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.
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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.
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.