Man About the House

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Man About the House

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British hit series Man About the House is a story about young Robin Tripp who winds up wanting to move in with the lovely Chrissy Plummer and Jo. However, to live in the flat with two girls, he must convince the landlords, George and Mildred Roper, that he is gay With this, a perfect comical setup that lasts us 39 episodes.

The Roommates:
Robin Tripp, Chrissy Plummer, & Jo

The Landlords: George Roper,
Mildred Roper

Other People:
Larry Simmonds

Man About the House is good UK television, and this guide uses UK words. For American English speakers, here are the translations:
flat--apartment
flatmate--roommate
football--soccer
pub--bar

Man About the House to Three's Company: Robin Tripp-Jack Tripper
Chrissy Plummer- Janet Wood
Jo- Chrissy Snow
George Roper- Stanley Roper
Mildred Roper- Helen Roper
Larry Simmonds- Larry Dallas

(Cindy, Terri, Furley, and Lana did not have original UK versions, as they were added in America only.)
Useless Information:

Larry (Doug Fisher) appears in 19 episodes, 20 if you count the movie.
Norman Eshley played Robin's brother Norman, but then moved on tho George and Mildred playing a completely different part.
Chrissy and Jo never appear on any spin-offs of Man About the House. They are never seen again.
Norman Eshley appears four times during the series run, once as Ian Cross and then three times as Norman Tripp.
Alison Hughes plays a girl named Linda twice in the series run. In Three's Company, Jack's girlfriend Linda appears three different times. Man About the House was 39 episodes long, a HUGE difference between Three's Company. This could be because British television fundings are smaller.
Man About the House had an okay film, but Three's Company nor its spin-offs made a film.

SPINOFFS
George and Mildred-The Roper's have moved on to live in a small townhouse and the tables have turned, when they have landlords (the Fourmile's) and they must own up to the snoppy lords.
Robin's Nest-Robin has moved on to own his own restaurant and live with his girlfriend Vicky and her father who is snooping around endlessly. He is also Robin's not-so-silent silent partner to Robin's Nest.
Three's Company-American remake with John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Priscilla Barnes.moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • While the newcomer to British comedy will almost certainly experience culture shock, aficionados consider this infinitely better than the celebrated American version. I cannot agree.

    7.0
    Man About the House, prototype of Three's Company, is in every way British. The characters are less archetypical; the sex jokes, considerably more lascivious; the pacing slower, the dialogue more wordy; the chemistry among the actors less obvious though in some ways more intense. What to make of all that is up to viewer.



    Diehards fans of Three's Company will recognize almost every script, line for line, though in a longer version considerably obscured by British slang. They will see a more thoughtful Robin (Jack) Tripp(er), two female rommates not yet separated fully into their American blonde and brunette epitomes, a less boorish George (Stanley) Roper, and a less ebullient wife Mildred (Helen). But they will miss the physical comedy and the incredible energy of the American performances, and, of course, all those elements of Three's Company introduced after the Ropers spun off.



    Three's Company came very, very close to the original in the second (though not in the first) unaired pilot. It then diverged. And, in diverging, became far more nearly universal. For all its prima facie simplicity, the American show is on balance considerably deeper and more subtle than this British prototype. The outright slapstick and whizzing pace of Three's Company leaves the profound human characterization to be gradually, almost subliminally, inferred, in between the laughing fits. It is impossible, I think, to watch Man About The House and to fall down in laughter. One faces a choice between snickering at the prurience and feeling charmed by the characters whose human foibles are always at the forefront. But the charm and the depth in the British foreground, though considerable, are not as great as the depth and the charm in the American background.



    Indeed. Shakespeare too recycled his plots.moreless
  • I absolutely love old British TV series, and especially in the sit-com department they beat all other countries.

    8.5
    I remember this particular series quite well even though I haven't seen it in a long time, luckily it's now available on VHS/DVD so I'll be buying it soon. Nothing beats that atmospheric shot-on-videotape look most British TV shows had in the '70s, when filmed indoors. Richard Sullivan is great as the guy the two girls find in their bathroom, and the two actresses are also both excellent. Terrific stuff. The series had two spin-offs; "George & Mildred" (about the landlord and his wife) and "Robin's Nest" (Sullivan's character minus the girls). Those who think the American version "Three's Company" is better only need to look at the amount of episodes it had, and suddenly it's not so funny anymore. I think the fact that "Three's Company" was filled with more characters and ran for a whopping 172 episodes compared to the original's small cast and 39 episodes says it all. Overdoing it kills any show, and the Brits always knew quantity is not the same as quality.moreless
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    August 21, 2007 DVD Releases

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