Season five of Three's Company while remains consistantly funny, it is also the year that is known as the last season that Suzanne Somers appeared in, and then, in only two full episodes.
In year five, Three's Company was sold into syndication making a ton of money for the producers, and its three stars in terms of residuals if Somers and her husband had looked in the long term; but Somers and her husband tried to re-negotiate while the show was in full production for more money. Somers started to miss work, conveniently blaming it on a back injury she sustained. So entered Cindy Snow, played by Jennilee Harrison.
With all due respect, Harrison was not an experienced actress, much less an experienced comedic actress. Unlike Priscilla Barnes, whom the producers had ample time to find, Harrison was a last minute replacement that the producers had to scrambled to find with pratically just days on their hands. Furthermore, while Teri Alden was a completely original character, Harrison was stuck with a character whose purpose was use up the scripts that was already written with Chrissy in mind. You have to admit that Harrison was faced with a bunch of hurdles while on the show.
While I sympathize with Harrison, I still have to admit, she is no Chrissy Snow or Suzanne Somers, although she did made a good effort and showed that another blonde roommate other than Chrissy is possible for the show. After Suzanne Somers left, something did went out with the show that it never could quite replace. Ironically, Harrison would have some her best moments in Season Six, particularly in the episode "Maid to Order", where the storylines were actually written with her character in mind.
In any case, season five still managed to generate a lot of laughs in episodes such as "And Justice For Jack", "Downhill Chaser", "The Case of the Missing Blonde", "Dying to Meet You", "Father of the Bride", and Somer's last full show: "A Hundred Dollars a What". But still I wouldn't say that this year deserve a five stars rating, which is another problem I have with people who review on Amazon.com...they give out five star ratings like Halloween candy.
As for the DvD cover, it is misleading to show Suzanne on the cover, but perhaps, it is done contractually....during the entire season of Seasn Five, Suzanne is still billed as the star while Harrison got relegated to "guest-starring" status. No doubt her image will probably be on one of the discs.