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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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Did You Know?


Although an actor was hired to portray Larry Dallas/Richard Kline, he never appeared in the movie. See more »


In a scene depicted on November 20, 1980, while Suzanne is being escorted out the studio after filming her first "Chrissy tag," she walks by a group of women standing in line waiting to audition for the role of Cindy Snow. Among them is Jenilee Harrison who was ultimately cast in the role. Later, in a scene depicted in early 1981, Jenilee is seen leaving the green room wearing the same wardrobe she had on at her audition. See more »


Jay Bernstein: You wanna smoke me, give it your best shot.
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References The Captain and Tennille (1976) See more »

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The Days of Somers

As shown in all the promo ads for this MOW, the focus of the show was on the whole Suzanne Somers debacle. The show becomes a hit, tapping into a nerve of the country post Sexual Revolution and pre-plague where the idea of a gay man is still considered relatively harmless and nancyingly funny. Everyone is happy. Then Somers' star power is doubly fueled by her greedy husband and the misshapen and ultimately fruitless desire to be the next Farrah Fawcett (note where both are today). Fights ensue on and off the set and then we are treated to the only real moment of drama in the film. When Somers arrives and is escorted to a backstage set where she tapes the infamous "phone call from sick mother's" house. I can totally remember watching those scenes as a youngster and thinking, Why is Chrissy there?

This was one of my favorite shows growing up, but watching this movie, you wouldn't understand why anyone ever watched it. We are treated to one scene of the show with one of the famous misunderstandings which were such a staple. Although, the emphasis was on Somers, I felt that there could have been more of an explanation of why this show was so popular. It was toted as a behind-the-scenes look at the show, but felt more like Somers life story 1977-1983. I was interested to learn, however, that Somers wanted to play Jack's fiancee in the spin-off. Can you imagine how interesting that would have been? That Vicki was so incredibly boring. I can remember at least one storyline from "The Ropers". "Three's a Crowd" does not ring the faintest bell.

Poor Priscilla Barnes gets no more than one minute. And where were Larry, Lana, an ever-so-small glimpse of The Regal Beagle? And did anyone else get the feeling that Jud Taylor looked almost too much like Gwyneth Paltrow? During the movie I was thinking she should play her next. But who would play Brad Pitt?

The Joyce DeWitt narration bookends were wholly unnecessary and further testament to the fact that she really did get the short end of that whole deal. I liked the woman that played her. She achieved a very fine balance between wanting to maintain the equilibrium of the show and the jealousy she must have been feeling toward Somers and, later, Ritter. The Ritter casting was remarkable. For me, he was always the real star, next to the remarkable Audra Lindley.

Overall, enjoyable, especially for fans of the show. But for a much better treatment of the subject, watch the E! True Hollywood story. It's one of their best.


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