Three's Company
Three's Company
| 15 March 1977 (USA)
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    the audience applauded

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    Just perfect...

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    I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.

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    Haven Kaycee

    It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film

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    Season One 73/100- Classic example on how to make a successful show based on a comedy of errors work. The first season was basically six pilot episodes due to the show being a spring mid season replacement. Although only a handful of episodes were produced, the successful formula that made the show popular was already set into place. The main five cast members work terrifically together. Susanne Somers gets a little more credit than she deserves for her work on the show, but she plays the bumbling "dumb blonde" stereotype. Joyce Dewitt does a good job as Janet, the brains of the little platonic trio. But its John Ritter who absolutely steals the show with his unmatched physical comedy, and innocent charm. Apartment owners The Ropers are so perfectly portrayed as a couple by Normen Fell and Audra Lindley that its uncanny. You can't help but smile each time Mrs.Roper's desperately sighs "Oh, Stanley." Richard Kline has a cameo appearance as Jack's friend Larry Dallas that really captures the energy out of all the precious few seconds he's on screen. Really looking forward to seeing him become a recurring character. On the downside this season had no other real secondary characters that had a large impact on me. Although the scenes with the Ropers are funny, even more hilarious once Stanley started to smile at his own jokes with the audience, I kind of hope they have more depth than simply complaining about not having sex. As for the main trio, some of the episodes hint that Janet might have a thing for Jack. I really hope this doesn't go anywhere, because I see the show working better with them just being close friends. Show also had some of its trademark heartwarming moments that helps to establish that the trio is a family, evidenced at the end of Janet's birthday party when Jack buys her back the jewelry she pawned earlier. Great intro and theme.

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    Three's Company never showed any real imagination in it's writing. It was nothing more than one two bit easy shot sexual innuendo after another. Had the girls not been so pretty I am more than a little sure the whole thing would have crashed & burned after the first or second season. THAT was what sustained the show.....Lonely people with no company at home wishfully imagining a ("Not so funny"... But very NON Lonely) situation of TV make believe with sub-standard hack sexual comic writing. The recorded laugh track was... I will admit was used well and often. It is sad that there are that many painfully lonely Elleneror and Eddie Rigbies out there painfully using their TV's as a substitute for real people company and instead opt for Three's Company! ..... Louie Orduna

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    It had been a long, long time since I watched Three's Company on TV, so when I found the first-season DVD in a bin for $5, I scooped it up. The first thing I noticed was how comfortingly familiar, yet dated the whole look of the show is. Yes, this was actually 1977, not 200- trying to look like 1977. No cell phones, no Internet, and $300 rent! In a nutshell, the show revolves around two women and a man in their early 20s, who are living together to cut down on expenses. When I was a kid, watching it on TV, it didn't feel as relate-able as it does now, having been there as most people are in their early 20s. Each show revolves around how to solve their basic problems, while trying to keep their landlord from finding out that they're all heterosexual, yet nothing is happening between them. Why the landlord would care is beyond me, however...Much of the slapstick physical comedy holds up very well, and is a great homage to John Ritter's talent. Although there are probably more sophisticated styles, John Ritter's never-ending pratfalls and the entire cast's misunderstandings and double-entendres are still amusing after 30 years.The one thing I never noticed before, but notice in a big way now, is that the Three's Company universe doesn't have a problem with its own conflicted morality. Everyone seems completely accepting of homosexuality, in Jack's cover-up and in the couple next door, yet heterosexual sex between consenting adults is a BIIIG no-no! It's a comforting thought, and I'm very curious how it went over in the gay community of the time.Overall, watching Three's Company, and Jack, Janet, the blondes, and the others get up to their hijinks is satisfying and entertaining. Forget reality TV. Sitcoms were the reason we used to watch--what happened?

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    before Friends,there was this little gem.Three's Company will have you crying in tears,just like Friends.however,unlike Friends,the humour is mostly slapstick and usually revolves around simple misunderstandings.The late great john Ritter,Who played Jack tripper, was master of the Lucille Ball once said(i'm paraphrasing)John would have been at home in the era of silent comedy.the man was, put simply,a genius.nobody had better comic timing.But equally great in their roles were:Joyce De Witt, who played Janet wood, one of Jack's 2 female roommates,and the more straight laced of the bunch.In the early years Suzanne Somers would play Jack's other roommate,Chrissy Snow,who was little more than a ditsy airhead,and a great foil for both Jack and Janet.Later on Jennilee Harrison(for a very brief time),would take over the role as Jack's second roommate,Cindy Snow,Chrissy's cousin.(who had inherited the same intellect)after Suzanne quit/was let go.And finally,Priscilla Barnes would fill the role for the remainder of the show's run as Terri Alden,a nurse.Terri could also be a bit dim at times Actually,they could all be a bit dim at times.i should mention that the apt had very strict same sex'll see why this is funny and how they get around it,in a bit.anyway,next we have Norman Fell as Mr Roper land lord and husband to Helen,who was sex starved/crazed and tried everything, usually unsuccessfully to get Mr Roper into bed.then there is Richard Kline who played Jacks'girl crazy friend Larry Dallas.Larry could be a letch at times,always trying to get Janet,Terri and the others to sleep with him.but deep down,he had a good heart.this is the 1st episode. now the same sex rule and how they get around it.Jack was out of the room,Mr.Roper had basically kicked him out.when Jack came back,to his surprise,Mr Roper had agreed to let him stay.later on Jack asks why he changed his mind.Janet's reply in short "i told him you were gay".so you can imagine how things could get funny,just based on that.Eventually,the Ropers leave and in walks Don Knotts as Ralph Furley.(R.F as he became affectionately known) as an aside Don was also a master of comedy,as evidenced by his actions and reactions to some of the situations that would unfold.Don sadly also died in Feb 2006.Anyway Ralph considers himself a ladies man.Of course,he'the only one who does.anyway,as the series progressed,Jack and the girls had to continue keeping Jack's secret from Ralph (by the way Jack wasn't really fact he loved women.)there you have a synopsis of the series.There are obviously things i left out,such as how Janet and Chrissy met Jack.but you get the gist.basically,Three's Company is one of the all time great sitcoms.if you haven't seen it,i urge you to look for it. 10/10.i must mention that the world lost 2 great talents in John Ritter and Don Knotts.

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