Three's Company (TV Series 1976–1984) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

  • Janet and Chrissy get Jack as a roommate for their Santa Monica apartment. Jack can cook (he's studying to be a chef) and, when called to do so, pretends he's gay to legitimize the arrangement. Landlady Roper wishes husband Stanley showed more interest in her.

  • Janet Wood and Chrissy Snow are a pair of career girls living in Santa Monica. When their other roommate Eleanor moves out after getting married and having a baby they begin the process of looking for a replacement when they find party crasher and aspiring chef Jack Tripper sleeping in their bathtub. When the girls taste his cooking they decide to ask him to be their roommate in a very platonic arrangement. Unfortunately, this doesn't go over well with their prudish landlord Stanley Roper, who thinks that there will be nothing but hanky panky going on after he moves in. However, the girls tell Roper that the very heterosexual Jack is gay in order for him to move in. The only person who know's about the ruse is Roper's seemingly oversexed wife Helen. The Ropers later sell the building to real estate magnate Bart Furley who hires his self-described ladies man (in his own mind) brother Ralph to be the building's manager. A few years into the arrangement, Chrissy moves back to Fresno to be with her ailing mother and is at first replaced by her cousin Cindy, who later is replaced by pretty young nurse Terri Alden. All the while Jack, who despite his best efforts, tries to make it with his roommates.

  • Janet and Chrissy are two girls who live with another girl but when she leaves they are in need of a new roommate who among other things can cook, which is what she did. The day following their roommate's going away party, they find that one of the guests, a man, who was so drunk, slept in the bathroom without their knowledge. His name is Jack Tripper and he is a culinary student, who's living in Y(MCA). They ask him if he would like to move in with them. He agress. But their landlord Mr. Roper doesn't agree until he is told that Jack's gay. So Jack has to pretend and allow Mr. Roper to think that he is gay, but it's difficult for a swinging guy like Jack not to suppress his interest in girls. After a few seasons the Ropers were spun-off into their own show. So, Mr. Roper sold the building and the new building manager is Ralph Furley, a guy who thinks himself a ladies' man. The following season, Suzzane Somers who plays Chrissy got into a little dispute with the producers and would eventually be written off, and to fill the void she left, the character of Cindy, Chrissy's cousin was added. The following season, Cindy left to go to college and they got a new roommate Terri, a nurse.


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