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Three’s Company – Season Six


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



Three’s Company – Season Six was the end of the creative line for the show.  This 1981 – 82 Season had just enough going for it that habitual watchers kept it a hit for a few more seasons, but everything the show could do had been done.  Don Knotts remained as landlord Furley and Pricilla Barnes was the permanent blonde roommate.  It is testament to the talents of the cast and creators that they could still make it look fresh enough.  The episodes in this set are as follows:


1)     Jack Bares It All (two parts)

2)     Terri Makes Her Move

3)     Professor Jack (with Frank Aletter)

4)     Some Of That Jazz (with Michael Bell)

5)     Lies My Roommate Told Me (with Teresa Ganzel)

6)     Two Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (with Murray Matheson & Jeffrey Tambor)

7)     Eyewitness Blues (with Mystic Pizza director Donald Petrie)

8)     Boy Meets Dummy

9)     Dates Of Wrath

10)  Macho Man

11)  Strangers In The Night

12)  The Match Breakers (with Ruta Lee)

13)  Oh, Nun

14)  Maid To Order

15)  Hearts & Flowers

16)  Urban Plowboy (with Sue Ane Langdon)

17)  A Friend In Need

18)  Jack’s 10

19)  Doctor In The House

20)  Critic’s Choice

21)  Paradise Lost

22)  And Now, Here’s Jack

23)  Janet Wigs Out

24)  Up In The Air

25)  Mate For Each Other



Now there was also a two-part Best Of show hosted by no less than Lucille Ball, who saw the show as a sort of return of the kind of comedy she pioneered before All In The Family became the successor to the laughs-only comedy she preferred.  It is here in its hour-long network broadcast form as a supplement.  Needless to say the sexuality of the show, especially in its early seasons, would not have been possible in her time and without All In The Family, its spin-offs, imitators and like shows.  Unfortunately, the show became too safe at this point, so Lucy’s arrival was not quite the grand endorsement it would have been a few years earlier.  John Ritter returned the favor by appearing in the second episode of Lucy’s failed return comedy series Loving Lucy, by showing up in the second show of the very short-lived show.  Unfortunately, sitcoms were about to die when another non-fan of All In The Family found himself with his biggest network hit ever when The Cosby Show arrived.  Loving Lucy was greenlighted because of Cosby’s show, but to no avail.  Now, sitcoms are a total disaster for the most part.


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 include commentary tracks again, plus the Lucille Ball compilation like the kind series always made before hundreds of cable channels and DVD and a Laughs Around The World segment that covers the show in other countries.  This includes an abbreviated comparison of an original show with one from Poland, where they have started reshooting original scripts in 1999 into a hit over there.  The comparison is amusing.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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