Three's Company

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ABC (ended 1984)

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Three's Company

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After two unsuccessful pilots, Three's Company was finally picked up by ABC in January 1977 for a first season of six episodes. After the show began to air in March, ratings were high and it became one of the highest-rated midseason show of its time. The show had a simple premise - Jack Tripper (John Ritter, a student at a local cooking college, wanted to move in with two girls, Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers). The only problem - the building's landlord, Mr. Stanley Roper (Norman Fell), who lives in the apartment below with his wife, Mrs. Helen Roper (Audra Lindley). In order for him to stay, he would have to pretend to be gay The series quickly gained a pop culture status, while maintaining the high ratings, being one of the top rated shows during its third and fourth seasons. The end of the third season saw the exit of Mr. and Mrs. Roper, who moved to a new townhouse community for The Ropers, the show's first spinoff. In came a new, and much different landlord, Mr. Furley (Don Knotts).

During the hiatus before the fifth season, Suzanne Somers asked for a raise from $30,000 to $125,000 per episode. The producers refused, and Suzanne began to lie so she could be absent from work. Because ratings began to decline with lovable Chrissy's absence, the producers created a new character, Cindy Snow (Jennilee Harrison), who played Chrissy's cousin for the remainder of the season. At the same time, Suzanne Somers would tape short tag scenes for the end of the episode the day before the taping. She was fired by the end of the year.

Starting off fresh during the sixth season, the producers decided to have Cindy go off to UCLA to study to become a veterinarian. So, Jack and Janet needed a new roommate. Along came Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes), the smarter and beautiful blond who was a nurse at the local hospital. She would remain on the show for the next (and final) three years.

Ratings began to fall during the eighth season (as they normally do), and the producers had made the decision to end the show, and create a spinoff, Three's A Crowd.

Theme Song: Come and knock on our door ...
We've been waiting for you ...
Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
Three's company, too. Come and dance on on our floor...
Take a step that is new ...
We've a lovable space that needs your face,
Three's company, too. You'll see that life is a ball again, laughter is calling for you ...
Down at our rendez-vous,
Three's company, too!
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  • Blecch!

    3.5
    If this show had aired during the same period as The Simpsons, imagine what would have happened if Joyce DeWitt dated Bart Simpson. I'm starting to think that she may have invented the catchphrase "Eat My Shorts" long before Bart did. Her outfits were too revealing and showed too much of a "don't give a damn attitude" that would later be adopted by Bart.
  • Simple and funny

    10
    A couple sets, a couple cameras, a couple long shots. Real funny, real smart, and has those feel good moments. My fav show of all time.
  • It's A shame John Ritter Died

    6.0
    John Ritter Played Jach in this show And Was The Best He died on set of his Later Show Im Not sure What it was But well onn set he Had A Heart Attack And he Was Rushed to the hospitel and the Docters Wherent Able to Save Him he died in the year of 2003 On His Daughters Birthday Im Only eleven So i didnt know about this intil Earler Last yearAnd even though It happened a long time Ago I cried He Was an Amazing Actor That The World will always Remebermoreless
  • Three's Company paved the way for future comedies of its kind. A definate must see for anyone of any age!

    10
    Three's Company was a show that was still airing in 1981, the year I was born. Although I can't recall watching it at a younger age, my parents told me that I did yet didn't understand why. When I was in high school I turned the t.v. on while getting ready and there it was. It was so familiar and re-kindled an interest for the show, a nice show that has a nice feel to it. It was that rememberance that I decided to use the show as a project for a tech class, and create a web site about it. I have continued to keep the site running even updating and the outpour from fans of the show has been CRAZY! As long as I still hear from fans I keep the website running and if you're interested please check it out as well. It's all non profit, I do it as a hobby. I'm also listed with every major search engine. My web site is called Three's Company Complex.moreless
  • Three's Company was one of the most funny shows ever. John Ritter who played Jack Tripper is one of the funniest actors ever. Together with Joyce Dewitt, Suzanne Somers, and later Pricilla Barnes, the cast was just amazing.moreless

    8.0
    I loved almost every season of the show. I say almost because I wasn't too happy with the show during the season when Suzanne Somers who played Chrissy Snow left the show and Jenilee Harrison who played Cindy Snow replaced her. To me that whole thing was a disaster for so many reasons. Other than that, I really don't have many bad things to say about the show. Even when Pricilla Barnes joined the cast as Terri Alden, I still loved the show. I think that she did a great job taking over after Chrissy and Cindy left. And the Ropers, their landlords, were hilarious. So was Mr. Furley who replaced them. Two girls living with a guy and the guy having to pretend that he was gay so that he could stay there and not get thrown out by The Ropers and Furley. Everything about the show was funny. I liked Jacks best friend Larry Dallas also. I really hated the Lana character though. I'm glad that she didn't last long.moreless
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    Themes

    forbidden love, kids hijinks, gender roles, laugh track, life in a bar