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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
"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. 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 naïve 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!
• A Man About The House • And Mother Makes Four • Roper's Niece • No Children, No Dogs • Jack The Giant Killer • It's Only Money
The DVD release of Three's Company's first season should be a cause for celebration for fans of the wildly popular sitcom; it arrives, however, just two months after the September 2003 death of star John Ritter, and so the DVD serves as a memorial to his comic talents as well as a long-awaited collectible. Launched on a six-episode trial run in the spring of 1977, Three's Company's first season immediately won over viewers with its racy scenario--a single man Ritter moves in with two single women Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers and avoids the wrath of his landlords Norman Fell and Audra Lindley by pretending to be gay--and double entrendre-laden gags. Regardless of whether you think it was one of TV's funniest or most puerile series, Three's Company did bring Ritter to deserved stardom and gave choice roles to veteran scene-stealers Fell and Lindley later replaced by Don Knotts, and therefore deserves its place in television history. Anchor Bay's DVD includes unedited versions of all six episodes, as well as a featurette on Ritter. --Paul Gaita