Rules of Engagement (TV series)
|Rules of Engagement|
|Created by||Tom Hertz|
|Opening theme||"How Many Ways" by Señor Happy|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||100 (List of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Game Six Productions
Happy Madison Productions
CBS Paramount Television (2007-2009)
CBS Television Studios (2009-2013)
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution (non-USA)
Sony Pictures Television (USA)
|Picture format||1080i 16:9 (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||February 5, 2007– May 20, 2013|
Rules of Engagement is a sitcom that ran on CBS from February 5, 2007, to May 20, 2013, originally airing as a mid-season replacement. The series was produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions in association with CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television (SPT controls North American rights; CBS controls international rights).
Two couples and their single friend deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage. It looks at different relationships in various stages, starring Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price as a long-married couple, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich as newly engaged sweethearts, and David Spade and Adhir Kalyan (the latter added in season 3) as their still-single friends. They often gather to enjoy a meal at "The Island Diner". The show features writers from the Emmy Award–winning Everybody Loves Raymond.
The show was heavily promoted by CBS during Super Bowl XLI and launched the following night, the first of seven episodes in its first season. The pilot episode remains the highest rated episode of the show. The series was renewed for a second season, which began as a mid-season replacement for The New Adventures of Old Christine on Monday, September 24, 2007, with production halted after nine episodes on November 6, 2007, in the wake of a writers' strike. After the strike ended, CBS announced that the show would return April 14, 2008, with a further six episodes.
Seasons three and four were both mid-season entries launched in March 2009 and March 2010. On May 18, 2010, it was announced that CBS had renewed Rules of Engagement for a 5th season. It was later announced that this season would start in September, in contrast to its usual midseason start, and received an expanded 24-episode order. (The fifth season was the first and only season to have a full-season order.) The first 15 episodes aired on Monday nights, usually in the 8:30 pm Eastern/7:30 pm Central time slot following How I Met Your Mother. Then on February 24, 2011, the series moved to Thursdays at 8:30 pm Eastern/7:30 pm Central, following The Big Bang Theory, after the cancellation of $h*! My Dad Says.
On May 17, 2011, the series was renewed for a sixth season to begin airing in fall 2011. One day later, CBS announced that Rules of Engagement would move to Saturday nights at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central as part of the network's new Comedytime Saturday block; the first time in six years that an original CBS program would air on that night. It also marked the fourth night that the series would air on, with it previously airing on Mondays, Wednesdays (two airings), and Thursdays. On October 7, 2011, however, it was announced that Rules of Engagement would move back to its 8:30PM EST Thursday timeslot following The Big Bang Theory, replacing new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman which was moved to the new Saturday time slot.
Effective January 12, 2012, CBS removed Rules of Engagement from its Thursday lineup, replacing it with the new sitcom Rob starring Rob Schneider. Rules would return to its Thursday 8:30 PM time slot on March 29, after Rob had finished airing its 8-episode order, resulting in a total of 15 episodes in season 6.
On May 21, 2012, CBS renewed Rules of Engagement for a seventh season of 13 episodes to air mid-season, bringing the total number of produced episodes to 100. Season 7 began airing on Mondays at 8:30, starting February 4, 2013.
On May 10, 2013, Rules of Engagement was cancelled by CBS after seven seasons and 100 episodes. The series finale episode aired on May 20, 2013.
Cast and characters
- Patrick Warburton as Jeff Bingham, a financial manager and husband of Audrey since August 12, 1995. He has a rather dark, dour and sardonic personality and sense of self, particularly when dealing with Russell and Adam, but he is not mean-spirited or cruel, thereby rendering these traits as merely ironic and biting humor. He loves sports (NY Giants, NY Mets, NY Rangers, NY Knicks), shuns anything that might resemble sensitivity and often views his marriage as a competition, refusing to let Audrey "win" the upper hand at anything. He is also very frugal and extremely careful with his money – to the extent where he will buy socks in New Jersey to avoid paying additional tax on them – and tries to discourage Audrey from overspending while planning for their future. He often reminisces about his college days at Syracuse.
- Megyn Price as Audrey Bingham (née Curtis), an editor at Indoor Living magazine and the assertive, modern wife of Jeff. She likes to do things on spur of the moment, such as when she buys furniture on the Internet or makes Jeff's shirts into a quilt. She tolerates her husband's insensitivities because she knows he is not malicious and will do whatever it takes to make the situation right once he realizes his mistake. Audrey does not make fun of her friends as much as her friends make fun of each other, but she will frequently save her most-biting criticisms for Russell. She often insists that she is a "people person", but her attempts to prove it usually result in embarrassment, such as having a co-worker lodge a sexual harassment complaint against her. She and Jeff had a baby via surrogate after Audrey assumed she could never get pregnant, only to discover in the series finale that she is in fact pregnant with Jeff's child.
- Oliver Hudson as Adam Rhodes, a sensitive and well-intentioned – but extremely naive – co-worker of Russell and Timmy, and Jennifer's fiancée throughout the entire series until they are married in the series finale. He is a neighbor of Jeff and Audrey, looks up to Jeff, and often acts on Jeff's relationship advice (which is hardened by years of marriage) to try to get more sex out of his relationship with Jennifer. This usually results in making the situation worse for himself. As an example, he once revealed to Jennifer his strategies for avoiding her bad moods, because he was proud that Jeff considered them to be a good idea. Sometimes because of his childlike naivete, people find it hard to explain things to him. He cannot keep secrets, and he never thinks before he speaks. Adam also frequently exhibits feminine or flamboyant behavior and characteristics, which make him the target of many barbs from Jeff and Russell regarding his homosexual tendencies.
- Bianca Kajlich as Jennifer Rhodes (née Morgan), the charismatic live-in fiancée and eventual wife of Adam, who endures his faults because of his good looks and underlying good nature. She is very self-conscious of his naivete, and will often try to spare him from embarrassment. She also has a need for thrills and can easily manipulate Adam into doing whatever she wants, but often feels guilty about it afterwards.
- David Spade as Russell Dunbar-Patel, a shallow, womanizing single friend of the main characters and boss of Adam and Timmy. Russell has a quick wit, and is an eternal optimist when it comes to women, often ignoring multiple sexual harassment lawsuits leveled against him in the pursuit of sex. He is also an inept manager in his father's real estate business, and if left to his own devices and forced to fend for himself without assistance (e.g., from Timmy), he would completely destroy his offices in minutes. He is often mocked because of his height (especially by Jeff), choice of wardrobe, and his penchant for prostitutes and young women with "daddy" issues. He is also very wealthy, as a result of his father's success, and frequently uses this to lure women and do whatever he wants. His favorite expression, after incredulous questions about his doing something outrageous, is: "I kinda did". In the episode, "100th", Russell proposed to Timmy, when Timmy was facing deportation.
- Adhir Kalyan as Timir "Timmy" Dunbar-Patel (recurring Season 3; regular cast from Seasons 4-7), whom Russell hires as his assistant. He is a mild-mannered man with a quick wit, often matching Russell's jabs in their verbal sparring. Although he is fluent in seven languages and holds an MBA from Harvard University, Timmy is often forced to do menial work or to solve Russell's trivial problems. While many of Russell's schemes disgust him, Timmy will often see them through so that he can enjoy Russell's come-uppance. He plays cricket and is also an avid fan of the Boston Bruins. In the episode, "100th", Timmy's work visa was expired, and he was facing deportation. Russell set aside his womanizing ways to marry Timmy, so he can stay in the country.
Major recurring characters
- Diane Sellers as Doreen, waitress at The Island Diner.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Liz, an unlikeable, annoying, unattractive neighbor and friend of Audrey's who lives directly upstairs from the Binghams; for a brief story arc in Season 6 she was married to Russell, but they later separated. In Season 7, Episode 7, she admitted to Russell that she is a sex addict and that she cheated on him multiple times (with multiple partners) during their brief marriage.
- Sara Rue as Brenda, Jeff’s lesbian softball teammate who agrees to be a surrogate mother for Audrey and Jeff.
- Nazneen Contractor as Suneetha, Timmy’s fiancée in an arranged marriage, who becomes an object of Russell’s affections.
- Susan Yeagley as Tracy, a man-hungry co-worker of Audrey’s.
- Taryn Southern as Allison, the object of Timmy's affections, which blossoms into an intra-office romance, then ends when she moves away and breaks up with Timmy.
- Geoff Pierson as Franklin Dunbar, Russell's wealthy, lecherous father.
- Orlando Jones as Brad, Jeff's gay friend from his gym who eventually makes friends with the rest of the gang.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||7||February 5, 2007||March 19, 2007|
|2||15||September 24, 2007||May 19, 2008|
|3||13||March 2, 2009||May 18, 2009|
|4||13||March 1, 2010||May 24, 2010|
|5||24||September 20, 2010||May 19, 2011|
|6||15||October 20, 2011||May 17, 2012|
|7||13||February 4, 2013||May 20, 2013|
|Season||Time slot (EST)||Number of episodes||Premiere||Finale||TV season||Overall rank||Viewers
Thursday 8:30 p.m.
In June 2011, the series was picked up for syndication by local affiliates, The CW Plus, and WGN America, making its debut on September 10, 2012. On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the series began airing weekdays on TBS at 2/1c. It has since moved to the early morning hour of 6 A.M. throughout the week.
Awards and nominations
|2007||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||Wayne Kennan||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||David Spade||Nominated|
|2008||Art Directors Guild Award||Excellence in Production Design||Bernard Vyzga and Lynn Griffin||Nominated|
|BMI Film and TV Award||Best TV Music||David Schwartz||Won|
|2009||Evan Frankfort, Bert Selen, and George Ritter||Won|
|Art Directors Guild Award||Excellence in Production Design||Bernard Vyzga, Joe Pew, and Jerie Kelter||Nominated|
|ASCAP Film and Television Music Award||Top Television Series||Steve Mazur, Tom Polce, and Derek Schanche||Won|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series||Bernard Vyzga an Jerie Kelter||Nominated|
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||Wayne Kennan||Nominated|
|2012||BMI Film and TV Award||Best TV Music||Bert Selen and George Ritter||Won|
|Image Award||Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series||Leonard R. Garner, Jr.||Won|
|2013||BMI Film and TV Award||Best TV Music||Bert Selen and George Ritter||Won|
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment owns the rights to release DVDs in Region 1. The fifth season of the series was made available beginning February 7, 2012, exclusively as a made-on-demand release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in conjunction with amazon.com. Similarly, the sixth season received a MOD release from online retailers, on October 2, 2012.
|DVD name||Release date||Ep #|
|The Complete First Season||September 4, 2007||7|
|The Complete Second Season||October 14, 2008||15|
|The Complete Third Season||September 14, 2010||13|
|The Complete Fourth Season||January 11, 2011||13|
|The Complete Fifth Season||February 7, 2012||26|
|The Complete Sixth Season||October 2, 2012||13|
Note: Following the events of Charlie Sheen’s departure from Two and a Half Men, CBS ordered an additional two episodes for Rules of Engagement’s fifth season, bringing the total number of episodes to 26 from the initial 24 ordered. Despite the episodes, "Scavenger Hunt" and "Cheating," airing during the sixth season, they were originally produced for the fifth season, and are included in the fifth season collection. Therefore, the sixth season’s DVD release features the 13 episodes produced over that time period, versus the 15 that were broadcast by CBS.
|February 13, 2008
May 15, 2012
|Sunday 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 PM
Wednesdays 7:30 PM
|May 21, 2012
December 19, 2012
|Monday – Friday, 12:05 PM
Wednesday – Friday, 10:55 AM
|Belgium||2BE||Monday – Friday|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||RTRS, Comedy Central Extra|
|Bulgaria||Fox Life||Wednesday 21:00 PM|
|Canada||City||February 5, 2007||Thursday 8:30 PM|
Comedy Central Extra
Monday - Friday 11:30 PM, 2 Episodes
|Cyprus||FOX Greece||October 12, 2012||Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM|
|Denmark||TV2||Fridays, 02:00 PM|
|Estonia||Fox Life||Weekdays, 05:05 PM (replay) and 07.55 AM, 09.30 AM|
|France||M6||April 1, 2011||Monday – Friday 10:15 AM|
|November 12, 2009
January 2, 2012
November 12, 2012
Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM
Monday – Friday, 11:05 PM
|Greece||FOX Greece||October 12, 2012||Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM|
|Hungary||Viasat3||12 May 2010||Weekdays, 07:25 (replay) and 07.55 PM|
|India||Big CBS Love
|Monday – Thursday, 8.00 PM
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 PM
|Ireland||RTÉ Two||Saturdays, 00:30|
HOT family/yes stars Base
January 4, 2009
Sundays, 8:15 PM, 11:45 PM
|Italy||Comedy Central, Italia 1||June 21, 2009||Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 PM|
|Latin America||Sony Entertainment Television1||Mondays, 10:30 PM|
|Latvia||SET||Weekdays, 05.35 PM (replay) 07.30 PM, 03.00 AM and 06.15 AM|
|Netherlands||Veronica||Monday – Friday, 7:30 PM|
|New Zealand||FOUR||Sundays, 7:00PM|
|Norway||TV 2 bliss||Off,|
|Peru||Sony Entertainment Television||Mondays, 12.00 AM|
|Poland||Polsat, Comedy Central Polska||January 6, 2008||Fridays, 9:00 PM|
|Portugal||AXN White||Mondays, 10:25pm (Mainland and Madeira)/9:25pm (in Azores)|
|Romania||Comedy Central Extra||Monday – Friday, 7:40 PM|
|Serbia||Fox Life, Comedy Central Extra||July 7, 2009||Weekends|
|Russia||Sony Entertainment Television||2009||Weekdays|
|South Africa||SABC 3||Mondays, 9:40 PM|
|Spain||Paramount Comedy, FDF||Thursdays, 11:15 PM|
|Montenegro||VIJESTI TV||2012||Monday – Friday|
|Sweden||Kanal 5||Tuesdays, 10:00 PM|
|Switzerland||SF zwei||September 9, 2011||Tuesday – Friday, 7:30 PM|
|Taiwan||Star World||Weekdays, 07:35 PM|
|Thailand||True Series||Tuesdays, 9:00 PM|
|United Kingdom||Comedy Central
|Weekdays, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM (Re-runs)
Tuesdays 9:00 PM (Season 7), Weekdays 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Re-runs)
|United States||CBS (orig. network)
Broadcast syndication (reruns)
WGN America (reruns)
|February 5, 2007
September 10, 2012
September 10, 2012
January 2, 2013
|Mondays 8:30 PM
Sunday-Friday 12:00 AM and Wednesdays 10:00 PM
Weekdays 6:00 AM, 11:00 AM
- 1 Rights in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Polish channel TVN started filming its own version of the show, called Reguły Gry (literally meaning Rules of the Game in Polish). It premiered on 16 February 2012 on TVN sister channel TVN 7 as its first original production.
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