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Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company' (2003)

An insider's look at the unfunny side of comedic success on network television.


Jason Ensler


Elisa Bell




Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Paxson ... Joyce DeWitt (as Melanie Deanne Moore)
Bret Anthony Bret Anthony ... John Ritter
Jud Tylor ... Suzanne Somers
Brian Dennehy ... Fred Silverman
Wallace Langham ... Jay
Daniel Roebuck ... Ted Bergman
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Don Taffner
Gregg Binkley ... Don Knotts
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Audra Lindley
Joyce DeWitt ... Herself - Hostess
Rick Skene ... Alpha Beta director
Terence Kelly ... Norman Fell
Christopher Shyer ... Alan Hamel
Gary Hudson ... Tony Thomopolous
David Lewis ... Ira Denmark


'Three's Company', the comedy centered on two attractive, young women who made the rent on their Santa Monica beach-side apartment by taking in a third roommate - a male forced to pretend he's gay to fool the landlords and the girls' parents. The series rocketed in the ratings as an instant hit - despite the outcry of critics and moralists - who objected to the double-entendres and quasi-sexual hijinks on the show. However, the true behind-the-scenes story of 'Three's Company' will expose a once idyllic workplace that deteriorated into a battleground beset by business dealings, contact disputes, cast rivalries, clashes between producers and network executives and finally, a round of cast replacements which hastened the demise of the show. Written by PB

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Jealousy. Deception. Betrayal. Welcome to America's favorite comedy.


Drama | Comedy

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Release Date:

5 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivre à trois: Derrière la caméra See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Lana Shields (Ann Wedgeworth) is completely omitted. See more »


Fred Silverman had actually left his position at ABC in 1978 to leave for NBC, yet he was featured in much of the 1979/80 troubles with the show. See more »


Jay Bernstein: You wanna smoke me, give it your best shot.
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References The Ropers (1979) See more »

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The Joyce DeWitt point of view
3 March 2005 | by rzg-3See all my reviews

"Three's company" was on my favorite shows as a young kid ,although now I think that so many misunderstandings make the situations unbelievable and grotesque. Also, over the years I had the chance to watch the much better and much subtle original - "Man about the house" Any how, this film presents the behind-the-scenes happenings on the "Three's company" set, from what I believe to be a Joyce DeWitt point of view. True, Suzanne Somers was hired for her looks and not her talent/brains (not to say that she doesn't have one or the other or both), and it seems as though she did manage to drive everyone crazy, but lets face it - she only did what many other TV stars do - take advantage of their success while it is still there (and TV success usually lasts only a few years). Actually, I believe the one member of the cast without whom there would have been no show is John Ritter. Both girls could have been easily replaced by other actress'. This film shows to little of Ritters' talent.

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