7.3
515 votes
8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules

ABC 2002

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.

ABC 1900 Titles Top TV Series (1970-2013) XTV: Comedy TV: ALL rarbg2 Movies TV - USA All tv series with german audio Awesome Shows All Shows 2000-2018 EN

The 10 Best Episodes of 8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules - S1E19

#1 - Cool Parent

8.25

Season 1 - Episode 19

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 72 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S1E14

#2 - Career Choices

8.20

Season 1 - Episode 14

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 86 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E13

#3 - Opposites Attract (1)

8.19

Season 2 - Episode 13

In need of a tutor to boost her grades, Bridget hires Jeremy, hoping to make her chance of getting into a good college better. However, after her boyfriend gets sick, Bridget tries to persuade Jeremy to take his place. Meanwhile, Kyle treats Kerry to an very un-corporate Valentine's Day celebration. Rory gets pointers about the perfect gift for his new girlfriend Missy. Jim sends C.J. on an errand to get a ""special drug"" in Canada, which ends up just being Tylenol.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 68 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S3E8

#4 - Secrets

8.16

Season 3 - Episode 8

Everyone in the Hennessy family fears the ringing of the phone when they all find themselves keeping secrets from one-another. Rory refuses to divulge the identity of the student responsible for bullying and beating him up at school, which leads Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin) on a mission to find the culprit and tell Cate; Bridget and Kerry use fake IDs to get into a club, where Bridget meets a cute guy and gives him her phone number -- before discovering that he's a cop (Colby Donaldson, ""Survivor""); Cate doesn't want the family to know that Bridget's tennis coach, Scott (Dan Cortese), is in hot pursuit to get her to go out on a date with him; and C.J. is distracted and forgets to pick up Rory's pain medication, which leads the pharmacist to call the house to find out if Rory's OK

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 62 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E4

#5 - Goodbye (1)

8.13

Season 2 - Episode 4

The Hennessy famly must deal in their own way with the unexpected death of Paul. Cate's separated parents, Jim and Laura, come to visit and try to console the grieving family.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 86 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E3

#6 - Donny Goes AWOL

8.09

Season 2 - Episode 3

When Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle ask Bridget to be a part of a video message they are sending to Donny at the Naval Academy, they are shocked to discover that Bridget has broken up with their son on the tape - and Donny goes AWOL to try and patch things up. Meanwhile, Paul is asked to help give a nickname to a neighborhood prankster who has been terrorizing the block, not realizing that the culprit may be living under his own roof.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 85 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E5

#7 - Goodbye (2)

8.07

Season 2 - Episode 5

The family finds Paul's last written article, and reads it just before going to sleep.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 43 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E19

#8 - Let's Keep Going (2)

8.06

Season 2 - Episode 19

Upon discovering Cate in the arms of Artie - Paul's successor at the newspaper - Bridget and Kerry decide to blow off their planned trip to their grandmother's and take to the open road to sort out their feelings. But after meeting up with C.J., the girls find themselves at a familiar location that was beloved by Paul. Meanwhile, Rory continues to pine for Rachel Sharpe, who confesses her true feelings for him.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 64 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S1E13

#9 - Rory's Got a Girlfriend

8.06

Season 1 - Episode 13

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.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 85 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S1E11

#10 - Paul Meets His Match

8.04

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 90 votes.

#11 - Come and Knock on Our Door
8.02
Season 1 - Episode 16

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 83 votes.

#12 - Kerry's Big Adventure
8.01
Season 1 - Episode 15

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 87 votes.

#13 - Drummer Boy (2)
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 18

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.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 69 votes.

#14 - The Teachers Lounge
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 22

Officially a full-time teacher, C.J. is overjoyed to finally get access to the teachers' lounge. But he soon finds himself being bullied out of the room by the school's overzealous Home Ec instructor, Mr. Edwards. Meanwhile Rory wants to impress a girl, so Bridget and Kerry take it upon themselves to give him a full-fledged makeover.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 49 votes.

#15 - Every Picture Tells a Story
7.99
Season 1 - Episode 20

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 74 votes.

#16 - YMCA
7.97
Season 2 - Episode 10

Cate decides the family isn't active enough and takes them to join the YMCA where Bridget works. Jim is overprotective of her at the YMCA and doesn't think she should be working there. Meanwhile Rory deals with a coming-of-age issue that keeps ""popping up"" at the worst of times.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 61 votes.

#17 - Kerry's Video
7.96
Season 1 - Episode 21

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 71 votes.

#18 - The First Thanksgiving
7.95
Season 2 - Episode 8

While Cate plans to raise the family spirits with a special Thanksgiving dinner, Rory takes it upon himself to be the man of the house by looking after Bridget and Kerry when he learns that they are planning to attend a party with their boyfriends on the holiday. Meanwhile, Laura's visit to the Hennessy household ignites sparks between her and Jim.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 63 votes.

#19 - No Right Way
7.94
Season 2 - Episode 6

Cate is unprepared for the diverse reactions exhibited by Bridget and Kerry on their first day back to school since their father's death. Meanwhile, Jim tries his best to be helpful by making some questionable home improvements to the Hennessy home.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 87 votes.

#20 - Good Moms Gone Wild
7.94
Season 1 - Episode 22

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of 8 Simple Rules from 68 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

Comments

avatar

funny show

Search for TV shows...

About Me

I am Sophie and this is my website.

A little about me 👋 I am a marketing student in Paris. I love spending afternoons with friends in a cafe or a park.

But more than anything else, I love watching (.. binging…) series on my computer on rainy Sundays or any sunny day for that matter 🙈

I must have watched hundreds of shows by now, from romance to science-fiction series. Often I like to go back to a show I enjoyed. But I don’t feel like watching it all over again…

I created this website so myself and others could find the best episodes of our favourite shows. As of today, I have about 1,000 shows on the website with votes and rating coming from fans.

Hopefully, you can join me from your sofa and enjoy some nice TV!

- Sophie ☕️🍰