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3rd Rock from the Sun 

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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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 34 wins & 73 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
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 139 episodes, 1996-2001
Simbi Kali ...  Nina 135 episodes, 1996-2001
Elmarie Wendel ...  Mrs. Dubcek 120 episodes, 1996-2001
Wayne Knight ...  Officer Don 101 episodes, 1996-2001


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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Release Date:

9 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3rd Rock See more »

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Technical Specs


(124 episodes) | (7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kristen Johnston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and French Stewart all went on to star in live-action movie versions of famous cartoon shows. Johnston played Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Gordon-Levitt played Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and Stewart played the title character in Inspector Gadget 2 (2003). See more »


Patty Muller: I don't envy you at having to take care of three men. I only got Frank and he's a full-time job. Just once, I'd like to see that man pick up a sock.
Sally Solomon: I'd like to see men put their dirty dishes in the sink.
Patty Muller: I'd like to see them do laundry.
Sally Solomon: I'd like to see them crammed between two steel wheels and ground into a fine paste.
Patty Muller: You know, I'd like to see that myself.
Sally Solomon: You let me know.
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8 December 2006 | by kittiwake-1See all my reviews

I fell in love with Third Rock when it was on daily in syndication. I just didn't know what it was about until the last season it was on. Can you believe that? I'm a huge fan now. I love the extras offered in the DVD collection. You learn all about the production and plots. I love all the characters. Some recurring characters (look for Jan Hooks and John Cleese!) are just roll-on-the-floor-laughing funny. If you've never seen this series, please start with show number 1 from season 1. You have to meet these characters from the very beginning to understand a lot of the comments. I didn't understand "Sally" until I saw the first episode. Then I got it. The casting is perfect. The characterizations are hilarious. I honestly can't see this show too much. I'm glad they are on DVD so they won't wear out like VHS would (for those of you over 30). By the way, if you know anyone who has Asperger's Syndrome/Autism, it is likely they will love this show, too. (My son has AS) They can really relate to these characters trying to figure out how to be human. (You do know they are aliens, right?) Buy it, watch it, fall in love with it. I'm just disappointed they didn't make 10 seasons!

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