NBC | Release Date: January 9, 1996
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Mixed or average reviews based on 27 Critic Reviews
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Baltimore SunChris KaltenbachJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: 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]
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Boston GlobeFrederic M. BiddleJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: The results are derivative, but they could have been worse. [9 Jan 1996]
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Chicago TribuneSteve JohnsonJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Barely a minute goes by in this new NBC sitcom ... without another gratuitous breast reference, as though the word itself is a riot. It's too bad, because 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. [9 Jan 1996]
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Cleveland Plain DealerTom FeranJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Once it gets past a fixation on breast jokes (I counted nine in the premiere but only five in next week's episode) its talented cast and clever writing could make it a diverting, screwball sitcom. [9 Jan 1996]
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Deseret NewsScott D. PierceJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: 'Rock' is little more than one big sophomoric sex joke. ... All of this is doubly disappointing because it's such a waste of talent. [9 Jan 1996]
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Detroit Free PressMike DuffyJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: '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]
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Houston ChronicleMike McDanielJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Well, the show is certainly wacky, but I didn't get a good laugh until the third episode I previewed. [9 Jan 1996]
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Kansas City StarBarry GarronJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: 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]
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Los Angeles TimesHoward RosenbergJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Laughs rarely equal the sum of the gimmickry in "3rd Rock." ... Yet the first three episodes do have their amusing moments. [9 Jan 1996]
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NewsdayMarvin KitmanJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: While not the most stupid thing on the air, it borders on stupidity. [8 Jan 1996]
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Orlando SentinelHal BoedekerJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: The show ought to be more than a sophomoric aliens-meet-humans smutcom. It should be an advancement on My Favorite Martian and Mork & Mindy. But it's not. [9 Jan 1996]
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Philadelphia InquirerJonathan StormJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: I counted 14 breast and genital jokes in the three episodes of 3d Rock From the Sun sent out to critics. Some of them (the jokes, that is) seemingly went on for hours. Most would make even a mature 13-year-old cringe. [9 Jan 1996]
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Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRobert BiancoJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: '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]
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San Diego Union-TribuneRobert P. LaurenceJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: The humor of "3rd Rock" is of I-can't-believe-how-bad-this-is quality. [9 Jan 1996]
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St. Louis Post-DispatchGail PenningtonJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Relax and go with the goofiness and you could have a good time. [9 Jan 1996]
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The New York TimesCaryn JamesJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Erratic but promising ... So far the series lacks the sharp writing to match its actors' unflappable delivery and deft physical comedy. [9 Jan 1996]
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USA TodayMatt RoushJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: 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]
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VarietyTodd EverettJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: [The] cast generally rises above the material, with Lithgow a sort of cross between Steve Martin and Matt Frewer, and tall, raspy-voiced Johnston a real find. Curtin is fine, but somewhat wasted as an uptight professor. [9 Jan 1996]
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Washington PostTom ShalesJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: It's a pity the writers and producers suffer so badly from groin lock, because the show has promise, mainly in the person of John Lithgow. [9 Jan 1996]
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Chicago Sun-TimesLon GrahnkeJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Goofy and good-hearted, '3rd Rock' winks at the human condition. [8 Jan 1996]
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The Hollywood ReporterMiles BellerJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: Though Rock can feel heavy and static, jammed with too many dumb jokes about body parts, it is capable of showing a quirky bounce now and again, which is a quality one hopes will be developed as the series establishes itself. [8 Jan 1996]
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New York Daily NewsDavid BianculliJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: The level of the writing ranges from juvenile... to fairly clever, but the performers are what really enliven '3rd Rock.' ... The cast is just right. The concept, though nothing new, fits just fine. I'd love to recommend this show unreservedly but until its scripts improve a notch, it's more like an extended sketch. [7 Jan 1996]
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San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa TimesRon MillerJun 19, 2013
Season 1 Review: 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]