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

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  5 May 2003 (USA)
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'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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Surprisingly OK
8 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Behind the scenes look at the "Three's Company" sit com (1977-1984). It concentrates primarily on the issues with Suzanne Somers trying to take over.

This was done with the full cooperation of Joyce DeWitt (who played Janet in the show) so it's questionable how factual this actually is. Still I saw the True Hollywood story on it and read the book and, basically, they all seem to agree. It's fast-moving and fairly well done. Somers comes across surprisingly pretty sensitively--her husband Alan Hamel comes across as the SOB who caused all the trouble. Surprisingly ABC and its executives come out pretty nicely too (even though DeWitt complained nonstop about their sexism originally). However the characters of Larry or Lana are never mentioned but the Ropers pop up and they do acknowledge their failed sitcom.

The acting wavers--Bret Anthony plays John Ritter and barely resembles him; Melanie Deanne Moore looks just like Janet however and Judy Taylor is actually very good as Chrisse. Greg Binkley is WAY too young to play Don Knotts (although he sounds just like him). Brian Dennehy is a scream as Fred Silverman. And a few pot shots are taken at Jenilee Harrison who replaced Somers. Priscilla Barnes is just mentioned in passing.

So--all in all--not bad. It held my interest. Just don't take it as gospel truth.


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