3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 1
Anchor Bay (1996)
TV Series  /  Comedy, Sci-Fi
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IMDB   7.8
25 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Jane Curtin Dr. Mary Albright
David DeLuise Bug Pollone
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tommy Solomon
Kristen Johnston Sally Solomon
Simbi Khali Nina Campbell
Wayne Knight Officer Don Orville (1997-2001)
John Lithgow Dr. Dick Solomon
French Stewart Harry Solomon
Ian Lithgow Leon
Elmarie Wendel Mrs. Mamie Dubcek (1997-2001)
James Earl Jones Narrator (1996) (uncredited)
Jane Curtin Dr. Mary Margaret Albright
Wayne Knight Officer Donald Orville
Elmarie Wendel Mrs. Mamie Dubcek
Director
Robert Berlinger
James Burrows
Terry Hughes
Phil Joanou
James Burrows (II)
Producer Marcy Carsey
Michael Glouberman
Patrick Kienlen
Bob Kushell
Gregg Mettler
Writer Aron Abrams
Chris Atwood
Katy Ballard
Dave Boerger
Linwood Boomer
Bonnie Turner
Cinematography Ronald W. Browne
Musician Ben Vaughn
Jeff Sudakin


A group of aliens have 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.

Originally on: NBC (30 min.)
Status: Ended Premiered: January 1, 1996 Last Aired: May 1, 2001
Show Category: Comedy

3rd Rock from the Sun "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.
Episodes
 30 mins    1/9/1996  1.  Brains and Eggs
Solomon discovers that human bodies can produce feelings, and he's feeling attracted to a college professor with whom he shares an office.
Director:  James Burrows  Writer:  Bonnie Turner  / Terry Turner 
Guest starring:  Jennifer Rhodes,  Marnette Patterson, Susan Leslie, Dan Gilvezan
 30 mins    1/16/1996  2.  Post Nasal Dick
Tommy's ""make-out session"" has an unintended consequence: he catches a bug and the crew gets its first taste of human illness. Martha Stewart has a cameo curing Harry with her apple cobbler.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Michael Glouberman  / Andrew Orenstein 
Guest starring:  Marla Sokoloff, Rachel Davies, Wayne Thomas Yorke, Pat Lach, Marijane Cole, Martha Stewart
 30 mins    1/23/1996  3.  Dick's First Birthday
Dick confronts the harsh realities of middle age when he's introduced to the earthly concept of birthdays - and it dawns on him that he's getting old.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Andy Cowan 
Guest starring:  Lauren Graham, Dee Freeman, Benjamin King, Robert Lynch
 30 mins    1/30/1996  4.  Dick Is From Mars, Sally Is From Venus
Sally's exploration of the life style of a young adult woman proceeds: Dick assigns her to go out on a date and, not surprisingly, the guy turns out to be a jerk.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bill Martin  / Mike Schiff 
Guest starring:  Whitney Rydbeck, Elayn Taylor, Artie Lee Anderson, Merrick Deamon
 30 mins    2/6/1996  5.  Dick, Smoker
While Sally does a slow burn at being the often-overruled second in command, Dick lights up his life by taking up smoking.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bill Martin  / Mike Schiff 
Guest starring:  Jane Lynch, David Dunard, Eddie Allen, Dee Freeman, Laurel Ann Green
 30 mins    2/13/1996  6.  Green-Eyed Dick
Dick discovers the emotion of jealousy when Dr. Albright's old boyfriend returns to visit on a promotional tour of the novel he dedicated to her; Harry adopts a stray dog.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Joe Fisch 
Guest starring:  Ed Begley Jr., Katherine La Nasa, Richard Gilbert-Hill, Katie Layman, Nancy LeSuk, Darlene Kardon, Mark Bedard, Lindsey Haun, Eric Saiet, Steve Yiali
 30 mins    2/20/1996  7.  Lonely Dick
Dick's one lonely guy when Dr. Albright goes on vacation; Sally and Harry are lured by skin-care products that promise eternal youth.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Christine Zander 
Guest starring:  Phil Hartman, Carole Davis, Maria Cina
 30 mins    2/27/1996  8.  Body & Soul & Dick
When an obnoxious professor dies during a party in his honor, Dick finds the will specifies that he must deliver a ""forthright and honest"" eulogy about the universally despised academic. Meanwhile, Tommy neglects his female pal August to hit it off with an ""easy"" cheerleader.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bonnie Turner  / Terry Turner 
Guest starring:  John Mahoney, Anna Slotky,  William Bogert, Jennifer Rhodes, Harry Murphy, Steven Barnett, Bruce Morrow
 30 mins    3/4/1996  9.  Ab-Dick-ted
Dick receives a roundabout lesson in family values from Dr. Albright's loopy brother, who claims to have been abducted by aliens.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Christine Zander  / Bob Kustel 
Guest starring:  Bronson Pinchot
 30 mins    3/12/1996  10.  Truth or Dick
Dick discovers the consequences of unvarnished truth when he repeats some of Dr. Albright's unflattering comments at an academic committee meeting.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bonnie Turner  / Terry Turner 
Guest starring:  Richard Roat, Andrew Hill Newman, Mailon Rivera, Dee Freeman, Kristin Morley
 30 mins    3/19/1996  11.  The Art of Dick
While Dick and Harry take up painting (Harry takes to it; Dick doesn't), Sally takes over the school bake sale with the gusto of Gen. Patton.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bob Kushell 
Guest starring:  Lorna Scott, Peggy Billo, Jane Gordon, Heather McPhaul
 30 mins    3/26/1996  12.  Frozen Dick
A snowstorm -- the Solomons' first -- spoils Dr. Albright's trip to Chicago, leaving her stranded in a truck stop with Dick.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Linwood Boomer 
Guest starring:  John Raitt, Teresa Tudury, Robert Knott, Rex Lynn, Tami Tappan, Patrick Thomas, Carolyn Pemberton, Skye McKenzie, Gigi Birmingham, Martin Hilton, Karl Hamann, Linda Dangcil
 30 mins    4/2/1996  13.  Angry Dick
The Solomons learn about the give and take necessary to human friendships when they turn their anthropological gaze to the next-door neighbors.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Linwood Boomer 
Guest starring:  Mike Starr, Lois Foraker
 30 mins    4/9/1996  14.  The Dicks They Are A-Changin'
Harry joins a CD club and finds the responsibilities of membership overwhelming. When Nina tells Dick that Stanford has no graduate records on him and Dick reacts defensively, Dr. Albright observes that it's virtually impossible to get a straight answer from Dick about his past. As Dr. Albright reminisces about her wild, rebellious times at Berkeley and Mrs. Dubcek contributes some colorful recollections, Dick chides Tommy that, as information officer, he failed to brief the crew on the crucial sixties decade. Dr. Albright becomes convinced that Dick is actually Manny Rosenberg, a sixties activist whom she knew briefly and who has been in hiding from the FBI for decades. Dick denies this but soon realizes that his presumed identity has somehow made him more attractive to Dr. Albright. Later, at Dr. Albright's apartment, Dick thinks that they'll at last be having sex, but Dr. Albright angrily reveals that she and Manny had an upsetting encounter that she still hasn't gotten over, and
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Michael Glouberman  / Andrew Orenstein 
 30 mins    4/21/1996  15.  I Enjoy Being A Dick
Dick dons a dress to infiltrate Dr. Albright's women-only study group; Sally and Harry get jobs at a pancake restaurant.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Christine Zander 
Guest starring:  Jane Galloway, Teresa Tudury, Scotter Stephan, Bart McCarthy
 30 mins    4/23/1996  16.  Dick Like Me
The Solomons discover that everyone on Earth has roots but them. During a chat with Tommy's teacher Mr. Randell, Dick learns that the teenage isn't ""fitting in"" at school. ""Of course I'm not fitting in,"" snaps Tommy, ""to fit in, you have to be something."" The question is, what to be? Dick grabs an anthropology book for the answer. ""It's loaded with every possible genre of human,"" he marvels. ""It's like a catalogue. We can take our pick."" Dick picks the Italians because, according to a swooning Dr. Albright, they're the sexist people on the planet. Meanwhile, Sally's swooning, too -- for Mr. Randell.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Joe Fisch 
Guest starring:  John D'Aquino
 30 mins    4/30/1996  17.  Assault With A Deadly Dick
The Solomons' faith in human nature is shaken when they fall victim to crime (""This planet is in a bad neighborhood,"" sighs Sally). Meanwhile, Dick makes Tommy join the school basketball team.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Michael Glouberman  / Andrew Orenstein 
Guest starring:  Ray Proscia, Lance E. Nichols, Robert Arce
 30 mins    5/7/1996  18.  Father Knows Dick
Dick decides the reason Harry's""odd"" is because he lacks a father, and sets out nurture the suddenly rebellious Harry -- who then learns that he has a""thing"" in his head, a communications device the others knew about all along. Meanwhile, sparks fly when Sally meets the hostile mother of her boyfriend.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bob Kushell 
Guest starring:  Naomi Judd, J. Jay Cohen, Lisa Kamimir, Kenneth Magee, John D'Aquino
 30 mins    5/14/1996  19.  Selfish Dick
The ever-present influence of television turns the Solomons' first trip to a hospital into a madcap exercise in fantasy versus reality. After Mrs. Dubcek cuts her finger, and the sight of blood leave Sally unconscious, Harry and Tommy rush them to the hospital, where the smell of sterile corridors and the gleam of surgical scrubs remind the aliens of the exciting work of their favorite TV doctors -- work that they practice on several unsuspecting patients. Meanwhile, Dick has work issues of his own when Dr. Albright finally gets her long-coveted private office.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  David Sacks 
Guest starring:  Richard McGonagle, Tom Jourdew, Elliot Woods, Jan Clarke, Lily Knight, Tom Simmons, Steven Porter, Bruce Morrow,  Harry Morgan
 30 mins    5/21/1996  20.  See Dick Run (1)
Dick cuts up at a Japanese restaurant, but the big news is that he's there with Dr. Albright, who has finally agreed to date him. But just as they finally consummate their attraction, Harry receives bad news from the home planet: Dick has been replaced by a less benign duplicate, who traps him in the basement and takes charge of Dr. Albright.
Director:  James Burrows  Writer:  Bill Martin  / Mike Schiff 
Guest starring:  Yoshihisa Kuwayama, Jocelyn Harris, John D'Aquino
Edition Details
Series 3rd Rock From The Sun
Distributor Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date 7/26/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 4

Features
Disc 01 "The Making of..." Documentary Bonus Feature Deleted Scenes TV Spots