Here's Why Norman Fell Left Three's Company Behind

  • Published on Aug 21, 2019
  • He didn't want to do it! He really didn't! But after the third season of Three's Company, Norman Fell and Audra Lindley left their hit TV series. Watch this video to learn more about their decision and what happened next!
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  • Pete Faggen
    Pete Faggen Month ago +336

    Great video. Huge, huge 3's company fan. Ritter is my all time favorite actor. I still mourn his passing. ... About the Ropers, I think if you judge something by what you remember... then I remember the Ropers way more than Ferley. And that's not a knock on Knotts. He did a great job and the writers were smart with his character. Worked very well... But the Ropers on Three's Company was pure gold. One of the best shows of all time! To me, 3's Company is the gold standard of humor -- the misunderstandings... ..Fell was a comedic genius, especially as he sometimes hid under the covers from a pursuing Lindley. lol

    • Frank
      Frank 12 days ago

      I've always thought Ritter's finest work was in The Comeback Kid.

    • Steve Dwyer
      Steve Dwyer 19 days ago

      I think my favorite s are the Furley episodes, where shows are not as popular, threes company escaled and popularity increased. The adding or Priscilla Barnes , Don Knott's and Richard Kline were great decisions

    • Ray Gordon Teaches Chess
      Ray Gordon Teaches Chess 23 days ago

      The other running gag was how Mr. Roper believed Jack was gay.

    • Jazzy kat2015
      Jazzy kat2015 23 days ago

      I don't agree. The Ropers presented one big running joke of his wife's sexual frustration. It got tired after a while. Mr. Furley had more variety and funnier situations.

  • Kevin Lake
    Kevin Lake Day ago

    Joyce DeWitt was so hot.

  • Teri Needler
    Teri Needler Day ago +1

    Norman fell played the news camera man at trial at nuremburg- I think he did anyway. I know I saw him in an old movie and recognizing him because he looked the same as the did on 3s company.

  • Carolyn Harris
    Carolyn Harris 3 days ago +1

    Thanks, the Ropers on both show's were my favorites

    WTF WTF 4 days ago

    It's like one even knows this show was the American version "rip off" of Man About the House done years before on BBC. Not original at all

  • Shannon S
    Shannon S 4 days ago

    Loved them to

  • robert almond
    robert almond 5 days ago +1

    Season 1-4 was awesome from the 3s company. 5-8 not so much cause the ropers had left and Crissy also. But the Ropers were funny as always. Helen an Stanley the best couple.

    • robert almond
      robert almond 4 days ago

      @Dave Sundstrom I agree with you. I'm a fan of Mr. Don K. He fill the shoes in for the Ropers. But what I didn't like is that the blondes who were added after susan were trying to hard to be funny.

    • Dave Sundstrom
      Dave Sundstrom  5 days ago

      The early episodes were great...but I've got to admit that I enjoyed each season. Perhaps that's because I am one of Don Knott's biggest fans.

  • Dave S.
    Dave S. 7 days ago +1

    The Ropers was an awful show

  • FF8WasTheBestFF
    FF8WasTheBestFF 8 days ago +1

    The Roper seasons were the best ones. Once Furley showed up and Chrissy left it just kinda sucked. Don Knotts was great but they needed Mr. Roper for a more conservative foil to Jack's liberlism. Furley was too liberal, sort of like an old Jack Tripper.

    • Dave Sundstrom
      Dave Sundstrom  8 days ago

      I never thought of Turkey as an old Jack Tripper. Too funny!

  • Ronie CG Moraless
    Ronie CG Moraless 8 days ago

    Awesome video I'm a huge fan of Three's company but I loves Jack🙏Janet, Terri, but I always thought Jack and Janet would have gotten married but I was was young and a huge fan&still am!!
    Rest in Paradise John we all miss you😇🙏

  • Jennifer Shepherd
    Jennifer Shepherd 10 days ago

    I loved Three's Company. Maybe I am in the minority but I preferred Three's Company with The Ropers instead of mr. Furley! I mean I love Don Knotts. He was great to me he will always be Barney lol. But I really just loved The Ropers on Three's Company in the chemistry between The Ropers with each other and the chemistry with the kids upstairs between them was pure Magic!

  • Serena Buccellato
    Serena Buccellato 10 days ago +1

    I love both

  • christemple66
    christemple66 10 days ago

    I love you talking about three’s company !
    Keep up the great work.👍

  • R Hugh Sirius Ph.D.
    R Hugh Sirius Ph.D. 11 days ago +2

    Norman Fell knew a good thing in Three's Company. Consequently, he did not want to ruin it with the spin-off The Ropers, which went down faster than a turd in a high-power ABC Executive flush toilet.

  • Jonathan Hardin
    Jonathan Hardin 11 days ago +2

    Yeah, Janet!

  • Tony Perkins
    Tony Perkins 12 days ago

    I loved Threes Company, The Ropers, Threes A Crowd was ok but not as funny as the first 2.

  • Nurse Elliott
    Nurse Elliott 12 days ago

    Norman Fell killed when appeared on screen

  • Diane Newman
    Diane Newman 12 days ago

    I lived there's company John was such a good actor had many good movie roles what a loss

  • Seahawkwes
    Seahawkwes 13 days ago

    I always felt that John Ritter would have been funnier if he didn't always seem to be "reading his lines". Whether it was that he was transfixed on the teleprompter or just waiting for each "Time" to jump-In with his line, he didn't seem like a "natural" comedian; unlike most of the rest of the cast. He was a sweet guy to like, but I felt that he kinda' "Tried too hard". An Actor to me is someone who doesn't make you think "Actor" when you're watching a show. - And I watched the show for Janet. :-)

  • Marty Mcfly
    Marty Mcfly 13 days ago +2

    The Ropers did return in a season 5 episode of Three's Company which would finally bring them face to face with Mr. Furley!!😁👍

  • Who Me
    Who Me 14 days ago

    Thanks for this! I did like Norman Fell in his Mr Roper role. It was a different time in political correctness. That little smile he had usually came when he alluded in a mocking way to Ritter's Jack being gay without saying it outright

  • Robin Ogle
    Robin Ogle 14 days ago

    This is sad. Nobody loved Ralph Furley more than I did but they should never have gotten rid of the Ropers as the landlords. IMO 🤪

  • Jorch Datorch
    Jorch Datorch 16 days ago +1

    I love Chrissie but #teamjanet4lyfe

  • MrLangDog
    MrLangDog 16 days ago

    I remember a famous TV woman being annoyed about the casting in TV shows. Her assertion was that attractive women are paired with much less attractive men as if Hollywood was trying to push a reality that didn't exist. When I read that article is the 80's I immediately thought of "The Ropers". I had a thing for the neighbors wife and Jeffery , I think, could never had landed that milf!!!

  • Dal Noon
    Dal Noon 17 days ago

    I love that show...❤

  • Blackie Nuff
    Blackie Nuff 17 days ago

    Remember the nude beach episode?
    Janet & Helen were tired of being taken for granted and considered "safe & dependable" so they decided to "be wild" and prove they were more than just dull and predictable.
    So off they went to join the nudists protest being kicked off their own beach, both in the buff... then the cops came. And they bolted.
    They get home hiding in the bushes til either Stanley or Jack & Chrissy came home from brunch with Larry, who all raced to the cop shop to see if Helen and Janet got arrested after learnign about their stunt and the raid. So when they all returned home, they discover Hele nand Janet in the bushes behind the Roper's apartment...
    Stanley asks why they're hiding in the bushes instead of going inside.
    Helen : "The door's LOCKED!"
    Stanley : "Don't you have a key?"
    Helen : "WHERE would I CARRY it??"
    And prior to that, when Stanley got Helen's note about her and Janet going to the beach, and finding out the cops raided it, he calls the cops to see if they picked up Helen, "My wife, Helen, was one of the demonstrators... she's the one who looks like her stockings are falling down, but she's not wearing any."
    Honorable mention : Jack's line following their visit at the cop shop with all the arrested nudists : "When they all sat down it sounded like a round of applause."

  • Blackie Nuff
    Blackie Nuff 17 days ago

    I'm so glad to have Three's Company on DVD, and an unofficial set of both The Ropers and Three's A Crowd on DVD-R. The bootlegs are not the best, but they're better than nothing (and all things considered, they're not half bad quality wise).

  • Blackie Nuff
    Blackie Nuff 17 days ago

    The Ropers did make a guest appearance on Three's Company during the Furley reign. That was a priceless episode, when the landlord eras overlapped... if only for a short time.

  • Sarah Gregory
    Sarah Gregory 18 days ago +1

    Very good show (the Ropers)

  • NewWorldRob
    NewWorldRob 18 days ago +1

    Watched 3 Co. reruns MY entire childhood which was long ahead of internet and social media. I've always found Roper (and Wife) funnier than Furley. And without one tic wasted this video is greatly detailed! Quite cool.

    • Dave Sundstrom
      Dave Sundstrom  18 days ago

      I'm glad you enjoyed the video, NewWorldRob! Side note, while we were in different locales, I was probably watching those same reruns!

  • Cathy Bernard
    Cathy Bernard 18 days ago +1

    3’s company was definitely better when the ropers were on there. Nothing against Don Knots he was a funny 😄 man but the show was never the same without the ropers and Susanne summers

  • J K
    J K 19 days ago

    Just did both Loved Three's Company and The Ropers!! Not sure but think I'm a different gen than you are...I'm GenX or according to HHH & Shawn Michaels D-Generation X!! But I remember Norman Fell in a lot of movies prior to the series too. He normally played a tough guy!! Who knew he had that deadpan Bob Newhart comedic style in his repertoire!!

  • Jamell Jones
    Jamell Jones 19 days ago +1

    I remember the Ropers those were the days.

    JOYOUSONEX 19 days ago +2

    Norman Fell was a good actor, period. And of course he was right about staying on Three's Company. It was money in the bank. A hit show for Gods' sake.
    I never could understand way some actors left a hit series to have their own show.
    A good example was Mcclain Stevenson of MASH. His spinoff was a real stinker. And the list goes on.

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  • Matthew Tramp
    Matthew Tramp 19 days ago +1

    One talking point that is not mentioned is they did make one appearance on 3s company after the the Ropers went off the air. It was in the 5th season.
    I wish they would of appeared on the finale episode on 3s company attending Janet’s Wedding.

  • Jeremy Levie
    Jeremy Levie 19 days ago +3

    Joyce DeWitt was bonafide gorgeous, idgamf what anyone says....

  • z2001lhcjer
    z2001lhcjer 19 days ago +1

    Norman Fell and Bret Hart....ScReweD oVeR.

  • darkchild00
    darkchild00 19 days ago +1

    I like Three's Company and The Ropers.

  • nic coston
    nic coston 20 days ago +1

    Janet had that booooty.

  • 34thstreetman
    34thstreetman 20 days ago

    Suzanne Somers was not funny, and not great looking. Barnes was so much more talented and better looking.

  • Carlos Castellanos
    Carlos Castellanos 20 days ago +1

    Loved 3's company!!! All cast members & even guest.

  • Guya T
    Guya T 20 days ago +3

    I grew up on Threes Israel......much love!!!!

  • underground news
    underground news 20 days ago

    the show sucked.. nothing funny about roper and ritter

  • Nightrider Tony
    Nightrider Tony 20 days ago

    Oh yeah I watched three's company every week I watched every episode many times as much as I like to ropers I think I liked Ralph furley better. The ropers were so serious all the time Don knotts was just hilarious. and I didn't just watch the show for Suzanne Somers I watched it because I thought it was funny I liked Janet personally I thought she was something else in a few notice over the years Jack and her kind of had some chemistry going I think you could see it they kissed a lot more than he ever kissed Suzanne Somers on the show every time when Priscilla Barnes came on it was still good but not as good as it was with Suzanne Somers but I still watched every episode many times very funny show one of my all-time favorites.

  • Ken D
    Ken D 20 days ago

    Janet cuter?

    ...but....The Thighmaster....ooooomg....

  • Gwendy R.
    Gwendy R. 20 days ago

    I wish The Ropers tv series would come out on DVD.

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson 20 days ago +1

    I love three's company and everyone in it

  • budmucket
    budmucket 20 days ago +1

    When I was young, I always thought Norman Fell was Alfalfa from The Little Rascals

  • Marco Vaxquez
    Marco Vaxquez 21 day ago +1

    He didn't want to leave they forced him out

  • michael taylor
    michael taylor 21 day ago +2

    I loved Norman Fell. A very versatile actor. Remember the Taking of Phelem 1-2-3 (Great cast in that with Walter Matheau) I love the way he "mugged" the camera. Also deeop down, you know he loved Helen.

  • Julian Baxter
    Julian Baxter 21 day ago +1

    I remember them fondly. I enjoyed this very much, thank u!

  • sun'sayid RAhsad
    sun'sayid RAhsad 21 day ago

    Janet was the prettiest

  • Megiddo Conn
    Megiddo Conn 21 day ago

    Freakin' LOVED Three's Company...!! And the Ropers as well...I was able to sneak watching it since was a latchkey kid, in re runs in around '83 or so..anyway bro, really enjoyed your vid..great job man!

  • Magnus Primal
    Magnus Primal 21 day ago +6

    Dave I was born in 82 and I fell in love with the show. RIP John Ritter

    AGENT X SECURITY 21 day ago +1


      VALERIE BLOUNT 20 days ago

      I always thought that Helen knew that Jack was not gay. She was open minded, it was her husband that had the problem with allowing unmarried people rent to gather.

  • Wide World of Trains
    Wide World of Trains 21 day ago +1

    I just watched two episodes of Three's Company with The Ropers in both of them. one was where Stanley had Jack paint the building, and the other one was where Jack and Janet thought Chrissy was stealing from them. I DVR them every night and watch them in the morning. In the late seventies when I first started watching them my mother would watch them with me, her favorite character was Larry and the way he was with women she thought was so funny

    • Wide World of Trains
      Wide World of Trains 21 day ago

      Oh and another thing Norman Fell and my mom were the same age, with mr. Fell being born 80 days earlier in the same year 1924

  • Donna Brown
    Donna Brown 21 day ago

    I thought the addition of Don Knotts was spot on. I really preferred him to the Ropers.

  • Royal-Tea
    Royal-Tea 21 day ago +1

    I loved Norman Fell and his unique style !

  • Royal-Tea
    Royal-Tea 21 day ago +2

    I just loved the Ropers! Even though Don Knotts was hilarious in his own right...The original Ropers are irreplaceable and their acting was perfect for their roles in the show !

  • Fwl Web
    Fwl Web 22 days ago

    I find Three's Company on Me-TV, 5am. Can't stomach it & makes me wonder how it was ever popular. Ritter was over the top & Sommers just plain boring. Joyce DeWitt was good & kept the show grounded. I do remember my Grandmother getting a kick out of it (mostly Ritter.) Fell was it's only salvation. The best part was when he would look into the camera much like Hardy did. That always cracked me up. I'm with you. Janet anyday!