THE ROPERS – THE COMPLETE SERIES (ABC 1979-80) THREE’S COMPANY SPIN-OFF
The Ropers is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from March 13, 1979, to May 22, 1980. It is a spin-off of Three’s Company and loosely based on the British sitcom George and Mildred, which was itself a spin-off of Man About the House, on which Three's Company was based.
The show follows Stanley and Helen Roper (Norman Fell and Audra Lindley) after they sell their Santa Monica apartment building and buy a condo in the upper-class community of Cheviot Hills, California, where Stanley makes little attempt to fit in socially with his crass behavior, thereby always causing the social-climbing Helen much embarrassment.
The series also features Jeffrey Tambor (who would later costar as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show) as Jeffrey P. Brookes III, the snobby realtor who believes Stanley and Helen Roper are a downgrade to his neighborhood. Jeffrey’s wife, Anne (Patricia McCormack) becomes a supportive friend to Helen as she struggles to fit in with her new neighbors. David (Evan Cohen) is the Brookes’ young son; Jenny (Louise Vallance), an attractive art student who rents a room; and Ethel (Dena Dietrich), Helen’s snobbish sister, round out the cast.
Two episodes from the series featured Three’s Company cast members. Larry Dallas (Richard Kline) visits the Ropers in episode six of the first season “Opportunity Knocks,” trying to sell them a motor home. And in episode one of the second season, “The Party” when Helen complains about never getting to take a vacation, to keep her quiet, Stanley prepares a secret disco birthday party with the aid of his former tenants Jack Tripper (John Ritter), Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers).