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3rd Rock from the Sun was a comedy television series, which was broadcast on NBC for several years. The plot centered around 4 members of another planet, who are sent to Earth to learn the customs of the people. The comedy revolved around the fact that, individually and collectively, they knew nothing about the mores and social traditions of everyday life of Earthlings. The took the last name of Solomon

The main cast included John Lithgow as Dick Solomon, Kristen Johnston as Sally Solomon, French Stewart as Harry Solomon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tommy Solomon. Other members of the cast were Jane Curtin as Dr. Mary Albright, Simbi Khali as Nina Campbell, Elmarie Wendel as Mrs. Mamie Dubcek and Wayne Knight as Police Officer Don Orville.

Every episode, during the many years of the series, brought up some social structure of everyday life that most people from Earth take for granted, but the Solomon family knew nothing about. It always fostered misunderstandings and confusion on the part of the Solomon family, because they were not from Earth.

There was one member of the cast, who had a recurring role. William Shatner starred as the 'Big Giant Head'. He was the one who ordered the 4 members of the aliens on this mission to Earth. There is also a side plot of a romantic relationship between Sally Solomon and Officer Don Orville.

There was also a deep romance between Dick Solomon and Dr. Mary Albright. The one common comedy aspect of the entire series was that, none of the people of Earth could be told that theses four people were aliens. Many of the episodes poked fun at certain aspects of life. Such as the long lines at the motor vehicle bureau, and the fact that you can pay someone to clean your house.

The series finale had all 4 members completing their mission and being sent on another mission. Dick finally tells Dr. Albright what he is, and wants Dr. Albright to leave Earth with him. At the last minute she refuses.

NBC
6 Seasons, 149 Episodes - Canceled
January 9, 1996
Science Fiction, Comedy
7.8/10
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  • The Solomons are leaving Earth. Will Mary go with them?

  • Mary is having some trouble dealing with what she saw: Dick transforming Scoochie into a monkey. Dick inevitably tells her the truth and she has a hard time to believe in it. Eventually she accepts it and even becomes fascinated by it. When everything seems to be going fine for Dick, Harry announces that their mission is over and they are to leave Earth.

  • Liam Neesam's out to destroy the world. Can Dick stop him? John Cleese guest stars.

  • Dick tries to compete with Mary's secret admirer (John Cleese); the rest of the gang find their favorite movie's prequel.

  • While Dick delights in a book that explains how to be truly happy, Sally goes to Tommy's college to try to help him out.

  • After Dick and Don each buy half of a timeshare "luxury getaway," they take Mary and Sally on their first vacation there.

  • Dick tells Mary's mother that she's a terrible mom; Sally and Harry are responsible for a new addition to the family.

  • After everyone convinces Dick that he doesn't know what Mary likes, he tries to buy concert tickets for the two of them.

  • Mary suggests that she and Dick spend some time apart, and Sally becomes the new weather forecaster at the local TV station.

  • After a psychic tells him that he won't be around too long, Dick decides to find Mary a new lover.

  • While Dick and Sally form an act to entertain at children's parties, Mary and Harry get involved in Officer Don's self-defense class.

  • Dick joins Mary on an expedition, but doesn't dig archaeology; and renting his room strikes the other Solomons as a really "inn" thing.

  • After they sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a football game, the Solomons become enamored of all things American.

  • When Tommy goes off to college, Dick finds it hard to adjust, but Sally and Harry are quick to interview replacement aliens.

  • Dick encourages Tommy to attend the college where he teaches, while Sally tries to turn Officer Don into a success.

  • Start spreading the news, the Solomons are in New York City.

  • Lawyer Dick romances seedy-bar-singer Mary, while Sally is involved with Don, the mayor of New York. Darrell Hammond and Ana Gasteyer appear as themselves.

  • The Solomons find themselves leading different lives in a "parallel universe" - New York City. Richard Belzer, Tracy Morgan and Ana Gasteyer play themselves.

  • While Dick and Mary double-date with Don and Sally, Tommy and Harry take to the road.

  • Mistakenly believing that Tommy and Alissa have eloped, Dick, Strudwick and Mary go after them.

  • Dick and Mary try to play a trick on her sister (Megan Mullally), but things don't go according to plan.

  • It's troubled relationship time in the season closer. The Solomons' supreme commander arrives with a troubled marriage to Vicki and a surprise for one of the gang: he's in love. Meanwhile, Harry summons up the courage to ask new police recruit Janice out on a real date; and Sally becomes convinced that Alissa is preparing to dump Tommy.

  • It's troubled relationship time in the season closer. The Solomons' supreme commander arrives with a troubled marriage to Vicki and a surprise for one of the gang: he's in love. Meanwhile, Harry summons up the courage to ask new police recruit Janice out on a real date; and Sally becomes convinced that Alissa is preparing to dump Tommy.

  • While Dick discovers the pleasures of faking "a sick day," the other Solomons find new kicks listening to cell-phone calls on Officer Don's misplaced scanner.

  • Frank, a former student of Mary's, returns for a lecture series and makes Dick (unaware Frank is gay) jealous. When Frank confesses he has a secret, Dick jumps to the conclusion that Frank is also an alien, "comes out" to Frank, and is soon cavorting in Rutherford's finest gay bar while thinking it is a hangout for other covert aliens. Meanwhile, the other Solomons plan a bank robbery, but fall prey to mutual suspicion.

  • Dick and Harry tumble down an abandoned airshaft, prompting a televised search-and-rescue headed by an eccentric Scottish expert known as "the Hole," who promptly clashes with an agitated Sally over his unorthodox rescue method. Meanwhile, down in their dark prison, an excitable Dick finally loses control while Zen-like Harry remains cool and calm. Above ground, Tommy tries to make a fast buck by hawking souvenirs of his trapped friends.

  • Over Mary's objections that she can't dance, Dick insists that together they can win the school Badger Day dance contest. Meanwhile, Sally and Alissa become pals -- and when they go clothes shopping together, Tommy's frustrated because Sally has a chance to see Alissa naked in the dressing room. Meanwhile, when Harry and Nina join the contest, it soon becomes clear to Dick that if he wants to win, he'll have to change partners to dance. A competitive Dick enters the Badger Day dance contest but when his tangle footed partner Mary quits in disgust, he commandeers Harry's date, the more nimble Nina, out from under his nose. Elsewhere, just when it appears that Sally will finally become friends with Alissa, she turns vindictive when Alissa accidentally walks in on Officer Don and sees him "au natural."

  • When a new chancellor shakes things up at Pendleton, Dick gets a striking idea and convinces his fellow faculty members to resign en masse. Meanwhile, Tommy takes a job at a pretzel stand at the mall, but finds that working for girlfriend Alissa isn't as much fun as he expected.

  • Dick tries to experience youth for the first time by partying with his students during spring break, but his drunken antics are wasted on Mary, who is trying to relive a favorite, and more relaxing, family outing instead. Meanwhile, Sally, Harry, and Tommy become enthralled with a no-nonsense state criminal investigator, who takes over Officer Don's command post when the police set up a stake-out in the Solomon's attic to spy on a suspected video pirate in the neighborhood.

  • Dick decides that since the Solomons have come to Earth during the greatest bull market in history, he should get in on the action. But when Dick and Tommy realize they've only made a measly 35 percent on their investments, greed takes over and they take matters into their own hands. Meanwhile, Sally feels "emasculated" by (and Harry falls in lust with) Rutherford's newest rookie cop Janice -- the largest, strongest, toughest woman they've ever seen.

  • Dick gets in trouble with Mary when he shares with her his compulsive erotic fantasies about Nina. Sally tries everyone's patience when she becomes a fanatical follower of a lifestyle guru a la Marta Stewart, and Mary asks her to cater her dinner party.

  • William Shatner reprises his role as the Solomons' supreme leader, the Big Giant Head, who returns to Earth to claim his son. Even though he's startled at first that the 6-month-old doesn't resemble a warrior, Stone Phillips (the Big Giant Head's earthling name) quickly becomes a proud papa. He also falls head over heels for the infant's mom, Vicki, who has abandoned her trashy look. But she despises him and has no plans to give up his heir. This causes a frightened Dick (to find himself between a Stone and a hard place when ordered to either make Vicki love the leader--or die!

  • When he learns that Mary is seeing a therapist, Dick's paranoid about what she might be saying about him. Meanwhile, Tommy's intimidated about having sex with Alissa when he finds that it won't be her first experience. When Mary's rebellious niece Tiffany comes on to him, he is only to happy to dispose of his virginity -- and to inform Alissa he has solved "their" problem. (Can this be the end of Alissa?)

  • Albright gets a grant to make a documentary about the Solomons, whom she admits she has been studying for the past four years and has concluded are "the typical American family." Taking this as the ultimate tribute to the success of their secret mission, Dick orders everyone to cooperate, but when the action begins, all sorts of dramatic revelations occur. To cover up their true secret, the aliens find themselves inventing escalating cover stories: Sally is really a lesbian, Tommy wets his bed (but only because Dick beats him), Harry is an alcoholic, and Dick -- well, Dick is a posturing, authoritarian fool. Who'd have thought it?

  • Dick finds out what it means to be charitable when he attends a charity auction and gets into a bidding war with Strudwick over a worthless painting. Meanwhile, Sally tries to stop snoring, and Harry and Tommy attempt to write a new statement for the Solomons' mission.

  • While Sally finds out about birth control and Dick learns about tipping, Tommy and Harry discover the rewards of panhandling.

  • The Solomons learn about racism when they mistakenly attend a white power rally, then enter a poetry contest for elementary school students.

  • After seeing Mary and Tina drooling over a photo of Harrison Ford, Dick looks into the possibility of undergoing plastic surgery. Meanwhile, Harry has his outlook changed after the surgeon assesses his features and pronounces them perfect.

  • 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 Solomons don't realize how fond they are of their car until Dick wrecks it. Meanwhile, Harry finds out about insurance.

  • After he learns that Mary once had a fling with Dr. Strudwick, Dick determines that he must retaliate -- but he has to convince Mrs. Strudwick to take part in his plan.

  • Greatly relieved when Vicki's baby turns out to be human, the aliens are freshly alarmed to discover that she intends to sell her story to the tabloids.

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