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, his wife Anne. The show only hasted from 1979-1980, which was not expected. Actually, it was anticipated that the Ropers would be a big hit, due to the popularity of the characters on Three’s Company. There were 22 episodes and only 2 seasons.
The successful part about the Ropers was Helen and Stanley. The married couple shared a chemistry that not many actors/actresses do. Stanley was as grouchy as ever and Helen, she was just as miserable as in Three’s Company. What the part lacked was the good plot, such as in Three’s Company. The neighbors were lackluster and did not have the appeal with the audience, as the neighbors did in the other show. There were some good moments between Jeffery and The Ropers, which made for good TV. But many found the episodes had a certain redundancy that lacked being worthy of a third season.