The show continued for two more seasons but after the ratings fell, undoubtedly due to John’s absence, producers cancelled filming for another series.

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On Thursday, she uploaded an Instagram photo of herself reuniting with the original cast of the ABC programme 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter - except, of course, for the late John Ritter.

Her black-and-white snapshot showed the 30-year-old leaning into frame and grinning broadly alongside Katey Sagal, who played her mother, as well as Martin Spanjers and Amy Davdison, who played her younger siblings.

The series ran on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005.

The first season focused on Paul being left in charge of the kids after Cate takes a full-time job as a nurse, with comedic emphasis on his often strict rules concerning his daughters and dating.

See more » The writers of "8 Simple Rules" should be commended for the manner in which they handled John Ritter's death.

There was a lot of speculation about merely replacing the star with another actor.

The people at the show chose instead to go out on a limb and let the show mirror reality.

They showed the pain of a family goes through when losing a loved one. Most sit-coms now-a-days shy too much away from reality and give us a syrupy-sweet, trite twenty minutes of simulated laugh tracks and simulated humor.

Widowed mom Cate Hennessy raises three teens in this sitcom, which shifted focus in 2003 following the sudden death of its star, John Ritter, just before the start of its second season.