Oh yes, fatherhood.” As for the children, we’ve seen similar stereotypical characters on other sitcoms. Kerry is her awkward, brunette younger sister, and Rory is their kid brother who has the creepy habit of hiding in their closets. But it’s his daughters that he is trying to win over.
They love him, but they’re also embarrassed and befuddled by him.
The incomparable Katey Sagal brought her trademark wit and protective instincts to the role of Cate Hennessy, a mother who kept the family together following her husband's death.
After 8 Simple Rules, she's gone on to play more strong, complex women including Leela on [Futurama](series:200475) and Gemma Teller Morrow on [Sons of Anarchy](series:201186), a role that nabbed her a Golden Globe.
The first season deals with that uneasy transition.