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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.


Jason Ensler


Elisa Bell




Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Paxson ... Joyce DeWitt (as Melanie Deanne Moore)
Bret Anthony Bret Anthony ... John Ritter
Jud Tylor ... Suzanne Somers
Brian Dennehy ... Fred Silverman
Wallace Langham ... Jay
Daniel Roebuck ... Ted Bergman
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Don Taffner
Gregg Binkley ... Don Knotts
Barbara Gordon ... Audra Lindley
Joyce DeWitt ... Self - Hostess
Rick Skene ... Alpha Beta director
Terence Kelly ... Norman Fell
Christopher Shyer ... Alan Hamel
Gary Hudson Gary Hudson ... Tony Thomopolous
David Lewis ... 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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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: Two ...
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Behind the close doors
21 May 2003 | by raysondSee all my reviews

TV movies about the making of old TV shows have become a cottage industry in Hollywood. Producers have pulled back the curtain on several classic TV shows including "The Brady Bunch","Star Trek","Happy Days","Batman", "Gilligan's Island","The Partridge Family",and now "Three's Company".

And this goes to show that Hollywood has ran out of original ideas,but instead we get a behind the scenes movie that is based on the classic TV series of the mid-1970's and early-1980's. Isn't this enough don't you think? I really am a huge fan of the original series(which ran on ABC-TV from 1976-1984),but I believe that the producers who thought of this concept decided at the last minute to do a story based on a TV show that centers around the following elements:arrogance,greed,jealously and envy,not to mention total backstabbing and complete bitchery within the original cast members. They didn't think for a second that Suzanne Sommers was the star of the original show,but she sure was the star of the movie about the original show in which just "to see how stupid Sommers was" here since she was always typecasted as a goofy blonde. And here in this TV-movie it shows why Sommers blew it due to her alterego on the set after her success on the show,which to reasons why she left the series at the height of her fame.

I'm surprised that Suzanne Sommers herself hasn't seen this! If she did there would be a huge lawsuit against the producers who thought of this! The TV-Movie that is based on her classic 70's show.

As for the rest of it,was very good especially in the casting of the actors who played John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt,not to mention the casting of the other actors who portrayed Don Knotts,Norman Fell,and Audra Lindley. In all,it was excellent. This isn't over as of yet,there are more behind the scenes movies to come including "Laverne and Shirley", "Family Matters","Saved By The Bell","The Love Boat","Good Times", "Charlie's Angels","Gimme A Break",and another Suzanne Sommers classic "She's The Sheriff",not to mention "Step By Step",and the bickerings behind the set between her and co-star Patrick Duffy.

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5 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Vivre à trois: Derrière la caméra See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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