Suzanne told Emmy TV Legends, "I knew what Chrissy would and would not do. She'd never tell a lie. She'd never steal anybody's boyfriend. Everything was always absolutely honest with her. And I think that's what endeared her to the public."
"Three's Company" was a mid-season replacement with only six episodes filmed when it aired in March 1977. Relying on double entendres, sexual innunendos, and risque topics, "Three's Company" became an immediate hit. It was the highest rated mid-season show ever broadcast on network TV at the time.
The show was blasted by religious and conservative groups for corrupting America's youth, but the publicity only generated more viewers. "Three's Company" was rated No. 11 its first season, followed by ratings of No. 3, 2, 2, 8, 4, and 6 for Seasons 2-7.
The story line, based on the British show "Man About The House," revolved around three single rommates -- Chrissy, level-headed Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and clumsy chef Jack Tripper (John Ritter) -- living in a Santa Monica apartment.