Jul 26

When the contracts were up of Helen and Stanley Roper on Three’s Company, ABC made some decisions for replacement. The idea was to bring Don Knots to replace them by buying their old apartment building. The Ropers would move onto bigger and better things. Loading up their classic 69 Chevy, they backed into their fancy new apartment complex; much to the horror of Jeffrey, their new neighbor.Want more? Click here{{/tag} Perhaps it was the wild cock fights that Stanley told Jeffery about, or the misconstrued ideas about the kids from Three’s Company, that put things off on a rocky start for the neighbors. Jeffrey was a stiff shirt and Anne his wife had a flare for the wild side. While she was a typical mother, she maintained the balance in the relationship. What was working for the show was the chemistry between the neighbors and the Ropers. Helen was a hopeless romantic, Stanley was just hopeless, Winston Salem TV deals, and Jeffrey he had little use for either one of them. Unlike in Three’s Company, the show lacked a real plot basis. There were five main characters in the show and their love/hate relationship only had so many places that it could go. Stanley was always a fan favorite because he was the typical older man. Stanley was grouchy, set in his ways, but still loved Helen the best way he knew how. Helen was exotic and had a taste all her own. Her larger than life smile, her wildly colored moo moos and supersize rings gave her a sense of flare. The audience could relate with Helen, because she was the typical older woman in a sexless marriage with a grumpy old man. The chemistry was great, however the shop just lacked the “it” factor. Whether it was the time the show was on, the network or the plot base, it only lasted for a mere 2 seasons. Though the show was short lived, it still had a strong fan base. Helen and Stanley were classic TV, and they just do not make shows like that anymore.

Sep 12

I was on my clear internet streaming some old shows when I came across The Ropers. I had been, and still am, a great fan of classic television – you know the kind your grandparents grew up. Television was such a different creature back then and it was really more to entertain and to distract more than some of the most engrossing and straightforward programs that you see today. Coming off of my binge of Three’s Company and their risky antics, I was more than ready to give The Ropers a shot, but I soon learned why the show had suffered its disastrous cancellation.

Mr. Roper had been a prominent figure on Three’s Company, but he was not the reason people turned on the television every night. Three’s Company benefitted from the risky and scandalous premise of a man living with two beautiful women who were always at odds with one another. While Mr. Roper was a significant character that people enjoyed, he was not what you might consider main character material and he just could not get the ratings like he could in his previous show. The Ropers was a spin-off some say was doomed from the start and, as they say in showbiz, that’s a wrap.

Jan 5

Stanley and Helen Roper (played by Norman Fell and Audra Lindley) were the ultimate kooky neighbors and landlords on Three’s Company. Helen constantly chased after her disinterested husband, Stanley, who was famous for addressing the audience directly on the show to crack a joke at his wife’s expense.

The Ropers were introduced in the first episode of the series, “Man About the House”, which aired on March 15, 1977. Jack Tripper (John Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 1

ABC made the decision to replace the Ropers with Don Knots as the landlord on Three’s Company. At the time the decision was made, the ropers were very popular due to their success on Three’s Company. Trading the second rate apartment for posh apartment in the hills.

The real problems came into play because Audra Lindley and Norman Fell were at the end of their contracts. It is rumored that in an effort to save money, they went with Don Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

The success of Three’s Company allowed the spinning of The Ropers. Many fans adored Stanley with his dry wit and love hate relationship with Helen. Then there was Helen, she was in a sexless marriage and made a point of reminding Stanley about this each day. The neighbors were an interesting flair to the show; Jeffrey the real estate broker, Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 27

Audra Lindley and Norman Fell were magic as Helen and Stanley. They developed a large fan base from their appearance on Three’s Company. When ABC made the decision to replace the Ropers with a new talent, Don Knots, many questioned their methods.

The charm of the Ropers was there chemistry. Stanley loved Helen, but his character was grouchy and made to be a typical cranky old Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 25

When the contracts were up of Helen and Stanley Roper on Three’s Company, ABC made some decisions for replacement. The idea was to bring Don Knots to replace them by buying their old apartment building. The Ropers would move onto bigger and better things. Loading up their classic 69 Chevy, they backed into their fancy new apartment complex; much to the horror of Read the rest of this entry »