''Man About the House'' (197376) was a popular Creator/{{ITV}} sitcom about a male student chef named Robin Tripp (Richard O'Sullivan), who shares a flat with two gorgeous girls, a brunette named Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) and a blonde named Jo (Sally Thomsett). Downstairs lived the apartment landlords, George and Mildred Roper (Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce). Also appearing frequently was Robin's womanizing friend Larry (Doug Fisher), who occupied an attic flat upstairs.

The series had six seasons in total, but [[BritishBrevity they were only broadcast over a space of three years]]. A [[TheMovie theatrical film]] was also released in 1974.

The show had two {{spinoff}}s (''Series/GeorgeAndMildred'' and ''Robin's Nest'') and a very successful [[TransAtlanticEquivalent American remake]] in the form of ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

''Man About the House'' was primarily created as a vehicle for Richard O'Sullivan, who was a rising star at the time thanks to his role in another BritCom, ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse''.

Came sixty-ninth in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.
!!This program provides examples of:
* TheAllegedCar: Roper's poor old motor was always having something go wrong with it.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Jo, Chrissy and Mrs Roper respectively (although Mrs Roper's is probably tinted).
* BrainyBrunette
* TheCasanova: Larry
* ChivalrousPervert
* CloudCuckooLander: Jo.
* DropInCharacter: Larry Simmonds.
* DumbBlonde: Averted, generally. Jo is shown to be a bit of [[TheDitz a ditz]] at times, but she's usually intelligent enough to [[GenreSavvy recognise it]]. When Chrissy opines that Robin only sees women as "brainless sex objects", Jo pipes up with a very GenreSavvy "You leave me out of this!".
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Robin's middle name is revealed to be "Oswald". Chrissy delights in pointing out to him that this makes his initials "rot".
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Although Jo's obviously got [[MsFanservice a lot of appeal]], the series actually subverts the stereotype by showing that Robin is ([[ChivalrousPervert usually]]) far more interested in the brunette Chrissy. The American remake reverted to the stereotype and making the blonde the 'desirable' one again.
* FauxYay: Averted. Whereas its American remake used this as a RunningGag throughout the series, this UK original only ever used it as a one-line joke in the PilotEpisode. The second episode sees Robin come clean to the Ropers about being strictly heterosexual, which they accept at face value and move on.
* InnocentCohabitation: Like its American remake, the show was largely a response to the growing trend in TheSeventies of nonsexual, opposite-sex roommates, which just a decade before was almost unheard of.
* LaxativePrank: Done in TheMovie. When the property developer is wining and dining Chrissie in an effort to get her to sign over her lease to him. Robin, Larry and the chef doctor his food with syrup of figs, castor oil and epsom salts.
* LoveableRogue: Larry
* MyLocal: 'The White Swan'.
* TheMovie
* MrsRobinson: Mrs Roper flirts openly with Robin. A lot. He doesn't reciprocate.
* NotWhatItLooksLike
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Chrissy was originally supposed to be from [[OopNorth Yorkshire]], and actress Paula Wilcox reflected this very strongly in the PilotEpisode. For the rest of the series, though, this was significantly toned down (though never gone completely). Later episodes retconned her as being from Sussex (naturally, neither of her parents displayed a Yorkshire accent either). Any residual northern accent is probably down to the actress being from Manchester, so it is still an example of this trope.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: In the episode "Home And Away", when Robin and Chrissy borrow [[TheAllegedCar Roper's car]] to go to a football match, they end up breaking down on the side of the motorway and missing the game.
* PunnyName: George Roper (G. Roper) is a StealthPun. Chrissy once jokingly abbreviated his name to "Mister Groper", for his habit of [[AccidentalPervert accidentally touching them up]].
* RoommateCom
* TheSeventies
* SpinOff: ''Series/GeorgeAndMildred'' has the Ropers moving to a new neighbourhood, while the AfterShow ''Robin's Nest'' sees Robin Tripp follow his dreams of opening a restaurant.
* StripPoker: In TheMovie, Robin challenges the girls to a game of strip poker. Chrissie turns out to be a card shark and Robin is the one who ends up naked.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: Famously remade as ''Series/ThreesCompany''. Both of the spin offs were also adapted to the American market.
* WeddingDay: The series ends with [[spoiler: Chrissy getting married to Robin's older brother Norman]].
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In the first episode, Robin wakes up in the bathtub of the girl's flat. The girls have no recollection of how he got there, and neither does he (it was one wild party the night before).
* WillTheyOrWontThey: The premise of the show. There's a good degree of {{UST}} between Robin and Chrissy, to the point where them not getting together at the end of the series almost counts as something of a DownerEnding.
* YouLookFamiliar: Norman Eshley, who played Robin's older brother (and Chrissy's eventual husband) Norman, had previously appeared in another role (where he even got to seduce Chrissy!), and would immediately after this go on to appear as Jeffrey Fourmile, the Roper's next door neighbour, in their SpinOff series ''George & Mildred''.
* ZanyScheme: George Roper frequently, much to the chagrin of his wife Mildred.