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."
John Ritter's untimely death greatly affected this show, putting it in a three week hiatus.
As a result of killing off Paul, Tracy Gamble and ABC brought in James Garner and David Spade and made sure Cate (Sagal) wasn't the only one who was taking care of the children. I am not saying season two is god-awful, I think it's on par with season one.
The characters have started to develop more, Bridget is more of a character than a stereotype, Kerry goes from a bitchy sarcastic redhead to a more nicer person, Rory goes from a tattling pain in the butt to an oddball child. Cate herself goes from the stereotypical working mother, to a mother who actually has time for her kids. James Garner is hilarious as Cate's father Jim Egan, a Korean war veteran who can be just like Paul (Ritter). Jim often butt heads with C.J. (played hilariously by David Spade) who is a wise-ass and a man child. Among this season you will see Jim often trying to swing at C.J. with his cane. The idea of adding Spade and Garner to the series was to give it a more comedic atmosphere compared to the long one hour dramatic episode where we learn Paul has died.
Now for the problems I have with the set
My big issue with the bonus features being blank is we have no tributes to John Ritter and No Audio Commentary and not even a segment with David Spade or James Garner.
Final thought: The release is great if you want the show, but if you're looking for bonus features nope you will be disappointed. This set probably had terrible sales and that's probably why Lionsgate cancelled season three's DVD release.
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 5 months ago by JR
Amazing TV show with a great cast. Want to watch over and overPublished 10 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 11 months ago by mike-t