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

Dave Sundstrom
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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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Aug 21, 2019




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Pete Faggen
Pete Faggen Month ago
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 13 days ago
I've always thought Ritter's finest work was in The Comeback Kid.
Steve Dwyer
Steve Dwyer 20 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
The other running gag was how Mr. Roper believed Jack was gay.
Jazzy kat2015
Jazzy kat2015 24 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.
Cade Evans
Cade Evans 11 hours ago
I loved roper just as much as I loved furley I always loved how he talk to Helen and his smile when he looked at the camera hilarious I love the episode where he ends up in bed with Jack and he's ashamed of it because he thought Jack was gay he was great at this part honestly
Nature Lady
Nature Lady 18 hours ago
I loved the Ropers, Jack and Janet
Kevin Lake
Kevin Lake 2 days ago
Joyce DeWitt was so hot.
Teri Needler
Teri Needler 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
Thanks, the Ropers on both show's were my favorites
WTF WTF 5 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 5 days ago
Loved them to
robert almond
robert almond 6 days ago
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 5 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 6 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. 8 days ago
The Ropers was an awful show
FF8WasTheBestFF 9 days ago
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 9 days ago
I never thought of Turkey as an old Jack Tripper. Too funny!
Ronie CG Moraless
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 11 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 11 days ago
I love both
christemple66 11 days ago
I love you talking about three’s company ! Keep up the great work.👍
R Hugh Sirius Ph.D.
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 12 days ago
Yeah, Janet!
Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins 13 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 13 days ago
Norman Fell killed when appeared on screen
Diane Newman
Diane Newman 13 days ago
I lived there's company John was such a good actor had many good movie roles what a loss
Seahawkwes 14 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 14 days ago
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 15 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 15 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 17 days ago
I love Chrissie but #teamjanet4lyfe
MrLangDog 17 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 spouses..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 18 days ago
I love that show...❤
Blackie Nuff
Blackie Nuff 18 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 18 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 18 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 19 days ago
Very good show (the Ropers)
NewWorldRob 19 days ago
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 19 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 19 days ago
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 20 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 20 days ago
I remember the Ropers those were the days.
JOYOUSONEX 20 days ago
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.
Vanessa Marino
Vanessa Marino 20 days ago
Matthew Tramp
Matthew Tramp 21 day ago
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 21 day ago
Joyce DeWitt was bonafide gorgeous, idgamf what anyone says....
z2001lhcjer 21 day ago
Norman Fell and Bret Hart....ScReweD oVeR.
darkchild00 21 day ago
I like Three's Company and The Ropers.
Vanessa Marino
Vanessa Marino 20 days ago
ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nic coston
nic coston 21 day ago
Janet had that booooty.
Vanessa Marino
Vanessa Marino 20 days ago
34thstreetman 21 day ago
Suzanne Somers was not funny, and not great looking. Barnes was so much more talented and better looking.
Carlos Castellanos
Loved 3's company!!! All cast members & even guest.
Guya T
Guya T 21 day ago
I grew up on Threes Company.....in Israel......much love!!!!
underground news
underground news 21 day ago
the show sucked.. nothing funny about roper and ritter
Nightrider Tony
Nightrider Tony 21 day 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 21 day ago
Janet cuter? ...but....The Thighmaster....ooooomg....
Gwendy R.
Gwendy R. 21 day ago
I wish The Ropers tv series would come out on DVD.
John Johnson
John Johnson 21 day ago
I love three's company and everyone in it
budmucket 22 days ago
When I was young, I always thought Norman Fell was Alfalfa from The Little Rascals
Marco Vaxquez
Marco Vaxquez 22 days ago
He didn't want to leave they forced him out
michael taylor
michael taylor 22 days ago
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 22 days ago
I remember them fondly. I enjoyed this very much, thank u!
sun'sayid RAhsad
sun'sayid RAhsad 22 days ago
Janet was the prettiest
Megiddo Conn
Megiddo Conn 22 days 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 22 days ago
Dave I was born in 82 and I fell in love with the show. RIP John Ritter
AGENT X SECURITY 22 days ago
AGENT X SECURITY 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
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
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 22 days ago
I thought the addition of Don Knotts was spot on. I really preferred him to the Ropers.
Royal-Tea 23 days ago
I loved Norman Fell and his unique style !
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