8 Simple Rules - Season 1 [DVD]
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Legendary US sitcom stars John Ritter and Katey Sagal team up in 8 Simple Rules, the hit family comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny. A little rusty in the parenting department, Paul (Ritter) is forced to meet fatherhood head-on when his wife Cate returns to work. Two teenage daughters and a wisecracking son make Paul's new situation daunting but never dull. Cybill Shepherd, Jason Priestley and Terry Bradshaw are just some of the guest stars joining the fun in Season 1. Experience all 28 episodes plus exclusive bonus features--including a hilarious bonus reel--in this sensational 3-disc set.
After gaining fame as ladies man Jack Tripper on the 1970s sitcom Three's Company, John Ritter steals the show as a father of three--including two nubile teenage girls--on 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The first season introduces viewers to Paul (Ritter) and Cate Hennessy (Katey Sagal) and their precocious children Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), Kerry (Amy Davidson), and Rory (Martin Spanjers). When former stay-at-home mom Cate returns to the work force as a nurse, it's up to Paul to write his newspaper column at home and mind the kids. The first season deals with that uneasy transition. It's actually refreshing to see a family depicted where the parents don't always like the kids. Paul often jokes with Cate that he's mad she ever suggested they start a family. He also notes, "What's it called if you're damned if you do and damned if you don't? Oh yes, fatherhood".
As for the children, we've seen similar stereotypical characters on other sitcoms. Bridget is the 16-year-old blonde bombshell. Kerry is her awkward, brunette younger sister and Rory is their kid brother who has the creepy habit of hiding in their closets. Paul's relationship with Rory is even keeled. But it's his daughters that he is trying to win over. They love him, but they're also embarrassed and befuddled by him. Just when he thinks he's bonding with them, the girls will sarcastically point out his faults--such as his being at least 100 years old. As he succinctly points out to his wife, "They live in my house, but they don't even like me. They're not kids. They're cats!" Though the show is big on comic moments, it also is generous in sharing poignant memories. When Paul looks at his girls, he doesn't see young women that even his friends think of as hotties. Rather, he still views them as innocent toddlers who looked up to and adored him. Sagal, who was so over-the-top in both looks and mannerisms when she played the matriarch on Married with Children, is a wonderful foil for Ritter. Beautiful, smart, and funny, she's a tough act for him to follow when it comes to being a stay-at-home dad. --Jae-Ha Kim
Top Customer Reviews
So what makes this sitcom better than any number of other family-based shows? I think it's the performances that all the actors bring to their characters and the razor-sharp scripts. There are 28 episodes in this first season and there's not a dud among them. Although John Ritter has the lead role, the rest of the cast gets a good share of the laughs and most of the stories revolve around Bridget and Kerry's lives. The strength of the guest stars helps too, notably Larry Miller as Paul's unscrupulous colleague, Tommy who is also the father of Bridget's none too bright boyfriend, Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown), and Patrick Warburton as Paul's boss, Nick Sharpe whose own life bears an uncanny resemblance to Paul's.Read more ›
I hope the later series, including those featuring James Garner and David Spade, also get released in Region 2 format. They are equally as funny, and those immediately after John Ritter's sad death in 2003 are genuinely moving as well.
Paul writes a "slice of life" column in a sports paper, and when wife Cate returns to work as a nurse after being a stay-at-home-mum, it's fallen to Paul to be a stay-at-home-dad.
Trouble is, Paul is overprotective and worries that his daughters are dating boys with their own agendas. He constantly warns any potential suiters to watch their step. Or as he puts it, "You have hormones and I have a temper. If your hormones get in the ring with my temper, my temper will win." Or, "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry." The girls hate it when he scares their boyfriends while they're getting ready upstairs. They call him "Psycho-Dad". But when Paul tries to be cool and "hip", the girls remind him that no one's said hip in years - and anyway, it's a body-part!
And when Paul takes the kids to school, he isn't even allowed to say "bye" or speak to them at all. In fact, it's preferable that he parks around the corner. After all, he is a hundred, right?
Bridget is obsessed with her looks. She's the most popular girl in school - and knows it. She's never a read book in her life, whereas Kerry is the smart one who gets all the "A"s. Rory constantly snitches on his sisters - and loves doing so, getting a sort of twisted pleasure out of it!Read more ›
The basic Idea is John Ritter is a father of 2 teenage girls who are growing up far to fast for him, and his youngest a boy who does not seem to be growing up fast enough.
His kids, who adored him when they were pre-teen now think he is really uncool. They do what ever they can to get their way from emotional blackmail to playing mother off against father and vice versa.
Their father is very overpretective and strict with his girls in his desperate attempt to hold on to them as the children he remembers them as, but lets them get away with murder when he is trying to be a cool father in their eyes.
The eldest daughter Bridgett is blonde and stunning but not the sharpest tool in the box. The youngest girl is Carrie she is a red head very switched on smart but living in her sisters shadow. The youngest child is Rory he is just annoying.
The show is really funny and well written the acting is spot on. John Ritter was great however half way through the second season he collasped and was rushed to hospital were he later died. The shows that followed Ritters death were a tribute to him and really show the skill of the other actors in the show.
I would really recommend this show its fantastic and I really hope they bring the second and third season out as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I happened to see a episode of this show and I thought how deliriously funny it was.
Its like the 90's show Married with children. Read more
we love to watch this again and again. simple honest comedy gold. I would live to be able to get season 2 as well but it just doesn't seem available in region 2, damn shame.Published on 14 Feb. 2015 by lucy green
Great sitcom - reminds me of when ABC1 used to show it would on free view in the UkPublished on 25 Jan. 2015 by Reiverlution
Amazing always loved 8 Simple Rules Funny Awsome!!! it you have a sense of humar you should buy this aPublished on 4 Feb. 2014 by chris