For almost a decade, the goings-on of three flatmates, defined by their hilarious antics and daft concepts, transfixed American audiences. Indeed, Three’s Company became famous for its comical depiction of shared housing. Add to this a stellar cast of minor characters, some shocking story developments and many laugh-out-loud moments, and you have a show that stands the test of time. But for all the celebratory happenings on screen, behind the cameras it was anything but blissful. From ruthless firings to friendship splits, this list reveals the darker, hidden stories that were never meant for the public domain.
20. Should I stay or should I go?
Spinoff shows can be a double-edged sword, and Audra Lindley and Norman Fell learned this all too well when they departed Three’s Company to star in their own offshoot show, The Ropers. ABC told them that they would regain their roles on Three’s Company if the spinoff didn’t last longer than one season. It actually lasted half a season more than that, but producers ultimately reneged on their guarantee. Cold!
19. John Ritter’s wardrobe malfunction
One unwitting viewer got more than they bargained for when watching a certain Three’s Company episode. Yes, the show’s very own John Ritter suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction when his scrotum dropped out of his shorts in one scene. But weirdly, the slip up wasn’t discovered by the viewer until a re-run of the episode was shown in 2001. You would think that’s the sort of thing that would just jump off the screen.