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Two’s Company – The Complete Series Three


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B-



By 1977, Two’s Company reached its third season and was a hit.  Simple as it was, it worked for enough people.  This time, with the situations familiar, two things happened.  The exchanges became faster between Elaine Stritch & Donald Sinden and either it became funnier by default or was getting played out.  Oddly, I found it a bit better since it meant less dead space and speeding up the obvious meant more jokes could fit in.  The episodes this time are, all starting with “The” in the title:


1)     Invitation

2)     Freezer

3)     Pet

4)     Take-Over Bid

5)     Virus

6)     Critic

7)     Picnic

8)     Politicians



No matter what, they certainly were having fun doing it and that also offsets other potential criticisms.  Of course, these characters like each other or they would have split by now and the show subtly acknowledges this to a narrow extent.  But this is a comedy and there are just more laughs here.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is from the original PAL sources, but does look more like a generation down with color noise here and there.  The overly simple hand drawn animation of the credits is always amusing.  The shows tapes have still survived well and are in good condition, so that goes well with the Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, which has been boosted to a simple stereo form the original TV monophonic sound.  The only extra again is biography text on the two actors in this case.  Two’s Company is worth a look, but if you start here, it’s hard to tell what one’s reaction might be.  You’ll juts have to compare seasons to find out.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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