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:
 Dr. Dick Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Sally Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Harry Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Tommy Solomon (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Dr. Mary Albright (139 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Nina (135 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Mrs. Dubcek (120 episodes, 1996-2001)
 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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Release Date:

9 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3rd Rock  »

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(124 episodes) | (7 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Physicist Brian Greene wrote some dialogue for John Lithgow's character. See more »


Dick Solomon: Nina, who is this 'Tom' that Mary keeps talking about?
Nina Campbell: I don't know, and it's none of my business.
Dick Solomon: It's none of my business and I'm obsessed with it!
Nina Campbell: That's typical. Why is it that men think that when you plant the flag, you own the mountain.
Dick Solomon: I spent two years climbing that mountain, and I'm not about to let some guy yodel on it!
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LOve It, Love It, Love it LOVE IT!!!!
14 September 1999 | by (BR, La.) – See all my reviews

I love this show. John Lithgow, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, & Jane Curtin give excellent performance. The funniest people on the show are of course Kirsten Johnson, French Stewart, and Jan Hooks. Kirsten plays Sally Solomon a 6-foot tall, sexy model type, who really was a guy on her home planet and was a great warrior. French plays Harry, the stupid and hilarious guy who is the somewhat communication reciever from The Big, Giant Head. and Jan plays Vicki, Harry's lover. Jan Hooks is such a fox! I give 3rd Rock from the Sun(who you haven't guessed, they mean Earth, i'm sure you already know that) 10 stars on the jeff Scale! Thank you drive through.

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