Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Where the Kisses are Hers and Hers and His...

One week ago today, the 8th and final season of Three's Company was released to DVD. Season 8 is contained on 4 discs, along with multiple featurettes, bloopers and more. The great thing about the set is that it's priced under $20 ($12.99 NEW at Half.com)! How cool is that?! And that's not just a New Release price, like some other boxsets I've bought, whose price skyrockets after the first week of release, but a SET price. Very affordable.

Having watched all the episodes, I was pleasantly surprised to see that so many of them were favorites of mine. To be honest, after 8 years and multiple cast changes, some of the seasons kind of run together. Plus the fact that TVLand doesn't air them consecutively, doesn't help. LOL! I've since learned to pay attention to Janet and Terri's hair, to help in my mental timeline. Janet discovered some major black eyeliner and rouge in season 8 and Terri dumped the Supermodel makeup and cut her hair. Voila! Welcome to season 8!

So anyway, I digress. Some of my favorite episodes took place during Season 8: Grandma Jack (Jack dresses up as a woman to win the prize money for a baking contest...for women only), She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Larry & Jack find a quiz in a magazine, convincing them that either Janet or Terri wants to have an affair with Jack, so they take them to a mountain retreat to find out which one it is), Itching for Trouble (Jack's former high school crush is married to an extremely jealous schoolmate. Jack ends up in the bushes with his crush and both contract a severe case of poison ivy, but Jack can't let the husband know) and even one that I'd never seen the entire episode of, Jack's Tattoo (Jack goes into the hospital to have a tattoo removed from his butt {a heart that says "The Love Butt"}, but Mr. Furley thinks he's going in for a sex change and Janet thinks he's going in for a vasectomy). Plus, lots more!

The great thing about the series is that the storylines were almost always funny and imaginative (I say almost because, I, not unlike Joyce DeWitt, hated the rarely-seen in reruns episode where Janet dons a blonde wig and her personality changes...for the worse). The final season was no exception, with great episodes right up until the season finale, which, personally, felt rushed and half-assed. But, then you have to factor in the fact that behind the scenes, the cast was at odds with the fact that John Ritter was secretly negotiating a spinoff for himself, called Three's a Crowd (horrible!). Overall, though, season 8 doesn't fail to deliver the goods. A must buy and at under twenty dollars, there's no reason not to!

Now here's hoping that Anchor Bay releases The Ropers spinoff series to DVD. A completely underrated spinoff that should have lasted more than one season. Norman Fell and Audra Lindley (AKA "The Ropers"), and even Jeffrey Tambor, were great characters with lots of potential. I loved the show and it saddened me that it had such a short (but sweet) shelf life. The network should have given it more of a chance. Shame on them!


Blogger Dave2 said...

I was never a fan of the series and don't have any plans of buying the DVDs... but a friend of my has purchased them all to feed her John Ritter obsession, so I can borrow them if the mood strikes. :-)

Still, $13 for a TV season set is pretty amazing. I wish other series were similarly affordably priced. :-(

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 7:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mon said...

I love Three's Company!That's an awesome price too!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:38:00 AM  

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