From a purely creative standpoint Ritter's death slashed right at the heart of this show.

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And they pulled it off - something without a successful precedence in a TV series.

Katey Sagal (' Married With Children', ' Futurama') was pushed into the lead role and after years of trying to shed her Peg Bundy supporting-role image she has stepped up to the task with steadfast assurance.

In an episode of 8 Simple Rules, the son comments about his two sisters, the bride of Chucky is after Barbie.

John Ritter who starred in that show until his death in 2003 also starred in Bride of Chucky See more » In several episodes, characters drink "Safeway Select" colas.

Before that startling jolt of reality intruded on its world '8 Simple Rules' was as passive and insignificant as family sitcoms get.

A show that kept its head down, churned up warm and fuzzy feelings and got a few laughs in the process.

The Safeway Brands are only available in Safeway Company Stores in the Western US and Canada, in and around the Chicagoland area and at some select convenience stores in the Eastern US. No Safeway Company Stores exist in or around Detroit.

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.

Bruce Cameron) will most likely be remembered as the last series that comedian John Ritter worked on before his tragic, sudden death in 2003.