|Three's Company knocked and a welcoming audience threw open its doors--right smack into Jack Tripper's face. This co-ed comedy of errors about a clumsy bachelor living with two girls left America in stitches as the number-one rated entertainment show in 1979-80, while making its starring roommates household names. Dismissed by critics as a one-joke show, this once- controversial bedroom farce built a house of slapstick fun and friendship on its "risque" foundation. And millions of viewers welcomed the madcap mixed-singles family and their wacky neighbors into their homes each week.
Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning John Ritter stars as the hilariously accident-prone chef Jack Tripper, roommate to perky florist Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and bubble- headed secretary Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers). In season four, the roomies encounter life-and-death misunderstandings and an endless array of polyester leisure suits as legendary comedic actor Don Knotts joins the show as new landlord/ladies man Ralph Furley. Spastic and elastic, the rubber-faced Mr. Furley freaks at the thought of a virile man "getting it on" with two young women in his apartment building. So Jack has to keep pretending to be gay to stay in his already-platonic cohabitation. Ann Wedgeworth also moves into the apartment building this year as the mature-but-sexy divorcee Lana Shields, who struggles to avoid "Happy Cooker" Furley while desperately trying to get her hands on Jack's pot roast. Richard Kline's Larry Dallas remains a trouble-instigating best bud to Jack, who finds himself cross-dressing, playing strip poker and mastering sitcom hammock spills and thrills in this schtick-filled year.
Three's Company: Season Four features all 25 episodes of this sitcom's classic fourth season--new interviews with show producers and writers are included, as well as interviews with co-stars Don Knotts, Richard Kline and Ann Wedgeworth. Also included is an exclusive visit with John Ritter's first wife, Nancy Morgan Ritter, hosted by Joyce DeWitt.
Editor's NoteThe television series that made stars out of John Ritter (who was nominated for three Emmys) and Suzanne Somers, THREE'S COMPANY has been a mainstay of television, both during its initial run and in syndication, every since it first premiered. Its formula of slapstick comedy, racy double entendres, and comic misunderstandings is well-known to millions of viewers. SEASON FOUR collects all 25 episodes that aired during the 1979-1980 season, when the show was routinely number one or two in the ratings. This season was also the first with Don Knotts as landlord Ralph Furley, replacing the Ropers, who had been granted their own spin-off sitcom. THREE'S COMPANY was massively popular during its initial eight season run, and has since become a television landmark.