Original Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles _____ ______ ___________ ___________ ___________________________________________ Season 1 1.
1-28 20 May 03 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (2) Season 2 29.
It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.
Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.
After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.
James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.
ABC canceled the series on May 17, 2005 after three seasons due to low ratings.
The show's premise and title were derived from the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: And other tips from a beleaguered father (not that any of them work) by W. The third season (after Ritter's death) took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. (David Spade) and grandfather Jim (James Garner), than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.
2-15 24 Feb 04 Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust (3) 44.
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