• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 1996
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. 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 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
    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 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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  2. 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 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. TheA 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. Expand
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
  1. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Jul 2, 2013
    40
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The show needs work-—why all the breast jokes?-—but [Lithgow and Curtin] don't.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Jun 19, 2013
    20
    It's hard to figure where the makers of "Third Rock" believe they went right. The humor never rises above high-school-lunchroom level, and even then it's not over-the-top enough to make it very appealing. The actors are talented enough -- Lithgow and Curtin certainly have nothing left to prove, and Gordon-Levitt seems to be that rarest of finds, a young actor who knows about timing. What they're doing in this mess is one of those questions for the ages. [9 Jan 1996]