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James Steven Sadwith
Marcia Gay Harden
'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
"Three's company" was on my favorite shows as a young kid ,although now I think that so many misunderstandings make the situations unbelievable and grotesque. Also, over the years I had the chance to watch the much better and much subtle original - "Man about the house" Any how, this film presents the behind-the-scenes happenings on the "Three's company" set, from what I believe to be a Joyce DeWitt point of view. True, Suzanne Somers was hired for her looks and not her talent/brains (not to say that she doesn't have one or the other or both), and it seems as though she did manage to drive everyone crazy, but lets face it - she only did what many other TV stars do - take advantage of their success while it is still there (and TV success usually lasts only a few years). Actually, I believe the one member of the cast without whom there would have been no show is John Ritter. Both girls could have been easily replaced by other actress'. This film shows to little of Ritters' talent.
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