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Man About the House: Complete Series 1 and 2

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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In the era of the "Swinging Seventies" and the "Permissive Society," two London bachelor girls, Chrissy and Jo, in need a third girl to share their apartment, find the answer asleep in their bathtub. His name is Robin Tripp and though he's not a girl exactly, he is studying to be a gourmet chef, and who can tell the difference these days anyway? Well, landlord George Roper can, for one, and he's irate. His wife Mildred can too, and she's intrigued. So the question is: will the good-cooking newcomer Robin Tripp fall on his face or feet - or wind up with egg on his face? With one man living with two women, sharing nothing more than the rent, housework and the cost of living, the fun and complications of mixed flat sharing are the source of the comedy in this hilarious, daring and groundbreaking series.

Serving as the predecessor to the wildly popular U.S. series, Three's Company, MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE was a phenomenally successful British comedy, running for six series in total, spinning off two further series and making household names of its stars Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett.

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American fans of the quintessential '70s double-entendre comedy Three's Company might be surprised to learn it was a British import. Yes, the sexy Chrissy and the leering Mr. Roper had their beginnings on the other side of the Atlantic in Man About the House, set in the swinging '70s of London. The laughs are broad and shameless, and as enjoyable as any silly wink-wink-nudge-nudge comedy of the era.

Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) and Jo (Sally Thomsett) need a third roommate for their London flat, and find the perfect one in a passed-out party guest, Robin (Richard O'Sullivan). But landlord Mr. Roper (Brian Murphy) isn't so sure about the setup, so the women tell him Robin's gay ("we told him you were a poof!"), though, naturally, Robin is wildly attracted to both of his roomies. Much of the comedy consists of the trio of roommates keeping up the front for the rest of their building and unexpected guests, workmen, and council authorities.

While some of the humor is dated, the snapshot of the mores of the '70s shows a culture in enormous transition, and the fact that it was able to laugh at itself was a big part of the times, on either side of the Pond. Man About the House lasted six seasons on British TV and spawned two spinoffs in England alone--and, let us not forget, launched the careers of Suzanne Somers and John Ritter in the U.S. Let the high jinks begin! --A.T. Hurley


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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard O'Sullivan
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I3WS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Dean Wisland on August 4, 2007
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In this Britcom, two female roomates, after a party, find a man in their bathtub. He needs a place to stay. The women want to help him, but they think their Landlord will not allow it. So they tell the Landlord the man is gay and he allows it. Sound familar? Dan Taffner, the man who also brought Benny Hill to America, adapted this show as Three's Company. Some aspects are different. For example Janet is the blonde and Crissy is the brunette. It is the other way around in threes company. Some things are the same, the landlord and wife are known as the Ropers. Being from Britian, Man about the house is more "juicer" than Three's Company, but nothing really dirty. If you are a Three's Company fan, or a fan of British comedy, I highly recomend this DVD.
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I hadn't seen this show since a brief run on a NYC station in the early 1980's. I was amazed to finally see it on DVD in Region 1. While some of the humor (and clothes!) seem a bit dated, the show holds up very well and is still very funny.

This DVD set only contains the first 2 seasons of the show, and I hope the remaining 4 seasons (continuing until 1976) will eventually be released in Region 1. All episodes are available in Region 2, so let's hope those of us in North America will eventually be able to see the entire series (I still don't see the reasoning behind the whole 'Region' marketing approach to DVD)!
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Since this is the original sitcom that Three's Company was based on, one would think it was less intense. But looking back this show is timeless.
American sitcoms tend to get stupid and silly as the years progress but
British Sitcoms NEVER lose their appeal. Richard O'Sullivan portrays the sexy "Robin Tripp" always on the make against the stoic Chrissey played by Paula Wilcox and the demure "Jo" played by Sally Thomsett. Together they make an intersesting threesome and provide a unique look at life in London in the 1970's.

Of course, the Ropers steal the whole show and Mr. Roper is a force to be reckoned with. Always trying to be forceful but never making his way past Mrs. Roper. We are always left wondering weather she will jump on Robin (or anyone else for that matter), Mildred is the true star of the show.

Buy it, it's funny, cute, lots of inunendo and definitely worth the money.
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So much has been written on the series content...it is classic 70's britcom, sexual inuendo plays innocently in dialog...bawdiness is more implied than realized in an amusing comedy that nudges and winks and still stays clean. The state of the DVD transfer was beyond my expectations of a 35 year old TV show. The images were bright and sharp and quite clean. I have purchased other DVD's of other series made later than MATH, and found several to be dim, or colours dull. Sound quality is very clear as well.
Overall I am content with the FremantleMedia/BCI Eclipse edition of the DVD of MATH series one and two and will happily purchase the rest of the series as they are released.
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I've watched this when it was on t.v. years ago and wanted to watch it again. I didn't get to watch it as it is a DVD that my DVD player will not play. I need a multizone player. I wish you would stipulate what zone the DVD is. I have bought DVD's from you before and they were fine in my player but this one isn't!
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For anyone who still doesn't know,Three's Company was modeled on this wonderful British comedy from the early 70s.My local Canadian station carried this every Friday night for a time and I never missed it.I thought it was lost in the mist of time but now thanks to Amazon I have it to watch and enjoy all over again!And it's still as funny as the first time around.The show made stars of it's 3 principal characters in England,although only the beautiful and talented Paula Wilcox really stayed in the public eye up to today.Watch and enjoy and see how much Three's Company really took from this show.Richard O'Sullivan really was the British John Ritter,which is really saying something!!
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this is one of the most succesful comedy of all time. this is the complete first and second series of six in total. in the era of the ¨swinging seventies¨, two london bachelorettes,chrissy and jo, are in need of a roommate to afford their flat. they are hopping to find another girl, but find the perfect roommate, robin tripp, passed out in their bathtub after a party the previous night. but the girls landlord george roper isn't keen on this new roommate being a man..... with: the beautiful PAULA WILCOX,SALLY THOMSETT and the great actors RICHARD O'SULLIVAN,YOOTHA JOICE and BRIAN MURPHY. i recommended very good show.
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