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Three's Company: Season 1 (1977)

John Ritter , Bernard West , Don Nicholl  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Ritter
  • Directors: Bernard West, Don Nicholl
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DFZ5O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Three's Company: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains the entire first season (6 episodes) and the pilot

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Product Description

"It didn't set out to change the world. It just made us laugh and that is why we love it." ~Lucille Ball, 1982

"Come And Knock On Our Door…"

In the spring of 1977,ABC network executives gave a six-episode "trial" run to a new sitcom called THREE’S COMPANY. Almost overnight, it became one of the biggest hits of the entire season. Racy and daring for its time, this breakthrough bedroom farce skyrocketed to the Top 10 in its second week. Almost twenty-five years later, it remains one of the best-loved TV series of all time. Based on the provocative Brit-com MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE, THREE’S COMPANY follows the innuendo-laden but platonic misadventures and misunderstandings of clumsy and girlcrazy Jack Tripper (John Ritter in the role that won him an Emmy®, a Golden Globe and the hearts of millions) and his two female roommates, pretty and practicalminded Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and naïve and dim-bulb blonde Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers). Along with their sexually frustrated landlords the Ropers (Norman Fell and Audra Lindley) and Jack’s fast-talking pal Larry (Richard Kline), these three outrageous roommates tripped and jiggled through a world of slapstick pratfalls and some of the most scandalously titillating comedy America had ever seen. THREE’S COMPANY – SEASON ONE features the original six episodes – including the classic pilot – that started it all, now collected on DVD for the first time ever!

EPISODE GUIDE:

• A Man About The House • And Mother Makes Four • Roper's Niece • No Children, No Dogs • Jack The Giant Killer • It's Only Money

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The DVD release of Three's Company's first season should be a cause for celebration for fans of the wildly popular sitcom; it arrives, however, just two months after the September 2003 death of star John Ritter, and so the DVD serves as a memorial to his comic talents as well as a long-awaited collectible. Launched on a six-episode trial run in the spring of 1977, Three's Company's first season immediately won over viewers with its racy scenario--a single man (Ritter) moves in with two single women (Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers) and avoids the wrath of his landlords (Norman Fell and Audra Lindley) by pretending to be gay--and double entrendre-laden gags. Regardless of whether you think it was one of TV's funniest or most puerile series, Three's Company did bring Ritter to deserved stardom and gave choice roles to veteran scene-stealers Fell and Lindley (later replaced by Don Knotts), and therefore deserves its place in television history. Anchor Bay's DVD includes unedited versions of all six episodes, as well as a featurette on Ritter. --Paul Gaita

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind October 20, 2003
Format:DVD
Three's Company is the first and last sitcom to effectively blend physical comendy with effective one liners. Many of the popular sitcoms today such as Friends and Will and Grace have the satisfying one liners, but are opaque in the area of physical comedy. John Ritter's falling over the couch, tip toeing not to be seen, and tripping over things elevate this sitcom from great to amazing.
In 1977, the kind of double entendre humor spoken all through the series invoked snarls on conservative TV viewers. Yet, it was that same humor that made it numder one on the Nielson Ratings. It's King-like status on TV because of the sexually racy humor attracted viewers because of it's innocence about sex. The humor wasn't for shock value. The lines about promiscuity were delivered by the cast as innocently as we heard it over the tube. That child-like and non "in your face" approach made Three's Company heartwarming as well as extremly funny.
The series had few cameras working with the cast so the episodes have a unparelled equality to a one act on stage. Therefore, it is easy to see the cast playing off each other for emotional support as well as professionally. It is hard to watch an episode of this gem and not laugh out loud, And it will be extremely difficult not to well an eye for the late "Man About the House" who paved the way for the phyisical comedians today. This series will never be equalled.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Copy November 9, 2003
By PB
Format:DVD
Hello, I am the webmaster of the Jack's Bistro website. I received an advanced copy of this wonderful DVD last week, and here is my review of it:
I have had the pleasure to watch the DVD already for review. It is excellent and the quality of the episodes amazes me. Fans have been complaining for years about the edits the reruns have on TV, now the complaining will stop! As each episode will be unedited. Season 1 had only six episodes, and run about 24-25 minutes per episode. Only one episode has a tag scene in season one ("Roper's Niece"), but when season two comes out, that will be a different story. In this DVD, we have of course, the six episodes, along with an "In Memory of John" feature, and a sneak peek at "Season Two." The "In Memory of John" feature also has a nice clip from the charity John was so involved with, UCP. Portions of the money from the sales will go to that charity. So it will be for a good cause. All fans should DEFINITELY buy season one in tribute to John and also, so we can eventually get all eight seasons on DVD (yes, that means unedited!). Hopefully the DVD's sell out fast and they realize that they made the right decision on making seasonal DVD's for Three's Company. Chris Mann was involved in this project as well, so for sure all fans will be pleased, as his judgment is the best. Though, this DVD was supposed to come put in early 2004, I was still impressed on how well it was made. The title shot and menu screen is amazing--everyone will love it. All the episodes have a synopsis before you watch an episode. All the extras that were planned for this season, will be inserted in the season two DVD, which will now come out it in early 2004 (Spring or so). Also a more in depth tribute to John Ritter will be in that DVD.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great start for the best series November 11, 2003
Format:DVD
The season one "Three's Company" DVD is something very special. It is a DVD that has the first six (6) episodes of a series that tickled my funny bone as early as the age of 5. I was especially proud to purchase this DVD today since the proceeds from it not only went towards a cause close to John Ritter's heart (a man whose work I've admired for many years), but one close to mine as well because John's brother Tom and I share that common ground. "Three's Company" stars John Ritter as Jack Tripper; Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood; Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow; Norman Fell as the "uninterested" landlord, Mr. Stanley Roper and Audra Lindley as Mrs. Helen Roper, his "sex-starved" wife.
First, I'd like to review the episodes. The pilot, "A Man About The House," was a good episode (surprisingly not my favorite of this season), although, I liked it because it introduced not only the beginning of the series but a relationship with my favorite trio, Jack, Janet and Chrissy. There is also a scene in this episode, at the beginning, which had never been aired in the series' syndicated runs.
The second episode, "And Mother Makes Four," was OK. I liked John Ritter's physical comedy in this episode, although, I do not want to give the plot away.
The third episode, "Roper's Niece," is my favorite episode this season, because of a "touching" ending, between Jack and Janet. The scene I'm referring to brought a tear to my eye. I don't want to give it away. Watch it, and you'll know why.
The fourth episode, ""No Children, No Dogs," was all right. It introduced Richard Kline as Jack's best friend Larry for the first time. I thought that was cool.
The fifth episode, "Jack and The Giant Killer," was good, and the sixth, and last, episode of the season, "It's Only Money," was OK.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I was reluctant to buy this disc because of its high price/few episodes ratio. (Come on, "All in the Family" gets 26 episodes for $30, that's under $1 per episode and that's how it should be for all TV!) However, as a proceed of the purchase (how much they won't tell us, hmmmm...) goes to a charity John Ritter adored, I broke down tonight and bought it.
After the ubiquitous FBI screen disappears, I was greeted with a menu. Ignore the naysayers, there is nothing wrong with how this menu works and I've used far, far worse in my 300 movie collection. I rather like the menu... And the fact they have a menu option telling us of the Spring 2004 release for season 2 made my day, it's nice to see they'll put out this series for the fans.
Now for the transfer. Audio quality is superb, well restored. Video quality is a different story. Upon freeze-framing, it's very clear that, despite doing a good job at restoring the master tapes, they did a rather poor transfering the video to DVD. (You HDTV fans out there may not like watching this on your sets... and by 1996, the FCC is pulling the plug on current broadcast standards...) I can think of 2 reasons why the video looks as poor as it does, but it suffices to say that the end result is a video image that looks needlessly grainy; broadcast video technology of the time never ever looked this bad. But while not as bad as VHS consumer quality videotape, it is well below acceptable DVD quality. (for another example of what not to do in terms of transfrring video quality onto DVD, check out the dithering used in "The Best of the Chris Rock Show" - yuck!
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