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Three's Company

Updated on October 7, 2014

Three's Company

I always felt that the late John Ritter had some serious comedic talent, and his show Three's Company displayed that ability. The show was a tremendously popular yet critically panned sitcom. Though later considered tame television, Three's Company pushed the envelope in the late 1970s, opening the door for sillier and sexier comedies that would soon follow.

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Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from 1977 to 1984 on ABC. It is a remake of the British sitcom Man About the House. The story centers on three roommates in Santa Monica, California: Janet Wood, Chrissy Snow, and Jack Tripper, and their efforts to convince their landlord that Tripper is gay so he will approve of the co-ed living situation.

Jack, Janet and Chrissy lived in apartment 201, directly above the landlord unit in Santa Monica. Jack is studying to be a chef at a technical college and, as the girls do not know how to cook, they decide it would be a good idea for Jack to move in. In order to get permission to keep Jack as a roommate, Janet tells the landlord, Stanley Roper, that Jack is gay while Helen Roper was aware of Jack's true sexuality from the second episode...(read more at Wikipedia)

Three's Company Trivia

Trivia courtesy IMBd

During the earlier seasons' opening credits, the brunette walking by the beach that causes Jack to fall off his bike is Suzanne Somers in a wig.

Billy Crystal auditioned for the role of Jack Tripper.

John Ritter is the only cast member to appear in every episode.

The final episode of the series didn't air until the beginning of the 1984-1985 season when it served as the lead in to its spin-off Three's a Crowd (1984).

Janet and Chrissy had another roommate named Eleanor before Jack moved in.

Chrissy's full name is "Christmas Noelle Snow".

Although Jenilee Harrison was well liked by her co-workers, her inexperience and a drop in ratings led to them searching for yet another person to fill the third roommate position.

Any time Norman Fell said an especially funny or witty line, he would look directly into the camera as he laughed.

In the final episode of the series, Jack moved from the apartment to one above his restaurant to live with his girlfriend Vicki (as seen in the spin-off Three's a Crowd (1984), Janet got married and left to live with her husband Phillip and Teri took a nursing job in Hawaii.

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Quotes From the Show's Actors

"Three's Company was originally called Three Companies, about a trio of pharmaceutical companies. It was 10 times funnier."-John Ritter

"I loved John Ritter. He was like playing ping-pong with a great player, he'd just bang the ball and you better be fast to get it."-Suzanne Somers

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      hughgrissettsr lm 

      7 years ago

      great show,great lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      oh, yes. i love reruns of 3's company. nuts over don knotts. i never missed any episode

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      7 years ago

      I loved it before and I still love it. It was the show my brother and I would watch together growing up. To this day, we still quote lines back and forth to each other as a way to de-stress. Very silly show but still very fun.

    • choosehappy profile image


      7 years ago from US

      Loved it!

    • jvsper63 profile image


      7 years ago

      That was a great show..Nice lens:)

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      7 years ago

      three company was a great sitcom, and every man would have loved to be jack!

    • ImmatureEntrepr profile image


      7 years ago

      I hate to admit it but I always loved this show. Still watch the reruns occasionally. Silly, goofy fun is good from time to time. :)

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      8 years ago

      Chrissy was the only reason to watch that show... she was so good at acting so stupid.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Sometimes. Larry annoyed me and I don't think it was as good after Suzanne Somers.

    • puzzlerpaige profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes! Loved it.

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      spritequeen lm 

      8 years ago

      Yep, I LOVE that show! Every part was perfectly cast, in my opinion! Tons of fun! Great memories, thanks for sharing!

    • Charlystoybox profile image


      8 years ago

      Yep was a big fan! I was 6 years old when i first started watching...does bring back some fond childhood memories:)

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      8 years ago

      I loved this show growing up. I had forgotten all about it.

    • jdwheeler profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes. I watched quite a bit when I was younger. When we had our first child a few years ago, I would catch some reruns on TV Land when I had the night shift.

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      brandonmotz lm 

      8 years ago

      Oh my I loved Three's Company. I was a little young when it was actually on and my mom would not let me watch it, but she had to work and I got to watch this hilarious comedy. They are not made like this anymore!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I definitely used to LOVE Three's Company...I haven't seen it for years though.

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      8 years ago

      I used to watch this show all the time, I love it!

      Haven't seen it gor ages, but I don't watch much TV.

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      8 years ago

      I love it! I kinda feel sad that Jack Ritter is gone from us. I remember watching a pilot episode of a new series where he talks a jumper down from a skyscaper by dropping a watermelon ( it splattered everywhere, really gross) and telling the guy that's what would happen to his head if he jumped. The guy didn't jump, but I have no idea what happened to the series after that first episode.

    • CCGAL profile image


      8 years ago

      What a walk down memory lane - you're right, it seems tame by today's standards, but it was so edgy that some of my friends were NOT allowed to watch it. This lens ***Blessed by a Squid Angel*** Thanks for the fun!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I loved Three's Company! Boy, this brings back memories!

    • Jack2205 profile image


      8 years ago

      I love the show. I used to watch it every day when it was on. I like all the cast members, but Felipe was my favorite.

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      8 years ago

      Yep, loved the show. I liked the whole cast.

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      8 years ago

      Yes, I'm a big fan of Three's Company and Jack Tripper. Great show!

    • glenbrook profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens. It was a fun show to watch.

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      8 years ago

      My favorite show. I watch it pretty much every night.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      BIG fan - I loved the show -- and Jack Ritter was the main reason. Funny, my son was in school in Kansas City when he met his future wife. She was sharing an apartment with her sister at the time, and my son was needing an apartment, so he moved in and they had their own "Three's Company" :). Thanks for the memories!

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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      who isn't? :)

    • nukemdomis lm profile image

      nukemdomis lm 

      8 years ago

      This show was the best when I was younger. Nice lens!

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      8 years ago

      the trivia is awesome, I didn't know that jack was teh only one to appear in all teh episodes!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Yes, I used to watch the show all the time, especially because of John.

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      8 years ago

      I was then and all my family also.

      They were hilarious.

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      8 years ago

      I was then and all my family also.

      They were hilarious.

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      8 years ago


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      8 years ago

      Yes, I still like this show. John Ritter as you say was a very gifted comic. It's too bad he died so young.

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      hayleylou lm 

      9 years ago

      Great lens, 5 stars, I have added your lens link to my Blossom TV Lens

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      9 years ago

      I used to love Three's Company! We stumbled across the first season on DVD awhile back, and it's still lots of fun to watch :o) 5*


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      10 years ago

      Hi, Nice lens. Three's was on the "banned" list for me when I was a kid, so I had to wait until going to my grandma's to watch it. Thanks for sharing.


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      10 years ago

      hehehe, I love this show. 5 stars, great lens.

    • LouieWpHs04 profile image


      10 years ago

      Added this lens to the featured lens for the 80's section as well.. I thought it best fit there for whatever the reason, =p

      Feel free to help promote it if you would like,

      Thanks for stopping by there and adding your lens!! =)


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