slot would be devoted to family-friendly programming. shows such as "The Drew Carey Show", "My Wife & Kids", and "America's Funniest Home Videos" were joined by two newcomers: sitcom "8 Simple Rules" and the reality show "Extreme Makeover." The "Happy Hour" concept did not last long, as the following season saw gritty anti-terrorist drama "Threat Matrix" and newsmagazine "Primetime" claiming the first hour of certain nights.
But "8 Simple Rules" had some staying power, and would remain on ABC's schedule for three seasons.
One minute your daughter is wearing bunny slippers and demanding bedtime stories.
She doesn't always agree with some of his more outlandish ideas in getting to better know their children, but she shares his lamentations at the generation gap between parent and child.
Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) is the popular and fast-talking oldest daughter and Kerry (Amy Davidson) is the moody and environmentalist middle child.
While the two sisters share a room, they regularly are at odds with each other and their father, with Kerry offering biting sarcasm and Bridget trying to talk her way out of punishment.
There's no cheesy emotional music during the "serious" conversations, and the characters are just odd enough to be laughed at, while still real enough to make their predicaments believable and investable.
While the show is titled "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter", it's not the prevalent theme throughout the series.