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Three's Company: Season 3 [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Never-before-seen pilot episode #2 made before Suzanne Somers was cast
  • "Remembering John Ritter," with Richard Kline, Don Knotts, Ann Wedgeworth, Jenilee Harrison, director Dave Powers, writers Kim Weiskopf and George Burditt, and producer George Sunga (introduced by Joyce DeWitt)
  • Brand-new interviews, introduced by Joyce DeWitt, with Richard Kline and director Dave Powers
  • Audio commentary for "The Bake-Off" with Chris Mann, author of "Come and Knock on Our Door"
  • Original promotional pieces with John Ritter
  • Blooper reel
  • Best of Jack: Season Three
  • Best of Janet: Season Three
  • Best of Chrissy: Season Three
  • Best of the Ropers: Season Three

Synopsis

Based on the British sitcom Man About the House, Three's Company was given a six-week trial run on ABC's Thursday-night schedule in the spring of 1977. In the first episode, aspiring chef Jack Tripper (John Ritter) was found sleeping in the bathtub of the Santa Monica apartment shared by floral-shop employee Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and typist Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers) the morning after the girls' going-away party for their former roommate. Hoping to quickly snatch up a new roomie to share expenses -- and gratified that at last they had found someone who could actually cook -- Jane and Chrissy invited Jack to move in with them -- on a strictly platonic basis, of course. In order to persuade their landlord, Stanley Roper (Norman Fell), that no hanky-panky was going on, the girls convinced Mr. Roper that Jack was gay. This, of course, was the subterfuge to end all subterfuges: not only was Jack aggressively heterosexual, but he never let an opportunity pass to be alone with the voluptuous but innocent Chrissy (though he never succeeded in making her one of his conquests). Roper's wife, Helen (Audra Lindley), discovered early on that Jack was not gay, but she agreed to keep his secret because she liked the girls -- and she liked to one-up her bombastic, overbearing husband. A handful of recurring characters were introduced in season one, notably slick-talking car salesman Larry Dallas (Richard Kline), who would become a regular by the end of season three. Most of the episodes during the series' six-week tryout were adapted from scripts originally written for Man About the House, a derivative practice that would slowly die out over the next several years. After its requisite six showings, Three's Company was replaced, as intended, by ABC's The Tony Randall Show. But during its brief tryout, Three's Company managed to soar to 11th place in the ratings, making its return for a full season in the fall of 1977 a fait accompli. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • John Ritter - Jack Tripper
  • Joyce DeWitt - Janet Wood
  • Suzanne Somers - Chrissy Snow
  • Norman Fell - Stanley Roper
  • Audra Lindley - Helen Roper
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