Episodes: 172 (half-hour)
TV show dates: March 15, 1977 — September 18, 1984
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Richard Kline, Don Knotts, Suzanne Somers, Priscilla Barnes, Audra Lindley, and Norman Fell.
TV show description:
Two friends and roommates, pragmatic Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and ditzy Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), are in need of a new roommate. The morning after their goodbye party for their former roommate, they discover leftover guest Jack Tripper (John Ritter) passed out in the bathtub.
Jack, who is training to be a chef, is living at the YMCA, and both Janet and Chrissy convince him to move in. Landlord Stanley Roeper (Norman Fell) takes more convincing, however, and only agrees to the arrangement when Janet lies and tells him that Jack is gay.
Once Jack moves in, comedy antics ensue. Though he’s a ladies-man, Jack must pretend to be gay often as both Mr. Roeper and his sexually-frustrated wife Helen (Audra Landry) live downstairs and frequently pop in on their renters.
Later in the series (when the Roepers were given their own spin-off), foolish Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) becomes the trio’s new landlord. Chrissy moves away and is replaced by her cousin, Cindy Snow (Jenilee Harrison), and then nurse Teri Alden (Priscilla Barnes).