THREE?S COMPANY delighted audiences and defied critics as it tripped, tittered and jiggled its way to record ratings and pop culture paradise in its third season in fall 1978 to spring 1979. A then- controversial
"This is the last season the Ropers were around and having watched countless specials about the backstage crap between the actors, I remember Norman Fell described as being very broken hearted that he and Audra Lindley weren't allowed to come back to this show after The Ropers failed to get an audience. (Still hoping they'll release The Ropers and even Three's a Crowd on DVD as well) As much as I love, LOVE, Don Knotts, it would have been to fun to have had all three of them on the series somehow. (Don Knotts doing maintenance?) My only real problem with the series on DVD, so far, has been the complete lack of Suzanne Somers on the bonus material. ( a little Priscilla Barnes wouldn't hurt either!!, loved Terri) If this is somehow a slap in her face for something that happened 25 years ago, we the audience are the one's suffering...once again! Joyce Dewitt is wonderful, and still very beautiful, on the bonus material and everything seems heartfelt but the fact that she and Suzanne Somers aren't together on these discs is very depressing for this viewer, they must have many great stories to share together that have nothing to do with who did what to who 25 years ago. I highly recommend this DVD set as well as Seasons 1 & 2. Here's to future Three's Company fans....Enjoy KIDS!"
Best so far
Avalon Daughter | I wish I was in Glastonbury | 11/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of fans have said that season 3 was the golden year of Three's Company and I couldn't agree more.
This season was the one when everyone was watching and was #1 in the ratings. We see Chrissy, Jack and Janet (and the Roepers) in their prime; They've grown used to the set and the characters are interacting like a well-oiled machine.
The transfer is MUCH better than season 1, which I still think was pushed out too early due to the passing of John Ritter. The extras are almost as good as season 2. We get to see the second pilot with "the other Chrissy" and turns out it was the second episode of the series. Kind of weird, isn't it? Regardless, it is interesting seeing another Chrissy but the character is so overdone I could see why they replaced her with Suzanne Somers.
Along with the extras is another memorandum to John Ritter with interviews from a lot of the cast (with the exception of Suzanne Somers, who in my opinion needs to grow up and be a part of this great DVD set.) There's also another bloopers reel as well as "the best of" moments of the main characters.
There's also a great function to play all the episodes of each disc (which is great if you're lazy like me.) The only thing I wish would be they would insert chapters within the episodes. Hitting the forward button takes you to the next episode rather than past the opening credits or otherwise. All the original openers along with promos from John Ritter and ending tags have all be reinserted, so on the disc is what you saw when it originally aired.
For fans, always recommended. Four stars."
Twiddles42 | MN, USA | 11/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
Season 1: Poor DVD conversion quality, few extras, GREAT episodes, GREAT menu system.
Season 2: Reasonable DVD conversion quality, loads of extras, menu system just as good. Episodes vary from GREAT to good. The best episode featuring the episode where Chrissy finds marijuana in the back yard. Be on the look for when Mr Roper says a particularly stinging comment to his wife, he turns to another camera and makes this hilarious look on his face. The big bonus was the original pilot. I didn't care for the names or the blonde roommate, though I liked the brunette's character and actress who played her. Pity she didn't stay on. But John Ritter, Norman Fell, and Audra Lindley were perfectly cast.
Season 3: Very good DVD conversion quality (which actually allows more of the master tape's defects to be seen, but to repair that damage would sadly be too expensive), same format of extras, and episodes vary from good to GREAT (more GREAT ones). The other pilot, essentially episode 2 from season 1, simply goes through the paces - fortunately, somebody found Suzanne Sommers, who makes the show her own in season 3. While the Mr Roper-looks-at-the-camera shtick is mostly gone, we're replaced with an increasingly comic and hilarious Chrissy. From her catchphrase snort giggle that always drew laughs to silly facial expressions and comments, Suzanne made the character her own in this season.
Also included are interviews, hosted by Joyce DeWitt. The Larry Kline interview was exceptional.
Prime episodes in season 3 include (in no particular order): Jack Moves Out The Bake-Off (classic!) The Best Laid Plans The Older Woman Chrissy's New Boss My Sister's Keeper Helen's Rendezvous Eleanor's Return The Fast (classic!) Good Old Reliable Janet
And while many people think that the Three's Company episode that was the pilot to "The Ropers" was part of season 3, it wasn't. (so if you liked "The Ropers", that DVD set will contain the spinoff pilot featuring the regular cast.)
In short, this set is worth every penny put into it. Exceptional job to Anchor Bay, and I anxiously await season 4 that will include Don Knotts (possibly the only person who could replace the Ropers, though when they eliminated Chrissy Snow they could never fess up to their mistake!)"
Come and knock on our door. . .
Joshua Spaulding | Ossipee, New Hampshire | 01/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am not old enough to remember when Three's Company caused such a stir in its original television airing. I simply caught an episode or two on Nick at Nite one evening and was hooked and was thrilled when they began releasing the seasons on DVD, although it seems that it took the much-to-early death of John Ritter to trigger those releases.
Three's Company was comic gold. The dim-wittedness of Chrissy Snow, the straight-laced Janet Wood and the physical comedy of Jack Tripper made for one incredibly funny household. Add to the mix the bling-bling of ladies' man Larry Dallas and the sexually frustrated Helen Roper and her not-so-erotically-charged husband Stanley and season three was Three's Company at full stride and in full comic mode.
Suzanne Somers made a name for herself playing Chrissy Snow, the blond daughter of a minister, still naive in the ways of the world. Her blondness combined with the positions she found herself in led to many great situations for the roomates.
Joyce DeWitt, who along with John Ritter, was with the show for the entire length of the series, often had to serve as the straight to her comic roomates, but she did have her own moments to shine as well.
John Ritter was the glue that held Three's Company together. His comic genius is shown in every light in this season and he shows why audiences loved to watch his show. His farce of being gay so that he can live with the two women leads to some great situations with his landlord Mr. Roper. Of course Jack manages to find trouble pretty well all by himself.
Norman Fell and Audra Lindley, who played the Ropers, the roomates' landlords, left the show at the end of this season as they rode off into spin-off land, only heard from once again and replaced by Don Knotts in season four. Fell and LIndley brought a great quality to the show, one of parental guidance for the kids, yet at the same time they found plenty of exploits of their own.
This DVD set features a couple of features on John Ritter and how he helped shape this show. Some of these interviews are quite informative. There is also a great commentary on a classic episode, "The Bake-Off," provided by Chris Mann, the author of a behind-the-scenes book on the show.
This show allowed me, unable to appreciate it in its time, the chance to really appreciate the talent of John Ritter and the comedy of this show. While the storylines can be tame by today's standards, this show still carries a comedic punch that will keep you laughing until Season Four arrives in stores."
Jennifer M. Jenkins | Henderson, KY | 03/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Three's Company will always be a timeless classic. I watch the episodes over and over and never get tired of them. I think Season 3 is the best. I like Furley in the later seasons, but nothing beats the Ropers. If I'm ever feeling down, I just pop one of the 4 DVD's in and I'm instantly cheered up. If you love Three's Company, then buy this. Every episode is great."