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Three’s Company – Season Seven + Season Eight


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



So after a great run that survived more than a few hurdles and key cast changes, Three’s Company wrapped up production and was still high enough in the ratings that it was hoped the show could survive a total change.  With Don Knotts still in tow, the show seemed to literally be remaking the more benign scripts from early seasons and lost its energy and distinction as a result.  Anchor Bay now completes it release of the entire series with separate Season Seven and Season Eight sets.


Though as nicely packaged and assembled as the previous sets, the content is simply not up to the highs, peaks, hilarity and even ground-breaking sense of the original shows.  Looking at them again, they still are more watchable than most TV sitcoms since this was still a show that respected the audience’s intelligence to the end, but it was time to fold and they did.  It could even be said that Knotts saved the show in its final seasons.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both sets is a little softer than previous sets for whatever reason and the lighting in the long term became flatter and less interesting as the show went along.  The early seasons are more appealing and look even stylized by comparison.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is not bad and a little better, but nothing special.  Extras make the sets more worth one’s time.  Season Seven include commentary on two episodes, "Don Knotts: A Tribute" featurette, "Parlez-Vous Three’s Company?" featurette, separate Best of Jack, Janet, Terri, & Larry: Season Seven pieces and a booklet with Detailed Liner Notes.  Season Eight concludes with "John Ritter: Working With A Master" featurette, "Usted Habla Three's Company?" featurette, Best Of Jack, Janet, Terry, Larry & Furley for this final season and Bloopers.


Of course, Three’s A Crowd was the “ninth” season dumping the entire cast except Ritter and the great Robert Mandan from Soap (debuting in the final season here) maybe conjuring up some fun conflict comedy.  It would not even fare as well as The Ropers spin-off, but I guess we’ll see both on DVD sooner or later.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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