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8 Simple Rules: The Complete First Season (2002)

John Ritter , Katey Sagal , James Widdoes  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers
  • Directors: James Widdoes
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 601 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "8 Simple Rules: The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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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, which aired on ABC during 2002 and 2003, 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 on occasion 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

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Legendary sitcom stars John Ritter and Katey Sagal team up in 8 SIMPLE RULES, ABC's hit family comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny. "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry." That's the rallying cry of Paul Hennessy. A little rusty in the parenting department, Paul 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 One. Experience all 28 episodes, plus exclusive bonus features, including a hilarious bonus reel, in this sensational 3-disc set.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Great Season and nice price... June 11, 2007
I am so happy that 8 simple Rules is finally being released to DVD on 8/07/07 and season 1 is defintely one of my favorites out of all 3 hillarious seasons. I loved John Ritter in "Three's Company" and I think his roll in "8 Simple Rules is just as funny and a must own set. I was quite shocked at the low $17.99 price for this set and I would definitely pre-order it while the price is still good with all of the online market place sales that are going on right now temporarily.

Paul (John Ritter) died off of the show as well as in real life in the beggining of season 2 and I find some of the episodes very sad because I knew that he would no longer be in the following seasons. There was a special two part show entitled "Goodbye in season 2 for the loss of John Ritter. After that, there was a few following episodes that dealt with the family coping with their loss and the stress of the children losing there father. I thought that the show would never be the same after that but it quickly picked back up pace, in which the show survived until after the third season and then came to an end. I did miss John Ritter after he was no longer part of the cast but the show continued with great hillarious episodes and I think that the other seasons did remarkably well.

Buy and enjoy season 1 because John Ritter is on all of these shows and is so fun to watch. His memory through his comedic work is still with us and is here to be watched and enjoyed for all time. Here is a complete list of all 28 episodes that will be included with this set, including the rare pilot that started it all!

1. Pilot (Pilot)
2. Wall Of Shame
3. Bridget's First Job
4. Wings
5. Son-In-law
6. Cheerleader
7. Trick Or Treehouse
8. By The Book
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughter ensues the Rules September 7, 2007
The rules are:
1.Use your hands on my daughter and you'll lose them after.
2.You make her cry, I make you cry.
3.Safe sex is a myth. Anything you try will be hazardous to your health.
4.Bring her home late, there's no next date.
5.Only delivery men honk. Dates ring the doorbell. Once.
6.No complaining while you're waiting for her. If you're bored, change my oil.
7.If your pants hang off your hips, I'll gladly secure them with my staple gun.
8.Dates must be in crowded public place. You want romance? Read a book.

Imagine Three's Company Jack Tripper all grown up, married and with three kids..You do not have to imagine this that much... 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter is it!

John Ritter;s last TV gig is pure sitcom. He does not do that many pratfalls like he did in Company, but the humor is there. In this show, he plays stay at home dad/newspaper columnist Paul Hennessy. You can still call him Jack Tripper, if you ask me

Katey Segal is his loving wife Cate. She is the only one in the annuals of TV history to play the trashist TV mom (peg Bundy) to the classist TV mom (this role). She plays the role of the well balanced mom to the dumb dad and in this sitcom it works well

The kids played by Kaley Cuoco (playing a character akin to Kelly Bundy), Amy Davidson (playing a character akin to Lisa Simpson) and Martin spanjer (a cross between Bart Simpson & a suck up to dad). They are the meat & potatoes of this sitcom. Their actions move this along to its funny best

The laughes in this show is never forced. Worth getting for any TV DVD library

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season October 24, 2007
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I am not going to write a 'review' about this last John Ritter series. Needless to say this A-Class person is missed by all the entertainment world and his fans. Enjoy this DVD, anyone with a child can relate to the stresses, joys and triumphs that children brings to a family. Katey Sagal and the others in the ensemble bring a realness. Great acting, great writing. Buy, Enjoy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant and funny :-) July 20, 2007
John Ritter is/was always one of my favourite comedic actors. He had such brilliant timing and the perfect face for delivering great lines. In this show, he played a caring father who was strict enough to let the kids know who was boss, but still had fun with his family.
I cannot wait for this to come out on dvd. It's so funny and this was probably the best season ever. If you haven't seen this show yet, you must do yourself a favour and get a copy when this is released. It's fantastic and something I know I'll enjoy watching many times over.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy it's finally on DVD July 27, 2007
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I have pre-ordered this DVD and hope the other seasons are released soon. I had been waiting for John Ritters final tv project to be available for purchase. I loved this sitcom, and even after John had passed away, it never lost it's charm.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Series May 19, 2007
this is my favourite series. but only this season.

john ritter is priceless no matter what he did...

and in this season he was just gold. r.i.p John.

and this series is good enough with the other actors.

i love it. saw it all, but i'm ready to see it again on dvd :D:D
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super-enjoyable and almost perfect. January 2, 2008
This show is about a ALL-American family, who's members add uniqueness to it. Everyone is completely different in their own ways, and I have grown to love them all although Carrie (Amy Davidson) is my favorite: She was moody, confused and hurt and overall, grouchy, pessimistic and a smartass. I adored her. Still do!!

Anyway, they all have every day problems: Carrie with her looks (she's so pretty), school, BOYS, her sister's popularity and beauty (Carrie's a bit prettier) and just being an outcast overall. Bridgett's main problem was boy issues: Her current boyfriend, Kyle, is DUMB AS R O C K S but somehow, they fit. I remember a spicy episode when Bridgette was gone and Carrie was on the couch with Kyle...Guess what happened? They locked lips. It was sweet and tender, but Carrie regretted it right after. I think she even went as far as running back upstairs!

Rory, the youngest teen, had problems with girls sometimes but usually, it was HE who was the problem; firecrackers, hidden (craftily, I might add) under his bed, in a box, UNDER a board that has pictures placed on top. He's my second favorite character.

Cate is a mom; overworked, under paid yet perserverance like no other. She was always very worried about her growing children's well-beings but most of them (besides Rory) pushed her away, especially Bridget.

Paul, the father was very worried about his kids too; more so than the mother. He always tried to cater to their every needs, E S P E C I A L L Y Bridget's. ^_^

Jim, the grandpa is a one in a million treasure. He was super-funny, and truthful and made a lot of sense. We can call him the voice of reason and logic of the show!

Lastly, C.J., my third favorite character was the "Loser" of the family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The DVDS were scratched and I had to go through 2 sets
Published 11 days ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 14 days ago by Taylor Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 SIMPLE RULES:SEASON 1
This is a great family show that the family can watch together. It is about what parents go through with teenagers.
Published 1 month ago by mike hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived earlier than expected
Awesome show.. sucks they won't put season 3 on dvd
Published 1 month ago by jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars WAY BETTER THAN FULL HOUSE
8 simple rules season 1 this is way better than full house
Published 1 month ago by dilliancooldude
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
bought for my wife for her birthday; she loves this season; shipping and price were great!
Published 1 month ago by SirStraw
5.0 out of 5 stars John Ritter's last great stand.....
this show has it all.....loads of laughter, great stories, family drama...and pretty girls.....just an all around great show......RIP Mr Ritter
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this show.
Published 1 month ago by Sue Paananen
5.0 out of 5 stars No matter who you are or what your place in life......
this is the best -written, best-acted and directed, satisfying family comedy ever on television. The talent of the individual actors playing the five lead characters (members of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff M.
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDERATED !
This was a very enjoyable comedy series ... Ritter did not steal the show from his cast mates ... very sad he passed on during Season 2 ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacobazzi
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