But "8 Simple Rules" had some staying power, and would remain on ABC's schedule for three seasons.
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.
After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.
James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.
It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.