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.