He and his daughter argue about her behavior, clothing, and boyfriends.
The second and third seasons were centered on the rest of the family, due to John Ritter's untimely death in 2003.
His oldest child, Bridget, is rebellious and boy-crazy; middle child Kerry lives in her older sister's shadow; while Rory, lives only to antagonise his older sisters.
The show is about his thoughts and feelings about guys dating his teenage daughter.
His death had an impact on the rest of the family, especially Bridget.
Bridget regrets her former attitude towards her father and changes her way.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the show shortly returned to its roots.
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005. Bruce Cameron's book of the same name, the show starred John Ritter during its first season.
Older daughter Bridget was very popular with boys, much to her father's dismay.
The episodes were mainly about him trying to do what was best for his children, whether they liked it or not.
8 Simple Rules is a comedy series staring John Ritter and Katy Segal.
The series was inspired by the book "Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," by W. Paul Hennessy is a stay at home father of three children, two teenage daughters and a preteen son. His wife, Cate, is a nurse and the "voice of reason" in the family.
He is soon overwhelmed by the responsibility of being the father of teenage daughters and misses being a sports writer.