Stanley and Helen Roper have sold their apartment complex and moved into a new one. Their trademark quirks are intact as they deal with new neighbors and frequent visits from Helen's sister.




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Complete series cast summary:
Norman Fell ...  Stanley Roper 28 episodes, 1979-1980
Audra Lindley ...  Helen Roper 28 episodes, 1979-1980
Jeffrey Tambor ...  Jeffrey P. Brookes III 28 episodes, 1979-1980
Patty McCormack ...  Anne Brookes 28 episodes, 1979-1980
Evan Cohen Evan Cohen ...  David Brookes 28 episodes, 1979-1980
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Stanley and Helen Roper have sold their apartment complex and moved into a new one. Their trademark quirks are intact as they deal with new neighbors and frequent visits from Helen's sister. Written by Phil Fernando

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When the network proposed the spin-off of Three's Company (1976) (i.e. that they should remake the UK series George & Mildred (1976), which was the spin-off from Man About the House (1973)) focusing on the Ropers, Audra Lindley was excited and wanted to go ahead, but Norman Fell wasn't too keen on the idea. Fell felt that you couldn't do a series with *only* the running gag of Mrs. Roper being undersexed. The network assured him the show would have more substance than that, and furthermore, if the show didn't make it a full season, he and Audra could come back full time to Three's Company as the Ropers. So it was after six months of convincing, Norman Fell finally gave in. The Ropers (1979) made it a season and a half before it was canceled, As a result, ABC Network was not obligated to take them back to Three's Company, because their contract had passed the one year mark, so Norman Fell and Audra Lindley were out of work. However, despite their hard feelings they did reprise their roles as guest stars on Three's Company as Mr and Mrs Roper one last time before their characters were retired for good. See more »

Alternate Versions

Episodes aired in syndication feature the Three's Company theme instead of the series regular theme. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase (1997) See more »

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Not a bad spin off.
6 December 2016 | by matthew_cantrell21See all my reviews

Decent at most, "The Ropers" is a spin off to the ABC hit sitcom "Three's Company". The show is based off the British series "George & Mildred", which itself is a spin off of the series " Man About the House" the series "Three's" is based off of.

Stanley and Helen Roper have sold their apartment and move to a townhouse in upscale Cheviot Hills. Their neighbor the pompous stuffed shirt Jeffrey P. Brooks is also their real estate agent. Played to hilarious perfection by Jeffrey Tambor. Brooks is a married man with a child, at times his personality clashes with Stanley's and it's up to his wife Anne (Patty McCormack) and Helen to calm their spouses down. At the same time Helen deals with her snobbish sibling Ethel and her forgetful mother.

Some of the episodes are exact copies of the "George & Mildred" story lines. Much like "Three's" the series had special guest stars, and even introduced a certain actress named Stevie"Louise"Vallance who would later be one of the pioneers in Canadian animation. Unfortunately just as the series had finally found its footing ABC pulled the plug, citing bad ratings. Audra Lindley and Norman Fell both were hesitant to do this series, in fact Norman would only agree if the show flopped and he could return to "Three's", the producers decided to make the show go a season and a half and resulting in the agreement being null and void. Overall, the series was a valiant attempt but it proved that sometimes supporting cast members can not make it on their own.

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13 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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Three's Company's Friends, the Ropers See more »

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