Ten simple rules for dating my teenage daughter
The two get a lion's share of airtime, as they are the titular "teenage daughters" whom Paul is trying to protect.
Usually the protection is from guys like Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown) and Jason (Brian Sites), recurring male characters who date Bridget and Kerry, respectively.
As the season progressed, the show took on a more traditional ensemble feel and even the coming of age aspect was slightly diminished.
Plotlines soon became typical family conundrums, not always focusing on how growing up affects both the teenager and the parents.
At Paul's side is his wife Cate (Katey Sagal), who is returning to work after years as a housewife and mother.
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.
The writers had found their niche within the stories and characters, and comparing an early Season 1 episode like "Bridget's First Job" to a later one like "Career Woman", there is markedly different chemistry among the actors. Each episode contains 4 chapter stops and none ever reach the 22-minute mark, thanks to networks' long, gradual increase in commercial airtime.
In truth, most early episodes focus on growing up, be it the added responsibilities that a teenager takes on, or the difficult "letting go" that a parent must do.Stuck as the second banana to his sisters, youngest son Rory (Martin Spanjers) sees the least amount of airtime and is relegated to silly little escapades like buying a surfboard (they live in Michigan) or secretly keeping a monkey/snake/rat as a pet.That and hiding in his sisters' closet, then reporting what he hears to Paul.What separates Rory from his sisters aside from gender is that he isn't so easily embarrassed by his father's presence, and there is a natural "hero worship" that the son holds for his dad.Being the only boy has its benefits as Rory is easily Paul's favorite, and he uses this fact to his advantage several times.