3rd Rock from the Sun: Season 1 (1996)

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Season 1
3rd Rock from the Sun

Critics Consensus

A likable cast and charming concept couldn't save 3rd Rock from the Sun from the critics, but it would later prove to be more than a Mork and Mindy knockoff.

42%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 12

86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 7
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 9, 1996
2
Air date: Jan 16, 1996
3
Air date: Jan 23, 1996
4
Air date: Jan 30, 1996
5
Air date: Feb 6, 1996
6
Air date: Feb 13, 1996
7
Air date: Feb 20, 1996
8
Air date: Feb 27, 1996
9
Air date: Mar 5, 1996
10
Air date: Mar 12, 1996
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Cast

John Lithgow
as Dick Solomon
Jane Curtin
as Dr. Mary Albright
French Stewart
as Harry Solomon
Kristen Johnston
as Sally Solomon
Wayne Knight
as Officer Don
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Critic Reviews for 3rd Rock from the Sun Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

I'd love to recommend this show unreservedly but until its scripts improve a notch, it's more like an extended sketch, and I find myself caught between a "Rock" and a hard place.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The new comedy 3rd Rock From the Sun is potentially a hit the size of Jupiter, and played as broadly.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Intelligently written and well acted, 3rd Rock generates lots of laughs as viewers look at humanity through the aliens' unique point of view.

May 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There have been worse shows on television, maybe worse shows from even more unexpected sources. But it's hard to imagine.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Sadly, Lithgow - one of our finer actors - is often reduced to over-the-top, scenery-chewing histrionics in "3rd Rock." If he isn't embarrassed by this show and his performance in it, he ought to be.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Lithgow is effortlessly funny doing silly physical comedy, everything from getting tipsy on cough medicine to squeezing into leather pants. And his chemistry with Jane Curtin, as a fellow academician, is charmingly light.

May 3, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Lots of gauche My Favorite Martian humor, but with '90s smut.

May 3, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The cast deserves more consistently funny material. Even extraterrestrials shouldn't have to work this hard for laughs.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

If you can get past the sense that somebody wrote much of this with a Victoria's Secret catalog close at hand, there's actually a charming and perceptive comedy lurking inside, a neat counterpoint to all those series about urbanites on the make.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Cast generally rises above the material, with Lithgow a sort of cross between Steve Martin and Matt Frewer, and tall, raspy-voiced [Kristen] Johnston a real find. [Jane] Curtin is fine, but somewhat wasted as an uptight professor.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Third Rock's creators, veteran Saturday Night Live writers Bonnie and Terry Turner, have described the show as "Carl Sagan meets the Marx Brothers." In reality, it's Maude meets Mork & Mindy.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

This might have been a funny alien-meets-woman comedy, but producers Bonnie and Terry Turner apparently thought they had to provide a surrogate family to stay within the bounds of sitcom cliches.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 3rd Rock from the Sun: Season 1

  • May 12, 2019
    This show is hilarious. The writing and screenplay are terrific and extremely hilarious. The cast give stupendous performances especially John Lithgow, French Stewart, Kristen Johnston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Curtin, and Simbi Khali. I love the theme music and all of the music in the show it is fantastic. This is a A+ comedy tv show.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    I ADORE THIS SHOW, My husband and I have binge watched it 2 times on Netflix
  • Dec 23, 2018
    A perfect sitcom, which had no problem dealing with critical subjects.
  • Jun 21, 2018
    aNYONE WHO CRITICIZES THIS SHOW IS TAKING LIFE WAY TO SERIOUSLY, THIS IS A COMEDY WITH MULTIPLE GREAT ACTORS, THE WRITING IS NOT MEANT TO BE SHAKESPEAR ITS TV SITCOM COMEDY!!. JOHN LITHGOW DESERVES CREDIT FOR THE EFFORT HE PUT INTO THIS SHOW AND ANYONE WHO KNOCKS HIM NEEDS TO PUT THEM SELVES OUT THERE LIKE HE DID AND SEE IF THEY CAN STAND AS TALL. i AM DISGUSTED BY THE REVIEWS OF THIS SHOW THAT ARE NEGATIVE, NO ONE THINKS THIS SHOW IS 100%, BUT ITS FAR FROM THE WORST THING ON TV. GIVE PEOPLE THE CREDIT THEY DESERVE AND STOP BASHING THEM, HIDING BEHIND SOME PATHETIC JOURNALIST CREDIT. loNg LIVE LITHGOW!!!

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