The two parents are still very much in love, and their displays of affection are frequently met with disgust and shock by their children.
Cate is a far cry from Peg Bundy, so seeing Katey Sagal as a nice mom is a pleasant surprise.
Being the only boy has its benefits as Rory is easily Paul's favorite, and he uses this fact to his advantage several times.
While the two sisters share a room, they regularly are at odds with each other and their father, with Kerry offering biting sarcasm and Bridget trying to talk her way out of punishment.
The two get a lion's share of airtime, as they are the titular "teenage daughters" whom Paul is trying to protect.
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.
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be a good father, Paul has heart-to-hearts with both his daughters, despite their constant criticism of his clothes and outdated slang.
She doesn't always agree with some of his more outlandish ideas in getting to better know their children, but she shares his lamentations at the generation gap between parent and child.