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This show aired on ABC from March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15) to September 18, 1984 for 8 seasons and 172 episodes of 25 minutes each.

In this sitcom Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers) are in search for a new roomate after their previous female roomate leaves. They find Jack Tripper (John Ritter) asleep in the bathroom after the roomate's going away party. Jack is a cooking school student, who is living at the YMCA. He seems to be the perfect roomate, but there is a little problem, the landlord Mr. Roper (Norman Fell) doesn't approve him because he is against co-ed living situations; until they make up the story that Jack is gay.

Janet Wood, was the reliable voice of reason in the apartment, and appeared in every season of the series; Chrissy Snow was a lovable sex symbol blonde (Somers left the series in 1981 when the series was peaking in audience popularity).

Jack continued the lie when new landlord Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) takes over the apartment complex because Mr. Furley insists that his hard-nosed brother Bart (the building's new owner) would also never tolerate co-ed situations.

Chrissy's cousin, Cindy (Jenilee Harrison), when Somers left the show, replaced Chrissy temporarily. The following season Cindy left to go to college and a new roommate, a nurse Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes), came to live in the apartment.

Other characters on the show included The Ropers. Helen Roper (Audra Lindley) was Mr. Roper's sex starved wife Helen Roper. The Ropers appeared in their own spin off series in 1981 which didn't achieve the success of Three's Company.

Ralph Furley replaced Mr. Roper after the Roper's began their own spin-off series.

Network observers did not believe that this show would achieve good numbers after its first six shows. However they were wrong, when it gave record ratings, breaking barriers at the time as the highest-rated midseason show ever broadcast on network television.

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