and fun mom to the girls, not too strict but not too much of a doormat. She’s fairer than anything but Paul usually has something to say when she’s more than lenient on her daughters. I think she’s a cool mom and she’s quite funny too.
BRIDGET HENNESSY (Played by Kaley Cuoco)
Bridget is probably my favourite character because she is a typical air headed blonde teenager. She loves everything fashion related and loves to date boys, sometimes just to spite her father. She’s a funny character because the things she says are just hilarious, because most of the time she doesn’t even know what she’s talking about.
KERRY HENNESSY (Played by Amy Davidson)
Kerry is the rebellious but reliable Hennessy daughter, and that’s what she hates. Because she doesn’t dress like a bimbo (like Bridget, lol) her father will always think of her as the reliable little girl. Kerry also kicks ass, as she isn’t dumb, and sticks up for her beliefs, and she also knows what she’s talking about unlike the other daughter. I also what I love about Kerry is that even though she’s reliable she’s also very unpredictable, if you watch the show you’ll know what I mean.
RORY HENNESSY (Played by Martin Spanjers)
Now we come to youngest child and the only son. Rory provides the comic relief. In all honesty he’s not really in the show as much as the daughters but whenever he is, he’s very funny. Usually sarcastically getting the girls in trouble, or just annoying his dad. I think he’s a great character and I personally believe he should be in the show more. He’s just the typical younger brother, but in a funny way. Defintiely one of my favourite characters.
This show comes on every day and I try to watch it whenever possible. It comes on at 6:30 on the Disney channel but also comes on an hour later on Disney+1 and also again in the evening so there are many different chances to see it if you miss first time around.
Each episode lasts half and hour and is what you might call a typical family sitcom. I wouldn’t call it anything groundbreaking or original but the array of characters make it interesting to watch. The show is also filmed on a set, therefore you should probably get used to seeing the living room every so often.
From the title you would probably think each episode is just a crazy father chasing after his boy mad daughter, or him setting down 8 rules for his daughters date, but it’s not like that, you can expect lots of different situations in the show, but the main aspect of the show is of course the daughters growing up, but if you thought that’s all that it was about you’d be wrong. The one thing I love about this show is that it deals with real issues but is funny at the same time, the show might not be that realistic but its entertaining none the less.
I think one of the most appealing aspects of this show is that there is one character people will relate too. Whether you’re a parent, son, daughter or a date meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time. In my opinion this would mostly appeal to the younger audience, but the characters of Paul and Cate would appeal to the older audience also so it could be considered a family show. I guess it appeals to me as I remember doing the crazy things Bridget does, breaking curfew, doing things just to spite your parents, and just generally breaking most of the rules. But the other element is watching the parents doing crazy things, which would be appealing to the older audience, anyone who has kids has been there right?
Comedy wise I’m not really sure if everyone would find this show funny, mostly I find it funny, and sometimes even hilarious but that’s because it appeals to my kind of sense of humour, sarcastic humour. It’s not stupid humour but most of the comedy did come from John Ritter and I did think he was a funny guy. There is the dumb blonde comedy coming from Kaley Cuoco, the crazy father comedy routine from John Ritter and there’s also comedy coming from Martin Spanjers who just tends to do the annoying little brother routine, but it works well!
I’m really not sure if “8 Simple Rules…” will be able to be funny as it was, Paul played the biggest part in the show and I really can’t understand how they could possibly continue it without him, even though I love the show to bits, I do think the right thing to do would be to cancel it, and trust me it pains me to say that. For a sitcom the death of the main character just doesn’t fit in, however my cousins in the states have informed me that Cate’s father (Bridget, Kerry and Rory’s grandfather) is actually fitting in quite well. Also David Spade (who I find oddly hilarious) has just signed up, as Cate’s nephew, who tends to give the kids very bad advice, sounds good to me! I do hope the show will continue to be as good as it is, but I won’t be shocked if it’s cancelled any time soon. “8 Simple Rules…” comes on the Disney Channel every day at 6:30pm and is also repeated that same evening at 9pm.
John Ritter - Paul Hennessy
Katey Sagal - Cate Hennessy
Kaley Cuoco - Bridget Hennessy
Amy Davidson - Kerry Hennessy
Martin Spanjers - Rory Hennessy
Billy Aaron Brown - Kyle