A Man About the House
Season 1 Episode 1
Kit McDonough as Patricia Crawford
A Man About the House is the first episode of season one of Three's Company. Written by the executive producers of the series, Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernie West, it first aired 15 March 1977 on ABC.
Brunette Janet Wood, who works in a florist shop, and Chrissy Snow, a guileless blonde typist, find Jack Tripper asleep in their bathtub following a party for their ex-roommate. The two girls, who lack culinary skills, decide to share the apartment and expenses with Jack when they learn he is studying to be a gourmet chef. But first they have to find a way to overcome objections from their landlords, Stanley and Helen Roper, a romantically frustrated couple who live downstairs.
- This was the third and actual official pilot episode shot. Based upon the story used in the second pilot episode shot which featured Susan Lanier in the role of Chrissy, in this episode, Suzanne Somers assumes the role of Chrissy for the first time.
Roommates Janet and Chrissy are alarmed and startled to find a sleeping guy in their bathtub.
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A conflict over lack of privacy comes to a head after Janet brings home a boyfriend, and Jack and Chrissy have to cool their heels at the Regal Beagle. While at the Regal Beagle (where the Ropers also are spending the evening), Jack makes a date with a beautiful girl, Veronica. Later, Janet becomes furious when Jack and Chrissy choose an inopportune moment to barge into the apartment where she is entertaining her date, Alex. Later, the trio agrees to an "unbreakable rule" on taking turns privately using the apartment for dates. Jack soon regrets this rule when Veronica calls to change their date night.This episode is based on the episode "Love and Let Love" from Man About the House.
While Janet and Chrissy are both employed, Jack has a problem finding work to fit around his school hours. Jack's principles are at stake when he is hired as a male model and learns he is to pose nude for a magazine centerfold, so he quits. Jack then sells encyclopedias as an alternative. He makes mistakes on the form when trying to sell to Mr. Roper, so he quits. He then gets a job as a waiter. John Fiedler and Sally Kirkland guest star.This episode is based on the episode "A Little Knowledge" from Man About the House.
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Teleplay by : Paul Wayne & George Burditt
Jack and Janet feel compelled to inform Chrissy that Lloyd Cross (Dick Sargent), a mature, sophisticated man she is dating happens to be married. Janet had confronted Jack about being jealous of Lloyd, who is dining at the apartment with Chrissy, when they run into the Ropers at the Regal Beagle. Mrs. Roper reveals that she knows Lloyd's wife, which sends Jack and Janet rushing back to the apartment to break up Chrissy's romance. To convince Chrissy that he is telling the truth, Jack takes Chrissy to meet Lloyd's wife (Joyce Bulifant).This episode is based on the episode "In Praise of Older Men" from Man About the House.
Teleplay by : Phil Hahn and Stuart Gillard
Teleplay by : Paul Wayne & George Burditt
The trio decides to celebrate Christmas at home because they have not been invited to any parties--not even by their neighbors, the Stevens, who hosts a big party every Christmas. After finding this out, the Ropers invite the trio downstairs for their own party, and they accept; but shortly after, the Stevens call to reconfirm their invitation to the party, which must have gotten lost in the mail. Jack and Janet want to go; but Chrissy, honoring the Ropers' invitation, makes them go to their party instead. The evening is spent listening to Mr. Roper sing silly songs, until finally the trio is able to excuse themselves. They go to the Stevens' party, where they unexpectedly run into the Ropers, who found out that they received a belated invitation as well. Turns out that Mr. Roper had spent the evening trying to bore the trio into leaving so he and Mrs. Roper could go to the party.This episode is based on the 1973 Man About the House Christmas Special.
Teleplay by : Charles Stewart
Jack and Chrissy agree to take over Janet's babysitting job for a night. To their dismay, they are met with a crying baby, no TV, and a locked liquor cabinet. To make matters worse, the mother goes into labor with her 2nd baby that evening, and her husband faints, so both are hospitalized, stranding Jack and Chrissy overnight. When Janet stops by in the morning to check on them, the baby's grandmother arrives at the house a moment later, putting Janet to work on morning preparations for the child, allowing Jack and Chrissy to slip out.This episode is based on the episode "Two Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" from Man About the House.
Chrissy's new boyfriend, an aspiring filmmaker, gets her interested in making movies and her parents send her a 8mmmovie camera. Larry wants to use Chrissy's projector to screen a porno film he purchased for $50 from a stranger, which Jack and Mr. Roper want to view. Jack and Larry also have Chrissy, Janet and Mrs Roper in the apartment, whom they think will accidentally see the porno flick, but it is revealed when it is played that Larry has been conned into buying a Woody Woodpeckercartoon.This episode is based on the episode "The Last Picture Show" from Man About the House.
The flower shop is understaffed, so Janet hires unemployed Jack to work there. Their friendship is put to the test when Jack's relaxed, jokey attitude clashes with Janet's more hard-nosed work ethic, a clash that carries over into their homelife. When Janet's boss Mr. Compton discovers that Janet missed an order for a wedding, Jack - to make amends with Janet - pretends that it was his fault that the flowers were not delivered. Mr. Compton fires Jack, but his friendship with Janet is mended and he is pleased to no longer be bossed around by her.
Mrs. Roper orders flowers and chocolates to be delivered to her at their apartment from 'a secret admirer'. She wants to make Mr. Roper jealous by making it seem like another man is attempting to woo her. He finds out from the delivery boy that she sent them to herself. Mr. Roper gives a bunch of flowers to his wife, which she is initially pleased with. However, she finds out from the card in them that he stole them from a grave - so she throws them at him in anger.Guest starring: Natalie Schafer as a customer in the flower shop.
Teleplay by : Paul Wayne & George Burditt
Janet is annoyed that Mr. Roper has not fixed their lounge window so that it will open. A young woman, Sandra, phones the apartment wanting to speak to Jack. Chrissy answers the phone and tells her that Jack is in the apartment upstairs. Sandra phones Larry, who says that he is Jack, then hangs up. Sandra arrives at the apartment, where she tells Janet and Chrissy that she is pregnant by Jack. After Chrissy and Janet confront him, Jack assumes it was his girlfriend Linda who came to the apartment, so he proposes to her - which she accepts. Jack is puzzled when Janet and Chrissy react badly to him bringing Linda to the apartment and informing them of their engagement. Larry tells Jack the truth, who in turn tells Chrissy and Janet. Jack is pleased when Linda decides against marrying him. Sandra phones the Reagle Beagle looking for 'Jack'. Larry answers, and Sandra tells him that she was mistaken in regard to being pregnant, and that her father is going to confront him. The father arrives at the apartment while Mr. Roper is fixing the window, and angrily chases him around the room, assuming he is 'Jack'.This episode is based on the episode "Never Give Your Real Name" from Man About the House.
The trio sacrifices a weekend to clean the Ropers' garden, after he threatens to raise their rent if they do not. They find some attractive weeds, some of which Mrs. Roper uses in her plant which she enters in a flower-judging contest sponsored by her flower arranging class. Larry comes to the apartment and says that the leaves they have are from cannabis plants, Jack and Chrissy cycle to the police station where they ask about drug possession. Jack has to have his urine tested at the station, and they hold his bicycle there because he is too drunk to ride it safely. They call the Ropers, who are at the contest. Mr. Roper deliberately damages Mrs. Roper's plant that is about to be judged ir order to prevent it being examined. This infuriates Mrs. Roper. She becomes even more furious when her teacher comes around for the judging and informs her that the weeds were not marijuana weeds after all. Janet confirms that, then says that some of the other leaves that they have are cannabis.This episode is based on the episode "How Does Your Garden Grow?" from Man About the House.
Teleplay by : Joyce & George Burditt
Chrissy's father Reverend Snow (Peter Mark Richman) visits. Chrissy has not told him that Eleanor has moved out or mentioned Jack. Chrissy and Janet pretend that they are the apartment's only residents and he is not told who Jack is. Chrissy accidentally reveals that Jack lives there, so Janet pretends he is her husband. When Jack says they married at the city hall, he insists on marrying them in a religious service in the apartment on that day. Chrissy tells her father the truth about their living situation, to which he angrily demands she move back home. He changes his mind and lets Chrissy stay at the apartment.First appearance of Peter Mark Richman as Reverend Snow, Chrissy's father.
Jack and Chrissy take turns sucking up to Janet, who acquired a pair of tickets to a Frank Sinatra concert which she is not going to attend. The trio is also entrusted to take care of a parakeet that Mr. Roper bought as a gift for his wife. Jack unintentionally sits on the box that contained the bird. He then wrongly assumes it is still in there, and that he has killed it. After frantically thinking of ways to get out of the jam, the trio gives Mrs. Roper the Sinatra tickets, claiming they were the gift from Mr. Roper--much to his surprise. Chrissy says that she let the parakeet out of the box to fly around the bathroom. They catch it and give it to the Ropers.This episode is based on the episode "Come Fly with Me!" from Man About the House.
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10 Worst Episodes Of Three's Company (According To IMDb)
There are many great moments from Three’s Companyand since this television show was so funny, it can be hard to decide which episodes were the best. The series had a lot of moments that made it great, such as the one where Jack Tripper shared a bed with Mr. Roper.
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Another hilarious moment in the series was when Mr. Roper mistakenly thought that Chrissy was pregnant after he heard a bit of one of her conversations while fixing the sink in his bathroom. But, not all episodes were great. Here are some of the least popular episodes of the series.
10 "Jack To The Rescue" - 6.8
One of the lowest-rated episodes in the series is in season five. This episode was filmed not too long after Chrissy’s cousin, Cindy, arrived to take her spot in the apartment.
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This episode focuses on the fact that Cindy has a boss who makes her run errands for him. Jack ends up standing up for her, and it does not end well. This results in Cindy getting fired from her job.
9 "Friends And Lovers: Part 1" - 6.8
This episode has an overall rating of 6.8 on IMDb, which means that viewers tend to think of it as one of the worst episodes in the entire series. While most of the episodes focus on more humorous topics, this one is less funny.
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The episode is about Jack and a woman he plans to marry. After he learns that there is a better job opportunity for her in another area than the job she currently has, he tells her that she should take it, instead of marrying him.
8 "In Like Larry" - 6.7
The episode titled “In Like Larry” only managed to get 6.7 stars out of a possible 10 on IMDb. In this episode, viewers get the chance to see what things would have been like if Larry had been the one to move in with the girls, instead of Jack.
It all starts with Jack feeling as though his roommates are asking a bit too much of him and taking advantage of him. On the other hand, they don’t think he is doing enough. This results in Jack and Larry switching apartments for a bit.
7 "Maid To Order" - 6.7
“Maid To Order” is one of many episodes of this series that only has 6.7 stars out of 10. At this point in the series, both Chrissy and Cindy Snow had been replaced by a different roommate, who went by the name Terri Alden.
Cindy can still be seen in this episode since it is actually about her. Jack, Janet, and Terri hire Cindy to be their maid. But that doesn’t work out since she’s a bit of a klutz.
6 "Like Father, Like Son" - 6.7
“Like Father, Like Son” is another episode that has 6.7 stars on IMDb. This is a very unique episode since it actually shows Jack’s father when he pays the three roommates a visit. But, this doesn't mean that the visit goes well for Jack, as his father starts doing some things that affect his life in various ways.
There are a few interesting facts about this episode. For example, this is the last episode that shows actor Jordan Charney playing Frank Angelino, who was Jack’s boss at the time.
5 "Janet Wigs Out" - 6.7
Throughout much of the series, Janet is a very levelheaded character, and she is also known for having black hair. But during this episode, she becomes obsessed with how she is treated when she wears a blonde wig.
Her behavior changes drastically, and she doesn’t seem much like the character that audiences had come to know and love in the show. The actress who played her, Joyce Dewitt, has claimed that this is her least favorite episode of the series.
4 "Father Of The Bride" - 6.7
“Father Of The Bride” is one of the least liked episodes in the series, and it also has 6.7 stars on IMDb. This episode focuses on a man pursuing Cindy, even after she has made it very clear multiple times that she is not interested in him.
This kind of story does not seem to sit very well with fans of the show, which is understandable. She ends up having to do some extreme things just to get him to leave her alone. Furthermore, Jack makes it worse. Instead of helping her out, he accepts a job offer from this character.
3 "Jack's Navy Pal" - 6.5
The episode called “Jack’s Navy Pal” has a total of 6.5 stars, and the title is a bit deceiving, as it suggests that a character that shows up is a friend of Jack’s. The truth is, that character, whose name is Jim Walsh, only has negative intentions when it comes to Jack. The only thing he wants to do is fight with him.
What makes things a bit worse is that he shows up when the roommates are trying to have a nice dinner with the Ropers. Jim isn’t funny, he’s mean.
2 "And Justice For Jack" - 6.5
This episode took on the topic of sexual harassment and the story focused on Jack having to deal with unpleasant things when it comes to his boss. This is an important topic, but the entire series up to this point was famous for being sexist, despite the fact that some of the writing is funny, so this episode is a little different.
After Jack gets fired for standing up for himself, he ends up facing even more problems than the ones he started with. This episode isn’t a fan favorite.
1 "Jack's Bad Boy" - 6
The least popular episode of the show is called “Jack’s Bad Boy,” and it has 6 stars. The story of this episode revolves around a young boy who somehow manages to find his way into their apartment. Throughout the episode, the young boy fools Janet and Chrissy with sad stories about what his life is like.
However, Jack isn’t so quick to believe him. He thinks the child is lying, and this puts Jack in a negative light in the girls’ eyes since they believe the boy. This episode is the 2oth in the fourth season of the series.
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American television sitcom 1977-1984
Three's Company is an American sitcom television series that aired for eight seasons on ABC from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984. It is based on the British sitcomMan About the House.
The story revolves around three single roommates: Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter), who all platonically live together in a Santa Monica, California apartment complex owned by Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) and Helen Roper (Audra Lindley). After Norman Fell and Audra Lindley left the series in 1979 for their own sitcom, Don Knotts joined the cast as the roommates' new building manager, Ralph Furley. Following Somers's departure in late 1980, Jenilee Harrison joined the cast as Chrissy's first cousin Cindy Snow, who was soon replaced by Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden.
The show, a farce, chronicles the escapades and hijinks of the trio's constant misunderstandings, social lives, and financial struggles. A top-ten hit from 1977 to 1983, the series has remained popular in syndication and through DVD releases. The show also spawned similar spin-offs to those that Man About the House had: The Ropers and Three's a Crowd, based upon George and Mildred and Robin's Nest, respectively.
Florist Janet Wood and secretary Chrissy Snow live in Santa Monica, sharing a multi-bedroom apartment with their roommate Eleanor. When Eleanor decides to move out, culinary school student Jack Tripper crashes her going-away party at the apartment and is found by Janet and Chrissy the next morning, passed out in the bathtub. Needing someone to cover Eleanor's share of the rent, the women offer to let Jack move in with them; he quickly accepts so that he can have a place to stay other than the local YMCA.
However, overbearing landlord Stanley Roper refuses to allow mixed-gender groups of unmarried people to live together. He grants Jack permission to move in only after Janet tells him that Jack is gay. Although Stanley's wife Helen quickly figures out that Jack is straight, she trusts him with the girls and keeps the secret from Stanley, who tolerates Jack but mocks him. Frequently siding with the three roommates instead of her husband, Helen's bond with them grows through the couple's departure, leading into the spin-offThe Ropers.
Jack continues the charade when new building manager Ralph Furley takes over the apartment complex because Mr. Furley insists that his hard-nosed brother Bart (the building's new owner) would also never tolerate such living situations. Jack eventually meets a love interest, Vicky Bradford, which leads into Three's a Crowd.
Cast and characters
Main article: List of Three's Company characters
- John Ritter as Jack Tripper: A clumsy culinary student (later chef, then restaurant owner) from San Diego. Also a Navy veteran, and swinging bachelor.
- Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood: A down-to-earth, level-headed woman from Speedway, Indiana, who is also an aspiring dancer. She works at the Arcade Flower Shop.
- Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow (seasons 1–5): A ditzy secretary from Fresno.
- Norman Fell as Stanley Roper (seasons 1–3; season 5, guest star): The trio's original, hard-nosed landlord.
- Audra Lindley as Helen Roper (seasons 1–3; season 5, guest star): Stanley's sex-starved, muumuu-wearing wife.
- Richard Kline as Larry Dallas (seasons 1–3, recurring; seasons 4–8, main): A playboy neighbor, used car salesman, and Jack's best friend.
- Don Knotts as Ralph Furley (seasons 4–8): The trio's goofy yet friendly, flamboyantly dressed landlord and apartment manager who fancies himself a ladies' man. He's something of a skinflint.
- Ann Wedgeworth as Lana Shields (season 4): A promiscuous older female neighbor who pursued Jack and was in turn pursued by Mr. Furley.
- Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow (seasons 5–6): Chrissy's accident-prone cousin, a secretary and later, veterinary student at UCLA.
- Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden (seasons 6–8): An intelligent but lovelorn registered nurse from Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
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The trio with the original landlords, the Ropers, in 1977
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Background and production
Famed Broadway writer Peter Stone tried to Americanize the British sitcom Man About the House. He originally set the series in New York, and he envisioned the male roommate as a successful, yet underpaid, chef in a fancy French restaurant, while the two female roommates were an executive secretary and a high-fashion model. When ABC's Fred Silverman read the script, he felt that middle America would not like the concept, and he decided to pass on the script. Silverman asked Larry Gelbart, creator and producer of M*A*S*H, for help with the series. At first, Gelbart wanted nothing to do with the show, feeling that its relatively simple premise made it substandard in comparison to M*A*S*H.
Ultimately, as a favor to Silverman, Gelbart developed a pilot episode with the help of his son-in-law, who named the series Three's Company. Gelbart's adaptation closely followed the British series. Gelbart named the male roommate David Bell, an aspiring film maker looking for a place to live and who just happened to be a great cook. The two female roommates were portrayed by Valerie Curtin who played Jenny, an employee of the DMV, and Susanne Zenor, who played Samantha, an aspiring actress. In Gelbart's version, the series took place in an apartment building called the Hacienda Palms in North Hollywood, California. It was produced by Don Taffner and Ted Bermann.
Silverman liked Gelbart's version, and ABC ended up ordering a pilot, which was taped in early 1976. The format of the show just barely made it on to the fall 1976 ABC lineup, but ABC later took it off for what ABC felt were more promising series. While ABC was considering how to re-shoot the pilot, CBS became interested in the show. CBS made a firm commitment to producers Taffner and Bermann to air the show with the Gelbart cast as a mid-season replacement in February 1977. At the last minute, ABC decided that they wanted the show after all, and ABC made a firm commitment to air the show at midseason with a new cast.
Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernie West, the writers who adapted the British series Till Death Us Do Part into All in the Family, were brought in to help, and the three of them rewrote the pilot. This version of the pilot followed the British series even more closely. The male roommate was changed from filmmaker David Bell to Jack Tripp, a cooking student, similar to his British counterpart chef Robin Tripp. Aspiring actress Samantha became secretary Chrissy,[b] portrayed by Denise Galik. Galik was dismissed a couple of days before the pilot taped, and Susan Lanier replaced her. The other female roommate, DMV employee Jenny became Janet Wood, a florist, portrayed by Joyce DeWitt. The setting of the show was also moved from North Hollywood to the beachside in Santa Monica.
Nicholl, Ross, and West went on to conceive the show as an all out farce, building the show's plot line heavily on the many misunderstandings encountered by each of the characters. This pilot was actually a remake of the second episode of the British series, titled And Mother Makes Four. The new concept was generally well-liked, with the exception of Lanier's portrayal of Chrissy.
Despite the doubts about Lanier's portrayal as Chrissy, Silverman put the show on the network lineup, scheduled to air in March 1977. Meanwhile, Silverman ordered a search for another actress to portray Chrissy. On the day before starting the production of the series, Silverman desperately watched the audition tapes again, fast-forwarding through them quickly. Suddenly, Silverman noticed Suzanne Somers' audition, which he hadn't seen before. Silverman recognized Somers from her appearance on The Tonight Show. Silverman watched Somers' audition and decided she was great for the part. Somers had originally been passed on, although no one could give him a straight answer as to why. Somers was contacted immediately, and she was on the set the next day.
At the last minute before the pilot taped, the producers considered whether to recast Ritter. Although test audiences liked Ritter, the producers felt Ritter's foolish and clumsy portrayal of Jack made his character seem somewhat effeminate. Earlier in the casting process, actors such as Barry Van Dyke and future television director Michael Lembeck were considered for the role. Silverman was confident in Ritter, and he advocated for him to remain on the show.
With Somers, Ritter, and DeWitt set in their roles, the third version of the pilot hastily went into production in January 1977. ABC accepted this version, and five additional episodes were filmed for the show's spring debut.
Three's Company was recorded at two locations: the first, seventh, and eighth seasons were taped at Metromedia Square and ABC Television Center, while the second through sixth seasons were taped in Studio 31 at CBS Television City. The cast would receive the script on Monday, rehearse from Tuesday to Thursday, and then shoot on Friday. Each episode was shot twice in a row using two different audiences. A multicamera setup of three cameras was used.
The taping was done in sequence, and there were rarely any retakes because the producers were strict. Priscilla Barnes once said, "Our bosses were very, very controlling. If my hair was too blonde, I'd get called up in the office."
The scenes in the opening credits with the trio frolicking on a boardwalk and riding bumper-cars was shot at the Santa Monica Pier, prior to the building of a larger amusement park adjacent to the pier.
A new opening sequence was shot when Priscilla Barnes joined the show, featuring the new threesome and the other cast members riding a zoo tram and looking at various animals around the zoo. These sequences were filmed at the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. During the opening credits, there is a little baby boy in overalls who walks up to Janet while feeding the goats at the zoo, portrayed by Jason Ritter, John Ritter's oldest son. The exterior shots of the apartment building were filmed at 2912 4th Street in Santa Monica.
Of all the new sitcoms that premiered on ABC for the 1976–77 television season, only Three's Company and the summer premiere of What's Happening!! ended up returning for a second season.
Three's Company had many cast changes over its run. The first of these changes took place in the spring of 1979 with the relocation of the Ropers to their own television series (The Ropers), which revolved around Helen and Stanley, and their neighbors in a townhouse community after Stanley had sold the apartment building, lasting for 1 and a half seasons. Man About the House had similarly spun the Ropers off for the series George and Mildred.
Two changes took place in the fall of 1979, at the beginning of the fourth season. The first was the addition of Lana, an older woman who chased Jack around. She liked to pursue him but he did not appreciate her advances. Since Ann Wedgeworth did not appreciate her diminishing role in the series, Lana was dropped from the show without any explanation before the season was half over. The other new addition that fall was the new building manager, Ralph Furley (played by Don Knotts), whose brother Bart bought the building from the Ropers. Mr. Furley pursued Lana unsuccessfully, as she unsuccessfully pursued Jack. Unlike Lana, Mr. Furley appeared until the end of the series.
Season five (1980–81) marked the beginning of contract re-negotiations and sparked friction on the set. Somers demanded a substantial increase in salary, from $30,000 to $150,000 per episode (equivalent to $94,000–$471,000 in 2020), plus 10% of the show's profits, which would have been on par with fellow cast member John Ritter's salary. When Somers' demands were not met, Somers went on a strike of sorts. Executives believed that a complete loss of Somers could damage the program's popularity so a compromise was reached. Somers, who was still under contract, continued to appear in the series, but only in the one minute tag scene of a handful of episodes. Somers' scenes were taped on separate days from the show's regular taping; she did not appear on set with any of the show's other cast members. According to Somers, an off-hiatus contract with CBS as well as tension between her and producer Michael Ross led to her being fired, and her dismissal was on the personal level as she states that Ted Harbert confirms this. According to the story within the show, her character had returned to her hometown of Fresno to care for her ailing mother, and was only seen when she telephoned her former roommates, and they recounted that week's adventures to her. This arrangement continued for one season. Somers' contract was not renewed and Chrissy's place in the apartment was taken by her clumsy cousin Cindy Snow (Jenilee Harrison).
Another replacement, Terri Alden (played by Priscilla Barnes), a clever, sometimes sassy nurse, joined the cast in the sixth season (1981–82). In the script, Cindy was to move to college to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian, and would continue to visit throughout the sixth season.
The show ended with the departure of all cast members except Ritter, who moved on to the spin-off Three's a Crowd (syndicated as Three's Company, Too in the Three's Company syndication package), itself based upon Man About the House’s spin-off Robin's Nest.
After three decades of not speaking to each other, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt finally made up and reunited for Somers' web series Breaking Through, which aired February 2, 2012. Previously, Somers made up with Ritter just days before his death from aortic dissection on September 11, 2003. They were even discussing having her make a cameo appearance on Ritter's new show, 8 Simple Rules.
The theme song was composed by Joe Raposo (known for composing for the children's television shows Sesame Street and The Electric Company), and sung by Ray Charles (not to be confused with the blind R&B musician of the same name) and Julia Rinker.
Humor in the show was based on farce, often relying on innuendo and misunderstanding, as well as physical comedy to punctuate the hare-brained schemes the characters would invariably conjure up to get themselves out of situations and dilemmas. Running jokes were frequently based on Jack's (supposed) sexual orientation, Mr. Roper's lack of sexual prowess, and Chrissy's blonde moments. Conflict in the show came from the dysfunctional marriage of the Ropers, Janet's intolerance for a roommate romance, and later on, Jack's friendship with Larry and Larry's abuse thereof. Of all the characters, only Jack, Janet, and Larry appeared in all eight seasons of the series. Jack is the only character to appear in every episode; Janet appears in every episode except one (season 3's "Stanley's Hotline").
Anchor Bay Entertainment has released all eight seasons of Three's Company on DVD in Region 1 - these are the original, unedited and uncut network television broadcast versions and not the edited versions which have been seen in syndication since the Fall of 1982. Some DVDs include commentary on some episodes as a bonus feature. Also, the season 2 set includes the first of the two unaired pilots as a bonus feature, while the season 3 set contains the other.
Anchor Bay released a complete series set on August 19, 2014. The set was subsequently re-released on February 13, 2018, this time by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The show has been in local syndication since 1982 (ABC aired back-to-back repeats during daytime in the summer of 1981) on local stations such as WNEW-TV in New York City and the sales on the project realized more than $150 million, of which Thames took 12.5% ($19 million). It debuted on cable in 1992 on TBS and ran through 1999. Nick at Nite bought the show in 2000 and have a seven-year term with other Viacom networks such as TV Land and TNN. In 2007, Viacom renewed its contract for reruns of the show for another six years.
In March 2001, after being notified by a viewer, Nick at Nite quickly edited an episode ("The Charming Stranger") where John Ritter's scrotum skin was briefly visible through the bottom of a pair of blue boxer shorts. The most famous quip about this issue was uttered by Ritter himself, who told the New York Observer when they asked him about the controversy: "I've requested that Nickelodeon air both versions, edited and unedited, because sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don't" (quoting an advertising jingle for Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars). The incident was also brought up during a "Celebrity Secrets" comedy bit on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the late 1990s, in which a nervous-acting Ritter jokingly says, "Somebody asked me if I did that on purpose..." After taking a nervous sip of water, he responds, "You bet I did!"
Since 2010, the show has been aired on Antenna TV, where its spin-offs also air. Because the spin-offs cannot be stripped due to a lack of episodes, they are aired at the same time with the show. In Canada, DejaView (a Shaw Media property) re-airs the show. In French Canada, it currently airs on Prise 2 (owned by Groupe TVA), using a soundtrack dubbed in Montreal.
As of early 2017, re-runs are also shown on the Logo Network.
In the United Kingdom, the series was shown on ITV Night Time in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In 2020, Pluto TV added the show to their channel lineup.
The show made its IFC debut on November 27, 2020.
Three's Company premiered in the spring, in the middle of the 1976–77 season. In the 1960s and 1970s, midseason television programs were often cancelled after their original six-episode run in the spring. Network observers did not believe that Three's Company would go anywhere after its first six episodes. They were proven wrong when it raked in record ratings, breaking barriers at the time as the highest-rated midseason show ever broadcast on network television. ABC gladly renewed the show for a formal television season, giving it a permanent primetime spot during the 1977–78 television season.
Ratings continued to climb throughout the years. The first episode, "A Man About the House", reached No. 28 for the week. The first episode to hit the No. 1 spot was February 14, 1978, when "Will the Real Jack Tripper..." was aired. The most-watched episode aired on March 13, 1979. It was titled "An Anniversary Surprise", and it centered around Stanley Roper selling the apartment, and the Ropers moving out. Immediately after the episode was the series premiere of the spinoff, The Ropers.
In May 2003, NBC aired a two-hour television movie entitled Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company, a docudrama featuring actors portraying Ritter, Dewitt, Somers and other actors on the series. The movie covered the entire run of the series, from the pilots to the final episode, but the contract negotiations and subsequent departure of Somers provided much of the drama. Dewitt co-produced and narrated the movie. Ritter and Somers both had some input, but neither appeared in the project.
In 2016, New Line Cinema began negotiations to pick up the film rights to Three's Company with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein penning the screenplay. Robert Cort and Don Taffner Jr. will produce the film and plan to have it set in the 1970s.
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