8 Simple Rules: Season 2
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The first season of "8 Simple Rules" makes it a fantastic family show, and with the second, I thought ABC would drop it because of John's death.
Much to my surprise, they incorporated John's death INTO the show, rather than just ending it. Whether they thought the show could go on, or felt it was time for a sitcom/drama to present death in a real light, I don't know. Except they did, kept a straight face, and re-tooled the show, and the excellence remains...
After a period of mourning, for which those episodes do not have a laugh track, they continued and brought in veteran actor James Garner, who proved to be an instant hit with the audience. His presence adds a new chemistry, which clearly works.
Then they added David Space, a move that surprised me, who turns out a BRILLIANT performance to a cast that already had genuine chemistry -- a show that lost John, but rebounded with James and David. It was thought out well and it showed. Plus, the show being a 'family' show presented a topic that does happen in real life. Big kudos.
This show is well-written and well-acted. By all. There is substance, depth, and wit that transcends what could have been sloppily-written, cornball comedy. It's that wit that also helps to elevate what is already a great series.
My favorite episode from this season is a tie, between "Get Real" (David Spade's introduction where he's set up as being an irresponsible oaf), and "Consequences" (the very special drug use episode).Read more ›
2) Sex Ed
3) Donny Goes AWOL
4) Goodbye: Part 1
5) Goodbye: Part 2
6) No Right Way
7) What Dad Would Want
8) The First Thanksgiving
9) Merry Christmas: The Story of Anne Frank & Skeevy
11) Get Real
13) Opposites Attract: Part 1
14) Opposites Attract: Part 2
15) Opposites Attract: Part 3 - Night of the Locust
16) Daddy's Girl
17) Mall in the Family
18) Let's Keep Going: Part 1
19) Let's Keep Going: Part 2
20) C. J.'s Party
21) Mother's Day
22) The Principal
23) Final Part Un
24) Final Part Deux
John Ritter stars in the first three episodes of Season 2. Katey Sagal sing's in episode 16 "Daddy's Girl."
The DVD is OK. All episodes are uncut, but the introductions to John Ritter's final episodes are missing. There are no special features, which is disappointing.
The passing of John Ritter was a great loss to show business overall, but was a death blow to the series. I thought they did a fantastic job with the episodes dealing with his passing, was both funny and heartbreaking at the same time. A very fitting tribute. And the DVD is worth it just for the beginning of the season that had the episodes with John and the episodes that dealt with his death. But unfortunately they weren't able to recover well.
James Garner was a good addition, did a enjoyable job of the father/grandfather trying to help bring a male presence to the family, but the addition of David Spade for me was the death knell. I've never been impressed with his "acting" and it was not at all good here. They spent too much time focusing on him, and the series suffered terribly for that. It was no longer a great show, but became just another TV series.
But the first episodes in this season were as outstanding as the first season, and a great tribute to the talent that was John Ritter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Way too liberal. The younger daughter was extremely disrespectful and mouthy. The older daughter was portrayed as stupid and sleazy. Not a good role model for young girls.Published 4 days ago by JR
Amazing TV show with a great cast. Want to watch over and overPublished 5 months ago by Bryniarskia
Great show, hoping for more seasons to be available still. Delivered on time as usual. Will buy the rest once available.Published 5 months ago by mike-t