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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.







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
Alpha Beta director
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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


The NBC logo in Fred Silverman's office at NBC where he was watching The Phil Donohue Show with Suzanne Sommers in 1981 is the pre-1979 NBC logo. See more »


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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References Mr. T and Tina (1976) See more »

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Suzanne Somers
3 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I also caught the NBC two hour TV special on Three's Company, the untold story behind the scenes. The three actors they choose to play the characters did an amazing job. They truly took on every trait of the actors, their looks, laughs, and their personalities. I enjoyed Suzanne the best, the part where she just found out that she is being replaced and she still has to go on and make that phone call to Janet and pretend that nothing is wrong, even though she is devastated. I wish they would show this movie again as I enjoyed it so much that I would like to tape it for future viewing. Does anyone know if you can buy this Movie on DVD or VHS?, or is there a web site on Three's Company that sells it. Hope somebody will let me know.

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