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A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.
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 Dr. Dick Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Sally Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Harry Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Tommy Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Dr. Mary Albright (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Nina (135 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Mrs. Dubcek (120 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Officer Don (101 episodes, 1996-2001)
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A group of aliens has come to Earth to learn about its population, customs, etc. To avoid detection, they have taken on human form which gives them human emotions, physical needs etc. WITHOUT the understanding of what they mean or the inhibitions normally present in humans. Their leader takes the position of a college professor, their military expert as his sister, their intelligence expert, supposedly oldest of group takes form of his teenage son. The uninhibited reactions turn everyday events into unusual situations. Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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9 January 1996 (USA)  »

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3rd Rock  »

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(124 episodes) | (7 episodes)

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The Big Giant Head first was leader of the galaxy later that became the whole universe. See more »

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Dick Solomon: [reading Dr. Seuss] My God, this man is a genius!
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12 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I never watched this show when it actually came on NBC, but I continue to watch the reruns everyday and I find myself asking why didn't I pay more attention to this show, but I am glad I have a chance to catch up what a funny show. John Lithgow is great the the high commander Dick Solomon and his supporting characters Tommy, Sally, and Harry aren't annoying and keep you laughing add Wayne Knight as Officer Don Orville and Jane Curtin as Mary Albright and you have yourself a good sitcom there is a reason it lasted 5 years. Watch the reruns if you can!


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