8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter only graced our screens for three years, with the final season ending in 2005, but it has remained in our minds and hearts for well over a decade afterwards.
The well-loved show followed the lives of the Hennessy family, and it entered around the shows father, played by John Ritter.
Let’s take a look at what the other cast members of 8 Simple Rules are getting up to these days, including the now hugely famous Kaley Cuoco.
He wants to take a more active role in the lives of his children so, when his wife Cate (Katey Sagal) returns to work full-time, he decides to stay home to take care of the kids.
Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.
Sadly, the talented actor passed away during the show’s filming but his memory, and influence on the show, has failed to fade over the years.
The show continued for two more seasons but after the ratings fell, undoubtedly due to John’s absence, producers cancelled filming for another series.
As you may recall, Ritter died unexpectedly after completion of the third episode of season two. Rory is planning to take full advantage of Ditch Day while Kerry expects that her classes will continue as usual.
The show’s production was shut down to give the cast and crew time to grieve and also to give the network and producers time to decide if and how they should proceed. Cate is waiting for Ed to call her when Rory comes into her office, depressed.
The trouble is that they’re now a trio of independent teenagers — popular Bridget (Kelly Cuoco), brainy Kerry (Amy Davidson), and smart-aleck Rory (Martin Spanjers).
The show was a moderate success, ranked 43rd for its first season on the air, and was renewed with an average of 10.85 million viewers. He’s not pleased and gets his revenge on Bridget by detaining her on the school’s unofficial day off.