Sep. 17, 2002
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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8 Simple Rules

'8 Simple Rules' follows a married couple with three children living in suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Paul's (the late John Ritter) two teenage daughters are starting to date boys and he has 8 rules they need to follow.


8 Simple Rules Season 1 (2002-2003)

1x01 1 1x01 Pilot
Paul Hennessy is a sports writer. His wife, Cate, stays at home with his three kids: Bridget, 16, Kerry, 15, and Rory, 13. That all changes when Cate gets a job as a nurse at the hospital ...
Sep. 17, 2002
1x02 1 1x02 Wall of Shame
Paul is home alone with the kids all day after Cate goes to an all day seminar during the biggest game of the year: Michigan vs. Ohio State football. The day goes from bad to worse ...
Sep. 24, 2002
1x03 1 1x03 Bridget's First Job
Paul tells Bridget to get a job after seeing how much she spends on her clothes to teach her to be financially responsible. But when she gets a 40% discount at the store she works at, ...
Oct. 01, 2002
1x04 1 1x04 Wings
After Paul keeps coming up with excuses from keeping Bridget from taking her driver's test, she does something drastic. Also, Paul is shocked when Kerry's art submission did not get ...
Oct. 08, 2002
1x05 1 1x05 Son-in-Law
Paul lets Bridget do whatever she wants when she breaks up with Kyle and starts to date high school basketball star Travis "The Rainman" Smith. Paul is awestruck when he meets his father, ...
Oct. 15, 2002
1x06 1 1x06 Cheerleader
Bridget tries out for the cheerleading squad after an opening is announced. Kerry also wants to try out, but Bridget says she isn't cut out for it. Kerry doesn't listen and tries out ...
Oct. 22, 2002
1x07 1 1x07 Trick or Treehouse
Paul wants the family to spend one more Halloween campout in the old treehouse, but the kids make other plans. They all agree in the end, but this might turn out to be the biggest nightmare ...
Oct. 29, 2002
1x08 1 1x08 By the Book
Paul tries to win the love and respect back from his daughters by turning to a self help parenting book. Bridget and Kerry find out his new tool, and try to t ake advantage of their ...
Nov. 05, 2002
1x09 1 1x09 Two Boys for Every Girl
After Paul tells Bridget to tell Kyle the truth about her date with another boy, he breaks up with her. Also, Kerry's first date is magical, but gets devastated when the boy doesn't ...
Nov. 12, 2002
1x10 1 1x10 Give It Up
After no one can agree on where the family vacation should be, Paul challenges the family to give up their bad habits for the week, and the winner can choose the vacation spot. The ...
Nov. 19, 2002
1x11 1 1x11 Paul Meets His Match
Paul meets his new editor, Nick, and finds lots of similarities, like raising teenage girls. Paul also realizes he is a lot like him in the sense that he is a "psycho dad" being overprotective. ...
Nov. 26, 2002
1x12 1 1x12 All I Want for Christmas
Paul remembers last year's Christmas fiasco, and has his work cut out of him trying to find the perfect gifts for his family this year. Kerry finds a stray dog during the holidays. ...
Dec. 10, 2002
1x13 1 1x13 Rory's Got a Girlfriend
Paul lets Rory, who is 13, go on his first date. Bridget and Kerry accuse him of changed the rules unfairly because they never were allowed to date at that age. Meanwhile Kerry is shocked ...
Dec. 17, 2002
1x14 1 1x14 Career Choices
Paul and Cate are called to the Principal's office and find out that Bridget wants to skip her college prep courses in order to become an esthetician, which surprises both of them. ...
Jan. 07, 2003
1x15 1 1x15 Kerry's Big Adventure
After Kerry and her boyfriend break up, Paul tries to cheer her up by having Bridget take her to a party. While at the party, Kerry and Kyle talk and she is shocked when a spark goes ...
Jan. 21, 2003
1x16 1 1x16 Come and Knock on Our Door
Bridget gives Kerry the silent after finding out that Kyle kissed her at a party. The house is very quiet for Paul, who likes it, until he has a dream that brings him into familiar ...
Jan. 28, 2003
1x17 1 1x17 Drummer Boy (1)
Paul lets Bridget take up a musical instrument...which turns out to be the drums. She later defies her father's rules and dates her drum instructor, Ben. Also, Kerry is mad at Cate ...
Feb. 04, 2003
1x18 1 1x18 Drummer Boy (2)
Bridget takes the car follows Ben back to his dorm room at college without her parents knowing.
Feb. 11, 2003
1x19 1 1x19 Cool Parent
After Paul picks up Bridget and Kerry from a party that has been broken up by the police and "supervised" by co-worker Tommy, he unwillingly volunteers to host the next one. After Paul ...
Feb. 18, 2003
1x20 1 1x20 Every Picture Tells a Story
Carter Tibbits, a race car driver, asks Paul to write a book about him. To learn about Mr. Tibbits better, Paul takes his family to his mansion to meet the legend and his sarcastically ...
Feb. 25, 2003
1x21 1 1x21 Kerry's Video
Kerry creates a video for her school project all about her sister, Bridget, to show how life is much easier for the popular and beautiful people. After Bridget discovers the video creation, ...
Mar. 11, 2003
1x22 1 1x22 Good Moms Gone Wild
Kerry and Bridget are caught partying on the evening news while the family is vacationing at Cate's parent's home in Florida. Before Paul and Cate can punish the girls, however, the ...
Mar. 25, 2003
1x23 1 1x23 Career Woman
Cate is up for a promotion at the hospital which will make her spend more time there, which worries Paul about how much more time he has to deal with the kids' mischief. Also, after ...
Mar. 28, 2003
1x24 1 1x24 Queen Bees and King Bees
Both Paul and Bridget are shocked that they end up in similar situations when they are allienated in their social circles. They both create plans to settle the score as Paul crashes ...
Apr. 08, 2003
1x25 1 1x25 Bake Sale
Bridget becomes a mother when she must take care of a sack of flour for a class. Meanwhile Kerry and Rory bake for the Great American Bake Sale to help put an end to childhood starvation ...
Apr. 29, 2003
1x26 1 1x26 The Doyle Wedding
The Doyles invite the Paul and the rest of the family to dinner, and then are asked to take part in their daughter's wedding, which they agree. Bridget finds out that geeky Donny Doyle ...
May. 06, 2003
1x27 1 1x27 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (1)
Maggie, Cate's sister, is having marital problems and Paul invites her to stay over. This upsets Cate since they had a sibling rivalry for a very long time. Also, Paul and Cate are ...
May. 13, 2003
1x28 1 1x28 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (2)
After Maggie gets a sexy, new makeover, and gives Bridget a water bra, Cate gets furious. Also, the girls' rivalry also gets hot when Kerry and Kyle start dating, while Bridget's starts ...
May. 20, 2003
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