3rd Rock from the Sun : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 1996
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The show needs work-—why all the breast jokes?-—but [Lithgow and Curtin] don't.
  2. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 19, 2013
    75
    '3rd Rock from the Sun,' besides being viewed as too darn silly by some, may be slagged for being too raunchy by others. But if you're looking for a daffy acting delight, check out John Lithgow's marvelously unhinged performance as Commander Dick. [9 Jan 1996]
  3. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jun 19, 2013
    75
    Goofy and good-hearted, '3rd Rock' winks at the human condition. [8 Jan 1996]
  4. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    No one will mistake this for cutting-edge comedy but it is well-cast (especially Lithgow) and good-natured enough to please most viewers. [8 Jan 1996]
  5. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    'Rock' is loud, raucous, silly, sentimental and, just often enough to keep you watching, flat-out funny. It's not a great show, but it's different and it dares to aim for wild laughter instead of mild amusement. [9 Jan 1996]
  6. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    Relax and go with the goofiness and you could have a good time. [9 Jan 1996]
  7. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Ron Miller
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    Moliere it's not, but somehow it works as a sort of energized hybrid of "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Mork & Mindy" and those "Coneheads" sketches Curtin spent so much time in while she was with SNL. [7 Jan 1996]
  8. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jun 19, 2013
    63
    Well, the show is certainly wacky, but I didn't get a good laugh until the third episode I previewed. [9 Jan 1996]
  9. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 19, 2013
    63
    At best, and most, 3rd Rock might catch on as the silliest of guilty pleasures, a Benny Hill burlesque where the leering material is enlivened by some outstanding physical comedy. ... When goofy, 3rd Rock rolls. When dirty, it's stone-cold bad. [9 Jan 1996]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 13, 2015
    9
    3rd Rock from the Sun is a classic comedy overall and is one of the most recognizable 1990's sitcoms. Its creators eventually created That3rd Rock from the Sun is a classic comedy overall and is one of the most recognizable 1990's sitcoms. Its creators eventually created That 70's show. It does have enough of an original premise that it doesn't fall into a cheap sitcom formula. I love the set of this show, they suit the characters that they place in them. The character bring a different type or humour considering they are not human, just aliens disguised as humans, John Lithgow was an actor that I had always found to be versatile but I was shocked how funny he is in this show. French Stewart offers some great laughs in his most notable role of his career. Kristen Johnston is also noteworthy in a role that would go on to earn her 2 Emmy awards. Jane Curtin offers some relief as most sensible character in the cast. The show is also responsible for introducing Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has now become one of the biggest actors right now. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2014
    7
    3rd Rock from the Sun followed the Solomons, an investigative team of aliens sent to Earth on a mission to pose as an ordinary family and3rd Rock from the Sun followed the Solomons, an investigative team of aliens sent to Earth on a mission to pose as an ordinary family and learn about humans and their civilisation.

    Thanks in large part to its talented cast, lead by the always brilliant John Lithgow, this first season made for an entertaining watch and every episode raised at least a few laughs. It may never have been quite as consistent as the very best sit-coms but, even watching it again recently on DVD, it is certainly better than many of the mediocre and downright rubbish comedies of the last two decades.
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  3. Mar 23, 2012
    7
    A classic 90's sitcom that is indisputably out of this world. '3rd Rock from the Sun' is quite funny which is everything you ever desire fromA classic 90's sitcom that is indisputably out of this world. '3rd Rock from the Sun' is quite funny which is everything you ever desire from a television comedy and the first season does not disappoint for the most part. The storylines are fun and lighthearted and each of the regular and recurring characters are introduced at a style and pace which doesn't saturate the home viewers. The gags themselves aren't for everybody though; some viewers might even be put off by the basic jokes which aren't exactly new but are still comical. Full Review »