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The family sitcom easily adhered to a familiar formula: two parents simply attempt to keep their home civilized despite having teenage children under their roof.
It's been seen on shows like "The Brady Bunch", "Family Ties", "Home Improvement", and of course, the ever-popular "Full House." Often, the show will try to depict one point of view: "Home Improvement" centered on paterfamilias Tim Taylor, while "Malcolm in the Middle" focused on its titular kid.
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be a good father, Paul has heart-to-hearts with both his daughters, despite their constant criticism of his clothes and outdated slang.
But "8 Simple Rules" had some staying power, and would remain on ABC's schedule for three seasons.
As the "straight man" to Paul, it's usually up to Cate to be a more firm voice of reason and the heart of their family.
The two parents are still very much in love, and their displays of affection are frequently met with disgust and shock by their 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.