The show's ratings continued to struggle due to Ritter's death and the major theme changes and was eventually cancelled at the end of its 3rd season.
Cate Hennessy, Katey's character, was a far better mother (not hard) than Peg Bundy, and much more involved in her children's lives.
On the series, she plays Cate Hennessy, a nurse and wife to Paul, a former sports writer turned Lifestyle columnist, and they are raising their three kids together.
Paul establishes himself as a strict, "psycho dad" type of person, creating 8 rules for the guys who attempt to date his daughters, Bridgette and Kerry: During the second season, John Ritter, who played Paul Hennessy, died during filming from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Cate: I asked my mother why she cut the ends off her pot roast, and she said, "because that's what my mother did". My bottle, a can of 50 weight oil and..." Oh, it does suck!
There are tons of girls that could do a way better job than I can. Bridget: It just doesn't seem right that I play Anne.
In an episode of 8 Simple Rules, the son comments about his two sisters, the bride of Chucky is after Barbie.
See more » The opening sequence of the first season featured Kerry, Kate, Bridget and Paul each looking at Bridget's or Kerry's new date one at a time (the scene is viewed from the latter's perspective), the camera panning down to the doormat with the show's title, and finally Rory taunting the date.
Wilson on Dennis The Menace (Joseph Kearns died of a cerebral hemorrhage after roughly 100 episodes) went out of town on vacation and never returned.
Often a deceased actor’s character was never mentioned again on screen.
Strangest fact: It took a long time for television to get past the denial stage of grief.
Wikipedia’s list is in chronological order, and the most common phrase in the early entries is, “character written out without explanation.” At best, characters like Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched (Alice Pearce died of ovarian cancer during season two), or Mr.
Rory's taunt changed in every opening sequence (although they were often repeated between non-consecutive episodes).