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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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Two women living in Los Angeles during the 1970s are in need of a third roommate and take in a bachelor who is also looking for a place to stay. Feature film based on the hit television series.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce DeWitt (as Melanie Deanne Moore)
John Ritter
Suzanne Somers
Fred Silverman
Ted Bergman
Michael David Simms ...
Don Taffner
Don Knotts
Barbara Gordon ...
Audra Lindley
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Norman Fell
Alan Hamel
Tony Thomopolous
Ira Denmark


'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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Joyce DeWitt - Host: Every time we did it was sure ecstasy.
Joyce DeWitt - Host: We would go out there to shoot the show and no matter what happened during the week, no matter how challenging it was to get the show ready, no matter how difficult the stuff that might have been going down at the time in the business part of life.
Joyce DeWitt - Host: Every time we did that show, curtain up, light the lights.
Joyce DeWitt - Host: We're out there in front of the audience it was sure ecstasy.
Joyce DeWitt - Host: It was like being shot out of a canon at Disneyland.
Joyce DeWitt - Host: Every single time, every single time.
Joyce DeWitt - Host:
Joyce DeWitt - Host:
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The Joyce DeWitt point of view
3 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

"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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