"It didn't set out to change the world. It just made us laugh and that is why we love it." ~Lucille Ball, 1982 "Come And Knock On Our Door?" In the spring of 1977,ABC network executives gave a six-episode "trial" run to... more » a new sitcom called THREE?S COMPANY. Almost overnight, it became one of the biggest hits of the entire season. Racy and daring for its time, this breakthrough bedroom farce skyrocketed to the Top 10 in its second week. Almost twenty-five years later, it remains one of the best-loved TV series of all time. Based on the provocative Brit-com MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE, THREE?S COMPANY follows the innuendo-laden but platonic misadventures and misunderstandings of clumsy and girlcrazy Jack Tripper (John Ritter in the role that won him an Emmy«, a Golden Globe and the hearts of millions) and his two female roommates, pretty and practicalminded Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and na´ve 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 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! EPISODE GUIDE: ? A Man About The House ? And Mother Makes Four ? Roper's Niece ? No Children, No Dogs ? Jack The Giant Killer ? It's Only Money« less
"Hello, I am the webmaster of the Jack's Bistro website. I received an advanced copy of this wonderful DVD last week, and here is my review of it:
I have had the pleasure to watch the DVD already for review. It is excellent and the quality of the episodes amazes me. Fans have been complaining for years about the edits the reruns have on TV, now the complaining will stop! As each episode will be unedited. Season 1 had only six episodes, and run about 24-25 minutes per episode. Only one episode has a tag scene in season one ("Roper's Niece"), but when season two comes out, that will be a different story. In this DVD, we have of course, the six episodes, along with an "In Memory of John" feature, and a sneak peek at "Season Two." The "In Memory of John" feature also has a nice clip from the charity John was so involved with, UCP. Portions of the money from the sales will go to that charity. So it will be for a good cause. All fans should DEFINITELY buy season one in tribute to John and also, so we can eventually get all eight seasons on DVD (yes, that means unedited!). Hopefully the DVD's sell out fast and they realize that they made the right decision on making seasonal DVD's for Three's Company. Chris Mann was involved in this project as well, so for sure all fans will be pleased, as his judgment is the best. Though, this DVD was supposed to come put in early 2004, I was still impressed on how well it was made. The title shot and menu screen is amazing--everyone will love it. All the episodes have a synopsis before you watch an episode. All the extras that were planned for this season, will be inserted in the season two DVD, which will now come out it in early 2004 (Spring or so). Also a more in depth tribute to John Ritter will be in that DVD. Each season will get better and better. If you have not ordered yet, it's not too late. You can click on one of the links above and buy a copy (or two!). So, please everyone buy it, so we can get all eight seasons released.Thanks,
One of a kind
Rosemary Cooper | Guadalupe, CA United States | 10/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Three's Company is the first and last sitcom to effectively blend physical comendy with effective one liners. Many of the popular sitcoms today such as Friends and Will and Grace have the satisfying one liners, but are opaque in the area of physical comedy. John Ritter's falling over the couch, tip toeing not to be seen, and tripping over things elevate this sitcom from great to amazing.
In 1977, the kind of double entendre humor spoken all through the series invoked snarls on conservative TV viewers. Yet, it was that same humor that made it numder one on the Nielson Ratings. It's King-like status on TV because of the sexually racy humor attracted viewers because of it's innocence about sex. The humor wasn't for shock value. The lines about promiscuity were delivered by the cast as innocently as we heard it over the tube. That child-like and non "in your face" approach made Three's Company heartwarming as well as extremly funny.
The series had few cameras working with the cast so the episodes have a unparelled equality to a one act on stage. Therefore, it is easy to see the cast playing off each other for emotional support as well as professionally. It is hard to watch an episode of this gem and not laugh out loud, And it will be extremely difficult not to well an eye for the late "Man About the House" who paved the way for the phyisical comedians today. This series will never be equalled."
A Great start for the best series
Mike Heraty | Canton, MA. United States | 11/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The season one "Three's Company" DVD is something very special. It is a DVD that has the first six (6) episodes of a series that tickled my funny bone as early as the age of 5. I was especially proud to purchase this DVD today since the proceeds from it not only went towards a cause close to John Ritter's heart (a man whose work I've admired for many years), but one close to mine as well because John's brother Tom and I share that common ground. "Three's Company" stars John Ritter as Jack Tripper; Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood; Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow; Norman Fell as the "uninterested" landlord, Mr. Stanley Roper and Audra Lindley as Mrs. Helen Roper, his "sex-starved" wife. First, I'd like to review the episodes. The pilot, "A Man About The House," was a good episode (surprisingly not my favorite of this season), although, I liked it because it introduced not only the beginning of the series but a relationship with my favorite trio, Jack, Janet and Chrissy. There is also a scene in this episode, at the beginning, which had never been aired in the series' syndicated runs. The second episode, "And Mother Makes Four," was OK. I liked John Ritter's physical comedy in this episode, although, I do not want to give the plot away. The third episode, "Roper's Niece," is my favorite episode this season, because of a "touching" ending, between Jack and Janet. The scene I'm referring to brought a tear to my eye. I don't want to give it away. Watch it, and you'll know why.The fourth episode, ""No Children, No Dogs," was all right. It introduced Richard Kline as Jack's best friend Larry for the first time. I thought that was cool. The fifth episode, "Jack and The Giant Killer," was good, and the sixth, and last, episode of the season, "It's Only Money," was OK. The best episode was "Roper's Niece," but these six episodes are a great start to a wonderful sitcom. One of the DVD features had a paragraph written about the season two DVD (due out in early spring, 2004), and the John Ritter tribute at the end was a written paragraph about how he and his brother helped raise money for United Cerebral Palsy with a UCP commercial narrated by actor, John Mahoney ("Frasier's" Martin Crane). You'll love it. It's definitely a great taste of a wonderful series to come."
Classic TV with a kick
- Kasia S. | New York City | 05/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Three's Company is a jewel in the rough, who knew that this 70's sitcom can beat out most of what's on TV today. It not only makes you laugh but the intelligent wit, sarcasm and charm threw into each episode gives it a kick, some jokes and one liners are so good that I can't believe I it took me so long to finally watch this. Of course I didn't discover it myself, my boyfriend made me watch it - I saw the entire 1st season in one sitting, and that's coming from a girl who doesn't like to watch TV! I couldn't get enough and simply had to see the whole thing.
The premise sounds simple enough; two female roommates, Janet and Chrissy who have a third roommate, Jack - pretending that he's gay in order not to get evicted by the landlords Mr and Mrs. Roper. They are trying to balance their new friendship and the snooping landlords, visiting parents and not get caught while going through challenges of life and work in a funny, lighthearted manner. The stress in this show is comedic, not draining to the viewer.
I think there's something cozy and cute about 70's décor and even the semi hideous clothing that I find fascinating. My favorite character is the landlady, her sarcasm is priceless and her smug remarks jabbing at her husband and lack of passion in the bedroom are sharp but unquestionably hilarious. Her eye rolling and faces are priceless too, her character ads a level of delightful mischief to the show. The first season is just six episodes but I all ready have the rest and can't wait to sink into it. The real fun part is that each episode has a theme and things always go crazy and get out of hand for the roommates. Not getting caught or figuring out the problem is always a fun resolution at the end of each show.
Fun and easy to watch, perfect for the weekend when you can sit down, grab a snack and try not to fall of the couch from laughing.
- Kasia S. "
A Great DVD That Encapsulizes One Of The Greatest Sitcoms
anthony nasti | Brooklyn, NY United States | 01/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Readers, when you purchase this dvd, put on the pilot episode (entitled "Man About The House"), and fast - foward to the scene were Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers) finds Jack Tripper (John Ritter) asleep in the bathtub, drenched in water. It is not only one of the funniest moments in tv history, but the scene that shows what a genius Ritter really was.The release of "Three's Company" on dvd is a bittersweet event for the show's fan. While it's great to have this piece of television history to watch anytime you'd like, it's also sad because comes just months after John Ritter's shocking and untimely death. But as a tribute to his life and career, it's great to have.And I'm not saying that Ritter was the only actor who made the people laugh. Somers and Joyce DeWitt (Janet Wood) set up most of the gags that happened on the show, and sometimes outdid Ritter. And who can forget the late Norman Fell and Audra Lindley as Mr. Roper and his sex - hungry wife Helen. Their one -liners against each other were every bit as funny as Ritter getting smashed by a door or Somers delivering one of her stupid comments. Making an early appearance is Larry, played flawlessly by the highly underrated Richard Kline. He appears briefly in "No Children, No Dogs".As for the episodes, the pilot is an absolute classic. "No Children, No Dogs" and "It's Only Money" are excellent as well (the former features some of the best insluts between Helen and Stanley). As for the other three, they are good too, but not worth mentioning.My only gripe about this dvd is that there are no extras. No advertisements or a making - of documentary. I do not know if Anchor Bay meant to do this right from the start or they did out of respect for John Ritter. But it doesn't matter, since the complete second season is coming out on dvd in March and is supposed to be loaded with extra. Until then, this will keep you satisfid for a long time and you'll remember that three's company, too."