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Original Title :
Threeu0027s Company
Genre :
TV Series / Comedy
Cast :
John Ritter,Joyce DeWitt,Suzanne Somers
Type :
TV Series
Time :
30min
Rating :
7.5/10

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

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Janet and Chrissy get Jack as a roommate for their Santa Monica apartment. Jack can cook (he's studying to be a chef) and, when called to do so, pretends he's gay to legitimize the arrangement. Landlady Roper wishes husband Stanley showed more interest in her. {locallinks-homepage}
Complete series cast summary:
John Ritter John Ritter - Jack Tripper / - 174 episodes, 1976-1984
Joyce DeWitt Joyce DeWitt - Janet Wood 173 episodes, 1976-1984
Richard Kline Richard Kline - Larry Dallas 131 episodes, 1977-1984
Don Knotts Don Knotts - Ralph Furley 117 episodes, 1979-1984
Suzanne Somers Suzanne Somers - Chrissy Snow 102 episodes, 1977-1982
Priscilla Barnes Priscilla Barnes - Terri Alden 72 episodes, 1981-1984

In the show's opening (beginning with the sixth season), a toddler walks up to Joyce DeWitt as she is feeding a goat. The toddler is Jason Ritter (son of John Ritter). This is revealed by DeWitt in a bonus feature of the Season 4 DVD.

During the earlier seasons' opening credits, the brunette walking by the beach that causes Jack to fall off his bike is Suzanne Somers in a wig.

During the pilot episode, Jack says: "Well, you know you have to learn to trot before you can gallop... who said that?" and the audience laughs. This was John Ritter's way of paying homage to his late father, Tex Ritter.

Priscilla Barnes said her years on this show were the unhappiest in her professional career. She almost quit as soon as she was cast because she did not like the backstage atmosphere.

The spin-off series Three's a Crowd (1984) was planned at the start of the final season. The producers tried to keep it a secret from the rest of the cast. But Joyce DeWitt accidentally walked in on the auditions for the part of Vicki. This caused tension on the set between John Ritter and the rest of the cast who were disappointed that the series would essentially continue without them.

Suze Lanier-Bramlett, who played Chrissy on the second unaired pilot, is seen on the show's ending for the first several seasons alongside Jack and Janet, where the three are tossing bread to seagulls at the beach. This ending was carried over from the pilot and wasn't re-shot with Suzanne Somers as Chrissy.

John Ritter is the only cast member to appear in every episode.

Billy Crystal auditioned for the role of Jack Tripper.

Richard Kline's role as Larry Dallas was originally meant to be a one-time guest appearance. But the producers enjoyed his chemistry with Ritter that he became a recurring character and eventually a cast member.

At the end of season three, Mr. Roper reveals that he sold the building, and the Ropers are moving. Mrs. Roper is hesitant. In real life, Audra Lindley was excited about doing a spin-off, while Norman Fell didn't want to leave Three's Company. It took him almost six months to agree.

At the end of the second episode, first season, Jack says: "Goodnight, John Boy." This was a direct wink at John Ritter's former performance on The Waltons (1971) as Reverend Fordwick.

The 1980-1981 season was very difficult for the cast and crew. Suzanne Somers demanded a huge salary increase and part ownership of the show. When she was declined, she would often not show up to work. John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt refused to work with Somers any longer. So her character Chrissy was written out of the season except for a tag scene at the very end of the episodes. In these scenes, Chrissy was visiting her family and she would call Jack and Janet on the phone. These scenes were filmed early in the day so Somers would be off the set by the time Ritter and DeWitt arrived as they wanted no contact with her. Near the end of the season, Somers was fired and Chrissy was never mentioned again.

In the biography "Andy and Don" by Daniel de Vise Don Knotts admits he was very nervous the first day on the set, because he'd never done a three camera style sitcom before. The Andy Griffith Show had employed a single camera format. "They were all much younger than me...and they were all good", he says, in addition. But when he showed up on set his fears were dispelled when the studio audience immediately gave him a ten minute standing ovation.

Based on the 1970s British Sitcom Man About the House (1973).

Audra Lindley and Norman Fell left the show after the third season for a spin-off about their characters. They were promised by the ABC network that if their show didn't make it past its first season, their spots were secure for a permanent return to "Three's Company". Their spin-off lasted a season and a half, so ABC was not obliged bring them back. They were permanently replaced by Don Knotts.

Two episodes from The Ropers (1979) were added to the 'Three's Company' syndication package. They include the Ropers pilot, and another episode that includes guest spots from John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers.

Don Knotts didn't like the way the rest of the cast was shunning Suzanne during the whole kerfuffle about her pay raise demands, and the ensuing boycott leading to her termination, according to the biography "Andy and Don" by Daniel de Vise. He had a similar experience with Sheldon Leonard the executive producer of "The Andy Griffith Show" and the rest of the cast when he asked for a pay raise a decade earlier. At one point, when they were all on set together, and Joyce and John were ignoring Suzanne, Don walked up to them and said "Excuse me, I'm going to go talk to Suzanne", letting them know he was giving Suzanne support.

During Somers' clash with the producers at the start of the fifth season, the cast had to be given scripts with Chrissy (blue), and without Chrissy (pink) in them. Most of the time, Chrissy's (Somers) lines were given to Mr. Furley (Knotts).

Jack Tripper served in the US Navy.

Producers originally intended to cast a Don Knotts type actor to play the role of Mr Furley. Unsuccessful in finding the right actor fitting the description, producers instead decided to attempt to cast Don Knotts himself for the part.

John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt are the only main cast members to stay on the show for its entire run.

Joyce DeWitt refused to ever be shown bare-legged and always wore pantyhose when her legs were visible. Her commitment to hosiery earned her an endorsement deal with L'eggs brand pantyhose.

Norman Fell and Audra Lindley had returned one last time to the series (Night of the Ropers) a year after their own spin off The Ropers (1979) was canceled. This was also the first episode that Suzanne Somers did not appear in after she was fired.

In the final episode of the series, Jack moved from the apartment to one above his restaurant to live with his girlfriend Vicki (as seen in the spin-off Three's a Crowd (1984)), Janet got married and left to live with her husband Phillip and Teri took a nursing job in Hawaii.

The first season DVD set was rushed onto the market due to the demand after the death of John Ritter in 2003.

Although Jenilee Harrison was well liked by her co-workers, her inexperience and a drop in ratings led to them searching for yet another person to fill the third roommate position.

Jennilee Harrison as Cindy appears in a few seconds of each opening to the end of the series run in the syndication version of the episodes. She is seen entering the zoo with the rest of the cast.

Both Chrissy (Suzanne Somers) and Mr. Furley ( Don Knotts) have a trade mark snort.

The final episode of the series didn't air until the beginning of the 1984-1985 season when it served as the lead in to its spin-off Three's a Crowd (1984).

When Jack opens his restaurant, Larry brings his Greek family there for dinner. It is later revealed that Larry's real last name is Dalliopoulos (He changed it to Dallas because it was easier to spell).

The exterior shots of the Roper's apartment was an actual corner apartment-house in Santa Monica. Permission was obtained by the owners for filming rights.

Janet and Chrissy had another roommate named Eleanor before Jack moved in.

Many times when Norman Fell said an especially funny insulting line directed at Audra Lindley's character, he would look directly into the camera as he laughed.

Norman Fell and Audra Lindley made an appearance on "Three's Company" in the "Night of the Ropers" episode. This is the only time Norman Fell, Audra Lindley and Don Knotts all appeared on the show together.

Chrissy's full name is "Christmas Noelle Snow".

Felipe's son is named Fernando Valenzuela Felipe Jose Jack Francesco Gomez.

In the early series pilot, shot in March 1976, there were some differences to the actual show that ran for eight years:

  • Norman Fell and Audra Lindley played The Ropers in the pilot, but were named George and Mrs. Roper. As in the UK original, Mrs. Roper was more serious and not zany as in the series.
  • The pilot took place in a triplexed apartment area in North Hollywood, called the "Hacienda Palms", but the main series was at an apartment house in Santa Monica.
  • John Ritter's character in the pilot was named David Bell, and he was an aspiring filmmaker. The two women roommates in the pilot were played by Valerie Curtin and Susanne Zenor. Their characters were named Jenny and Samantha, respectively.
  • The theme song had no real lyrics. The singers just sang "da-da-da-da-da-dum".
  • The sets used in the pilot mirrored the main series with the exception of the living room of the three roommates.

Five seasons into the show's very successful run Suzanne Somers demanded a salary increase from $30,000 per episode to a whopping $150,000 per episode along with 10% ownership of the series, which would continue to pay major income thanks to syndication. The producers and ABC balked at Sommers' demands, as she and Joyce DeWitt had pairing clauses in their contracts, meaning that the actresses would receive the same pay for each episode. Moreover, John Ritter, the obvious star of the show, had a clause in his contract that he would receive the most money out of any of the performers. Faced with incredible cost increases for each episode, the producers denied Sommers' demands. She then refused to return to work, claiming a broken rib prevented her from performing, though several members of the wardrobe staff dispute her claim. Sommers ended up missing three episodes, which resulted in expensive and hasty rewrites and infuriated her costars. Rather than fire Sommers over her behavior, the producers opted to reduce her part to the notorious minute long epilogue scenes which were filmed away from the rest of the cast. Sommers was also banned from visiting the set or interacting with the other actors. When the actress took her grievances public, describing the backstage treatment on various talk shows, the producers fired her. Her tattered reputation also led rival network CBS to drop her from a three series deal Sommers had signed with the rival network during the tense period of negotiations. In essence, she ended up blackballed from television for over a decade.

Ralph Furley's brother, Bart, is mentioned many times throughout the series, but he is seen only in one episode ("Furley vs. Furley").

Jordan Charney wore a fake beard for his recurring role as Jack's boss/nemesis Frank Angelino to make him appear older. This was stated by Richard Kline in The season 7 DVD audio commentary for the episode "Opening Night".

Numerous guest actors and actresses appeared in multiple roles. Jeffrey Tambor was the leader with three. He also appeared as a different character in the cast of The Ropers (1979).

The original unaired pilot was written by Larry Gelbart and directed by Burt Brinckerhoff. A second pilot was taped with Joyce DeWitt as Janet and Suze Lanier-Bramlett as Chrissy. 'Denise Galik-Furey' was originally cast as Chrissy but suddenly became unavailable shortly before taping. Bobbie Mitchell guest starred playing 'Patricia Crawford'.

Many of the episode plots were about misunderstandings.

Chrissy's father was a Methodist minister.

Audra Lindley (Helen Roper) was just coming off the failed Lee Grant sitcom "Fay" when she signed on for this.

Audra Lindley wore a red curly wig for her role as Helen Roper. She has naturally blonde straight hair.

Three different addresses were given for the apartment throughout the seasons (none of them were real).

In the first few seasons, where the opening and closing credits were shot on the beach, it was done as a last-minute aspect by the producers at Venice Beach. The first shot, where the camera zooms in on Jack Tripper (John Ritter) riding his bike, was obtained by going on the roof of a Venice shop-owner who took $100 for use of his roof.

Jack lived at the Y.M.C.A. before moving in with Janet and Chrissy.

John Ritter & Richard Kline played young men in their early to mid 20s on the show. However ,Kline was 32 when he started in 1976 and over 40 in his last appearance on Three's A Crowd. (Still playing early 30s.) John was 28 in 1976 and when 'Crowd' ended in 1985 he was 37.

Peter Mark Richman, who played Reverend Luther Snow, is Jewish.

In real life, the cast got along well with Jenilee Harrison and were very fond of her. However, the audience did not respond well to the young actress. In fact, the ratings began to drop. Many blamed this on Harrison's lack of experience and sub-par acting.

Mr. Roper's car was a '58 Chevy.

In "The Graduate" Norman Fell played Dustin Hoffman's mean, overbearing landlord Mr. McCleery, who was always threatening to evict Hoffman; very similar to the mean, overbearing Stanley Roper character he plays on "Three's Company".

Two actresses that played Chrissy both were fired on this program. Susan Lanier, who was originally cast as Chrissy and played her while TTC Productions was in pre-production for the show, got fired when producers reconsidered her casting after seeing her performance for several weeks before the show started shooting. Then, the part was re-cast with Suzanne Sommers playing Chrissy; who played her for four years before she got fired from the show as well due to a breakdown in contract negotiations and her refusal to show up for work as she was boycotting TTC for a pay raise.

The bedroom windows face opposite from the kitchen window on the other side of the apartment, signifying that there's no neighboring apartments on either side of them.

In a recent video event hosted by Cafe Mom where both Suzanne Sommers (Chrissy) and Joyce Dewitt (Janet) reminisced about Three's Company, Joyce Dewitt said that John Ritter had affairs with a lot of the guest stars.

After not speaking to eachother for thirty years after Suzanne Sommers' firing, Joyce Dewitt (AKA Janet) and Suzanne Sommers (AKA Chrissy) reunited recently for a youtube video event hosted by Cafe Mom. When discussing Sommers' firing both put alot of the blame on sexism of Mickey Ross and other show producers. "They could not appreciate the feminine contribution", Dewitt said. "Pigs", Suzanne Sommers said later in the interview. In other interviews both Dewitt and Priscilla Barnes called the producers of Three's Company "abusive". "It was one of the worst experiences of my life," Priscilla Barnes (AKA Terri) would say of working with TTC Productions.

Jim Parsons's favorite television show when growing up.

Their apartment number is 201, the sum of the digits equaling the title of the show. In addition, there are two girls, and one guy living in the apartment at any given moment.

The trio's apartment was owned by Mr. Furley's older brother, Bart. He had Mr. Furley under his power, because he was gruff and intimidating to his younger brother and bullied him cruelly as a child. Even though Mr. Furley was scared to stand up to him, he was seen in season Five being played by Hamilton Camp, who was only five feet two inches tall.

Jordan Charney who had a recurring role as Jack's boss Mr. Angelino, played Larry's boss in one episode "Jack moves out" from season 3.

Larry changed his last name to Dallas because he could never spell his actual last name, Dalliapoulos.

Don Knotts had never done a live sitcom before Three's Company. (The Andy Griffith Show was filmed not live.)

Anne Wedgeworth would play Audrey Conner, Dan's mom, on Roseanne.

Many people have contributed and linked the success of FRIENDS, a similar type show of 20 somethings living together, with Three's Company; claiming Three's Company paved the way for Friends; critics have even noted how Three's Company paved the way for shows like Seinfield and HBO's Girls.

Suzanne Sommers admits in interviews that she's slightly to the right of center, a "centrist libertarian" or a "moderate republican", she has said.

Many of Cindy's initial story lines were originally written for Chrissy.

In a Cafe Mom video segment hosted by Suzanne Sommers; Joyce Dewitt said that "John RItter had affairs with alot of his (female) co-stars. " Both DeWitt and Sommers said they were unaware of this at the time.

In Three's Company, John Ritter plays Jack Tripper. In the British original Man About the House, the male roommate, played by Richard O'Sullivan, is called Robin Tripp.

In 1979 when Brian Depalma and his crew were in pre-production for Dressed to Kill Producer Ray Stark told the studio that he wanted Three's Company star Suzanne Sommers to star as Liz Blake, the sassy, resourceful call girl, in the steamy thriller. But Depalma and the screenwriter told him they wanted Nancy Allen to play the role, and the idea was nixed.


User reviews

Alsath

Alsath

When this show first premiered, it was thought of only as a jiggle show. However, it turned out to be one of the best examples of slapstick comedy in the history of television. John Ritter showed that he was a master of physical comedy and it really showed on this show. Another thing that really helped to make this show great was the whole ensemble. I feel that Joyce DeWitt was totally underrated in her role as the sensible Janet and that she was the perfect counterpoint to Jack's leering personality. The only thing I was disappointed with was how they devolved Suzanne Somer's character, Chrissy. If you look closely at many of the early episodes, Chrissy wasn't quite the dumb blond that she later turned out to be. If anything she was more naive then dumb. Other than that, this show will always be a classic of the era it was produced in.
Ichalote

Ichalote

In the 1970's it was considered odd for a man to be sharing an apartment with two women. It was almost an invitation to be scrutinized by the public. Now many single guys share living arrangements with one or more girls. In the 1970's being gay was considered very odd or "queer". Now being gay may still put you in a minority, but it is commonplace. "Three's Company" which began its formidable run on ABC in 1977, brought to the forefront these taboo subjects.

A strange man whose name is Jack is found sleeping in the bathtub after a wild party the previous night in the girls' apartment. The girls want him out of their apartment until they find out that Jack (John Ritter) is a master cook, and since their cooking is lousy the girls Janet, (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy, (Suzanne Somers) ask Jack to live with them. They're working. He's unemployed but being their personal chef will pay his room and board.

Mr. and Mrs. Roper are the landlords of this beach front L.A. apartment complex. Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) is an old fashioned sot who is very much set in his ways. There is no way he would ever allow a man to share an apartment with two women, in his day and age and even this day and age until of course the girls tell him a fictitious story that Jack is 100% "gay".

Stanley's wife of many years Helen Roper (Audra Lindley) quickly discovers that Jack isn't really gay, and kids are only trying to fool her husband into allowing them to share the apartment. But Mrs. Roper couldn't care less. She's more concerned about the lack of action going on in her apartment with Stanley than Jack's possible hanky panky with the girls.

This great 1970's sitcom is carried by two important themes, the gay agenda, and mistaken identities. The first three years of the sitcom with Norman Fell and Audra Lindley the gay theme carried the show. When the Ropers left the show in 1980, and Don Knotts took over as the kids' landlord, mistaken identities dominated the plots. The comedy was based on the characters always overreacting and jumping to conclusions before they knew all the facts about a given situation. I liked Don Knotts as the bumbling bachelor Mr. Furley, but the early shows with Norman Fell and Audra Lindley as the long suffering Ropers were absolute classics.

"Three's Company" was not as good as some of television's best sitcoms plot-wise- namely, "The Honeymooners", "All in the Family" and "Seinfeld", but often times "Three's Company" was a lot funnier than these other three great shows. "Three's Company may not be one of TV's greatest sitcoms, but it was certainly a formidable one. Recently I saw the episode where Jack finds himself in bed with Mr. Roper, and I was balling with laughter, as though I had never seen this episode before.

"Three's Company" basically centers around two important verbal exchanges, the one between Mr. and Mrs. Roper and the one between Mr. Roper and Jack.

Mr. Roper will say something to Mrs. Roper like "What's all that banging upstairs in the middle of the night? It sounds like one of the kids is moving their bed." Helen Roper typically responds, "I only wish you would move our bed like that Stanley."

A typical dialogue between Mr. Roper and Jack:

Roper: "Jack. Helen wanted me to invite you and the girls over for Thanksgiving dinner tonight. You like turkey don't you?" Jack: "Well I like the drumstick. I don't care much for breasts." Roper: "Yeah I know. I've already figured sweeties like you out." Then Norman Fell as Stanley Roper turns to the camera and unleashes one of his goofy classic smiles.

John Ritter was the king of physical and slapstick comedy, beginning from the day his character Jack TRIPPER TRIPPED all over himself trying to leave the bathroom in Janet/Chrissy's apartment. And of course it is classic laugh out loud comedy every time Jack acts openly gay in front of Roper or Furley in order to stand by his cover story that he really is homosexual and needs to cohabitate with these two girls because (a) he can't share an apartment with men, and (b) his relationship with the girls is strictly platonic.

It was classic Ritter physical comedy every time his Jack Tripper character was caught by Roper- or later- Furley making a move on a girl, and he has to cover his hide by pretending to be openly gay and sometimes even sissy-like so he won't be evicted by his landlord. Then of course is the classic Mr. Roper line. "Helen. That guy up there, he better be gay or he's outta here. I'll throw him out on his ear." Roper often suspects Jack is not gay, but Ritter's Jack outwits him with his classic gay mannerisms. Jack eventually tells Mr. Roper he's straight and Roper thankfully doesn't believe it. Roper has so convinced himself that Jack is gay. Mr. Roper says "If you're straight, than I'm the King of Siam, and you're the queen."

"Three's Company was a great back in the day comedy." Norman Fell and Audra Lindley and of course John Ritter formed the unbreakable comic triangle which made the sitcom certainly one of the best of the 1970's, ending its strong run in 1984. "Three's Company" joined "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley" to dominate ABC Tuesday nights the way "The Cosby Show", "Family Ties" and "Cheers" ran NBC Thursday nights in the 1980's.
Legend 33

Legend 33

Come and knock on this door, "Three's Company" has been waiting for you. Jack Tripper (John Ritter) is an everyman who has to feign homosexuality to live in an apartment in Santa Monica. He lives in the apartment with sly Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and ditsy Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers). Jack's supposed homosexuality often incurs the unpleasant-ness of sour landlord Stanley Roper (Norman Fell), whose wife Helen (Audra Lindley) always seems ready to leave him.

My favorite parts are always the dialog between Jack and Stanley. It sort of mirrors Buddy's comments about Cooley on "The Dick Van Dyke Show", what with Stanley's homophobia. Eventually, the Ropers got their own show and were replaced by Ralph Furley (Don Knotts), who would occasionally get himself into embarrassing situations.

"Three's Company" went through many changes over its run, but it never lost its timing. It's always a pleasure to catch the reruns on TVLand. Finally, I think that it's safe to say that John Ritter will truly be missed. He was always great on this show.
Arar

Arar

I remember watching this when I was about 4 or 5 and just loving the theme song then, but now I can really appreciate it for soooo many other things. How a guy like Jack Tripper can get into so many hilarious predicaments is beyond me, but John Ritter (RIP) pulled off the character perfectly. No one else could have taken his place. He just had so much energy and really got into it and took physical comedy to a new level, and that would make a scene even funnier than it should of been. And Larry, either landlord, Janet and any of the blondes just added to the hilarity. Can't wait till' season 3 is out on DVD. Give me three's company any day instead any of these pointless, thoughtless reality shows.
Orll

Orll

...make it "Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs." If you've never seen "Three's Company," one of my favorite shows of childhood, I can tell you that the show suffers with the passage of time. The pacing of most episodes is slow; the writing is sometimes painfully trite and contrived. Even some of the premises are dated. But the acting holds up, most notably that of John Ritter as Jack. Engaging, energetic, and sincere, with a charming innocence, Ritter WAS "Three's Company." And never was he funnier than in the wonderful episode "Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs"--the first episode of Season Five.

Similar to the finest "Cheers" episode "An Old-Fashioned Wedding," "Upstairs" plays like a French farce, moving along like a locomotive, with crisp writing and sharp performances, especially that of Ritter. And even though Suzanne Somers ("Chrissy") had begun her famed contract dispute, she did indeed appear in this episode, which means you'll see the REAL "Three's Company," because the show was never the same without her. In short, this episode plays like my memory of the show, which is quite a compliment. If you pick one episode of this show to watch, this should be it.
Painwind

Painwind

For those who don't remember when sitcoms were the ones that made you laugh out loud one minute and then laugh crying the next and to keep you guessing what Jack Tripper was up to next,then this was the show to watch.....During its run on ABC-TV from 1977-1984,Three's Company was the best American sitcom ever to grace the airwaves. Hands down. John Ritter to me was the all-time Macdaddy that kept it real. His portrayal of stumble-prone Jack was ingenious not to mention hilariously funny. Jack always knew what to do(or so it seems)when it came to the ladies especially dealing with his roommates Janet Wood and Chrissy Snow and even the upstairs neighbors The Ropers who was on Jack's every move.

Out of his other roommates only Joyce DeWitt's character Janet Wood,who was a stunning brunette beauty who was reasonable and sweet and reliable was Ritter's ONLY long-standing roommate throughout the shows' entire run. However,during and probably the best,and frankly the early years of the show(during the first four seasons),Suzanne Somers was the center of attention as ditzy,and sometimes not very bright Chrissy Snow,the lovable blonde. Somers became an overnight success during her four seasons on the show becoming a hottie for every junior high school boy in America who idolized her on their bedroom walls. Somers left the show in 1981 which was then in the top ten.

Also during the first four seasons of the show was the constant feuding and sometimes hilarious quarrels between the kids' landlord neighbors The Ropers. Actor Norman Fell was a comic genius(usually he'll played cops and detectives on other shows but here was a departure from that)here when he played Stanley Roper and Audra Lindley who was his wife Helen Roper who was bugged Stanley every time he did something. In 1981,The Ropers got their own sitcom show which didn't last very long.

During the shows' fourth season,Jenilee Harrison had a short stint as Chrissy's cousin Cindy Snow,who was another ditzy,not so bright,clumsy blonde. After Harrison's departure from the show,former "Dallas" star Priscilla Barnes tied things up as registered nurse Terri Alden,who was not like Chrissy or Cindy but this blonde had style and wasn't clumsy or ditzy and very bright. Also during that season,Don Knotts(aka Deputy Fife on Andy Griffith) filled in the gap as the "bachelor at large",Ralph Furley. Richard Kline starred as the lovable stud Larry who was a used car salesmen and swinger extraordinaire who was always getting Jack blind dates. In was here that Knotts and Ritter kept the show in the Top 10 for the next five seasons including Emmy nominations for Best Actor.

In all Three's Company was a laugh-a-minute riot and nothing more. The only element was the serious relationship of the roommates. They always had a understanding of each other and loved each other very much who would not let anyone get in the way of a friendship. However,it was always would not be that way.

The final episode of Three's Company in 1984,saw the departure of Jack Tripper as he finds that his bachelor days are finally over by finding the girl of his dreams,and eventually going down the aisle to get married on the show,leaving his two beautiful roommates behind. The show however,had a spin-off on this which featured Jack Tripper adjusting to the conditions of being married with his new wife and his new surroundings as a loyal and faithful husband.

However,this show is based on the 1960's British sitcom "A Man About The House".

Kudos to John Ritter,Joyce DeWitt,especially for their talents and bringing the laughs. You rock! Catch the re-runs on Nick at Nite.
Dalarin

Dalarin

Three's Company has held up so well over the years. I know it's not like it was on fifty years ago or anything like that. What I mean is that the story lines and problems for each episode are just as funny during each viewing.

The actors are amazing. Suzanne Somers, who was given way too much credit for her portrayal of Chrissy Snow, gives a good performance as the always ditzy blond. Joyce DeWitt, who wasn't given enough exposure to, keeps me laughing with her serious but not too serious character of Janet Wood. John Ritter, one of the funniest TV characters/actors I have ever watched, is probably the best thing about this show.

I'll admit that some of the episodes and problems they run into are stretched to the point where it becomes ridiculous only because they aren't funny. And while the audience keeps on cracking up, I find myself saying 'come on, get serious.'

The writers of Three's Company deserve a lot of praise and credit to. After all, they are who made this show what it is. I think that the writing is very creative with bits of hysterical comments thrown in at the most unexpected times or sequences. Everything that the crew put in and not so much the actors, are excellent.

One thing that is kind of wrong but good at the same time, was the change of landlords. The Ropers (Lindley and Fell) acted well together as the disgusted married couple. It goes a little too far to where the same joke or comment made by Mrs. Roper can be told and still be laughed at. The cancellation of The Ropers and the Ropers on Three's Company was a change that took some time to get used to. Fortunately, the humorous Don Knotts stepped in. All three of the landlords added a special something to the show that kept/keeps us laughing.

Everything from the tiniest mishaps to that groovy theme song, is what made this show stay on the air for so long. Not a huge amount of time, but long enough. Thanks to Nick at Nite, I have the opportunity to watch this hilarious show twice every night. The majority of the time, I will end up missing it but it's nice to know that an older show as good as this one can still be seen.
Mananara

Mananara

Three's Company is one of the few shows out there that always had the same plot but it always worked. No matter what happens there's always a big misunderstanding and everything gets screwed up, but in the end everything works out.

What made the show work was it's excellent cast. Each and every character played a unique role that added to the mess which they have gotten themselves into. Jack, Janet, Chrissy, or Terri and Cindy always got themselves into something, and then the Ropers, Furley, Larry, or Lana always managed to make things worse by trying to make things better.

Three's Company was a ridiculous show with great underlying humor. This show is a true classic. One of the best sitcoms to ever air on television.
Kamick

Kamick

My all-time favorite TV show. They sure don't make 'em like this anymore. John Ritter is priceless in his classic role of Jack Tripper, the clumsy, good-hearted ladies man who aspires to become the world's greatest chef. Joyce DeWitt is cute as ever as the level-headed, sexy and intelligent florist. The rest of the cast, particularly Suzanne Somers and Don Knotts, were all memroable and great as well. Every episode is worth watching, but the best seasons were 1979-80, 1981-82, and 1982-83.
Reggy

Reggy

Jack is hilarious! The Roepers are hilarious! Janet, Chrissy, Terri, Larry, and Don Knotts were great! The whole show is awesome!
Akinohn

Akinohn

before Friends,there was this little gem.Three's Company will have you crying in tears,just like Friends.however,unlike Friends,the humour is mostly slapstick and usually revolves around simple misunderstandings.The late great john Ritter,Who played Jack tripper, was master of the pratfall.as Lucille Ball once said(i'm paraphrasing)John would have been at home in the era of silent comedy.the man was, put simply,a genius.nobody had better comic timing.But equally great in their roles were:Joyce De Witt, who played Janet wood, one of Jack's 2 female roommates,and the more straight laced of the bunch.In the early years Suzanne Somers would play Jack's other roommate,Chrissy Snow,who was little more than a ditsy airhead,and a great foil for both Jack and Janet.Later on Jennilee Harrison(for a very brief time),would take over the role as Jack's second roommate,Cindy Snow,Chrissy's cousin.(who had inherited the same intellect)after Suzanne quit/was let go.And finally,Priscilla Barnes would fill the role for the remainder of the show's run as Terri Alden,a nurse.Terri could also be a bit dim at times Actually,they could all be a bit dim at times.i should mention that the apt had very strict same sex rules.you'll see why this is funny and how they get around it,in a bit.anyway,next we have Norman Fell as Mr Roper land lord and husband to Helen,who was sex starved/crazed and tried everything, usually unsuccessfully to get Mr Roper into bed.then there is Richard Kline who played Jacks'girl crazy friend Larry Dallas.Larry could be a letch at times,always trying to get Janet,Terri and the others to sleep with him.but deep down,he had a good heart.this is the 1st episode. now the same sex rule and how they get around it.Jack was out of the room,Mr.Roper had basically kicked him out.when Jack came back,to his surprise,Mr Roper had agreed to let him stay.later on Jack asks why he changed his mind.Janet's reply in short "i told him you were gay".so you can imagine how things could get funny,just based on that.Eventually,the Ropers leave and in walks Don Knotts as Ralph Furley.(R.F as he became affectionately known) as an aside Don was also a master of comedy,as evidenced by his actions and reactions to some of the situations that would unfold.Don sadly also died in Feb 2006.Anyway Ralph considers himself a ladies man.Of course,he'the only one who does.anyway,as the series progressed,Jack and the girls had to continue keeping Jack's secret from Ralph (by the way Jack wasn't really gay.in fact he loved women.)there you have a synopsis of the series.There are obviously things i left out,such as how Janet and Chrissy met Jack.but you get the gist.basically,Three's Company is one of the all time great sitcoms.if you haven't seen it,i urge you to look for it. 10/10.i must mention that the world lost 2 great talents in John Ritter and Don Knotts.
Grarana

Grarana

During the first few years of the show, it was funny, clever, and just outstanding. I don't need to explain it any more than that, because just about the whole world knew this. We then come to Suzanne Somers.

Her greed, unprofessionalism, and petty shenanigans totally disrupted the show. This is what contributed to the downfall of the show. Due to the Chrissy Snow character being an important piece of the puzzle, her absence had the producers scrambling to make last-minute changes…and actors John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt were very unhappy, to be very understandable.

Those tag scenes are simply pathetic, when you know why they were done.

Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes did the best they could do under the circumstances.

Three's Company was the funniest and most well-made comedy at the time, until Somers screwed everything up with her selfishness.

I'm surprised that she didn't get blacklisted after the debacle.
Vivados

Vivados

I could go on all day long on what how this is the greatest sitcom ever, but I won't. I can truley say that I've watched Three's Company ever since I can remember and it is a sitcom that I don't think people can forget. It's sooooooooooo funny!!! It all started when two female roommates throw a party for their third female roommate who is moving out. The morning after the party, the two roommates(Janet and Chrissy)discover a drunk party guest(Jack)who accidently fell asleep in their bathtub. He tells them that he needs a place to live and they allow him to move in with them. However, he has to tell the landlord that he's gay in order to stay with them. So from then on comedy is born and is lived on all the way to the eighth and final season. Every episode is filled with laughter, romance(somewhat) and surprises. However, it is also hard to believe that Jack had never fallen in love with any of his roommates(paticularly Janet since she lived with him all eight years). I mean c'mon....didn't they ever try to score with eachother at some point? No matter what, this show will leave you in stitches.

Stars: Jack(The clumbsy yet funny chef) Janet(The cute-as-a-button brunette and florist) Chrissy(The dumb but funny blonde) Mr. and Mrs. Roper(The landlords who had as much sexual problems as any typical old folk) Larry(The single ladies' man)

WATCH ALL EPISODES!! I GIVE 10 OUT OF 10 STARS!!!! TRULEY A CLASSIC!!
Cozius

Cozius

I would watch this almost religiously when it was aired. The theme song has a catchy jingle to it. The cast will quickly begin to feel like family to you except the blonde girl who is often exchanged for another room mate through the years of the show's time on TV.

Doing a role like this takes so much practice and agility so you will come to find that Jack Tripper (played by John Ritter, RIP) is perfect for the role that will leave you laughing oftentimes uncontrollably.

Is it good for children? I'd say so. You won't have to worry about language needing to be filtered or inappropriate scenes.

Is it good for the family? I'd say absolutely.
Winenama

Winenama

This series is simple, slapstick humor, with no real seriousness to it. The perfect show if you just want to lay back and have a few laughs. Great actors, especially actor John Ritter, and funny story lines. I saw some interesting trivia at endedtvseries.com Terri is under looked though. Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes)-Terri is the roommate who comes along to replace Cindy, after her character decides to leave and attend UCLA. Also blond like her two predecessors, this is where the similarities stop, as Terri is a registered nurse, hardworking, dedicated to her job and intelligent. Although she and Jack do have a rather unfortunate first meeting, they do warm up to each other after a short while.
Tholmeena

Tholmeena

THREE'S COMPANY (1977-84) was one of my favorite comedies growing up and one of the very few I still watch in re-runs. The comedy may be farcical and slapstick for the most part, but early in the series, the overt comedy was underscored with a sharp, witty edge full of puns and double-entendres. The early seasons of the show were actually more methodical and topical with an amazingly playful edge that you rarely would see in other shows of the time. The middle seasons had it's share of slow and unfunny episodes, while the later seasons enjoyed a rejuvenation.

The series starred the versatile physical comic actor John Ritter (who actually won a Lead Actor Emmy for this show) as Jack Tripper, a struggling yet gifted chef. Jack was a major ladies man and hornball, but he had a heart of gold and was the best friend to his roommates. In the series pilot, Jack needed a place to stay and so roommates Chrissy Snow (played by blonde bombshell Suzanne Somers, who displayed a surprising gift for comic timing and humor) and Janet Wood (wonderfully played by Joyce DeWitt). Chrissy, a secretary, was an early TV prototype for the "dumb blonde" role and, in my opinion, set the stage for the way the character is played in modern TV, for example, I see qualities of Chrissy in later famous TV "dumb" blondes, like Kelly Bundy or Phoebe Buffay. Janet, a floral shop employee, was the more level-headed, smart, less-but-still-attractive brunette and kind of the calm center of the show.

The roommates' original landlords were the Ropers, the strict, old-schooler Stanley (superbly performed by Norman Fell) and his sweet, sarcastic, sexually-repressed wife Helen (hilariously played by Audra Lindley. During the "Roper" seasons, I'd say that the show was more of an ensemble, with the Ropers being given equal screen time to the main trio, more often than not referred to as "the kids" by Mrs. Roper. The Ropers were almost surrogate parents to them, with Roper being the stern Dad and Helen being the loving and more tolerant Mom. A running gag for the entirety of the series was that Jack had to pretend to be homosexual in order for the landlords to get him to live with 2 girls. In these politically correct times, I doubt a show could get away with this now!

I'd say that Seasons 1-3 are the best seasons, with the stories usually consisting of "the kids" having the A plot and the Ropers having the B plot, with overlap from time to time. Then there are episodes where all 5 got to interact completely as the main plot. The Ropers left the show at the end of Season 3 and went onto their own doomed series that bore their last name, only coming back in a Season 5 episode for a guest spot. Early on, the show introduced a supporting character Larry Dallas (wonderfully performed by the reliable Richard Kline, a shady used- car salesman (is there any other kind!) and Jack's best friend, who lived a swinging single lifestyle. Kline was excellent at one-liners and punchlines and played off Ritter very well.

Season 4 introduced new landlord Ralph Furley (played by comic TV icon Don Knotts), ushering in an era or broader, wilder comedy. Knotts brought his brand of limbering, lumbering physical comedy to the table. Backstage drama also lead to Somers being fired from the show at the end of Season 4, so in Season 5, a new character, Chrissy's cousin Cindy Snow (played with wide-eyed gusto by Jenilee Harrison, a pretty good physical comedienne in her own right) was introduced as the new 3rd roommate. It was really around Seasons 4 and 5 that the show really suffered a creative crisis, and may have been doomed to end had it not been for the smart decision to demote Cindy to supporting status in Season 6 and introduce yet ANOTHER and FINAL 3rd roommate Terri Alden (refreshingly played by the underrated Priscilla Barnes), a nurse. Cindy was much better served as a recurring, supporting character in Season 6 and Terri complemented Jack and Janet more. I really wish that Harrison had stayed on in Seasons 7 and 8 in her supporting turn because I thought she had really found her comfort zone as a funny supporting character a la Mr. Furley and Larry who would pop in on the main trio from time to time.

I found Seasons 6-8 very entertaining, if less witty and risky as the early seasons. In these later seasons, the show really played up the physical comedy, with all characters getting to shine at various moments. In particular, Ritter was allowed to run wild and show off his physicality in full force. Especially in the later seasons, the show became a show about "misunderstandings", where every episode seemed to be about characters getting the wrong idea about situations or other characters and the writers and actors played these to the hilt, with great facial expressions and reactions.

The show also boasted some of the HOTTEST female characters I've ever seen, with Jack getting to date gorgeous women in about every other episode. And the ladies he got to live with weren't so shabby either!

"Three's Company" has a carefree, loose quality that I find enjoyable. It may be the level of shows like "Cheers" or "Seinfeld", but in it's own way, the show is iconic. A huge guilty pleasure!
Xtreem

Xtreem

As a small child who probably had NO business watching shows like this,I found myself coming away from most episodes(particularly anything from the Ropes/Crissy era,better known as the first two to three seasons)feeling two things:a strange,inexplicable(again,I was small lad of grade school age)attraction to one Suzanne Somers,and an unimpeachable belief that John Ritter was(next to maybe only Steve Martin)the funniest guy on TV. While I feel like my tastes about both of those elements may've changed to greater or lesser degrees over the years,I can still watch a rerun of these shows now and feel some sense of the old affinity I had for it before.

JAck Tripper(Ritter,for whom I still miss),a happily single chef's attempts to continue living under the same roof with two lady friends--modestly attractive florist JAnet(JOyce DeWitt)and buxom,blonde actress/model(?)Chrissy(Somers,who would walk out of the show in a contract dispute,believing that SHE was the true star of the show,which she was only half-right IMO)--in a sunny,beach-side residence in San Diego by pretending he's gay(a plot point that steadily was diluted as the show rolled along) was the lynch pin of this highly successful ABC sitcom that ran through the swinging,Disco-and sex-crazed 70s right to the synth-pop,big hair,yuppie sex-craving '80s. All the while,a number of major cast changes--most notably,the switch from the bickering,snarky lard-lord couple of the Ropers(played deftly by Audra LIndley and Norman Fell)to the lovably creepy and intrusive Ralph Furley(Don Knotts,better than one might've expected at the time),not to mention the buxom blonde replacements to Crissy,played by Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes--continued to filter through the show's dynamic,which might've already wrecked the already tenuous premise of the show even further,but it never completely sank its appeal. The formula mentioned in my summary denotes that the show's true heft and value rode on that general premise,as when it finally went off the air after seven seasons,the producers tried valiantly(but in vain)to continue to trek JAck and his attempts at love on the short-lived "Two's Company".

HArdly what you'd call the best TV had to offer of its period(or really any other),the light,sexy mix of talent and slapstick makes it a good way to pass the time channel-flipping. Stop on by TVLand(unintentional plug)and take a look.
Opimath

Opimath

This is one of those shows I grew up on, videotaping each episode as the show ran in syndication, and watching it again and again. I never grew out of the laughs. John Ritter as Jack, Joyce DeWitt as Janet and Suzanne Somers as Chrissy were hilarious, trying to find their way out of every misadventure that comes their way. One of my favorite episodes was when Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) threatens to kick Jack, Janet and Chrissy out of their apartment due to their overbearing noise. As a result, knowing that they will have to hit the streets anyway and thinking they were invited to stay on a luxurious apartment complex by a man Jack saved in a restaurant, the three purposely makes more noises by slamming pots and pans on the floor and dropping the telephone on the desk-hilarious. Norman Fell and Audra Lindley delivered good comprehension as the Ropers, displaying their "platonic" relationship. Furley delivers one wisecrack after the other.

The show pretty much declined after the Suzanne Somer debacle. Her leaving the show really left a void in the comedy, but Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes did pretty good as Cindy Snow and Terri Alden, but not as charming as Somers.

But, a very fun show to watch again and again. This is one of those shows that is just one silly misadventure (sometimes childish) after another, don't have to find a specific purpose to follow.

So, come knock on their door and watch "Three's Company."

Grade B+
Enalonasa

Enalonasa

Wait, that's every episode. That is what I love about the show, though. I absolutely love Three's Company and have since I was probably 10 years old. John Ritter is amazing to watch. He has the best comedic timing and his facial expressions are hysterical. Definitely one of the best actors I've seen. I was watching a Three's Company marathon yesterday and couldn't stop watching. I don't think there is a show that has ever came close to capturing what this show had. It was just a wonderful, hilarious show. It's just so comical that the same group of people always ends up accidentally overhearing something and thinks someone is cheating, coming to kill them, or some other crazy thing. It was so outrageously ridiculous that it worked. Great show.
Anayanis

Anayanis

On the date mentioned in the title,Three's Company made it's premiere on the ABC Schedule. In the sense that nothing like it had ever been on TV before,much like Norman Lear sitcoms,this show is (like it or not) a milestone in TV history. I was watching that night,despite being only 8!

Unlike Norman Lear sitcoms,of course,Three's Company is not exactly a "thinking man's" situation comedy. It was much like the screwball comedy movies of the 30's & 40's,wild,crazy & silly and also drew from the French entertainment world,with what was known as "bedroom farce". Comedy coming from assumed situations,sexual innuendo and even situations that spin hopelessly out of control.

The late and very great John Ritter starred as cooking student & then chef Jack Tripper (an appropriate name given all of his wonderful physical humor). His TV series debut as this character is unforgettable.

One morning after a going away party for their roommate Eleanor,Janet Wood (sporting a New York accent) and Chrissy Snow (short for Christmas Snow!) enter their bathroom and find party crasher Jack, passed out in the tub soaking wet.

The Ropers,landlords of this complex with no name,live directly under this apartment and Stanley Roper decides to go up and have a talk with the girls about the noise last night. Meantime,Janet and Chrissy discover that jack is a student living at the YMCA and after much discussion decide Jack should be their new roommate.

Enter Stanley,who notices Jack in one of the girls robes,runs downstairs and gets his wife. The Ropers (more Stanley than Helen)disapprove of the opposite gender living together. While Jack is in the kitchen,Janet gets a foolproof idea that satisfies The Ropers. She convinces them that Jack is gay! So began the 8 season show.

During it's course are many changes and behind the scenes turmoil. The addition of Richard Kline as Jacks best friend Larry Dallas used car salesman and womanizer.

The much publicized Suzanne Somers salary dispute,leading to her eventual termination. ABC giving The Ropers their own (failed) spin off and then instead of welcoming them back,replaces them with Don Knotts who played new,chick magnet in his own mind,landlord Mr. Furley. Then, two more roommates Cindy Snow (Chrissy's cousin)played Jennilee Harrison) and then Nurse Terri Alden played by Priscilla Barnes.

There's so many memorable comic moments that take place throughout:

After another party Jack and Mr. Roper wake up in bed together.

Jack has to stay out of the apartment in the rain,while Janet's mother comes to visit.

Stanley eavesdrops on the kids private conversations through the plumbing!

(My favorite):Jack punches a cop and ends up in jail and tries to be a tough guy with the other prisoners,after they find out he beat up a cop:

"Butt me!" (asking for a smoke and then gagging on it!)

So instead,"Gum me!" "Gimmie Some gum"!! "Now!" -----------

Then,the episode TV Guide calls a classic,"Up In The Air",Jack and Janet attend a party given by a man Janet likes (Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch)and Jack takes tranquilizers to relax for the flight to the island that the party takes place on.

After arriving Jack meets the hosts beautiful sister but Janet has told jack under no circumstances is he to tell anyone he's a chef. (High brow crowd y'know!) So after concocting fib after fib to different people she thinks he's a phony. He then drowns his troubles in a drink called "The Rocket" which,mixed with the pills,turns Jack into a virtual Fred Astaire dancing machine! An incredible dance sequence for that matter.

A fantastic demonstration of John's great comic capabilities,although I know he was also a very good actor,which showed through in the series few serious moments.

Many feel that episode was the show at it's comic peak but it carried on for two more seasons. In the final show,Janet marries a nice "rich" guy,Terri moves to Hawaii and Jack moves in with his new girlfriend Vicki (telling Mr. Furley he's cured & going to try and be with a woman)!

John Ritter then went on to the short lived,"Three's A Crowd" spin off but it was just more of the same. Sometimes networks just don't know when to let things be.

In the time since the shows end,we have said goodbye to Norman Fell (Stanley) in 1997,Audra Lindley (Helen) in 1998),John Ritter in 2003 and 1 year ago in Feb. 2006 Don Knotts. We miss them very much.

Meaning the obvious,there will be no reunions of our favorite roommates but we forever have the memories of a once controversial show that now seems tame by today's standards. Not to mention wonderful shows to laugh at and remember for always.

The show really is a "10" but I only took one star off for the shabby way Norman Fell and Audra Lindley were treated in 1980. That aside,I put it right up there with I Love Lucy. Even she loved,"Three's Company" and showed it in her guest shot.

Here's a toast to thirty years (and many more) of Three's Company,to quote them:

Jack:"Happy Days" Janet:"Good Times" Chrissy:"Little House On The Prarie"! (END)
Thozius

Thozius

"THREE'S COMPANY," in my opinion, is a must-see ABC hit! Despite the fact that I've never seen every episode, I still enjoy it. It's hard to say which one is my favorite. Also, I really loved the theme song. If you ask me, even though I like everyone, it would have been nice if everyone had stayed on the show throughout its entire run. Everyone always gave a good performance, the production design was spectacular, the costumes were well-designed, and the writing was always very strong. In conclusion, even though it can be seen on TV Land now, I strongly recommend you catch it just in case it goes off the air for good.
Alsanadar

Alsanadar

The history of Hong Kong's free public TV business until today only comes to thirty odd years. At that time the English channel was designed mainly for English speakers and so there were no Chinese subtitles in most programmes. Local Chinese largely only watch the Cantonese channels. I can see my generation, the now 30+, was born and growing up together with the local TV.

In the 70's, the productions of the UK and the USA were of course more advanced in many ways than the local ones. Besides, the short history did not provide sufficient stock for re-run. Then, the merchandisers were so clever to fill up the time of both English and Cantonese channels with foreign productions at time time mostly from the UK and the USA, Taiwan and Japan, voice-overed for the Cantonese channels (but no subtitles for the English one). We have lots of one-hours series (Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hart to Hart, The Love Boat, Ironside, A-Team, T.J. Hooker, It Takes A Thief, LA Law, 24, X-file blah blah blah....), soap operas (Dallas, Dynasty blah...), movies (name them as many as you can imagine, we did have good oldies like "Calamity Jane" on TV and blah...) etc, and amongst them, sitcom was one of the genres. "Three's company" was my very first encounter.

When I was watching it on TV, I was with my family and nearly no one's English was sound enough to understand. My sister and I were only about eight or so and we were learning English in primary school. I still could not figure out why my good old late dad could laugh. The more mysterious was that how come he could have tuned to the English channel, he spoke not even one single word of English. We laughed, perhaps it was the "canned" laughter burst out from the background at every punchline, so when the TV laughed, we laughed together more or less not knowing everything very clearly. Though the language was a barrier, we did enjoy it because of the actions, the facial expression and people's relationship. Besides the teachers in school, I have to give my big big thank you to the sitcoms because I learnt much English from it apart from radio, in those days Video and DVD were not popular.

Then it came my high school day and I watched more and more sitcoms across the Atlantic, (now some more popular were with subtitles). Three's a Crowd, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Golden Girl, Small Wonder, Eastenders, Whos's the boss, We've got it made, The Benny Hill Show (only with my sister ^_^), Mr. Bean and of course the latest ones like Ned and Stacey, Friends, AbFab, Seinfeld and blah... Sportingly speaking, they were my language teachers.

I am just hoping the TV would put aside just one hour a week or so to broadcast 30-minute sitcoms of the world. Once I watched a Turkish subtitled French children sitcom in Sariyer, Turkey ten years ago. I then thought, as an international city, can we have Chinese and English subtitled sitcoms from Egypt, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Ukraine, Denmark, India etc etc? Possible, possible.
you secret

you secret

That this program was so beloved in America, and is touted in the one published comment as the pinnacle of American sitcoms is terrifying; the genius of Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, M*A*S*H, and Cheers must be overly cerebral for this viewer. Predictable buffoonery was the order of the day for this show, and had it not been for the talent of almost every member of the cast, the lack of creativity in the production and writing staff would have destined this to be an overnight cancellation. Ritter went on to earn the respect due him in a number of dramatic roles, and I must agree with the aforementioned viewer that fell was surprisingly good at comedy, having always been a dramatic character actor previously.

If any Brit who had seen "A Man in the House" were to have seen this program, I'm certain that he would turn off US TV forever.
Bolv

Bolv

It had been a long, long time since I watched Three's Company on TV, so when I found the first-season DVD in a bin for $5, I scooped it up. The first thing I noticed was how comfortingly familiar, yet dated the whole look of the show is. Yes, this was actually 1977, not 200- trying to look like 1977. No cell phones, no Internet, and $300 rent! In a nutshell, the show revolves around two women and a man in their early 20s, who are living together to cut down on expenses. When I was a kid, watching it on TV, it didn't feel as relate-able as it does now, having been there as most people are in their early 20s. Each show revolves around how to solve their basic problems, while trying to keep their landlord from finding out that they're all heterosexual, yet nothing is happening between them. Why the landlord would care is beyond me, however...

Much of the slapstick physical comedy holds up very well, and is a great homage to John Ritter's talent. Although there are probably more sophisticated styles, John Ritter's never-ending pratfalls and the entire cast's misunderstandings and double-entendres are still amusing after 30 years.

The one thing I never noticed before, but notice in a big way now, is that the Three's Company universe doesn't have a problem with its own conflicted morality. Everyone seems completely accepting of homosexuality, in Jack's cover-up and in the couple next door, yet heterosexual sex between consenting adults is a BIIIG no-no! It's a comforting thought, and I'm very curious how it went over in the gay community of the time.

Overall, watching Three's Company, and Jack, Janet, the blondes, and the others get up to their hijinks is satisfying and entertaining. Forget reality TV. Sitcoms were the reason we used to watch--what happened?
Dark_Sun

Dark_Sun

Let's face the show was at it's best with Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow. Unfortunately, greed and success can bring problems. I'm not saying that the show didn't recover from her absence. It did but it was nowhere near as successful or as authentic as it was with the original cast. The show's loss of Somers also brought her klutzy cousin, Cindy Snow, played lovingly by Jenilee Harrison but it didn't work. She would return in a recurring status on the show which shows that the producers did like her but not enough to play Cindy regularly. They re-casted the third roommate with Priscilla Barnes who played nurse Terry Alden. I have to say that I was dismayed to learn about all the shenanigans behind the series' success. As a kid watching the show, I thought everybody got along or I wished they did. The show gradually progressed with other characters played by Ann Wedgeworth who played the sexy female neighbor and Richard Kline playing bachelor Larry Dallas. The premise of Jack Tripper pretending to be gay to stay in the apartment helped provide some of the show's humor. John Ritter who we all miss even now was a comedic genius. He just played Jack as this lovable guy that any guy or girl would like to have as a roommate. I can't forget Janet Wood, the florist and third roommate, in their apartment. She was often overlooked in favor of the more popular cast members but regardless she'll always be Janet to us.