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Three's Company - Season Eight



DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 21 (22 half-hours, series finale is one-hour)
Running Time: 550 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 104 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features:
* Disc 4: Bloopers (approx. 20 minutes)
* Disc 4: John Ritter: Working with a Master (approx. 25 minutes)
* Disc 4: Usted Habla Three’s Company? (approx. 2 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Jack: Season 8 (approx. 12 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Janet: Season 8 (approx. 12 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Terri: Season 8 (approx. 10 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Larry: Season 8 (approx. 11 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Mr. Furley: Season 8 (approx. 12 minutes)


Jack, Janet, Terri, Larry and Mr. Furley are all back for one last time together on the eight and final season of Three’s Company now available for the first time on DVD from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment! In this last season, Jack narrowly escapes marriage and children at the start of the season but he finds another woman in the closing episodes which he proposes to. And just like the last two Three’s Company DVDs, you can buy it for $10 less than the previous sets!

The eight season stars John Ritter as Jack Tripper, Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood, Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden, Richard Kline as Larry Dallas and Don Knotts as Mr. Furley!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This unforgettable eight & final season had a bit of everything. Some stand-out episodes include “Jack Be Quick” where this woman wants to have children with Jack, “Out on a Limb” where Jack tries to get a nasty letter back before a food critic reads it, “Grandma Jack” is the one where Jack dresses up as a granny to enter a baking contest, “The Odd Couples” has Terri being hit on by a doctor, “Baby, It’s Cold Inside” is the one where Jack and Mr. Furley get caught in a freezer, “Jack’s Tattoo” is the one where Jack’s has a tattoo in a private area and wants it removed, “Cupid Works Overtime” is the one where Jack meets Vicky, and “Friends and Lovers” is the one-hour series finale that sees Janet getting married and Jack moving in with Vicky!

There were many familiar faces guest starring this season as well. Jordan Charney as recurring character Mr. Angelino, Joanna Kerns plays the woman who wants to have children with Jack in “Jack Be Quick,” Rita Wilson & Lana Clarkson in “Alias Jack Tripper,” Macon McCalman is Janet’s father in “Hearing is Believing,” veteran Parley Baer also guest stars in “Grandma Jack,” Dick Shawn as Jack’s father in “Like Father, Like Son,” Kaleena Kiff as little Muffit in “Look What I Found,” Eleanor Mondale as Dr. Fairmont in “Jack’s Tattoo,” David Ruprecht is Janet’s new boyfriend and husband to be, and Mary Cadorette & Robert Mandan in the last three episodes as Vicky and Mr. Bradford. Brad Blaisdell has a recurring role as Mike, the bartender at the Regal Beagle.


The packaging is nicely packaged in Digibook format, just like seasons two through seven. So when you open the case, you flip to the next disc like you would with a book. The color scheme for this season is a light blue. Season two was purple, season three was red, season four was green, season five was light pinkish, season six was yellow, and season seven was orange if you all remember. Like the previous sets, you have to remove the case from the box. The box cover features a nice cast photo of Jack, Janet and Terri in a nice pose. The back of the box has information on the series, set & special features and a photo of Jack, Janet, Teri and Larry. The case cover has a nice snapshot of Jack, Janet, and Terri. When you open the case, you will be greeted with nice message/synopsis from George Sunga, a producer on the show. Sunga’s message/synopsis continues on the back of the case, as well. A photo of Jack, Janet, and Terri is on the back of the case as well. Most of these photos being used on the artwork are season 6 (the box art is really a photo from season 7).

The discs are in the case, of course, with disc one containing episodes 1-6 and has a photo of Jack in a blue background, disc two features episodes 7-12 and a photo of Janet in a pink background. Disc three has episodes 13-18 and a photo of Terri in a yellow background. Finally, disc four has episodes 19-22 and the extras, with a photo of Mr. Furley on the disc with a light purple background. When you remove disc four from the case, you can see a nice photo of Jack and Felipe. None of these photos on this entire set are from season eight at all, which is strange.

Menu Design and Navigation:

Now to the menu navigation--it is very similar in style to the last six sets. The full season eight theme song (same as season six & seven) is playing in the background. And rotating images in little circles of Jack, Janet, Terri, Mr. Furley, and Larry from season eight are in the background. Each character appears twice before the theme loops. The background is mainly purple. The options on the menu screen are: “Play All,” “Episodes” and “Extras” (disc four ONLY). When you select episodes, you will go to an episode index screen where you can choose what episode you want. When you choose an episode, you get a pretty decent episode synopsis, about a paragraph or so in length, and a screenshot from the episode. Then you hit play and the episode plays in its full unedited form just like how it aired on ABC. Each episode is about 25:05 minutes long, counting the opening and closing credits. My one complaint about the Three’s Company sets was that there were no chapters. They made a little improvement for this on this set and the previous few sets, though. They added a chapter break after the opening credits, so you can skip over the theme anytime. But still no chapter breaks where the commercials would be. So, it is very hard to find a scene you want to watch in particular.

Video and Audio Quality:

Like season 7, the video is probably the best I’ve seen. I always found seasons 7 and 8 always to be clearer, even on TV. I guess it is because they moved the set to another studio. All the episodes are unedited and in the 25:05 minute range, as I previously stated. Like seasons two through seven, there are some tag scenes from a few episodes that have probably never been seen since its original run, unless you are from an outside country. Every single episode has the full season eight theme song (except Cupid Works Overtime, which I believe had the short theme originally).

The video is the best like I said and the audio is very clear, even though it is in mono. It is the best mono on a DVD set probably out there. Some interesting tidbits: the message at the end of “Cupid Works Overtime” is intact. It says “To Be Continued Next Week.” I think Nick @ Nite and TV Land never showed that, but if I recall TBS did. Also, for the series finale at the end of the episode it has the Three’s Company logo turning into the Three’s a Crowd logo, with a message saying premiering next week. And for you people wondering about “The Charming Stranger” episode, in particular that infamous scene with Jack, it is intact and not censored. TV Land zooms the picture to Jack’s face, but the DVD doesn’t, which is good because we want everything unedited.

Here are the runtime for each episode on this set:

Disc 1
“Jack Be Quick” (25:06)
“She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” (25:06)
“The Money Machine” (25:05)
“Out on a Limb” (25:06)
“Alias Jack Tripper” (25:05)
“Hearing is Believing” (25:06)

Disc 2
“Grandma Jack” (25:05)
“Like Father, Like Son” (24:59)
“The Odd Couples” (25:05)
“Now You See It, Now You Don’t” (25:00)
“The Charming Stranger” (24:53)
“Janet Shapes Up” (25:05)

Disc 3
“Itching for Trouble” (25:06)
“Baby, It’s Cold Inside” (25:06)
“Look What I Found” (25:01)
“Jack’s Tattoo” (25:06)
“Jack Takes Off” (25:06)
“Forget Me Not” (25:07)

Disc 4
“The Heiress” (25:07)
“Cupid Works Overtime” (25:08)
“Friends and Lovers” (48:32)

Special Features:

The extras are good. No audio commentaries on this set, but still the quality of the extras are decent. Each special feature is on disc four. Anchor Bay has added nice title sequence to each extra. It makes it look so much professional! First, we have Bloopers. They are all from season eight except one blooper is from season seven. Remember on the last set Richard Kline remembered how he punched the wall in the kitchen at the Bistro and the painting on the other side of the wall fell? Well, they have included that blooper on this set! The full blooper package runs 19:56. I have a full VHS tape of season 8 bloopers; I wish they included all of those. The bloopers are in great quality on this DVD, though. Next, Anchor Bay pays tribute to John Ritter, with a nice 25:18 feature called “John Ritter: Working with a Master.” It starts off with a nice title sequence that is like a rock-style Three’s Company theme. Nancy Morgan Ritter and director Dave Powers are together discussing John. A nice clip montage of John with some of the guest stars is included, with guests Joanna Kerns, Jordan Charney, Loni Anderson, Anne Schedeen, John Larroquette, Keene Curtis, Jeffrey Tambor, James Cromwell, Rita Wilson, and Barry Williams. Each guest star they show they show list of three credits of their other works. Then Nancy and Dave talk about John’s choreography from the classic sixth season episode “Up in the Air.” Then they show the full clip of the dance he did on that episode. Then they talk about John and the Emmy win in 1984. They also show the full clip and his full acceptance speech. I always wanted to see the full thing! Finally, they show the last scene of Three’s Company where the trio leave the apartment.

The next extra is a little clip, titled “Usted Habla Three’s Company: Even in Spanish, Janet is Delightful.” This is a scene from “Out on a Limb” where Janet comes in to the food critic’s office. It runs 2:03. Janet’s voice is dubbed in Spanish, but the food critic is talking in English. It is still funny! Then we have best of clips for Jack (12:17), Janet (11:38), Terri (9:41), Larry (10:55) and Mr. Furley (11:52) from season 8. These clips are much better than what we had before. First, we have longer clips and second they have nice title sequences at the start.

There is a sticker on the packaging saying “Includes 30-Year Reunion Special.” I don’t know what they mean by that, because I couldn’t find that anywhere. Maybe an Easter Egg? I doubt it. I will try and find out what they mean, and edit it in here, if I find out.

Final Comments:

That’s a wrap! We now have all eight seasons of the best sitcom ever on DVD! But I will not rest until we get both spin-offs, The Ropers and Three’s a Crowd on DVD, too. I need everyone emailing Anchor Bay and DLT. Tell Anchor Bay to get the rights from DLT and release both spin-offs on DVD. Their email is: And tell DLT to sell the spin-offs to a DVD company. Their e-mail is:

This final season is well done and all the episodes are unedited (which is all that really counts) and in great quality. The video is the most impressive to me. The extras were good, too, with improvements on the title sequences for the extras. All fans should buy this set because it had a lot of classic episodes and so they can finish their collection. We will not rest until everything Three’s Company is released, so e-mail them about The Ropers and Three’s a Crowd! But for now, season 8 is a must buy as Three’s Company comes to a wrap and turns into Three’s a Crowd. Long live Jack Tripper!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/27/06

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