Bruce Cameron is "the talk of parents nationwide" (People). Beginning with the warning signs (#5: Your car insurance suddenly costs more than the car), the book covers dating (Rule #2: Keep your hands and eyes off my daughter's body or I will remove them), the telephone (seemingly wired to her nervous system), braces (the costliest metal on earth), the first job, and more.
The reason is simple: he expresses something very true in a very funny way, examining just what happens when Daddy's little girl becomes a teenager.
Bridget is presented as a ditzy blond; Kerry is a social activist. often provides questionable advice to the kids, but he's never harmful and clearly loves them.
Coping with the death of a parent becomes a central theme in the second season; extended family becomes central to the healing process.
The resultant Re Tool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with Paul's death and it was cancelled within two years. I've got a very important announcement for the whole family.
The series aired on ABC from September 2002 to April 2005, a total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.
Soon, Cate’s “bitterly divorced” parents, played by Garner and Suzanne Pleshette, arrive to provide moral support.
As they bicker about artificial sweeteners and attending church, it’s amazing how much you found yourself missing the laughtrack, conspicuously absent from the episode.
After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.
James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.
Similarly, the underlying plot thread — in which all the characters feel guilt about their final encounters with the family’s late patriarch — was so neatly resolved (Paul, a newspaper columnist, magically addressed their concerns through a posthumously discovered column) as to feel a bit cloying.
For the most part, Sagal pulled off the most demanding aspects of the episode, even saddled with dialogue like ‘We don’t deserve this” as she questions God about the unfairness of life. Production: Filmed in Los Angeles by Shady Acres Entertainment and Flody Co in association with Touchstone Television.
Predictably, if morbidly, Tuesday’s one-hour return episode drew a vast audience, bolstering ABC’s sweeps bottom line.