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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
9 January 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 36 wins & 66 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lively, original, and intriguing sitcom! See more (82 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 96)

John Lithgow ... Dr. Dick Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)

Kristen Johnston ... Sally Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)

French Stewart ... Harry Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tommy Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)

Jane Curtin ... Dr. Mary Albright (137 episodes, 1996-2001)

Simbi Khali ... Nina Campbell / ... (134 episodes, 1996-2001)

Elmarie Wendel ... Mrs. Mamie Dubcek / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2001)

Wayne Knight ... Officer Don / ... (100 episodes, 1996-2001)
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Series Directed by
Terry Hughes (100 episodes, 1997-2001)
Robert Berlinger (37 episodes, 1996-1997)
James Burrows (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Writing credits
Bonnie Turner (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
Terry Turner (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
Christine Zander (19 episodes, 1996-2001)
Bob Kushell (17 episodes, 1996-2000)
Bill Martin (16 episodes, 1996-2000)
Mike Schiff (16 episodes, 1996-2000)
David Goetsch (15 episodes, 1996-2001)
Jason Venokur (15 episodes, 1996-2001)
David Sacks (14 episodes, 1996-2000)
David Israel (12 episodes, 1996-2001)
Jim O'Doherty (12 episodes, 1996-2001)
Michael Glouberman (12 episodes, 1996-1999)
Andrew Orenstein (12 episodes, 1996-1999)
Gregg Mettler (10 episodes, 1997-2000)
Aron Abrams (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Gregory Thompson (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mark Brazill (5 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dave Boerger (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Nastaran Dibai (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jeffrey B. Hodes (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
David Lewman (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
Joe Liss (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
Joe Fisch (3 episodes, 1996)
Will Forte (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Linwood Boomer (2 episodes, 1996)
Mark Nutter (2 episodes, 2000)
Dave Jeser (2 episodes, 2001)
Matthew Silverstein (2 episodes, 2001)
Danny Smith (2 episodes, 2001)

Series Produced by
Bill Martin .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2000)
Mike Schiff .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2000)
Marcy Carsey .... executive producer (92 episodes, 1996-2001)
Caryn Mandabach .... executive producer (92 episodes, 1996-2001)
Bonnie Turner .... executive producer (91 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tom Werner .... executive producer (91 episodes, 1996-2001)
Terry Turner .... executive producer (90 episodes, 1996-2001)
Patrick Kienlen .... producer (84 episodes, 1996-2000)
Bob Kushell .... producer / supervising producer / ... (82 episodes, 1996-2000)
Christine Zander .... producer / supervising producer / ... (80 episodes, 1996-2001)
David Sacks .... co-executive producer / executive producer (78 episodes, 1996-2000)
Tim Ryder .... co-producer / associate producer (72 episodes, 1996-1998)
Jason Venokur .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (50 episodes, 1998-2001)
Mark Brazill .... consulting producer / executive producer (37 episodes, 1997-1998)
David Goetsch .... supervising producer / producer / ... (31 episodes, 1998-2001)
David Israel .... supervising producer / producer / ... (29 episodes, 1998-2000)
Jim O'Doherty .... supervising producer / producer / ... (28 episodes, 1998-2000)
Patricia Valenzuela .... associate producer (20 episodes, 1999-2001)
Terry Hughes .... consulting producer (18 episodes, 1999-2001)
Andrew Orenstein .... producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
Aron Abrams .... co-producer / producer (17 episodes, 1999-2001)
Gregory Thompson .... co-producer (16 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Glouberman .... producer / co-producer (15 episodes, 1998-1999)
Nastaran Dibai .... consulting producer / co-executive producer (11 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jeffrey B. Hodes .... consulting producer / co-executive producer (10 episodes, 1999-2001)
Joe Fisch .... co-executive producer / co-producer (8 episodes, 1996)
Linwood Boomer .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Original Music by
Jeff Sudakin (93 episodes, 1997-2001)
Ben Vaughn (78 episodes, 1996-2001)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (47 episodes, 1996-2001)
 
Series Film Editing by
Vince Humphrey (43 episodes, 1996-2001)
Greg Wong (3 episodes, 1996)

Briana London (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Gayle Pillsbury (67 episodes, 1996-1998)
Cecily Adams (49 episodes, 1998-2000)
Meg Liberman (40 episodes, 1996-2001)
Marc Hirschfeld (26 episodes, 1996-1999)
Camille H. Patton (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Production Design by
Garvin Eddy (45 episodes, 1996-2001)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Tara Stephenson (124 episodes, 1996-2001)
Diane Yates (16 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rochelle Moser (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Costume Design by
Melina Root (45 episodes, 1996-2001)
 
Series Makeup Department
Pixie Schwartz .... hair stylist / hair artist (51 episodes, 1996-2001)
Wendy Hogan .... makeup artist (47 episodes, 1996-2001)
Kim Adrissi .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1997)
Camille Friend .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1997)

Tom Irvin .... special makeup effects: Optic Nerve Studios (unknown episodes)
Paula Le Mieux .... makeup artist: John Lithgow (unknown episodes)
Leslie Lightfoot .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Courtney B. Conte .... executive in charge of production (46 episodes, 1996-2001)
Sean Veder .... production supervisor (26 episodes, 1998-2001)
Patrick Kienlen .... unit production manager (19 episodes, 1999-2001)
Patricia Valenzuela .... post-production supervisor (18 episodes, 1998-1999)
Doug Tobin .... unit production manager (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
A. Chisholm Halle .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael Kelly .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1996)

Ariana Squar .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Ghaffary .... second assistant director (37 episodes, 1998-2001)
Doug Tobin .... first assistant director (37 episodes, 1998-2001)
Phyllis Guarnaccia .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 1996)
A. Chisholm Halle .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jessica Kreps .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael Risner .... dga trainee (5 episodes, 1996)
Michael Kelly .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1996)
Phil Joanou .... second unit director: 3-D dream sequences (1 episode, 1997)
 
Series Art Department
Cliff Bernay .... property master (46 episodes, 1996-2001)
John Ballowe .... carpenter (18 episodes, 1996)
John A. Gomez .... leadman (18 episodes, 1996)
Brent Smith .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1996)
Carlos Castellanos .... set dresser (2 episodes, 1997)

Don 'Tex' Clark .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Ashley Davies .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Don Elliott .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Brock Helfer .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Amy F. Ho .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Richard J. Ramirez Jr. .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Ron Shulem .... leadman (unknown episodes)
Jeffry C. Voorhees .... set dresser: 1998 (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Todd Grace .... re-recording mixer / re-recording / ... (137 episodes, 1996-2001)
David Tobocman .... layback engineer (136 episodes, 1996-2001)
Otis Van Osten .... sound editor (136 episodes, 1996-2001)
Omie Craden .... sound editor / sound re-recordist (81 episodes, 1996-1999)
Wayne O'Brien .... m&e re-recording mixer (66 episodes, 1996-2001)
Craig Porter .... sound re-recording mixer / sound re-recording editor / ... (48 episodes, 1996-2001)
Jesse Peck .... production sound / production sound mixer (44 episodes, 1996-2001)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (23 episodes, 1998-2001)
Norman Webster .... production sound (4 episodes, 1996)
Kathy Oldham .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Special Effects by
Ron Petruccione .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... Flame artist (1 episode, 1999)
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Stunts
Marijane Cole .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 1998-1999)

Kevin Abercrombie .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean-Luc Martin .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Yarish .... still photographer (136 episodes, 1996-2001)
Ryne Niner .... first assistant camera (132 episodes, 1996-2001)
Bill Tenny .... gaffer (44 episodes, 1996-2001)
Andy Anderson .... key grip (41 episodes, 1996-2000)
Ron Ervin .... grip (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
John Colorado .... grip (3 episodes, 2000-2001)

Gregory Beard .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
Kevin Blauvelt .... electrician (unknown episodes)
James M. Chizmar Jr. .... grip (unknown episodes)
David Colclasure .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Michael Fastoso .... grip (unknown episodes)
Jerry Hill .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Andrew Robison .... grip (unknown episodes)
R. Michael Stringer .... company grip (unknown episodes)
Zak Walshon .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Kurpaska .... costume supervisor (34 episodes, 1998-2001)
Johnny Foam .... costume supervisor / costumer (10 episodes, 1996-2001)
Mary Beth Bocchicchio .... set costumer (3 episodes, 2000)
Jayne Marie Kehoe .... costumer (1 episode, 1996)

Jennifer Lax .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
Lori Jean Sacks .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Trent Johnson .... colorist (93 episodes, 1997-2001)
Mark Romano .... post-production coordinator (30 episodes, 1998-2001)
Dave Hussey .... colorist (12 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor (44 episodes, 1996-2001)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy .... performer: theme (5 episodes, 2000)
Lana Hale .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Other crew
Jeffrey Wheat .... technical coordinator (46 episodes, 1996-2001)
Linda Parker .... production assistant / assistant to producers (44 episodes, 1996-2000)
Daliah Rogow Nichols .... production executive (42 episodes, 1996-2001)
Will Forte .... story editor / executive story editor (42 episodes, 1999-2001)
Gregg Mettler .... executive story editor / story editor / ... (36 episodes, 1997-2000)
Hayden Ghaffary .... script supervisor (35 episodes, 1998-2001)
Mona Nash .... production assistant / assistant: Audio Motion, UK (35 episodes, 1998-2001)
Dave Boerger .... assistant to writers (35 episodes, 1998-2000)
Leslie Rylke .... production assistant (35 episodes, 1998-2000)
Valerie Watson .... assistant to writers (33 episodes, 1998-2000)
Natasha Goldstone .... production staff / production assistant (30 episodes, 1998-2000)
Laura Black .... production assistant / assistant to producers (28 episodes, 1996-1999)
Gil Goldberg .... production assistant / assistant to producers (28 episodes, 1996-1999)
Melanie Patterson .... production coordinator / assistant to producers / ... (23 episodes, 1997-1999)
Joseph Neibich .... production staff (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Chris Atwood .... assistant to writers (21 episodes, 1998-1999)
Sean Veder .... production coordinator / assistant to producer / ... (20 episodes, 1996-1999)
Dave Jeser .... story editor (20 episodes, 2000-2001)
Matthew Silverstein .... story editor (20 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mark Brazill .... creative consultant (19 episodes, 1996)
Sallie Houston .... assistant: Audio Motion, UK (19 episodes, 1999-2001)
Melodie Moore .... assistant: Audio Motion, UK (19 episodes, 1999-2001)
Nickie Bryar .... production secretary (18 episodes, 1996)
Katy Penland .... assistant to writers / assistant to writer (17 episodes, 1999-2001)
Terry Hughes .... executive consultant (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
Orit Schwartz .... production coordinator (16 episodes, 1999-2000)
Sandra Pearson .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mike Doto .... production staff (9 episodes, 1999)
Katy Ballard .... assistant to writers (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
David Goetsch .... story editor / executive story editor (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mark Romano .... assistant to producers / production assistant (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Jason Venokur .... story editor / executive story editor (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Julie Sherman Wolfe .... story editor (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Glouberman .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
David Israel .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jim O'Doherty .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andrew Orenstein .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Patty McManus .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 1996)
Denise Downer .... assistant to writers (4 episodes, 1997)
Christina Nelson .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2000)
Andy Cowan .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1996)
Marcia Gould .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jennifer Keene .... assistant to writer / assistant to writers (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Christina Nelson Visosky .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Tony Gonzalez .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1996)
Jeanne la Plante .... assistant to writers / assistant: writers (2 episodes, 1996)
Karla Tofte .... assistant to writers (2 episodes, 1996)
Joshua Sternin .... executive consultant (2 episodes, 1998)
J.R. Ventimilia .... executive consultant (2 episodes, 1998)
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Erik Durbin .... assistant to writers (2 episodes, 2001)
Dina Marovich .... assistant: Audio Motion, UK (2 episodes, 2001)

James Anderson .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Adam Buchsbaum .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Doug J. Campbell .... technical coordinator (unknown episodes)
John Davidson .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Jaime Fowler .... consultant: avid (unknown episodes)
Artemisa Gutierrez .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Shaun Newton .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jackie Oberhauser .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Nicole Sacker .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Diann Shaw .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Eli Shtrum .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Kenneth Lee Wright .... production staff (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"3rd Rock" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
"Encounters of the Personal Kind" - Israel (English title)
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Runtime:
25 min (124 episodes) | 60 min (7 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (some episodes) | UK:12 (some episodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The series' title comes from country singer Joe Diffie's song of the same name.See more »
Quotes:
Harry Solomon:Women. You can't live with 'em, and yet they're everywhere.See more »
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83 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Lively, original, and intriguing sitcom!, 29 August 2000
Author: birdbrain55 (birdbrain55@hotmail.com) from Vancouver, British Columbia

My remorse at not discovering this wonderful comedy before its syndication origins last fall cannot be matched. I didn't even find the show as enjoyable at first as I do now until a time later still, when I unearthed the roots of the plot and actually comprehended the inside jokes. I find this a phenomenal, unique show, a refreshing touch amidst an enormous accumulation of 'single-people-in-the-city' comedies (although some of these are worthy amongst themselves). I love the ingenious concept of providing insights of human culture, civilization, and particularly behavior in such a comical, hilarious method. Bizarre components of humanity I would never have noticed are cleverly pointed out in this terrific series!

The entire cast does an outstanding acting job, each performer portraying their character as vividly and illustriously as possible. From the moment I was introduced to Dick, Tommy, Sally, and Harry, I fell in love with them - each one is so comical and likeable, their separate characteristics distinctly shown, yet their vulnerability blends them in so closely.

John Lithgow does a brilliant depiction of the hopelessly gullible and seriously self-centered Dick Solomon. His emphatic, articulate voice and precise comic timing are simply excellent. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as my favourite character, the charming Tommy, is just as equally talented. The notion of having the oldest, wisest alien reduced to a teenager is hilarious. His intelligence, quirks, and constant snappy wisecracks are marvelous.

Kristen Johnston as Sally is an absolute scream. Though not as conceited as Dick, she is very advantageous of her outrageously attractive self, and boisterously so. Mini-skirts look terrible on a tall, leggy person, but Sally doesn't seem to think so! Finally there's oddball Harry (French Stewart), who contributes more than is necessary to his share of 'stupid humour' on the show, but his part is very cunningly scripted and acted, making him flat-out hilarious rather than just stupid and senseless. His nearly-closed eyes, those incompatible, goofy patterned clothes (furry jacket!), and that voice, oh, classic.

The amusing supporting characters are nothing to sneeze at either. Deadpan Jane Curtin as the neurotic Mary, Simbi Khali as Nina, with her humorous keen remarks, the deliciously funny Elmarie Wendel as the eccentric, lustful old lady Dubcek (`Italian gentleman. very nice.'), and Wayne Knight as Officer Don, he cracks me up with his chubby figure and inability to yield to Sally's charms! The assortment of dim-witted students in Dick's physics class are great too: idiots Pitman, Bug, and especially Leon, and the chatty Caryn, are always funny.

Interestingly enough, 3rd Rock has featured a collection of very impressive guest stars over the years - Kathy Bates, William Shatner, Michael Hasselhoff, John Cleese (don't miss his episodes!), and many colourful others.

The script is sincerely superb, each episode providing fresh new laughs, renewing old ones and an intriguing scenario. In a way it is less a modernistic sitcom-type show than a comic book put to life. It's the subtle, clever jokes that make me believe this. Meanwhile, 3rd Rock is chock-full of various jokes and gags ranging from clever satire, dirty humour, sarcasm and wit, and other forms of amusement that don't need classification.

Kudos to everyone involved in this fabulous, hilarious production, and let's hope for many more glorious seasons!

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