Oct 18, 2015
No one actually had sex at any time during the eight year run, not even long-married apartment complex managers, Mr. and Mrs. Roper: joke after joke branded him impotent. Nor, when they left, self-designated ladies' man Ralph Furley (Don Knotts of The Andy Griffith Show).
Wait -- a guy with two girls? Mr. Roper/Mr. Furley demanded. This is the 1970s -- it's impossible for a man and a woman to be alone together without sex happening. You can't live here!
What could possibly go wrong?
Not much. Most episodes ignored the pretending-to-be-gay angle in favor of heartwarming sitcom antics:
The roommates get a new puppy.
They buy Mr. Roper's car.
Jack and Chrissy take over Janet's babysitting job.
Janet has two concert tickets, and can only invite one of the roommates.
Jack's gay persona was a negative stereotype, no gay characters ever appeared, and at the end of the series, when Jack plans to get married, he announces that he's been "cured." The writers had apparently never met a real gay person. But still, there was a lot for gay kids to like on Three's Company.
discovered gay people, so all I heard about gay people was: subhuman monsters, bogeymen who lived only to seduce and destroy. It was remarkable that anyone would pretend to be such a person, for any reason.
2. Or that a landlord would rent such a person an apartment.
3. Or that others would willingly flirt with the guilt by association. Even horndog neighbor Larry (Richard Kline) had no qualms about people thinking that he was gay.
4. Jack eventually forgot to do the limp-wristed bit, becoming a conventionally masculine pseudo-gay guy.
5. You could hear the word "gay" frequently.
6. There were frequent muscular men as guest stars, such as Steve Sandor
In 2012, it was rebooted in the stage play 3C, starring Jake Silbermann.