In the wake of the tragedy, the show attempted what at the time might have been unthinkable.
"8 Simple Rules" has gone beyond such shallow ends to bring us a show we can all appreciate. Network: ABC; Genre: Family Sitcom; Content Rating: TV-G; Classification: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4); Season Reviewed: Season 2+Unfortunately, '8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter' (based on the book by W.
Bruce Cameron) will most likely be remembered as the last series that comedian John Ritter worked on before his tragic, sudden death in 2003.
It couldn't have happened to a more pleasant and unlikely series.
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.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.From a purely creative standpoint Ritter's death slashed right at the heart of this show.It was him that was the star, he was much of the reason I was drawn to the show, and it was his impeccable comic delivery that was able to elicit a laugh-out-loud response.