But when Paul suddenly passes away, Cate is faced with the challenge of raising the kids alone. (David Spade), whose unruly but loving personality helps the family keep its sense of humor.
Her father, Jim (James Garner), moves in to help them cope with the loss -- and to get farther from his estranged wife. While 8 Simple Rules sometimes relies on clichéd comedy devices -- such as Bridget's ditzy dumb blonde persona -- this award-winning sitcom offers a positive representation of family, teens, and strong parental guidance.
The show continued for two more seasons but after the ratings fell, undoubtedly due to John’s absence, producers cancelled filming for another series.
Let’s take a look at what the other cast members of 8 Simple Rules are getting up to these days, including the now hugely famous Kaley Cuoco.
8 Simple Rules (formerly titled 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is based on the best-selling book series of the same name.