"Three''s A Crowd" w/John Ritter, Robert Mandan, Mary Cadorette & Jessica Walter
Hoopy. And so 1985 with the sets and outfits. Love it on Antenna TV after work. John was so hot and so was the surfer dude, Alan Campbell.
Alan Campbell said best co-star ever (even after Sunset Boulevard) was John Ritter
I love r1!
Was Ritter a bit bi-bi baby? He sure had a smokin'' body which they displayed, he was so athletic and healthy looking. Mary Cadorette''s outfits are AWFUL!!!
OP, I barely remember this show. Wasn''t it just on for one season (if even that long)? Was it even funny? Why did it fail?
John once had a heated argument with Don Knotts about something and Knotts shouted: "You''re not fit to shine Andy Griffith''s shoes!"
Robert Mandan looks like a leather daddy you''d see at The Eagle.
Actually the question Alan Campbell was asked was "Coolest commercial, film or TV gig"\
And he replied "Co-starring with John Ritter on "Three''s a Crowd."\
He also was asked "Most challenging role, vocally, you''ve played"\
He replied "Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard"
He has gorgeous hair, Alan Campbell. It lasted one season and people didn''t think it worked because the cast didn''t have that "Three''s Company" feel. It centered on Jack''s Bistro and he & Vicki live above it, unmarried, she''s a stewardess. I kinda like it. Set where, Santa Monica?
They should have had Jack get together with Janet for the 3''s Company sequel. John Ritter and Joyce Dewitt had amazing chemistry together and could play off each others comic timing perfectly. The producers were just lucky idiots with 3''s Company as you can tell by watching The Ropers spin-off. 3''s Company was always an ensemble cast-that''s why it still did well after Suzanne Somers was fired. 3''s a crowd wasn''t bad-it was just mediocre. It was not nearly as funny as the original show.
r9 = Joyce DeWitt.
That was actually the way "Man About the House" ended and it made sense. For Jack to just jump into marriage with Cadorette was ridiculous. The producers didn''t care because they wanted to build a show around John (rightfully) but it was doomed before it even started.
In the hooker-chronicle "You''ll Never Make Love in this Town Again", Ritter is portrayed as having an insatiable sex drive.
I always felt like Jessica Walter actually originated Lucille Bluth on "Three''s A Crowd."\
Ritter was talented and could have led a new show but they should have just created a new concept for him rather than trying to spin off Jack Tripper. People expected it to be more "Three''s Company" and it wasn''t.
Three''s A Crowd = Golden Palace
not really..the show is terrible!
Was Ritter a bit coke-y as well? He seems like it. Wasn''t it a heart aneurism that did him in?
If they''d cast a less milque toasty actress than Mary Cadorette, it may have worked. She barely even registered. The show wasn''t terrible.
I was never told this show would happen. John betrayed all of us.
The produers or Joyce have said that they were toying with the idea of hooking up Janet and Jack for the spinoff. The producers decided against that, because Janet''s rather innocuous family had appeared in an episode a few seasons earlier, and they really needed Jack to have an antagonist in the form of his gf''s father. I thought that was a pretty lame excuse. I much rather have seen Joyce play opposite John in a romantic role than Mary Cadorette.
No I disagree, I think Mary''s good with John and she can be a bit mouseburger, but I like her, she got feisty in last night''s episode. The wardrobe dept. really screwed her. Jessica Walter looks FAB in comparison. Last two episodes airing tonight & tom''w., then more "Three''s Company" (Yuk!) Antenna''s been playing the Priscilla Barnes episodes and they suck.
Priscilla Barnes''s first season with the show was rather good,I thought. Terry was somewhat intelligent, which was a refreshing change from the borderline retarded Chrissy and Cindy. In her last two seasons, the writers turned Terry into a major flake, which really didn''t work.
There are tons of videos on YT by obsessed fangurls that celebrate the "real" love story between Jack and Janet. %0D\
I particularly remember an episode of Three''s a Crowd in which Jack and his father-in-law were sharing a bed. The scene was hilarious. And John Ritter''s barefeet were shown through the entire scene - he had SEXY feet. Loved them.
Yeah, I am a foot troll, but sincere.
John Ritter had phenomenal chemistry with Joyce DeWitt? lmao DeWitt is a horrible comedienne. \
Besides, Jack always saw homely Janet as a sister. To have him go blind and suddenly lust after Janet would have been a gigantic fuck up. Ew I get hives just thinking about it.
The chemistry between Ritter and Dewitt is one of the reasons the show worked. Dewitt was sort of the straight man to Ritter comic, but she was very good at comedy too. I think the producers and Ritter wanted the new show to really be THE JOHN RITTER SHOW. If they hired Dewitt, she would have wanted an equal partnership and they didn''t want that.
Joyce Half Wit is appearing off-Bway in that show "Mrs. Manners Presents" [sic] about some advice columnist. Eve Plumb did it previously. Joyce looks old in the poster.
Remember the days when Joyce and Ray Buktenica were the Hollywood "It" Couple?
Yes, R26 -- they truly were 1978''s Brad and Angelina.
That theme song is awful. It''s like they looked at the opening credits for "Webster" and said ''Copy that but make it lamer.''%0D\
Interestingly, ABC cancelled "Three''s A Crowd" to pick up "Diff''rent Strokes" from NBC for one final season.
Isn''t the song by Rupert Holmes or someone like that? Yeah, it''s terrible. Tonight''s episode (I think it''s the last, for awhile anyway) had a hot surprisingly good tapdancing Mary Cadorette. Didn''t like her at first but grew to love her.
I always used to confuse Mary Cadorette with John Ritter''s first wife who did that "Double Dirt" dance in Fraternity Row.
DeWitt is a bad comedic actress. She thinks she''s truly gifted though.
Poor Mary. Once an understudy, always an understudy. Had they cast me, that show would STILL be on the air!
[quote]Interestingly, ABC cancelled "Three''s A Crowd" to pick up "Diff''rent Strokes" from NBC for one final season%0D\
One of the biggest WTF moments in TV history. NBC had already canceled Diff''rent Strokes and the show''s sets had already been torn down. Then ABC had the bright idea to pick it up and try to build a Friday night comedy block around it. They agreed to give Gary Coleman a huge raise and spent a fortune rebuilding the show''s sets. It was a huge failure on ABC and was canceled after one season. No idea who''s brainchild that was.
They showed a very early "Three''s Company" tonight and it rocked. They''re all in gaucho pants with knee high brown boots, and Suzanne''s hair is all Cher-straight. She really was hawt, and DeWitt & John were as well. Famous character actress as Chrissie''s mom, she rocked it. Actually, quite French farce and 70s sexy fun, I can see why it was a hit.
What channel are you guys watching this on?
Did Jessica Walter just do the roles Paula Prentiss no longer want to or what? %0D\
The grave of Ann Prentiss
Hard to believe now, but "Three''s Company" was controversial when it came on in the late 70s. It was considered very raunchy and it showed *gasp* unmarried/unrelated men and women living together! As dumb as it seems now, unmarried or unrelated people of the opposite sex living together was still quite scandalous back then.
Joyce DeWitt is not exactly Lucille Ball in the comedic chops department, but she''s likeable enough, and far more appealing than Mary Cadorette. And Joyce did have chemistry with Ritter; she''s not as awful as people remember.
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Don''t forget casual discussion of...(clutching pearls) homosexuals, r37. That show was strictly forbidden in our home when it first aired. It wasn''t until it started playing in reruns and my mom found out my grandmother (her mom) was a fan that she realized it was pretty benign.
Joyce DeWitt was underrated. Intelligent performer, and completely believable as Janet. What she had on "Three''s Company" was, indeed, the straight figure to John Ritter''s goofball -- but she was relatable throughout.
The producers got lucky with the cast. They all had the chemistry needed to make this little sitcom work and the writing was cleaver and funny. The last season of Company was terrible as almost all the focus shifted to Ritter and the girls were pushed into the background more and more. Even after the Ropers left, somehow the character Don Knotts played worked. Both spinoffs tanked because the premise and supporting cast were not as good (or funny) as Threes Company. Anyone know if the rumor is true they were considering Harry Reems for the Jack Tripper character but ABC got cold feet? Reems would have been a great (and sexier) Tripper!!!
I agree with R40.
Jack Tripper was ironically the first real popular "gay" character on TV. Ironic because he was really heterosexual.
DeWitt overacted, overplayed comedy and wore panty hose under her shorts. End of discussion.
The first few seasons were fun farce.
Jessica Walter looked old even way back then.
The producers made them wear hose all the time to give the illusion of tanned legs. Watch any scene with any of the girls in a nightie or shorts and they''re wearing hose. \
Bras were discouraged, however.
How come Mr. Roper didn''t want unmarried couples living in his building but had no problem with gay men and gay male couples (Horace and Mike)living there?
Since this has moved onto a "Three''s Company" thread, one of the recurring themes was having the Ropers, usually Stanley, listening through the vents on Jack and the girls'' conversations. Does anyone remember the episode where Chrissy had the wart or boil and misunderstanding, the Ropers thought she was pregnant? (Mrs. Roper: "My sister had one which weighed eight pounds.", Chrissy: "Ooooh, gross!", Mrs. Roper: "Oh no, Chrissy, it was beautiful.") The underlying aspect is that the Ropers consider Chrissy to either be a slut and/or too stupid to use contraception.
The one I just saw had a famous older character actress like Mary Wikes (but not her) playing Chrissie''s mom, and today''s had a stray puppy subplot and Mr. Roper eating dog food joke. Really lame but fun escapist plots. And I adore Audra Linley, star of "Spellbinder". . .she has a hoopy scene in that.
Mary Cadorette was just beginning to hit her stride when the show was canceled.
Cadorette's cunt reeked r51.
I was a comic genius and the real reason behind the show's success.
Sometimes, when I'm sad and blue, I think, "Nary. Mary Cadorette!"
And then, happy that I am not she, my mood lifts.
Mary continued to work in TV, then opened a restaurant in the 90s. She moved back to CT in the late 90s to care for her mother who had a stroke. She teaches dance in Hartford. Her husband died a few years ago.
Cadorette did hit her stride when it was cancelled, it was the peak of her loserdom. She continued working in tv, taking what few roles were offered the bug-eyed geek woman, and until she retired to savor the humble delights of being a restauranteur, dance teacher, home health care worker and grieving widow.
why are you pissing in Mary Cadorette's cornflakes?
They should've had Jack shack up with Greedy Gretchen in the spinoff, played by Lydia Cornell.
[quote]How come Mr. Roper didn't want unmarried couples living in his building but had no problem with gay men and gay male couples (Horace and Mike)living there?
It was a women's virtue thing. Gay men posed no danger to women.
Jack and his stwerdess ho were living in sin. Viewers didn't except the premise for that reason.
R33: ABC was offfered "Diff'rent Strokes" first, but the production company objected to their executive notes and took it to NBC, who was in last-place and would soon be hurting financially over an Olympiad in Russia (some things never change). NBC canceled it because Gary Coleman wanted out, but his parents persuaded him to stay on. But by that time, it was too late. NBC had already given "Gimme a Break" its old time slot and acquired "The Golden Girls" and "227," so they had no room for it.
"Webster" was supposed to have been an adult sitcom with Susan Clark and Alex Karras' characters as the main focus and their black son a supporting character (think a heterosexual proto-"Modern Family"). But the network interfered, which Clark and Karras, who owned a piece of the show, resented until they saw the ratings. Ironically, when "Strokes" went off the air for good, "Webster" inherited its writing staff.
But back to this show, I always assumed that since it was on Tuesdays, "Three's A Crowd" was cancelled to make room for "Growing Pains." Now that I can't forgive. Perhaps with better ratings it could have had a decent run for a couple of years, like "Archie Bunker's Place" and "What's Happening Now" did.
"Three's A Crowd" would've worked if they had Jack marry Lana, aka Ann Wedgeworth.
[quote]"Three's A Crowd" would've worked if they had Jack marry Lana, aka Ann Wedgeworth.
I always assumed Lana moved to Indianapolis and got Ginny from "One Day at a Time" as her middle-aged, sardonic, oversexed doppelganger roommate.
And who said the dead can't speak. Tank you for your insight, R63
It would've been awesome if the show's premise would've been "straight" Jack meeting some hot guy, developing romantic feelings, realizing that he was gay, and then trying to hide the fact that he was actually gay when everyone else still believed he was straight.
Screw Mary Cadorett and Joyce DeWitt! The love interest should've been me!
Fuck all of you bitches. I should've been the love interest on the spinoff. A few seasons earlier, I played Jack's gf in a stealth pilot episode where my character was living with two guys. The flip side of Three's Company, if you will. Can you just imagine how dramatic my pivot would've been during the climax of the Three's A Crowd theme?
(and) Barrie Youngfellow (as Jan)
The problem with "Three's a Crowd" was it didn't have Joyce DeWitt. Yes she's nuts and yes she's been bizarrely obsessed with the personality politics of "Three's Company"; but I agree with the person up-thread who said she and Ritter had great comic energy together--she was a very good straight woman. Also, after a number of years people had grown fond of Janet and didn't want her off the show.
"Three's a Crowd" also had a terrible theme song and opening montage.
Suzanne Sommers said that when she heard they were doing a spin-off, her husband/pimp contacted the producers about bringing back Chrissy to be his love interest. It would've been fun, if only to watch Joyce implode.
[quote]The problem with "Three's a Crowd" was it didn't have Joyce DeWitt. Yes she's nuts
NUTS?! WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU CALLING NUTS?!
Horrid show. It couldn't have been cancelled soon enough.
[quote]Remember when Joyce and Ray Buktenica were Hollywood's IT couple?
They fixed my wifi just last week, but they were kind of bitchy about it and they didn't wipe their feet when they came in the door.
r72, meet r26.
the show had its moments.
Mandan lent it credibility.