8 Simple Rules: Season 1
Buena Vista (2002)
TV Series  /  Comedy, Family
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Seen ItYes
IMDB   7.1
601 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Kaley Cuoco Bridget Hennessy
Amy Davidson Kerry Hennessy
John Ritter Paul Hennessy
David Spade C.J. Barnes
James Garner Jim Egan
Katey Sagal Cate Hennessy
Martin Spanjers Rory Hennessy
James Widdoes

Paul Hennessy has grown accustomed to his stay-at-home wife Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and agrees to make the duties of raising the kids a shared experience. Paul fondly remembers the days when his daughters would sit on his lap singing silly songs, and he was their hero for scaring away monsters from under the bed. But those days are long gone.
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    9/17/2002  1.  Pilot
Paul had grown accustomed to Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and undertakes the responsibility of helping out with the kids. Although not new to fatherhood, Paul is just a bit rusty on day-to-day interaction and discovers that he's grown a little out of touch with his kids - especially his daughters. His value has been reduced to a wallet and a ride to the mall. Sixteen-year-old Bridget (Kaley Cuoco, ""Growing Up Brady,"" ""Ladies Man"") has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager, with a different boyfriend each week and a taste for fashion that tends to be a little too revealing for her father's taste. By contrast, 15-year-old Kerry (Amy Davidson, ABC Family series ""So Little Time"") is intelligent and cute, but her lack of selfconfidence has led her to hide behind a mask of s
Director:  Gil Junger  Writer:  Tracy Gamble 
Guest starring:  Mo Gaffney, Bryan Neal, Edward James Gage,  Larry MillerBilly Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    9/24/2002  2.  Wall Of Shame
Paul is left home alone with the kids while Cate is at a seminar on the day of the big Michigan/Ohio State football game. But much to Paul's dismay, the game soon takes a backseat when Bridget is accused of shoplifting and Kerry gets upset over her latest cause.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Mike Langworthy 
Guest starring:  Lee Corso, Chris Fowler,  Steven Gilborn
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    10/1/2002  3.  Bridget's First Job
After seeing how much money Bridget spends on keeping up with the latest fashions, Paul tells her to go out and get a job to learn how to be fiscally responsible. But when she lands a job at a trendy mall clothing store that offers its workers a 40% discount, Paul and Cate begin to worry that she may not be learning the true value of a dollar.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bill Daly 
Guest starring:  Angel Elliott,  Larry Miller
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    10/8/2002  4.  Wings
Bridget takes drastic measures when an overprotective Paul keeps coming up with excuses to delay her from taking her driver's test. Meanwhile, after convincing a less-than-confident Kerry that she has the talent to enter an art competition, Paul is shocked and Kerry is devastated when her submission is rejected, on ""8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.""
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bonnie Kallman  / Bill Daly 
Guest starring:  Kit Pongetti,  Brian LecknerBilly Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    10/15/2002  5.  Son-In-Law
A sports-struck Paul lets Bridget do whatever she wants when she breaks up with Kyle and begins dating high school basketball wonder Travis ""The Rainman"" Smith - whose father just happens to be Michigan baseball legend Steve ""Canned Heat"" Smith (Terry Bradshaw). Meanwhile Kerry resents the fact that Paul still thinks of her as a little girl and not as a budding teenager ready to take on the dating world.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Martin Weiss  / Tracy Gamble 
Guest starring:  Michael McMillian, Matt Funke,  Terry BradshawLarry MillerBilly Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    10/22/2002  6.  Cheerleader
Bridget is ecstatic when the cheerleading squad has an opening for a new member. But after telling Kerry that she is not cut out to be a cheerleader, Bridget is completely dumbfounded when her sister tries out and is chosen for the team. Meanwhile, Paul tries in vain to wean Rory off video games and introduce him to the world of books
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Paul Ciancarelli  / David Dipietro 
Guest starring:  Amanda Fuller, Dana Workman, Monique Lea, Heather Hogan, Marlene Brehm, Nina Ratterree, Lyndsay Martin,  Larry Miller
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    10/29/2002  7.  Trick Or Treehouse
Paul seems to be the only one looking forward to a family Halloween, as Bridget, Kerry and Rory make plans to spend the spooky evening away from home and with their friends. But Paul's wish to relive the past by having the family get together for one last Halloween campout in the old treehouse may turn out to be the biggest nightmare of the evening.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bonnie Kallman 
Guest starring:  Josef Cannon, Stephanie Allen,  Billy Aaron BrownLarry Miller
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    11/5/2002  8.  By The Book
In an effort to win back the love and respect that his daughters used to show him when they were young, Paul turns to a parenting book for some quick advice. But when Bridget and Kerry discover Paul's teaching tool, they try to use it to their advantage to get their father to let them go to a rock festival.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Paul Ciancarelli  / David Dipietro 
Guest starring:  Oleg Zatsepin, Cole Williams
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    11/12/2002  9.  Two Boys For Every Girl
Paul's plan backfires when--after telling Bridget to tell Kyle the truth about her date with another boy -- Kyle breaks up with her. Meanwhile, Kerry's first date turns out to be a dream, but she is devastated when the boy doesn't call her back.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bill Callahan  / Philip Wen 
Guest starring:  Brian Sites, Trent Gill,  Billy Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    11/19/2002  10.  Give It Up
When no one can agree on where the family vacation should take place, Paul challenges the Hennessey clan to give up their bad habits for a week and the winner gets to choose the vacation spot. But the family's vices soon get the better of them, and secret collaborations and clandestine alliances threaten to foil the contest.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Martin Weiss 
Guest starring:  Tara Callaghan,  Billy Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    11/26/2002  11.  Paul Meets His Match
After meeting his new editor Nick, Paul becomes quick friends with the man when he discovers they both have a common bond-being married fathers of teenage girls. But Paul soon learns that he may have something else in common with Nick-having the reputation of being an overprotective ""psycho dad."" Meanwhile, Paul wants to make Thanksgiving a family affair, and forbids Bridget and Kerry from inviting their boyfriends to the festive feast.
Director:  James Widdoes  / Dena Waxman  Writer:  Martin Weiss  / Bonnie Kallman 
Guest starring:  Patrick Warburton, Brian Sites, Tara Rose,  Billy Aaron Brown, Nicole Mansour, Nikki Danielle Moore
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    12/10/2002  12.  All I Want For Christmas
Paul discovers that he has his work cut out for him for the holidays when he tries to find perfect gifts for the family to make up for last year's Christmas fiasco. Kerry also finds a stray dog during the holidays. Meanwhile, Cate is overjoyed when she is asked to sing a solo at the church's midnight service, but fears that seeing her family there will make her nervous
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Christy Jacobs White 
Guest starring:  Randy Crenshaw, Lani Groves, Jim Gilstrap, Artie Lee Anderson, Angel Elliott,  Billy Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    12/17/2002  13.  Rory's Got A Girlfriend
When a proud Paul lets 13-year-old Rory go out on his first date, Bridget and Kerry accuse him of unfairly changing the rules because they were never allowed to date at that age. Meanwhile Kerry is shocked when Bridget receives a higher score then she did on a state aptitude test.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bill Daly 
Guest starring:  Lily Nicksay,  Larry Miller
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    1/7/2003  14.  Career Choices
Paul and Cate are shocked when they are called into the principal's office and informed that Bridget wants to skip her college prep classes in order to become an esthetician. Meanwhile, Paul is so impressed with Kerry's sketches of ""The Incredible Boring Woman"" that he gets the principal to print them in the school newspaper -- not realizing that the principal is the boring woman in question.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  Amy Engelberg  / Wendy Engelberg 
Guest starring:  Mo Gaffney, Kelsey Lynn Batelaan, Heather McLaughlin,  Rachel Bilson
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    1/21/2003  15.  Kerry's Big Adventure
After Kerry and her boyfriend break up, Paul tries to cheer up his blue daughter by getting Bridget to take her little sister with her to a party. But while talking to Kyle at the party, Kerry is shocked when a spark is ignited and the two share a romantic kiss. Meanwhile, Paul and Cate try to discover what is hidden in Rory's secret box.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Martin Weiss  / Tracy Gamble 
Guest starring:  Shelly Cole, Amanda MacDonald,  Wendie Jo SperberBilly Aaron Brown, Cole Williams, Nikki Danielle Moore
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    1/28/2003  16.  Come And Knock On Our Door
After discovering that boyfriend Kyle kissed Kerry at a party (the previous episode, ""Kerry's Big Adventure,"" airing Jan 21), Bridget gives her sister the silent treatment which is anything but quiet for Paul. But real life merges with fantasy when Paul has a dream that lands him in familiar territory, showing Kyle as a swinging bachelor living with Paul's two beautiful daughters in an apartment straight out of the 70s. The set of the classic comedy ""Three's Company"" was recreated down to the last detail for this episode.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bill Callahan  / Philip Wen 
Guest starring:  Baelyn Neff, Jenny J. Wade, Artie Lee Anderson,  Don KnottsBilly Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    2/4/2003  17.  Drummer Boy (1)
Bridget defies the rules of the house after Paul forbids her from going out on a date with Ben (Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter) -- her college-age drum instructor. Meanwhile, Kerry is mad at Cate when her ex-boyfriend confesses that he thinks her mother is pretty.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bill Daly 
Guest starring:  Nick Carter, Brian Sites
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    2/11/2003  18.  Drummer Boy (2)
Bridget takes the car and follows her older boyfriend, drum instructor Ben (Nick Carter, Backstreet Boys), to his college dorm. Conclusion of a two-part episode.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Janis Hirsch 
Guest starring:  Nick Carter, Amanda Lockwood, Andi Eystad, Dempsey Pappion
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    2/18/2003  19.  Cool Parent
When Paul has to pick up Bridget and Kerry from a party that's been broken up by the police -- and "supervised" by co-worker Tommy (Larry Miller) -- Paul chastises his friend and unwittingly volunteers to host the next one. But when Paul falls asleep during the party and it gets out of control too, the kids think of him as a "cool parent," while the neighborhood parents think he's just as unreliable as Tommy.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Paul Ciancarelli  / David Dipietro 
Guest starring:  Romy Walthall, Michael Burger, Howard Akers, Nick Lashaway, Jake Dinwiddie,  Billy Aaron BrownLarry Miller, Cole Williams, Nicole Mansour
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    2/25/2003  20.  Every Picture Tells A Story
When Paul is asked by race car driver Carter Tibbits (Jason Priestley, ""Beverly Hills 90210"") to write a book about him, Paul brings the family to Tibbits' mansion to meet the driving legend and his sarcastically dry-witted butler, Cody (Robert Guillaume, ""Benson,"" ""Sports Night"") -- who used to be Carter's crew chief. But a misunderstanding leads Rory to steal a photo from Carter's room, and it's Paul who's under suspicion when a security camera catches him trying to return the item.
Director:  Mark Cendrowski  Writer:  David Flebotte 
Guest starring:  Jason PriestleyRobert Guillaume
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    3/11/2003  21.  Kerry's Video
Kerry devotes her school video project to sister, Bridget, to illustrate the hypocrisy that life is much easier for the ’beautiful people.' But when Bridget discovers that the video makes her look shallow, she takes Paul's advice to enrich her life by taking up tennis again -- and ends up with a broken nose.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  Bonnie Kallman 
Guest starring:  Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan, Casey Wright, Gregor Trpin, Rowan Finnegan, Nathan Funk
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    3/25/2003  22.  Good Moms Gone Wild
While vacationing in Florida at Cate's parent's home, Paul and Cate catch Bridget and Kerry on the evening news partying with a group of Spring Breakers. But before a punishment can be implemented, the news runs archival footage that features a young, wild Cate letting loose in a bar. Meanwhile, a jealous Paul meets Byron (Ed Marinaro, ""Hill Street Blues,"" ""Sisters"") -- the man that Cate went out with during her college sophomore year -- and Rory befriends an elderly gentleman (Tom Poston, ""Newhart,"" ""Mork & Mindy"") whose stories about World War II turn out to be more fiction than fact.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Bill Callahan  / Philip Wen 
Guest starring:  Tom Poston, Ed Marinaro, Tracie Savage, Candace Woolf
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    3/28/2003  23.  Career Woman
Paul's job as parental guardian becomes more of a full-time position when Cate is up for a promotion and has to spend more time at the hospital. Meanwhile, after Paul introduces the boy to the hobby of baseball card collecting, Rory trades the cards for something not exactly associated with the sport.
Director:  Mark Cendrowski  Writer:  Rosalind Moore 
Guest starring:  Kelsey Lynn Batelaan, Robyn Moran,  Wendie Jo Sperber
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    4/8/2003  24.  Queen Bees And King Bees
Bridget and Paul are surprised to find themselves in similar situations when they are both alienated in their social circles. But they devise a plan to settle the score, leading Paul to crash a poker game with co-worker Tommy (Larry Miller) to get closer to boss Nick (Patrick Warburton), and Bridget trying to break up ex-boyfriend Kyle and her nemesis, Jenna.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Martin Weiss 
Guest starring:  Patrick Warburton, Artie Lee Anderson,  Billy Aaron BrownLarry Miller, Nikki Danielle Moore, Nicole Mansour
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    4/29/2003  25.  Bake Sale
Bridget begrudgingly becomes a mother when she is assigned to take care of a baby made out of a sack full of flour for school. When Kerry and Rory bake cookies for the Great American Bake Sale to help put an end to childhood hunger in America, Bridget begins to notice that her baby is developing a mysterious loss of weight.
Writer:  Kim Friese 
Guest starring:  Billy Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    5/6/2003  26.  The Doyle Wedding
After reluctantly inviting socially inept neighbors Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle (""Cheers'"" John Ratzenberger & Shelley Long) and their kids over for dinner, Paul and Cate are shocked when the entire Hennessy clan is asked to take part in the Doyles' daughter's wedding. Meanwhile Kerry neglects to inform Bridget that geeky Donny Doyle (Thad Luckinbill, J.T. Hellstrom on ""The Young and the Restless"") has grown up to be a hunk, and Rory takes a part in a play as a cross-dresser in order to meet girls. Cate (Katey Sagal) sings the jazz classic, ""At Last,"" at the wedding reception.
Director:  Lynn McCracken  Writer:  Rosalind Moore 
Guest starring:  John RatzenbergerShelley Long, Emila Groth, Kaitlin Cullum, Ashlynn Rose, Carlie Casey,  Thad Luckinbill
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    5/13/2003  27.  Sort Of An Officer And A Gentleman (1)
Having learned that her sister, Maggie (Cybill Shepherd), is having marital problems, Cate is nevertheless not too thrilled when Paul invites Maggie to stay at the house -- the sisters have a long history of sibling rivalry. Meanwhile, Paul and Cate are impressed with how mature Bridget has become after they agreed to let her go out with neighbor Donny Doyle (Thad Luckinbill), who is home from the Naval Academy; and Bridget and Kerry wonder if Kyle has ulterior motives when he befriends Rory.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Heather MacGillvray  / Linda Mathious 
Guest starring:  Amanda MacDonald, Heather Hogan, Cybill Shepherd,  Thad LuckinbillBilly Aaron Brown
    Seen it: Yes   30 mins    5/20/2003  28.  Sort Of An Officer And A Gentleman (2)
The sibling rivalry between Cate and Maggie (Cybill Shepherd) comes to a boiling point when Maggie gets a sexy, new makeover and gives Bridget a water bra as a gift. Meanwhile tensions between the Hennessy sisters mount when Kerry and Kyle begin dating, while Bridget's popularity takes a nosedive after she dissed her friends for Donny (Thad Luckinbill); and Paul becomes concerned when he finds an empty pregnancy test kit.
Director:  James Widdoes  Writer:  Janis Hirsch  / Bonnie Kallman 
Guest starring:  Cybill Shepherd, Heather Hogan, Amanda MacDonald, Kala Savage, Jeff Tschida, Charlie Babcock, Kelsey Lynn Batelaan,  Thad LuckinbillBilly Aaron Brown
Edition Details
Edition Collector's Edition
Series 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Distributor Buena Vista
Release Date 8/7/2007
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen (1.78:1)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned); French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [French]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 3
Personal Details
Location Comedy
Purchase Price $14.32
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