9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Three’s Company’

  
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TV series are not like they used to be, and no matter how much time goes by, there are a few that have remained TV icons and Three’s Company is one of those shows. Starring John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers and Priscilla Barnes, from it’s premiere in 1977 to 1983 it remained in the top ten shows on air at the time and to this day fans still love watching reruns of the show. The show may have come to an end in 1984 but it remains relevant and absolutely hilarious over 30 years later! Here are 9 things you never knew about Three’s Company:

9. Getting It Into Production

While Three’s Company was a huge success once it began, it took quite a bit of time and effort to get the show off the ground. The idea for the series was based on the British series Man About the House, so to begin two different groups of writers attempted to “Americanize” the show. Eventually three different pilot episodes were filmed and ABC continuously had issues with each one. After recasts and changes ABC finally accepted the third pilot and the series was given five more episodes for its “tryout” period in the spring of 1977.

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8. Initial Doubts

After accepting the pilot, ABC launched the series in the middle of the 1976-1977 television season which immediately signified that they didn’t have high hopes for the program as most midseason shows were cancelled after their six-episode tryout at the time. Many didn’t think the show’s stars or content would resonate with viewers, but everyone was proven wrong when it hit record ratings and became the highest-rated midseason show at the time.

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