3rd Rock from the Sun

NBC (ended 2001)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 20

    The Thing That Wouldn't Die, Part 2

    Aired 5/22/01

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    The Thing That Wouldn't Die (1)

    Aired 5/22/01

  • S 6 : Ep 18

    Mary Loves Scoochie (2)

    Aired 5/15/01

  • S 6 : Ep 17

    Mary Loves Scoochie (1)

    Aired 5/8/01

  • S 6 : Ep 16

    Dick Soup for the Soul

    Aired 5/1/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Lithgow

    Dick Solomon

  • Wayne Knight

    Officer Don

  • Kristen Johnston (I)

    Sally Solomon

  • Elmarie Wendel

    Mrs. Dubcek

  • French Stewart

    Harry Solomon

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  • show Description
  • "As many intelligent people know, aliens are all around us. This is a story of a band of four such explorers. In order to blend in, they have assumed human form. This is the High Commander [Dick]. He has assembled an elite team of experts: A decorated military officer [Sally], a seasoned intelligence specialist [Tommy] and [Harry], well, they had an extra seat."3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN is an inspired half-hour comedy series farcically dealing with the human condition set in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio. This gentle-hearted series stars John Lithgow as the High Commander of an investigative team sent to Earth on a mission to learn everything about humans and their so-called advanced civilization. Described by its producers as "Carl Sagan meets the Marx Brothers," 3RD ROCK has a clever, distinct point of view seen through the extraterrestrial team who has no other worldly powers except absolute truthfulness. Dick (John Lithgow, Don Quixote), Harry (French Stewart, Love Stinks), Sally (Kristen Johnston, Austin Powers) And Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 10 thing I Hate About You), arrive in our world completely innocent, while equipped with superior intelligence to analyze every experience. This bizarre vantage point of an innocent seeing everything for the first time is the comic framework from which to satire the human condition and American society, to look at all of the injustices and absurdities and humorously point them out to us. 3RD ROCK cuts through our taboos and traditions with a childlike inquisitive logic and an impeccably paced humorous twist. We the viewers see ourselves in 3RD ROCK, and we see ourselves as the aliens.The humor of 3RD ROCK is always twisting the viewpoint to show the angle of an outsider looking in. 3RD ROCK which we know as Earth is the way travellers would look at the world - an insignificant blue speck that is The 3rd Rock from the Sun.Reruns were last seen on ABC Family on April 15, 2005 at 9:00am ET with the episode "The Big Giant Head Returns Again, Part 1" and may return at some other time. Check listings.Ratings: #22 in the 1995-1996 Season #27 in the 1996-1997 Seasonmoreless

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  • Quotes (590)

    • Dick: Doctor Albright, I've been thinking about us all day.
      Mary: I haven't.
      Dick: I want to try again. I want very much to feel, and I want even more to be felt, and I mean that from the heart of my bottom.
      Mary: Well, yours up.
      Dick: I'm new at this, you see I've been getting a feeling and I'm trying to identify it.
      Mary: Rub it, maybe it will go away!

    • Mrs. Sumner: (greeting the Solomons' at the door) Won't you come in?
      Sally: If you'll back up.
      Dick: Please forgive Sally, she's not from Ohio.

    • Mary: This is a small office and you are behaving like a big hose-monkey.
      Dick: You're not so bad yourself, woman.

    • Tommy: Why are you talking to me like I'm a child?
      Dick: You are a child.
      Tommy: I'm older than you.
      Dick: Well, now I'm bigger. And on this planet, size matters.

    • Sally: (playing with her cleavage) They seem to have greater power when they collide. I'm not wrong, am I?

    • Dick: Nina, you smell great!
      Nina: Thanks, I try... (Dick places his face close to Nina's rear end) That had better be your nose!

    • (Mrs. Dubcek has just left the aliens in their apartment)
      Dick: Sally, I want you to observe her, find out what women on this planet do.
      Sally: Why can't Harry do it?
      Dick: Well because you're the woman.
      Sally: That brings up a very good question: why am I the woman?
      Dick: ...Because you lost.

    • Mrs. Dubcek: This carpet has seen more butt's than Santa Claus' lap.

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    Notes (144)

    • Jane Curtin receives the "And" credit.

    • In the opening shot, the fold in the set wall is visible in the starry sky.

    • The set in this episode is slightly different from what it would become. Upon entering, Mrs. Dubcek brings them up from what would become, Dick's bedroom, instead of the stairs. The kitchen, however, appears to be the same.

    • The office in which Dick and Mary work in is different then it is in the rest of the series

    • The music at the end is Secret O' Life by James Taylor.

    • Ian Lithgow (Leon) is actually John Lithgow's son.

    • Physicist Brian Greene has written dialogue for John Lithgow's character.

    • When Dick tries to get rid of his cold he downs a bottle of Robitussin which many teenagers do to get high; this is known as "robo tripping".

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    Trivia (60)

    • Mary has granted Dick's request to take her to the wedding the following day. They obviously go to the church and the reception. Mary told Dick to pick her up at 7pm. With a two hour drive to get there, what church wedding starts at 9 o'clock at night? That would mean the reception wouldn't start til well after 10pm.

    • Notice how when the girl who got them sick comes over, Tommy's cold seems to have magically disappeared, as his voice is completely normal, whereas Sally and Harry's are still nasal.

    • When Dick invited Mary to dance at the wedding, he said in Spanish, "Yo quiero bailar contigo porque sus ojos son el sol de mi corazon." Its translation being "I want to dance with you because your eyes are my heart's sun."

    • Dick seems to be reading a Chinese newspaper which is read from right to left, yet his head is suggesting a Japanese newspaper where the characters are top to bottom.

    • At the beginning of the episode Dick is reading a book with no food on the table in front of him, the dog enters and he is suddenly shown feeding a treat to the dog (presumably so the trained animal will enter)

    • Frank and Patty's kitchen surprisingly resembles the kitchen of Roseanne's From the TV show Roseanne, in which Joseph Gordon Levitt played DJ's weird friend, George.

    • When Tommy presses the button to disable the invisible box that Dick is in, Sally is on top of it and the cord suspending her is visible for a moment before she falls on Dick.

    • When Tommy disables the invisible box that Dick is trapped in, Sally is on top of it, and the wire suspending her can be seen for a brief moment before she falls down on Dick.

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    Allusions (111)

    • Episode Title The title is a pun on Post Nasal Drip.

    • Mary: I'll leave you Clampetts alone to your banjo lesson.
      Referencing the CBS show, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) about a hillbilly family that's moved to Beverly Hills after striking oil on their land.

    • Episode Title This is a pun on the title of the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

    • Episode Title The title is a pun on the phrase Green-Eyed monster.

    • Harry: To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream. Oooh, there's the rub. (turns an apple around, which resembles a skull) For in that sleep of death what dreams may come. When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause. Dick: What's that from? Harry: I don't know, some Mel Gibson movie. Harry quotes lines from Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act III, Scene I), part of the "To be or not to be" monologue. Mel Gibson played in the 1990 screen adaptation of this play.

    • Episode Title The title is a pun on the word Abducted.

    • Episode Title This is a pun on the game Truth or Dare.

    • Dick: Look at this Garfield. Garfield is the popular comic strip created by Jim Davis featuring Garfield, a lasagna eating cat, Odie, the dim pet dog, and their owner Jon Arbuckle.

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  • Fan Reviews (71)
  • Amazing

    By anonymous042014, Mar 24, 2015

  • I opened the tv i found a new show started about a group of alliens living on earth i thought that it could be funny but...

    By dodo91085, Aug 29, 2005

  • Alien freaks who you will grow to love!

    By Jaykeson, Oct 02, 2010

  • Good show

    By tjtalman, Dec 18, 2005

  • a funny hilorious show about aliens that come to earth and learn the ways of the humans .

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

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