Series: The Ropers
A 1979 Spin-Off of the popular ABC sitcom Three's Company, the Americanized version of the British series George and Mildred (which itself was a spinoff of the show on which Three's Company was based, Man About The House. Confused yet?).Helen and Stanley Roper (Audra Lindley and Norman Fell) sell their apartment complex and move into a townhouse in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Cheviot Hills, ending up living next to snobbish real estate salesman Jeffrey P. Brookes III (Jeffrey Tambor), his wife Ann (Patricia McCormack) and their young son David (Evan Cohen).
- The Alleged Car: The Rustcovered Ropermobile. In the pilot Stanley has to drive it backwards all the way from the apartment to the condo.
- Awful Wedded Life: Though with occasional Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments.
- Instrumental Theme Tune
- Luke, You Are My Father: One episode has a 30 year old man announce this to Stanley.
- Non-Nude Bathing: In the first regular episode, Stanley thankfully leaves on his bathrobe as he tests his bubble bath water temperature.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: The pilot episode (which borrows heavily from the George & Mildred pilot) is syndicated as a Three's Company episode.
- Puppet Show: Stanley and Jeffery plan one for David's birthday party.
- Required Spinoff Crossover: Larry from Three's Company shows up in the season 1 episode "Opportunity Knocks", while Jack, Janet and Chrissy appear in season 2's "The Party".
- Slobs Versus Snobs
- Syndication Title: Originally syndicated as Three's Company's Friends: The Ropers, the show regained its original title and theme song when aired on Antenna TV in 2011.
- Trans Atlantic Equivalent: An adaptation of the British George and Mildred.
- You Look Familiar : Jeffrey Tambor played many one-shot guest roles on Three's Company both before and after The Ropers.