"Come And Knock On Our Door..."
In the spring of 1977, ABC Network executives gave a six-episode "trial" run to a new sitcom called THREE'S COMPANY. Almost overnight, it became one of the biggest hits of the entire season and more than twenty-five years later, it remains one of the best loved TV series of all time.
The beloved John Ritter
stars as Jack Tripper (the that won him an EMMY®, a Golden Globe and the hearts of millions), the ever-bumbling bachelor who hares an apartment with down-to-earth Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt
) and dim-bulb blonde Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers
). Along with their sexually frustrated landlords the Ropers (Norman Fell
and Audra Lindley
) and Jack's fast-talking pal Larry (Richard Kline
), these three outrageous roommates tripped and jiggled through a world of slapstick pratfalls, sexy misunderstandings and some of the most scandalously titillating comedy America had ever seen.
THREE'S COMPANY - SEASON ONE features the original six episodes - including the classic pilot - that started it all now collected on DVD for the first time ever!
A Man About The House
And Mother Makes Four
No Children, No Dogs
Jack The Giant Killer
It's Only Money
Based upon the original series entitled "Man About The House" by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke from Thames, a FremantleMedia Company.
Ep.1: A Man About The House
Brunette Janet, who works in florist shop, and Chrissy, a guileless blonde typist, find Jack 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.
Ep.2: And Mother Makes Four
While Jack Tripper is moving in to share the apartment with Janet and Chrissy, Mrs. Snow, Chrissy's mother, phones to announce that she will be there in moments. Chrissy, whose father is a minister, panics at the news that her mother is coming. Janet is elected to take Jack to the local pub and keep him there until Mrs. Snow departs. As the evening lengthens, Chrissy's mom decides to spend the night.
Ep.3: Roper's Niece
When Mrs. Roper accuses Mr. Roper of showing his visiting niece Karen a boring time, Roper decides to introduce Karen to Jack. Meanwhile, Jack is organizing a birthday party for Janet. Later, Jack isn't on time for the party and Mr. Roper kicks him out of the apartment when he catches Karen and Jack kissing. Jack is saved when Karen admits she attacked him and he gives Janet a present bought with Roper's money.
Ep.4: No Children, No Dogs
When Jack brings home a puppy, roommates Janet and Chrissy remind him that landlord Stanley Roper doesn't allow pets on the premises. While the three tenants try to hide the puppy from Mr. Roper, Jack fails in attempts to give the little pooch away. Then Chrissy gets an idea when Mrs. Roper mentions that her husband will forget their approaching 20th wedding anniversary.
Ep.5: Jack The Giant Killer
While Janet, Chrissy and Jack are taking a break from chores at the Reagle Beagle pub, Jeff, a large chap, approaches their table to make a rude play for Chrissy. His size intimidates Jack. The situation becomes more embarrassing for Jack when the Ropers drop in and Roper, ill-tempered from a toothache, puts Jeff in his place. But Jack feels he may have acted cowardly trying to avoid a fight.
Ep.6: It's Only Money
Jack, Janet and Chrissy, believing a burglar has stolen their rent money, frantically try to avoid landlord Stanley Roper until they can replace it. After Jack and Janet find their apartment door unlocked and the cash missing, Chrissy arrives and insists that she left the envelope containing the rent money on the shelf. Jack calls the police. While the three roommates worry about trying to get a loan, Mrs. Roper convinces her husband to invite them out to dinner.
ISBN / Bar Code number
0 1313-126739 6
1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Region 1 - NTSC
[MAIN MENU]: (1. Episodes, 2. Season Two..., 3. In Memory of John...), [EPISODES]: (1. A Man About The House, 2. And Mother Makes Four, 3. Roper's Niece, 4. No Children, No Dogs, 5. Jack The Giant Killer, 6. It's Only Money), [SEASON TWO*
], [IN MEMORY OF JOHN**
T.T.C. Productions, Inc.
The NRW Company / DLT Entertainment / Anchor Bay Entertainment
November 11, 2003
146 minutes (Ep.1 - 24:08, Ep.2 - 24:52, Ep.3 - 24:17, Ep.4 - 24:24, Ep.5 - 24:17, Ep.6 - 24:32.Total time: 2:26:30
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"It didn't set out to change the world. It just made us laugh and that is why we love it." — Lucille Ball, 1982
DVD Review (Posted on 01-17-2014)
A man decides to move in with two girls. The landlord doesn't seem pleased with the idea, despite knowing the nature of platonism and old-fashioned modesty. Still wanting to move in with two lovely women, the man goes to pretend he's gay. That's it, and that's all.
However, the story is barely a sip of the fresh coffee. Alongside this living arrangement comes a string of long-winded hilarity, misunderstandings, "O" faces and "wow" moments that will guarantee to raise eyebrows and make you laugh. In fact, these jokes still register today...along with Chrissy Snow's (Suzanne Somers) outfits.
Former roommate Eleanor was given a farewell party and was rushed to the hospital amid her pregnancy. She gave birth to a boy, but Janet still feels beat from their farewell party. As her and her roommate, Chrissy, set and tidy up to find a new roommate, Chrissy decides to take a shower when she finds a man sleeping the bathtub. The man wakes up and tries to get out of the running water as the girls watch on, speechless. The man introduces himself: Jack Tripper—he was a guest at the party "who knew one of the gate crashers."
Deciding to give Jack some hospitality before leaving, the girl prepare breakfast and dry his clothes. Not liking the rookie skills of their cooking, having tasted their cooking, Jack looks to whip up his own dish and prepares a breakfast that the girls couldn't resist: Eggs Madeira Funjar (if that sounds good, check this
for the recipe). Jack unveils he's currently studying cooking the LA Technical College. During the conversation between the trio, you hear Jack mentioning trotting before galloping. According to IMDB:
"During the pilot episode, Jack says: 'Well, you know you have to learn to trot before you can gallop... who said that?' and the audience laughs. This was John Ritter's way of paying homage to his late father, Tex Ritter."
While landlord Stanley Roper complains about the ruckus last night caused by the tenants above them—Janet and Chrissy—Helen Roper went upstairs just to give a friendly warning about to Janet about not being too noisy at night. As Jack was looking for wine to add to his gourmet recipe, Mrs. Roper wanted to know who "he" was. Convinced it was a man, based off of his chest hairs, Mr. Roper remained skeptical and looks to witness for himself.
"Are you sure it was a man, not a woman? They all look alike nowadays."
- Mr. Roper
While a potential third roommate shows up to look at the apartment, Patricia Crawford didn't mind the look and feel of the place. Since Janet and Chrissy didn't feel she was a good fit, Mr. Roper shows up, and mistaking Patricia for "the other person" (Jack), he tries to get Patricia to strip off for him. Mr. Roper wasn't convinced until he began poking her chest and getting hit with Patty's handbag. Mr. Roper runs off as Janet and Chrissy laugh it off now that Patricia doesn't feel right living in with them (everything happens for a reason, doesn't it?).
Having tasted Jack's gourmet-quality breakfast dish, Janet and Chrissy breakdown the pluses and minuses knowing that a man like Jack is available to acquire as a roommate. In addition to his excellent cooking, Jack hopes to open a restaurant "to people who can appreciate high prices."
Right when the Ropers show up, they were confused who the *third* person was—man or woman. Introducing himself, Jack tells Mr. Roper he's moving with the girls, but Mr. Roper forbids him. As Jack puts on his pants, he goes over to take another shot at Mr. Roper when he receives great news: Mr. Roper finally allows him to move in, and Mrs. Roper made sure Jack feels at home at all times. Who convinced Mr. Roper? It was Janet. It wasn't because Jack was a decent young man, Janet was the one who told Roper that he's gay.
Now that you've got a better feel for their living arrangements, Jack, Janet and Chrissy live on together in which all three, or sometimes one of them, blossom one of the most hilarious blunders and situations one can ever find themselves in. Writing them and some of the dialogue will spoil most of it so I've provided a hand-written descriptions of each of the episodes below (the same descriptions founded on the episode menu of the DVD). Nevertheless, I will mention the following which you, the new/old fans, will take note.
- Episode 2 is the very first look at the Reagle Beagle. It is also the same episode where there was never a scene shot at the Ropers' residence.
- Jack says "Goodnight, John Boy" at the end of the second episode. It was a poke of John Ritter's role, playing Reverend Fordwick from the hit show The Waltons (1971).
- On the third episode, as Mr. Roper walks in to have Chrissy move to the kitchen to have a personal talk with Jack, a chalice can be found on the table behind the couch.
- When Chrissy mentions the new cameo Jack fixed with Roper's money, an audience member can heard saying something like "OMG that's so sweet!"
- "Honest Larry" (Richard Kline) makes his first guest appearance on the fourth episode—Jack's best friend, who's a used car salesman.
- The fourth episode was where Chrissy accidentally hits Jack with the kitchen door—a physically painful laughter that eventually became a staple later in the seasons (as you'll see).
- In episode 5, Mr. Roper yells, "Where do all these stupid people come from anyway?!" If you type "why are people" on Google, a dropdown list completes the question with "so stupid." Yes, Mr. Roper, stupidity and stupid people are still a problem today.
- While Jack reads "The Funnies" comics on Roper's newspaper, a poster titled "Cooking Terms" can be found hanging on the refrigerator door.
- While the subject of violence is being brought on the fifth episode, Chrissy says this: "You know, if women ran the world, there would be none of these stupid wars." Mr. Roper responds, "Yeah, all the countries would nag each other to death." This likely was a stab at the rise of feminism.
- In episode six, thinking they may have gotten robbed, Janet says, "Burglars don't care about your sex life." That line reminded me of those thought experiments in philosophy class. "If a murderer told you not to smoke, you shouldn't smoke."
- Sixth episode was the first appearance of Dean Travers—Jack's dean at his cooking school.
Decades later, this simple six-episode first season still makes me laugh, and so will you. Although there are moral messages being said here, which isn't hard to figure out, the importance is to laugh. With two girls and a guy rooming together, it's only a matter of time something funny will happen. And that is the main reason why fans, and myself, still continue to watch this show over and over again.
Season One totals:
- Apartment 201 door opened: 36 times
- Apartment 201 doorbell rang: 16 times
- Apartment 201 door knocking: 16 times
- Apartment 201 phone rang: 1 time
- Apartment 101 (Ropers') door opened: 8 times
- Apartment 101 (Ropers') doorbell rang: 0 times
- Apartment 101 (Ropers') door knocking: 9 times
*THREE'S COMPANY / Season Two will be released on DVD in the Spring of 2004 as a Special Edition in memory of John Ritter. For more information on THREE'S COMPANY go to: www.threescompany.com
**A native of Los Angeles, John was the younger son of western film star and country music great, Tex Ritter, and Dorothy Ritter, who founded UCP's affiliate of Los Angeles. John's brother has cerebral palsy, leading to his close involvement with UCP beginning in the late 1970's. For more than 15 years, John was one of the national hosts of UCP telethons to raise funds and awareness for UCP. A portion of this DVD's proceeds will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy in the memory of John Ritter.
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© 2008-2019 written and reviewed personally by Kris Caballero.
And Starring As The Ropers
Developed and Produced by
Larry Balmagia (both for Ep.5)
Executive Story Consultants
as Patricia Crawford (for Ep.1)
[as] Chrissy's Mother (for Ep.2)
[as] Cabbie (for Ep.2)
[as] Barmaid (for Ep.2)
[as] Karen (for Ep.3)
[as] Larry (for Ep.4)
[as] Jeff (for Ep.5)
[as] Pete (for Ep.5)
[as] Barmaid (for Ep.5)
[as] Bartender (for Ep.5)
[as] Mr. Travers (for Ep.6)
[as] Policeman (for Ep.6)
E. Jay Krause (for Ep.1, Ep.2 and Ep.6)
Jacqueline Webber (for Ep.3, Ep.4)
Assistant to the Producers
Edward Rossi (for Ep.2, Ep.4)
Lighting Direction by
George Schamp (for Ep.1, Ep.5)
Vaughn Gaddey (for Ep.3, Ep.4)
Len Uslander (for Ep.2, Ep.5)
Gene Lukowski (for Ep.3, Ep.4)
Kerry Boggio (for Ep.1, Ep.2, Ep.5, Ep.6)
Ron Cronkhite (for Ep.3, Ep.4)
George Thompson (for Ep.1, Ep.5)
Don Gold (for Ep.2, Ep.5, Ep.6)
Richard Draney (for Ep.3, Ep.4)
Executives in charge of production
Based on a
Thames Television Program
Man About The House
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