Rules of Engagement
GenreSitcom
Created byTom Hertz
Starring
Opening theme"How Many Ways"
by Señor Happy
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21 minutes
Production companies
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseFebruary 5, 2007 (2007-02-05) –
May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)

Rules of Engagement is an American sitcom television series 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 the North American rights while CBS controls the international rights).

Although the show received negative reviews throughout its run,[1][2][3] it earned 3 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and always earned reasonably good ratings,[2] helping the show reach 100 episodes (typically the minimum needed for syndication) over seven seasons.

Premise

Two couples and their single friend deal with the complications of dating, promise and marriage. It portrays different interpersonal relationship 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 meet at "The Island Diner".

History

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 January 31, 2011, CBS ordered an additional two episodes of the series to prepare for the possibility of Two and a Half Men going into hiatus following Charlie Sheen's real-life issues, taking the episode order to 26.[9] Two of these episodes were held back and aired as part of the sixth season.

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 on which the series would air, with it previously airing on Mondays, Wednesdays (two airings), and Thursdays.[10] 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.[11] The episode order was cut from the original 18, down to 13 (plus two unaired episodes from season five) on November 14, 2011.[12]

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,[13] 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 100 episodes.[14] Season 7 began airing on Mondays at 8:30, starting February 4, 2013.[15]

On May 10, 2013, Rules of Engagement was cancelled by CBS after seven seasons and 100 episodes.[16] The series finale episode aired on May 20, 2013.

Cast and characters

Main characters

Recurring characters and notable guests

Episodes

Main article: List of Rules of Engagement episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 7 February 5, 2007 (2007-02-05) March 19, 2007 (2007-03-19)
2 15 September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24) May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)
3 13 March 2, 2009 (2009-03-02) May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)
4 13 March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01) May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
5 24 September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19)
6 15 October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)
7 13 February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04) May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)

U.S. ratings

Season Time slot (EST) Number of episodes Premiere Finale TV season Overall rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 9:30 p.m.
7
February 5, 2007
14.83[28]
March 19, 2007
9.26[29] 2006–07 25th[30] 12.38[31]
2 15
September 24, 2007
12.23[32]
May 19, 2008
12.29[33] 2007–08 33rd[34] 10.89[31]
3 13
March 2, 2009
11.82[35]
May 18, 2009
12.87[36] 2008–09 24th[37] 11.37[31]
4
Monday 8:30 p.m.
13
March 1, 2010
9.73[38]
May 24, 2010
8.23[39] 2009–10 50th[40] 7.91[40]
5
Monday 8:30 p.m.
(2010–11)
Thursday 8:30 p.m.
(2011)
24
September 20, 2010
8.35[41]
May 19, 2011
8.80[42] 2010–11 49th[43] 8.77[44]
6
Thursday 8:30 p.m.
15
October 20, 2011
11.45[45]
May 17, 2012
7.17[46] 2011–12 42nd[47] 10.10[40]
7
Monday 8:30 p.m.
13
February 4, 2013
9.40[48]
May 20, 2013
6.25[49] 2012–13 52nd[50] 7.69[50]

Syndication

In June 2011, the series was picked up for syndication by local network affiliate, The CW Plus, and WGN America, making its debut on September 10, 2012.[51] On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the series began airing weekdays on TBS at 2/1c. Shortly thereafter, it moved to the early morning hour of 6 A.M. throughout the week. As of May 2016, the series has left the line-up entirely. All 7 seasons were available for streaming on Netflix until September 2018 when they were removed.[52] The Roku Channel alternates (every few months) offering seasons 1 thru 4 and seasons 5 thru 7, free. As of March 2021, in addition to the alternating seasons that The Roku Channel offers, all seven seasons of Rules of Engagement are available for streaming via subscription on Fubu and Starz.

In Canada, the series is syndicated on CMT.[53]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
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
2011 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

Home media

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.[54] Similarly, the sixth season received a MOD release from online retailers, on October 2, 2012.[55]

Paramount Pictures, in conjunction with CBS Home Entertainment, began releasing the series on DVD internationally in 2011. Season One was released in the UK (Region 2 DVD) on April 4, 2011.[56] In region 4, the entire series has been released, as individual season sets.

The entire series is available to purchase and download from Amazon.com and the iTunes Store.

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
The Complete Seventh Season February 18, 2016 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.

International broadcasters

Country Network Series Premiere Timeslot
 Australia Network Ten
Eleven
TV1
February 13, 2008
May 15, 2012
2010
Sunday 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 PM
Wednesdays 7:30 PM
 Austria ORF eins
Puls 4
May 21, 2012
December 19, 2012
Monday – Friday, 12:05 PM
Wednesday – Friday, 10:55 AM
 Belgium ZES Monday – Friday
 Bosnia and Herzegovina RTRS, Comedy Central Extra
 Brazil Sony
 Bulgaria Fox Life Wednesday 21:00 PM
 Canada City February 5, 2007 Thursday 8:30 PM
 Croatia Fox Life,
RTL 2.
Comedy Central Extra
Monday-Friday 12:00 PM
 Cyprus FOX Greece / Sigma TV October 12, 2012 / September 2016 Monday – Friday, 11:00 PM / Monday - Friday 01:00 AM
 Denmark 3+ Week days, 06:00 AM
 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
 Germany kabel 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
 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
Comedy Central
Monday – Thursday, 8.00 PM
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 PM
 Ireland RTÉ Two Saturdays, 00:30
 Israel Xtra HOT
HOT family/yes stars Base
2007
January 4, 2009
Unknown
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
 North Macedonia Fox Life
 Montenegro VIJESTI TV 2012 Monday – Friday
 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, 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
 Russia Sony Entertainment Television 2009 Weekdays
 Serbia Fox Life, Comedy Central Extra July 7, 2009 Weekends
 Slovenia POP TV 2008 Weekends
 South Africa SABC 3 Mondays, 9:40 PM
 Spain Paramount Comedy, FDF Thursdays, 11:15 PM
 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
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 States CBS (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

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.[57][58][59]

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