What Is the ‘Three’s Company’ Theme Song?

Three’s Company is one of the sitcoms that defined the late ’70s and early ’80s culture. A series that became a cult classic well before it went off the air, Three’s Company made stars out of Suzanne Somers and John Ritter and established several other performers as popular character actors.

Although Three’s Company has been off the air for four decades, it remains popular in rerun form, with the show earning legions of new fans every single year. The renewed interest in the series has caused many viewers to dig deeper into the history of Three’s Company, eager to learn everything that they can about the show and the unique elements that made the magic happen. 

When did ‘Three’s Company’ debut on television?

Joyce DeWitt as Janet, John Ritter as Jack, and Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow on 'Three's Company.'
Joyce DeWitt as Janet, John Ritter as Jack, and Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow on ‘Three’s Company.’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives

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Three’s Company premiered on TV in 1977. The show highlighted three single roommates, played by Joyce DeWitt, Somers, and Ritter. They live platonically in their California-based apartment, and while they aren’t romantically involved with each other, their escapades regularly land all three of them in trouble, with friends as well as their apartment managers and bosses. 

Over the years, Three’s Company went through several cast switch-ups and a number of plot changes — but through it all, it remained a mainstay of network television. Critics praised the series for the writing and the hilariously comic situations, but ultimately, it was the cast that received the lion’s share of acclaim, from both reporters and viewers. 

‘Three’s Company’ launched the careers of several actors

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When Three’s Company debuted on television, Ritter was a relatively unknown character actor. The son of the famous singing cowboy star, Ritter received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his work as Jack Tripper in Three’s Company, launching his career in a big way. After Three’s Company went off the air, Ritter went on to star in the spinoff series, Three’s a Crowd, as well as in a wide variety of movie projects.

Somers was the other big star to emerge from Three’s Company. In the role of Chrissy Snow, an aloof blonde beauty, Somers shone, and became a pop culture phenomenon. Although she didn’t remain on Three’s Company throughout the entire series run, Somers went on to experience a lot of fame and fortune through other ventures — and to this day, she remains popular with fans, though mainly for her healthy lifestyle products rather than for her acting roles. 

Who wrote the ‘Three’s Company’ theme song?

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There were a lot of memorable elements to Three’s Company, besides the actors and funny storylines. For many fans, the show’s theme song was the perfect introduction to the show.

Showrunners brought in some top-notch talent to create the theme song and brought in composer Joe Raposo to write the music for the show. Raposo had a prestigious career in writing theme songs for television shows and even wrote the music for Sesame Street as well as for the series The Electric Company

To sing the song, which invited fans to “come and knock on our door,” popular pop performer Ray Charles was enlisted, with the help of fellow singer Julia Rinker. Showrunners’ hard work putting the team together paid off, and the song became a popular jingle, that still appeals to viewers of all ages- even ones who weren’t alive during the show’s original run.