3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

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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 (137 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Nina Campbell / ... (134 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Mrs. Mamie Dubcek / ... (119 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Officer Don / ... (100 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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Kristen Johnston and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would both go on to star with Anne Hathaway in different projects. Johnston-Hathaway in Bride Wars (2009) and Levitt-Hathaway in Havoc (2005) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). See more »

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Harry Solomon: You know, one thing I learned - television always goes better with food.
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Very funny
14 January 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"3rd Rock from the Show" is a very funny comedy series about a group of aliens disguised as humans. John Lithgow (one of the most underrated actors of all-time) is fabulous as Dick, the confused and overly dramatic alien posing as a college professor (I think - it's been so long since I've seen this on TV!). Sally (Kristen Johnson), Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Harry (French Stewart) all join in on the fun as his clueless, bumbling pals - Tommy is an old alien in a teenager's body, Sally is a male in a female's body (or so we are led to believe). Harry is a walking radio who receives incoming transmissions from their home planet.

It may sound silly but that's the entire point! It has some very funny quotes like, "Last week I didn't even know the difference between Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton!" Dick: "Pullman is the fat one." "I know that now!" (or something like that). A lot of it has to do with pop culture and as a result you may have to be American to "get" some of the jokes.

One of the top ten greatest television shows of all time. Miserably underrated. It gained a strong cult following while on TV and was awarded with many Emmy nominations but never really become as successful or popular as "Seinfeld," etc. Too bad.


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