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!