From 2003 to 2006, Anchor Bay released DVD season sets of all 8 seasons from the show. Now the studio appears to be going back and collecting all of that into a new release, "Three's Company - The Complete Series: Come And Knock On Our Door Collection
." This set's box art (see below) says that it includes "All 174 Episodes! Plus 2 Early Episodes Not Seen In Original Broadcast!
" The latter, of course, refers to the original two pilots. Both included John Ritter as "Jack," as well as both actors who played the Ropers, but the first pilot included Valerie Curtin as "Jenny" and Susanne Zenor as "Samantha." The second pilot brought in Joyce DeWitt as "Janet," but in it "Crissy Snow" was played by Susan Lanier instead of the eventual star, Suzanne Somers.
Price for this big new 29-DVD release is $134.98 SRP, but you can pre-order it from Amazon at a discount using the button link below. Our thanks to one of our readers, "James," for pointing it out to us! There's no specific release date yet (Amazon merely says "This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives.
"), but stay tuned and we'll update you when we get that info!
Just to clear up a few things: the two pilot episodes were previously made available in the season sets (Pilot 1 was on the Season 2
set, and Pilot 2 was on the Season 3
set). There is apparently no new material on this release, other than the new outer box: all the content mentioned at Amazon's listing - via text or through the package art - seems to indicate that it's all existing material from Anchor Bay's previous DVD releases of this show. This new release is targeted at fans of the show who didn't get the old individual season sets when they were available; if you already own those then there is no reason we can see (so far) to buy it again. Alas, there is no hope for a Blu-ray version of this show, ever, because it was shot on video and doesn't have the resolution necessary for true high-def. As for the spin-off shows of The Ropers
and Three's a Crowd
, they do not appear to be in the works, and there's no indication that Anchor Bay's rights to Three's Company
even necessarily includes the rights to those spin-offs. If we find out differently, that those programs are coming to DVD, then we'll of course report it as news.