8 simple rules dating my teenage daughter
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.
Early in the series, "8 Simple Rules" took this route as well, as the first several episodes were mainly about father Paul Hennessy's (Ritter) efforts to understand his teenaged children's behavior.
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.
Attempting to be a good father, Paul has heart-to-hearts with both his daughters, despite their constant criticism of his clothes and outdated slang.
His ineptitude is often his undoing, and his need to be both father and friend leads to a strained relationship with his children.
The series' storylines deal with the struggles of parenthood and the pressures of being a teen.
Since "8 Simple Rules" begins with the children already in full-adolescent mode, the shift from childhood to adulthood is abrupt for viewers, as it is for Paul, who is finally taking a more committed turn at fatherhood.