‘Three’s Company’s Classic Theme Song was Created By Same Man Who Made Two Other Legendary Themes

by Joe Rutland

“Three’s Company” has one of those theme songs that’s easily hummable. It shouldn’t be a surprise once you know who wrote it.

Songwriter Joe Raposo is the man behind the words, “Come and knock on our door.” An article from Mental Floss informs us that Raposo also wrote theme songs for children’s shows “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company.”

At one point, the sitcom’s three stars, John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers, almost had a chance to sing that theme. “Three’s Company” producers were toying with the idea, but it never turned into fruition.

‘Three’s Company’ Had Two Spin-offs From Its Eight-Season Run On ABC

Associate producer Mimi Seawell, though, said, “They didn’t even come close.”

But the ABC sitcom, Outsiders, definitely enjoyed success during its eight-season run. Ritter and DeWitt were on for its entire run, while Somers was tossed off after five seasons.

“Three’s Company” also had two spin-offs with “The Ropers” and “Three’s a Crowd.” Both lasted just one season with the second spin-off just coming right after the main sitcom’s run ended.

When Norman Fell and Audra Lindley left to do “The Ropers,” it left space for comic legend Don Knotts to join the cast. Knotts, who portrayed Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” played building manager Ralph Furley.

Don Knotts Joined Show After ‘The Ropers’ Left, But His Old Co-Star Wasn’t Impressed

But there was one person who did not like Knotts’ role on the sitcom. It was Andy Griffith.

“I thought Don, for instance, was awful on ‘Three’s Company’,” Griffith said in an interview for the Archive of American Television. “I told him when he came into ‘Matlock.’ I said, ‘Don, bring it down, bring it down. You were on ‘Three’s Company’ too long.’ Because he was performing the same way with those big, huge takes and everything.”

While it might be easy to write Somers off after her departure, the actress wasn’t having any of it.

“I now get that these careers are high and low,” she said in an interview with Closer Weekly, “And you don’t learn anything when you’re high. You learn when you’re low.” 

Somers Managed To Turn Around What Happened In Her Career To Vegas Act

Somers said the only way to go when you are at the top is downward. She said that’s when you have to learn about going left, right, or reinventing yourself.

“I’ve actively reinvented myself over and over and I’ve taken every big fist that has come my way and turned it into rocket fuel,” Somers said. “Kind of, like, ‘Oh, yeah? Let me show you!'”

What did she do after getting beaten down? Start a Las Vegas act.