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Three’s Company – Season Five

July 6, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 11/15/2005Amazon.com
Ah, the simple pleasure of flagrant sexual innuendo! Three’s Company, a 1970s sitcom about a guy pretending to be gay so his prudish landlord will let him live with two female roommates, became a top-rated show thanks to jokes and allusions that seem startling explicit even now. Such nudge-nudge wink-wink ribaldry would never have made it on the air were it not for star John Ritter, whose charisma was demonstrated most clearly in the show’s rocky fifth season. Ritter’s co-star Suzanne Somers, her ego swollen from sex symbol celebrity, demanded more money than her co-stars and swiftly got axed (though she still appears in the opening credits for th… More >>

Three’s Company – Season Five

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5 Responses to “Three’s Company – Season Five”
  1. C. Marciniak says:

    I own the other four seasons and I can’t wait for this DVD to be released. It’s the last season with any shows containing Suzanne Somers. I don’t rightly care when they release season six as I won’t be buying it. This is one of my most favorite shows of all time and I really think the show suffered from the loss of Somers. Poor executive decision. As far as I’m concerned, the series ended with this season.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Sunset says:

    The cover of the DVD boxset is misleading. Since Suzanne Somers only appeared in a few episodes, her image should not be put on the cover. Jenilee Harrison (Cindy) appeared in most of the episodes during season 5. In my opinion, “Three’s Company” went downhill during this time. It did not become interesting again until Priscilla Barnes (Terri) came aboard. I do not plan to purchase the season 5 DVD when it’s released in stores. I’m looking forward to the season 6 boxset when Barnes was introduced to the cast. The show greatly improved once she became part of the cast.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Sad to say, I remembered the 5th season, when it first aired on ABC in 1980 as a child. I kept hoping Suzanne Somers would return but she never did.

    First, I will talk about Suzanne Somers, Suzanne had one of her cutest performances in her last full episode in the best friend prostitute story. Sorry to disagree with other reviewers but I never saw the hostility between Suzanne Somers and the others in her final full performance episode. As with one other reviewer, I am looking forward into seeing all the tags with Suzanne in her last season. Most stations did cut the tags in syndication. Suzanne’s disappearance marred the show and it never recovered. I missed Suzanne but disagree with her greed for $150,000 per episode. However, if you watch the episode in season 3 when Joyce Dewitt left for one day and then compare it to the missing episodes of John and Joyce without Suzanne, you can easily see the show would have survived without Joyce. Suzanne admitted many years later that she was wrong. It is most unfortunate, she did not stay with the entire series or fifth season. Lastly, I am glad John Ritter and Suzanne Somers made amends before his death. I am sure Suzanne is glad too. Suzanne has offered to make peace with Joyce Dewitt. However, the stubborn Ms. Dewitt refuses to do so unless things have changed since the last E special. Ms. Dewitt did produced a very unflattering movie about the scenes behind Three’s Company and made Suzanne Somers appear to be greedy and stupid. Shame on you Joyce Dewitt.

    Secondly, John Ritter is funny in all of his performaces. However, John began to dominate all of the scenes with Suzanne’s departure and it pretty much became the John Ritter Show. Three’s Company became indirectly Three’s A Crowd before it was cancelled. The funniest episode with John is when he was trying to hide from a gangster and played dead in a coffin. What a brilliant performance!

    Thirdly, Joyce Dewitt tried to take advantage of Suzanne’s depature and tried to manufacture some Lucille Ball’s gestures in the fifth season. However, it failed. Joyce can wear the designer jeans and the stylish makeup but she was never as funny as Suzanne or pretty as Suzanne, Priscilla Barnes, and Jennilee Harrison. I found the shows boring when it was just John and Joyce without Suzanne or Jennilee. I would have liked it better if Joyce left the show and was replaced by Larry, Richard Kline as the third roommate. Joyce did look better later on when she grew her hair longer but looked like a Marlo Thomas wanna be.

    Lastly, Jennilee Harrison did not make the chemistry with the others in Three’s Company. However to her credit, she had almost no acting experience and was called in as a last minute replacement. She did help the show to survive the 5th season. Ms. Harrison’s acting did get better in season 6 and she was a great actress later on in Dallas. From comments made by Ms. Harrison in interviews, I am sure Ms. Dewitt was cool toward her when she came on the show. As Jennille put it in one interview, Suzanne’s shoes were hard to fill. Richard Kline and Don Knotts were always at their best and it never waviered in season 5. The best episode of the season without Suzanne was when the Ropers came back to visit and Stanley caught Mrs. Roper in bed with Mr. Furley.

    In conclusion, the disc set is worth buying, but not as good as the others and as season 6. I look forward to seeing it soon. Priscilla Barnes did help pull back the ratings. However, Priscilla started having a war with the producers soon afterwards, which reduced her screen time in season 7 and 8. More on Priscilla in future reviews for seasons 6, 7 and 8 in the future. Thanks for your attention.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. I was a great fan of Three’s Company until Cindy showed up. She was one person who truly was not funny. She was not a good actress and there was no chemistry between her and Janet and Jack. I think the character of Terri was able to save what was left of the show but the truth is, once Suzanne Sommers was gone, the show just wasn’t quite the same. Take Care… Rest in Peace, John Ritter….you were awesome! :-)
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. I really enjoyed this. I can’t wait for the next season to come out.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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