The Ropers

ABC (ended 1980)
Rate Show
133 votes
  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 22

    Mother's Wake

    Aired 5/15/80

  • S 2 : Ep 21

    Four Letter Word

    Aired 5/8/80

  • S 2 : Ep 20

    The Rummage Sale

    Aired 5/1/80

  • S 2 : Ep 19

    Old Flames

    Aired 3/15/80

  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Man About the House

    Aired 3/8/80

  • Cast & Crew
  • Norman Fell

    Stanley Roper

  • Audra Lindley

    Helen Roper

  • Jeffrey Tambor

    Jeffrey P. Brookes III

  • Patty McCormack

    Anne Brookes

  • Evan Cohen

    David Brookes

  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Ropers guide at During Three's Company episode 51 "An Anniversary Surprise", Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) sells the building and now he and Helen Roper (Audra Lindley) must move out. This leads to them finally leaving in "Moving On" (episode 1 of The Ropers) to a new home. The Ropers meet Jeffrey P. Brookes III (Jeffrey Tambor), his wife Anne (Patricia McCormack), and their son David Brookes (Evan Cohen). At the end of Season 1, Larry comes to visit them, while at the beginning of Season 2, Jack, Janet and Chrissy come to visit. These, however, would be the only Three's Company crossovers in the series run. In 1980 the Ropers found a girl, Jenny Ballinger (Louise Vallance), in their storeroom. Tragically, The Ropers was cancelled after the second season. The Ropers would later visit the Three's Company kids one more time in the episode "The Night of the Ropers". Show Type: Situation Comedy First Telecast: March 13, 1979 Last Telecast: May 15, 1980 Episodes: 28 Color Episodes Nielson Ratings Spring 1979: #8 Broadcast History Mar 1979-Apr 1979, ABC Tue 10:00-10:30 Aug 1979-Sep 1979, ABC Sun 8:30-9:00 Sep 1979-Jan 1980, ABC Sat 8:00-8:30 Jan 1980-Mar 1980, ABC Sat 8:30-9:00 May 1980, ABC Thu 9:30-10:00 Spun off from: Three's Company Based off of: George and Mildred Other Shows to check out: Three's A Crowd Man About the House Robin's Nest US/UK Cast Comparisons THREE'S COMPANY/MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE Jack Tripper....Robin Trip Janet Wood......Chrissy Plummer Chrissy Snow....Jo Stanley Roper...George Roper Helen Roper.....Mildred Roper Larry Dallas....Larry Simmons Lana Sheilds....N/A Ralph Furley....N/A Cindy Snow......N/A Terri Alden.....N/A THE ROPERS/GEORGE & MILDRED Stanley Roper.....George Roper Helen Roper.......Mildred Roper Jeffery Brookes...Jeffery Fourmile Ann Brookes.......Ann Fourmile David Brookes.....Tristam Fourmile Jenny Ballinger...N/A THREE'S A CROWD/ROBIN'S NEST Jack Tripper........Robin Trip Vicky Bradford.....Victoria Nicholls-Trip James Bradford.....James Nicholls Claudia Bradford...Gertrude Nicholls EZ Taylor..........Albert Riddle Intresting Facts: The Ropers started out as George and Mildred Roper for Three's Company Pilot #1. From Pilot #2 on, they became what we now know them as Helen and Stanley. Norman Fell was born in Philadelphia, PA. He died in 1998 due to cancer. Audra Lindley was born in Los Angeles, CA. She died in 1997 due to complications of leukemia. Jeffrey Tambor went on to become a star of the show Arrested Development. Audra Lindley had to retire her wig that she wore in the Three's Company episode "The Bake-off". Even though the cast was told never to break the fourth wall (the audience/cameras), Mr. Roper (Fell) was the only character to do so, due to the audience liking it so much. Mr. Roper (Fell) still does not know that Jack is not gay. Mr. Roper (Fell) still can be heard saying, "Not tonight Helen, I gotta headache." Mrs. Roper (Lindley) is still spending alot of money on food, and her shawls and muumuus. DVD Releases from Three's Company/Three's A Crowd: Three's Company, Season 1: November 11, 2003 Three's Company, Season 2: May 4, 2004 Three's Company, Season 3: November 9, 2004 Three's Company, Season 4: May 3, 2005 Three's Company, Season 5: October 4, 2005 Three's Company, Season 6: March 7, 2006 Three's Company, Season 7: July 25, 2006 Three's Company, Season 8: October 10, 2006 Three's A Crowd, Season 1: ??? ??, ????moreless

  • Top Contributor
  • bleech224

    User Score: 336


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • (over the phone) Stanley: How are the girls, Chrissy? Chrissy: The girls? ....... Oh, Jack and Janet are fine.

    • Stanley: I was young! So I sowed a few wild oats! Helen: So couldn't you save a few for me?

    • Helen: How many other children do you have that I don't know about? Stanley: None. Helen: Just Bill? Stanley: Yes. Helen: A-HA!

    • (The men have just returned from the bar at 2AM) Jeffrey: Now go in there and make Helen the happiest woman alive. Stanley: And you go in there and make Anne the second happiest woman alive. (The men are so drunk that they enter the wrong apartments by mistake, scaring the wives. The men return to the porch.) Stanley: Don't worry Jeffrey. Your wife is still unhappy.

    • Hubert: Isn't guacamole supposed to be green? Helen: Yes, but Stanley likes ketchup in it.

    • (Jeffrey knocks on the Roper's door just as Stanley loudly drops a dumbbell) Jeffrey: Are you all right? Helen: Oh, that was just the dumbbell. Jeffrey: Can I speak with him?

    • (Stanley brings Ethel a "tequila sunrise") Ethel: Good Lord! What's in this drink? Stanley: We didn't have any triple sec so I had to use beer.

    • Ethel: This is depressing. Stanley: Yeah, the way people are eating, there won't be any leftovers!

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (51)

    • Just like the first season of Three's Company which only had six episodes, The first season of The Ropers only had six episodes

    • This episode is not included on the Three's Company Season 3 DVD set, since this is only part of the syndication package.

    • When the series became syndicated, the show was later renamed to "Friends of Three's Company, The Ropers".

    • When shown on syndication, it is given the Three's Company titles crediting John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, but none of them appear.

    • This episode is included in the "Three's Company" syndication package, and is shown after episode #51, The Anniversary Surprise.

    • It was revealed in this episode by Mrs. Roper that she is 46 years old.

    • This episode was based of the George & Mildred Episode: "Your Money or Your Life".

    • This episode was based of the George & Mildred Episode: "The Dorothy Letters".

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (20)

    • This is the last time the Ropers' original apartment set is used before it was remodeled for Mr. Furley's apartment.

    • This episode was based off of the "George & Mildred" Episode: Moving On.

    • During the part where Stanley runs over the fire hydrant, you can clearly see that it's not Norman Fell in the driver's seat.

    • Jeffery contends that it's unhealthy for David to have an imaginary pet, yet in the pilot episode he strongly suggested David create an imaginary friend.

    • This episode was based off of the "George & Mildred" episode: Your Money or Your Life.

    • Lucy Lee Flippin, who played Helen's pregnant sister Hilda, was best known for her recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, as Laura's sister-in-law, Eliza Jane Wilder. She began that role only a few months after this guest appearance.

    • The song that Mr. Roper and Chrissy is dancing to in the living room is titled "We are Family" by Sister Sledge which was a huge hit in 1979.

    • The Three's Company theme song is used during the closing credits of this episode.

    Show More Trivia

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title:: Days of Beer and Rosie
      This episode's title is similar to the Three's Company season 2 episode, The Days of Beer and Weed.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • What were you doing in 1979-80?

    By violetcobra, Oct 06, 2014

  • 49th worst show ever my a**.

    By tvfan95, Jan 14, 2008

  • The Ropers, a great 3s' Company Spin-off.

    By AnimeSpirit15, Jun 24, 2005

  • Latest News
  • Related