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



Critic 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.


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Air date: Jan 9, 1996
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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…
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