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Three’s Company – Season Five


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



Three’s Company had lost The Ropers to The Ropers spin-off and did not let them return when the show bombed (though they returned in a show below), then they lost Ann Wedgeworth as Lana in the middle of last season, and though they picked up Don Knotts as Mr. Furley, they were about to lose Suzanne Somers.  This would be her last full season, later reduced to telephone calls to fulfill her contract.  This 1980 – 81 Season still had its moments in all the chaos, which still had its moments as it was tying up loose ends.  The episodes in this set are as follows:


1)     Upstairs, Downstairs, Downstairs

2)     …and justice for Jack (with Jan Sterling and Ellen Travolta)

3)     A Hundred Dollars A What? (with Elaine Giftos)

4)     Downhill Chaser (with Kate Murtagh)

5)     A Crowded Romance

6)     Room At The Bottom

7)     Chrissy’s Cousin

8)     Jack To The Rescue

9)     The Not-So-Great-Imposter

10)  Jack’s Other Mother

11)  Make Room For Daddy

12)  Jack’s Secret

13)  Father of the Bride (with Jeffrey Tambor)

14)  Furley vs. Furley

15)  In Like Larry

16)  Teacher’s Pet

17)  And Baby Makes Four

18)  Night Of The Ropers

19)  Double Trouble

20)  Dying To Meet You

21)  The Case Of The Missing Blonde

22)  Honest Jack Tripper


The shows have some laughs, but the return of The Ropers for a show only went so far and it is obvious the series was loosing its primal energy.  The producers still knew how to get beautiful women into each show, but the teleplays began to suffer and Jenilee Harrison did not get the full chance to develop before she was also gone.  However, it is interesting, even when it does not work and it was a good run while it lasted.  They had two seasons left.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is once again from the NTSC analog videotape the show was shot on and the DVD’s MPEG-2 decoding shows its limits as much as all the other shows from this period of time would.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also good enough, with all the jokes still clear enough, though fidelity is slightly improved from earlier seasons.  Extras do not include any commentary tracks this time, but we do get extras on DVD 4, including Best Of Season Five segments on Jack, Janet, Cindy, Larry and Furley.  There are also two featurettes, interviewing behind the scenes forces (over 9.5 minutes) in Of Farce & Censors, the other (just over 9 minutes) with Jenilee Harrison.  She played Chrissy’s cousin Cindy who was also blonde and not always as “logical” as one would hope.  The show tried to be too logical and started to develop a formula that said the counterculture was ending and the show was in for some strange changes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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