Rules of Engagement (TV series)

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Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement title card.png
Created byTom Hertz
StarringPatrick Warburton
Megyn Price
Oliver Hudson
Bianca Kajlich
David Spade
Adhir Kalyan
Opening theme"How Many Ways" by Señor Happy
Composer(s)Bert Selen
George Ritter
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes100 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)Game Six Productions
Happy Madison Productions
CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution (non-USA)
Sony Pictures Television (USA)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runFebruary 5, 2007 (2007-02-05) – May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
External links
Website
 
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Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement title card.png
Created byTom Hertz
StarringPatrick Warburton
Megyn Price
Oliver Hudson
Bianca Kajlich
David Spade
Adhir Kalyan
Opening theme"How Many Ways" by Señor Happy
Composer(s)Bert Selen
George Ritter
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes100 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)Game Six Productions
Happy Madison Productions
CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution (non-USA)
Sony Pictures Television (USA)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runFebruary 5, 2007 (2007-02-05) – May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
External links
Website

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).

The show received negative reviews throughout its run.[1][2][3] Despite this, it always earned decent ratings,[2] and the show lasted seven seasons.

Premise[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The show was heavily promoted by CBS during Super Bowl XLI[4] 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.[5]

Seasons three and four were both mid-season entries launched in March 2009 and March 2010.[6][7] On May 18, 2010, it was announced that CBS had renewed Rules of Engagement for a 5th season.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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,[11] 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.[12] Season 7 began airing on Mondays at 8:30, starting February 4, 2013.[13]

On May 10, 2013, Rules of Engagement was cancelled by CBS after seven seasons and 100 episodes.[14] The series finale episode aired on May 20, 2013.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Major recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

U.S. ratings[edit]

U.S. television ratings[edit]

SeasonTime slot (EST)Number of episodesPremiereFinaleTV seasonOverall rankViewers
(in millions)
DateViewers
(in millions)
DateViewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 9:30 p.m.
7
February 5, 2007
14.83[16]
March 19, 2007
9.26[17]2006–0736th[18]12.38[18]
215
September 24, 2007
12.23[19]
May 19, 2008
12.29[20]2007–0833rd[18]10.89[18]
313
March 2, 2009
11.82[21]
May 18, 2009
12.87[22]2008–0923rd[18]11.37[18]
4
Monday 8:30 p.m.
13
March 1, 2010
9.73[23]
May 24, 2010
8.23[24]2009–1050th[25]7.91[25]
5
Monday 8:30 p.m.
(2010–11)
Thursday 8:30 p.m.
(2011)
24
September 20, 2010
8.35[26]
May 19, 2011
8.80[27]2010–1149th[28]8.77[29]
6
Thursday 8:30 p.m.
15
October 20, 2011
11.45[30]
May 17, 2012
7.17[31]2011–1242nd[25]10.10[25]
7
Monday 8:30 p.m.
13
February 4, 2013
9.40[32]
May 20, 2013
6.25[33]2012–1352nd[34]7.69[34]

Syndication[edit]

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.[35] 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.

In Canada, the series is syndicated on CMT. [36]

DVD releases[edit]

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.[37] Similarly, the sixth season received a MOD release from online retailers, on October 2, 2012.[38]

Paramount Pictures, in conjunction with CBS Home Entertainment, will start releasing the series on DVD internationally in 2011. Season One was released in the UK (Region 2 DVD) on April 4, 2011.[39]

DVD nameRelease dateEp #
The Complete First SeasonSeptember 4, 20077
The Complete Second SeasonOctober 14, 200815
The Complete Third SeasonSeptember 14, 201013
The Complete Fourth SeasonJanuary 11, 201113
The Complete Fifth SeasonFebruary 7, 201226
The Complete Sixth SeasonOctober 2, 201213

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.

International broadcasters[edit]

CountryNetworkSeries PremiereTimeslot
 AustraliaNetwork Ten
Eleven
TV1
February 13, 2008
May 15, 2012
2010
Sunday 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 PM
Wednesdays 7:30 PM
 AustriaORF eins
Puls 4
May 21, 2012
December 19, 2012
Monday – Friday, 12:05 PM
Wednesday – Friday, 10:55 AM
 BelgiumVIERMonday – Friday, 7:20 PM
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaRTRS, Comedy Central Extra
 BrazilSony
 BulgariaFox LifeWednesday 21:00 PM
 CanadaCityFebruary 5, 2007Thursday 8:30 PM
 CroatiaFox Life, RTL 2. Comedy Central Extra
 CyprusFOX GreeceOctober 12, 2012Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM
 DenmarkTV2Fridays, 02:00 PM
 EstoniaFox LifeWeekdays, 05:05 PM (replay) and 07.55 AM, 09.30 AM
 FranceM6April 1, 2011Monday – Friday 10:15 AM
 Germanykabel eins
Fox Channel
Comedy Central
November 12, 2009
January 2, 2012
November 12, 2012
between seasons
Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM
Monday – Friday, 11:05 PM
 GreeceFOX GreeceOctober 12, 2012Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM
 HungaryViasat312 May 2010Weekdays, 07:25 (replay) and 07.55 PM
 IndiaBig CBS Love
Comedy Central
Monday – Thursday, 8.00 PM
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 PM
 IrelandRTÉ TwoSaturdays, 00:30
 IsraelXtra HOT
HOT family/yes stars Base
2007
January 4, 2009
Unknown
Sundays, 8:15 PM, 11:45 PM
 ItalyComedy Central, Italia 1June 21, 2009Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 PM
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin AmericaSony Entertainment Television1Mondays, 10:30 PM
 LatviaSETWeekdays, 05.35 PM (replay) 07.30 PM, 03.00 AM and 06.15 AM
 MacedoniaFox Life
 NetherlandsVeronicaMonday – Friday, 7:30 PM
 New ZealandFOURSundays, 7:00PM
 NorwayTV 2 blissOff,
 PeruSony Entertainment TelevisionMondays, 12.00 AM
 PolandPolsat, Comedy Central PolskaJanuary 6, 2008Fridays, 9:00 PM
 PortugalAXN WhiteMondays, 10:25pm (Mainland and Madeira)/9:25pm (in Azores)
 RomaniaComedy Central ExtraMonday – Friday, 7:40 PM
 SerbiaFox Life, Comedy Central ExtraJuly 7, 2009Weekends
 RussiaSony Entertainment Television2009Weekdays
 SloveniaPOP TV2008Weekends
 South AfricaSABC 3Mondays, 9:40 PM
 SpainParamount Comedy, FDFThursdays, 11:15 PM
 MontenegroVIJESTI TV2012Monday – Friday
 SwedenKanal 5Tuesdays, 10:00 PM
  SwitzerlandSF zweiSeptember 9, 2011Tuesday – Friday, 7:30 PM
 TaiwanStar WorldWeekdays, 07:35 PM
 ThailandTrue SeriesTuesdays, 9:00 PM
 United KingdomComedy Central
E4
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 StatesCBS (orig. network)
Broadcast syndication (reruns)
WGN America (reruns)
TBS
February 5, 2007
September 10, 2012
September 10, 2012
January 2, 2013
Mondays 8:30 PM
Various
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 version[edit]

Main article: Reguły Gry

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.[40][41][42]

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