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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce DeWitt (as Melanie Deanne Moore)
Michael David Simms ...
Barbara Gordon ...
Herself - Host
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.


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Release Date:

5 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Vivre à trois: Derrière la caméra  »

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Really, really good!!!
13 May 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this 2 hour special last night on NBC and it was really good. The actors they used looked and even sounded exactly like them. It was the story, narrated by Joyce DeWitt(the original Janet)about what went on in the lives of John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt during the seasons of filming Three's Company. Although it was a hit show, behind the scenes there was nothing but betrayal, jealousy, anger, greed and a race for stardom. Not to mention what happened when Suzanne Somer's greed took over her and what the company went through and also the struggles which kept John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt's relationship closer then ever. All of the actors did a great job especially the one who played Janet (that lady who does all of the Glad bags commercials with the funny voice. I finally got to see her do something else than those commercials and she was great). It's a great movie especially if you're a Three's Company fan!!

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