It's got moments that are so lame and broadly played they are clearly only for the kids, but most of the time it is cute and kind of funny without being embarrassingly stupid, and genuine without being maudlin sap. It doesn't try to be artificially edgy or plugged with wacky dysfunctional family humor.
Following Ritter's death, ABC announced that 8 Simple Rules would continue after a hiatus, and would incorporate the death of his character.
The three new episodes that Ritter completed were aired with Sagal introducing them.
From a purely creative standpoint Ritter's death slashed right at the heart of this show.
It was him that was the star, he was much of the reason I was drawn to the show, and it was his impeccable comic delivery that was able to elicit a laugh-out-loud response.
In an episode of 8 Simple Rules, the son comments about his two sisters, the bride of Chucky is after Barbie.
John Ritter who starred in that show until his death in 2003 also starred in Bride of Chucky See more » In several episodes, characters drink "Safeway Select" colas.After three seasons, ABC cancelled 8 Simple Rules in May 2005 due to low ratings.The third season (after Ritter's death) took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. (David Spade) and grandfather Jim (James Garner), than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.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.Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, and Martin Spanjers co-starred as their teenage kids; Bridget, Kerry, and Rory Hennessy.