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3rd Rock from the Sun

3rd Rock from the Sun

NBC 1996

3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very insignificant planet. The extraterrestrials pose as a human family in order to observe the behavior of human beings.

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The 10 Best Episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun

3rd Rock from the Sun - S3E22

#1 - Just Your Average Dick


Season 3 - Episode 22

John Cleese puts his zaniness to good use in a two-part guest shot as a new professor who's even nuttier than Dick. And smarter. He's hotshot Dr. Liam Neesam, and he's a little too good at everything he does. He makes his first appearance in Part 1, as Albright (Curtin) is getting fed up with the fact that Dick -- and the rest of the Solomons, for that matter -- are "weird." "It's like being around the Addams Family," she moans. So Dick sets out to make his brood "average," and succeeds so completely that Albright finds him boring. Enter the off-kilter Dr. Neesam, who she thinks is kind of charming.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 117 votes.

3rd Rock from the Sun - S4E21

#2 - Dick vs. Strudwick


Season 4 - Episode 21

Dick's faculty nemesis, Dr. Vincent Strudwick, writes a physics book that's hailed as a work of genius. When Dick realizes that writing a better book would expose him as a superior alien being, he seeks another means of getting even, finally seizing on Strudwick's displeasure at learning that his teenage daughter Alissa is dating dreaded Solomon spawn Tommy. Dick manipulates Alissa to cause trouble between her and her father, and the conflict comes to a head at the taping of a TV panel show about Strudwick's book, which erupts into Jerry Springer-style fisticuffs. Meanwhile, Sally and Don, feeling "lonely" since their breakup, find themselves succumbing to "ex sex." Also, once Albright befriends a group of misfit Nobel laureates who are in town to hail the publication of Strudwick's book, she can't shake them -- they've imprinted on her like a litter of helpless kittens.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 110 votes.

3rd Rock from the Sun - S4E24

#3 - Dick's Big Giant Headache (2)


Season 4 - Episode 24

Reeling in the aftermath of his demotion, Dick has to get used to taking orders from everyone else in the crew -- even Harry -- a humiliating experience that makes it difficult for him to perform sexually. Even though she didn't want to believe the family's taunts about the reasons for her promotion, Sally finally realizes Stone only made her High Commander because of her looks. Stone makes a pass at Albright, who declines and tells Dick, who's psyched that Stone's changed his mind about Mary. Stone goes to the prom with Tommy and Alissa, where a drunken Stone dumps a punchbowl over Alissa's head, then serenades the promgoers -- including a bedazzled Vicki, who decided it was finally time to attend her junior prom -- with "Close To You." In the high school hallway, Stone encounters Vicki and "beams" her up to his "bachelor pod" for some lovin'. The next morning, Vicki turns up pregnant, and her pregnancy develops to full term in a matter of moments. Stone, who had been planning to make

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 95 votes.

3rd Rock from the Sun - S3E23

#4 - Dick and the Other Guy


Season 3 - Episode 23

Dick has a rival for the title of Pendelton's nuttiest professor -- and a rival for Albright's affections -- with the arrival of the mysterious Dr. Liam Neesam. Meanwhile, Sally feels that she's losing her touch with men after Don seems to lose interest in her.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 113 votes.

3rd Rock from the Sun - S3E25

#5 - When Aliens Camp


Season 3 - Episode 25

Dick takes the family camping as a mission bonding activity. At the campsite, the family and Mary all become angry with Dick -- the family because he lies about bringing Mary along after he tells them it's "family only," and Mary because he tells her the family doesn't mind she's coming along. After they all cast him out, Dick goes off by himself and attempts to form a new society with a troop of Beaver Scouts he encounters. The Solomons assume Dick is lost and set out to find him. They (especially Sally, who resents her command being usurped) initially reject Mary's offers of help in finding Dick... until they realize she knows a lot more about the outdoors than they do.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 107 votes.

#6 - Two-Faced Dick
Season 4 - Episode 10

The Big Giant Head grants Sally's three-year-old request for a "gender reassignment" - and switches her body with Dick's. Meanwhile, Harry takes over Happy Doug's bar while Doug is on vacation. Responding to a three-year-old request from Sally that she be given a male body, the Big Giant Head switches Sally's body with Dick's. Each of them has to cope with all the thorny details of gender reassignment, including such specifics as how to deal with men's catcalls, and where to find cute shoes in Dick's size. Plus, each of them has to successfully maintain the other's romantic relationship. They each get as far as a kiss, but before things go any further, their request to switch back is granted, leaving them both far more knowledgeable about what it's like to be a member of the opposite sex. Also, vacationing Doug leaves Harry in charge of the bar, which turns ugly when some tough-looking bikers start hanging out there. Just when Harry and Tommy have decided that the bikers aren't such ba

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 113 votes.

#7 - Dick Behaving Badly
Season 2 - Episode 19

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 143 votes.

#8 - The Thing That Wouldn't Die (2)
Season 6 - Episode 20

As a result of the manner in which Dick settled his dispute with Liam, the group is ordered home. Of course, there are always loose ends to tie up before a long space trip. Dick wants Mary to accompany them, and Sally decides to instill confidence in Don. They organize a farewell party, and Harry and Tommy decide to charge everything and not worry about being around to pay the bill. They even hire Elvis Costello to sing "Fly Me to the Moon."

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 93 votes.

#9 - Dial M for Dick
Season 5 - Episode 4

The Solomons attend an interactive murder mystery at a mansion, but they don't have a clue that other guests are actors and that the action is scripted.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 118 votes.

#10 - Tom, Dick and Mary
Season 3 - Episode 10

Tommy tells Dick he'd really like to meet a woman closer to his real age, say someone like Angie Dickinson. Sally says it's time for her to go out and look for a real job. Dick thinks Harry's watching far too much television and orders him to give it up for a week. Tommy goes to Mary's to return her magnifying glass that Dick has broken, and Mary observes how immature Dick is. They start talking and are immediately engrossed in a discussion about the Aztecs. Their mutual attraction is obvious. Sally is hired as an assistant by Webber, a man who's very impressed by her appearance and couldn't care less about her lack of typing skills. Dick is wild with curiosity when Mary has a lunch date with a mystery man named Tom. August tries to resume her relationship with Tommy, but he tells her he's seeing someone. Tommy asks Dick if he's still interested in Mary, and Dick pretends he couldn't care less; Tommy couldn't be happier. Sally likes her new job, but she's already been advised that she

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun from 104 votes.

Last updated: may 14, 2021



This show is such a gem! Even now, after almost two decades since it originally aired, it still rings true and holds it humor. My husband and I always joke about what in the world aliens would think of us if they ever landed on Earth on a normal day, and I have to admit that this show seems to answer a lot of our musings! =)


An oldie but still very entertaining. Sure some jokes are now not that funny and some references are a bit faded but still makes me laugh. It has very clever moments and some nonsense humor bits that still make laugh. The characters are unique and very well though and it makes you think about society in a intelligent and funny way. And while some episodes are dated in their way of thinking (I'm thinking especially the ones about the "traditional family is better", "being gay is funny" or "computers can't get better") others continue to be true: some things never change. Definitely better than so many newer sitcoms: It's a classic! If you never watched, give it a try, it might surprise you.


I love this show, I can't stop watching it! Aired in 1996, but it's still wonderful in 2020!!

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