3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 2
Anchor Bay (1997)
TV Series  /  Comedy, Sci-Fi
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IMDB   7.8
572 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)
Chris Hogan Aubrey Pitman
Danielle Nicolet Caryn
Jan Hooks
Dennis Rodman
Christine Baranski
Laraine Newman
Director
James Burrows (II)
Robert Berlinger
Phil Joanou
Terry Hughes
James Burrows
Producer Marcy Carsey
Michael Glouberman
Patrick Kienlen
Bob Kushell
Gregg Mettler
Tim Ryder
Writer Aron Abrams
Chris Atwood
Katy Ballard
Dave Boerger
Linwood Boomer
Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner


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    9/22/1996  1.  See Dick Continue to Run - Part I
While Dick is trapped in the basement, Evil Dick begins a plan to impregnate all women in Ohio.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bill Martin  / Mike Schiff 
Guest starring:  Dennis Rodman
 30 mins    9/22/1996  2.  See Dick Continue to Run - Part II
With the help of the other aliens, Dick escapes from the box and vanquishes Evil Dick, who is escorted back to his planet by Dennis Rodman, revealed as another alien.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bill Martin  / Mike Schiff 
Guest starring:  Dennis Rodman
 30 mins    9/29/1996  3.  Hotel Dick
Aghast at the treatment of aliens in a hit science fiction movie, the Solomons attend a science fiction convention to try to set the record straight -- and Sally's first experience of hotels get her hooked on room service.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bob Kushell 
Guest starring:  George TakeiTim Bagley, Larry Sousa, Tim Pulice, David Goetsch
 30 mins    10/6/1996  4.  Big Angry Virgin From Outer Space
Relationships are in jeopardy: Sally and Mr. Randall are fighting, and Dick suggests that sex will solve their problem; Harry goes on a video blind date; and August tests Tommy's loyalty.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Christine Zander 
Guest starring:  Jim Meskimen, Jean St. James, Joy Stevens, John D'Aquino
 30 mins    10/13/1996  5.  Much Ado About Dick
When Albright is afraid to be seen with Dick in public as a couple, the Solomons discover the human obsession with what other people think. In the end, Dick and Albright come out with their relationship at a faculty party. Meanwhile, sparks once again fly when Sally runs into Officer Don and decides she is going to be a cop, but Dick forbids it; and Tommy is frustrated by not having transportation.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Michael Glouberman  / Andrew Orenstein 
Guest starring:  Jennifer Rhodes, Steven M. Gagnon, Bruce Morrow,  Harry Morgan
 30 mins    10/27/1996  6.  Dick the Vote
When Harry runs for city councilman, Dick discovers the complexity of the democratic system and struggles to make the right vote.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  David Goetsch  / Jason Venokur 
Guest starring:  Thomas Barkowski, Al Franken, Wendy Schenker, John Aylward, Christine Zander, Angela Robinson, Michael Adler, Dan Gilvezan, John Henry Kurtz
 30 mins    11/3/1996  7.  Fourth and Dick
During Pendleton's Homecoming weekend, Dick learns firsthand the importance people place in competition. Tommy has a crush on his Glee Club teacher. Sally makes Nina her best friend. Harry gets a job as a security officer.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Michael Glouberman  / Andrew Orenstein 
Guest starring:  Mike Ditka,  Brenda Strong, Jennifer Rhodes, Matthew M. Mahaney, Brian Matthew Carr, James Grace, Tatum Shank, Clifford R. Bernay
 30 mins    11/10/1996  8.  World's Greatest Dick
Fueling his own ego, Dick forces Tommy into a special school for gifted students; Sally is mistaken for a drag queen; Harry dabbles in magic.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  David Goetsch  / Jason Venokur 
Guest starring:  Laraine Newman, Burke Moses,  Paxton Whitehead, Danny Strong, Trevor Bullock, John Patrick White, Craig Olsen, J. Patrick McCormack, Kimberlee Kramer
 30 mins    11/17/1996  9.  My Mother The Alien
Mrs. Dubcek asks the aliens to baby-sit her infant nephew. Dick discovers he's not very good at taking care of things when he kills Albright's fish.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Jim O'Doherty  / David M. Israel 
Guest starring:  Brandy McGuire, Sean McGuire,  Bodhi Elfman, Tara Strong
 30 mins    11/24/1996  10.  Gobble, Gobble, Dick, Dick
Sally begins to chafe at her role as the female when Dick invites Mrs. Dubcek and her daughter Vicki for Thanksgiving dinner; but Harry and Vicki hit it off atop the dinner table. Meanwhile, it becomes a true American holiday when Tommy fights with Dick and runs away to a pool hall.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bob Kushell  / Christine Zander 
Guest starring:  Victor Raider-Wexler, Tom Towles, Jim O'Heir,  Mark Christopher Lawrence
 30 mins    12/8/1996  11.  Dick Jokes
A jealous Dick decides to show Mary how funny he is after she asks another professor to emcee a college fund-raiser she's organizing. Meanwhile, Harry loses his beloved coat, and Sally builds a shelf to hold her shoes, providing lots of unnoticed slapstick humor.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Jim O'Doherty  / David M. Israel 
Guest starring:  Mark Pitta, Dick Martin, Don Dowe, Hubert Hodgin, Lance Davis, Jay Leno
 30 mins    12/15/1996  12.  Jolly Old St. Dick
The Solomons experience their first Christmas. Dick is disillusioned but finally gets the Christmas spirit. Sally gets a job wrapping presents at the mall. Harry takes a job as a mall Santa's assistant and discovers that he isn't the real Santa. Tommy tries to find the perfect present for August. Albright gets drunk on rum balls.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bill Martin  / Mike Schiff 
Guest starring:  Nikki Tyler, Peggy Mannix, Michael McCarty, Ken Polk, Jack Lindine, Edward Evanko, Jason Horst, George Hertzberg, Martin Braverman, Amy Arnelle
 30 mins    1/5/1997  13.  Proud Dick
Because of his pride over a parking space, Dick quits his job at the university and gets one at Rusty's Burgers. Harry loses his memory and becomes paranoid thinking aliens are taking over the world.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  David Sacks 
Guest starring:  Philip Baker Hall, Curis Andersen, Laurence York, Bill Lee Brown, John Maynard, Bruce Morrow, Curtis Anderson
 30 mins    1/12/1997  14.  Romeo & Juliet & Dick
When Tommy asks Dick to direct his high school production of ""Romeo and Juliet"", Dick takes the role a little too seriously. Tommy works as the prop guy and when Mrs. Dubcek drinks Juliet's sleeping potion, Harry impersonates her and entertains her friends. Sally tries to get Officer Don to fix Albright's parking tickets and learns that he can't really do it.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bonnie Turner  / Kenny Turner 
Guest starring:  Mike Ditka, Richard Fancy, Robert Lyon Rasner, Anna Slotky, Mary-Pat Green, Richard Karron, Joshsua Ekblom, Bart McCarthy
 30 mins    2/2/1997  15.  Guilty as Dick
While doing a favor for Dr. Albright, Dick sprains his ankle and discovers the power of guilt. Harry, desiring his own room, moves into a tree house. Tommy uses Sally to sell chocolate for a school fund-raiser.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  David Goetsch  / Jason Venokur 
Guest starring:  Richard McGonagle, Jim O'Doherty
 30 mins    2/16/1997  16.  Dick on One Knee
A Frenchman asks Sally to marry him, so he can stay in the country. Sally plans her wedding and assigns duties to the family. Tommy discovers he has a talent for flower arranging and styling. Dick is inspired to discuss marriage with Albright.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  Christine Zander 
Guest starring:  Jim Pirri,  Raye Birk, Lisa Simms, Lewis Saunders, David Kirkwood
 30 mins    3/9/1997  17.  Same Old Song and Dick
When Dick attempts to get the magic back in his relationship, he learns it was never missing - their rut is really comfort. Sally and Harry switch jobs. Sally discovers Harry's job is more difficult that it appears, while Harry finds himself enjoying the housework and having a purpose. Tommy finds, to his delight, that August is not perfect.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Katy Ballard 
Guest starring:  Frank Kopyc, P.B. Hutton, Marcy Goldman
 30 mins    3/16/1997  18.  I Brake for Dick
Consumed with guilt after running over a chipmunk, Dick becomes an animal rights activist, forcing his views on Albright and the family. Tommy writes a letter to an advice columnist after neglecting to ask August to the Spring Dance.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Gregg Mettler 
Guest starring:  Bodhi Elfman, Nicki Lynn Aycox
 30 mins    3/23/1997  19.  Dick Behaving Badly
When the family accuses Dick of being ""whipped"" by Albright, Harry helps him become his own man. Sally and Tommy have a showdown with the game Monopoly.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Bob Kushell 
Guest starring:  J.J. Rodgers, India Dupre, Tim Truby, Darlene Levin, Maureen Sue Levin
 30 mins    4/13/1997  20.  Dickmalion
When Albright fails to get ""in"" with Rutherford's high society, Dick ends up making the cut, but discovers it's not what it's cracked up to be; Sally and Harry try wrestling; to impress a girl, Tommy becomes a punk at school.
Director:  Robert Berlinger  Writer:  Michael Glouberman  / Andrew Orenstein 
Guest starring:  Henry Woronicz,  Nancy LenehanLinda Cardellini, James Ingersoll, Sam Chew, Jr., John Craig,  Justin Urich
 30 mins    4/27/1997  21.  Sensitive Dick
Dick is forced to take sensitivity training after he comes down too hard on his students and they make a complaint against him. Harry escorts Vicki to her high school reunion. Officer Don tries to teach Tommy how to drive.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  David Sacks 
Guest starring:  Greg Proops, Winifred Freedman, Layne Beamer, Kyle Coleridger-Krough,  Harry Morgan
 30 mins    5/4/1997  22.  Will Work For Dick
When an insulted Nina has had enough and quits, Harry becomes secretary to Dick and Dr. Albright.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  David Goetsch  / Jason Venokur 
Guest starring:  Sydney Berry, Leslie Lunceford, Whitney Dupree
 30 mins    5/11/1997  23.  Fifteen Minutes of Dick
Sally becomes a pseudo celebrity when she beats up Mark Hamill in a restaurant, and Dick becomes jealous while Tommy's school life is affected by Sally's newfound fame. As Sally's assistant, Harry becomes obsessed with keeping Sally on top.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  Jim O'Doherty  / David M. Israel 
Guest starring:  Justin Urich, Rif Hutton, Michael Cervin, Christopher Holloway, Lori Hall,  Mark Hamill
 30 mins    5/11/1997  24.  Dick and the Single Girl
A shy and brainy librarian is attracted to Dick, while Sally realizes why she's attracted to Officer Don: his uniform. Meanwhile, Tommy and Harry write a ""killer"" episode of The X-Files.
Director:  Terry Hughes  Writer:  Mark Brazill  / Christine Zander 
Guest starring:  Christine Baranski, Alex Nevil, Rochelle Robinson
 30 mins    5/18/1997  25.  A Nightmare on Dick Street - Part I
When Dr. Albright announces she is going to Borneo for a year, Dick decides to ask her to marry him. Because of his anxiety Dick experiences his first nightmare leading the other aliens to believe that Dick's brain is breaking down creating more anxiety and nightmares for Sally and Tommy. Harry contacts the Big Giant Head so they can return for emergency maintenance. Dick decides to stay behind and risk dying as a human than to go back and chance not returning in Mary's lifetime.
Director:  Terry Hughes  / Bonnie Turner  Writer:  Bob Kushell  / Bill Martin 
Guest starring:  Brenda Strong, Jim Pirri,  Kevin Scannell, Randy Newman, Kevin Farley, James Willington
 30 mins    5/18/1997  26.  A Nightmare on Dick Street - Part II
When Dr. Albright announces she is going to Borneo for a year, Dick decides to ask her to marry him. Because of his anxiety Dick experiences his first nightmare leading the other aliens to believe that Dick's brain is breaking down creating more anxiety and nightmares for Sally and Tommy. Harry contacts the Big Giant Head so they can return for emergency maintenance. Dick decides to stay behind and risk dying as a human than to go back and chance not returning in Mary's lifetime.
Director:  Phil Joanou  Writer:  Bob Kushell  / Bill Martin 
Guest starring:  Brenda Strong, Jim Pirri,  Kevin Scannell, Randy Newman, Kevin Farley, James Willington
Edition Details
Edition Season 2
Series 3rd Rock From The Sun
Distributor Starz / Anchor Bay
Release Date 10/25/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 4

Features
Disc 01 Two 3D Episodes and Never Before Seen 3D Episode Alternate Ending Complete with 3D Glasses