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Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company' (2003)

An insider's look at the unfunny side of comedic success on network television.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce DeWitt (as Melanie Deanne Moore)
Michael David Simms ...
Barbara Gordon ...
Herself - Hostess
Alpha Beta director
Terence Kelly ...


'Three's Company', the comedy centered on two attractive, young women who made the rent on their Santa Monica beach-side apartment by taking in a third roommate - a male forced to pretend he's gay to fool the landlords and the girls' parents. The series rocketed in the ratings as an instant hit - despite the outcry of critics and moralists - who objected to the double-entendres and quasi-sexual hijinks on the show. However, the true behind-the-scenes story of 'Three's Company' will expose a once idyllic workplace that deteriorated into a battleground beset by business dealings, contact disputes, cast rivalries, clashes between producers and network executives and finally, a round of cast replacements which hastened the demise of the show. Written by PB

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Jealousy. Deception. Betrayal. Welcome to America's favorite comedy.


Drama | Comedy

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Release Date:

5 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivre à trois: Derrière la caméra  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When executives are pitching the show to CBS, an actual clip from Man About the House (1973), the original British series, is used. See more »


The final scene of the show was filled with many mistakes. First of all, Terri/Priscilla was the one who turned out the apartment light and close the door, not Jack/John. Also, the movie shows the apartment number to be 291, not 201 which is what it was on the show. See more »


Jay Bernstein: You wanna smoke me, give it your best shot.
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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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Astonishing Lead Actors
15 May 2003 | by (Durham Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I always enjoyed the TV series "Three's Company" and was familiar with some of the behind the scenes controversy about it and decided that I had to watch this TV movie when I heard it was coming out. Overall, I was not disappointed.

I don't think anyone could watch this movie without being astonished by the performances of Bret Anthony, Melanie Deanne Moore and Judy Tyler as John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. They were completely convincing and believable in these parts. You could almost reshoot the series with these three and it would take a while to realize that it wasn't Ritter, DeWitt and Somers. Even the supporting cast (Gregg Brinkley, Barbara Gordon and Terence Kelly as Don Knotts, Audra Lindley and Norman Fell) slipped perfectly into their roles. The account of how the show fell apart as Somers and particularly her husband Alan Hamel decided to push the rest of the cast aside to make way for her stardom felt real, and there were even moments of sympathy for Somers as the definite impression is given that she never intended things to go this far - it was "her people" and her husband and not her. It's very entertaining.

Not perfect, mind you. I thought the whole thing had too much of a pro-Joyce DeWitt feel to it. She was always the innocent one getting hurt - first by Somers, then by Ritter as he hides the fact that the show is about to be cancelled and his character spun off. It would be interesting to see the story from Suzanne Somers' point of view. I also thought the movie jumped far too quickly through the first few years of the show for the sake of concentrating on the Somers controversy. Joyce DeWitt's (the real one) narrative was also completely unnecessary and added nothing of value, in my view.

But even with those criticisms I thought this was great entertainment for a Monday night couchfest. 8/10

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