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Four extraterrestrials take human form and
are sent by their leader, the Big Giant Head, on a mission to Earth to
learn about humanity and its so-called advanced civilization. The aliens
settle in the fictional town of Rutherford, Ohio and pretend to be an ordinary
family. Led by the High Commander Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) the team
includes Sally (Kristen Johnston), his second-in command; Tommy (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt), the intelligence officer; and Harry (French Stewart),
who is the only one of the group able to communicate with the Big Giant
Head. Although they possess superior intelligence, the Solomons are
unfamiliar with human customs. Such naiveté results in most of
their comic misadventures including Dicks attempts at romance with
his human co-worker Doctor Mary Albright (Jane Curtin)...
Background: Created by the Emmy Award-winning husband and wife writing team Bonnie and Terry Turner, 3rd Rock is produced in America by Carsey-Werner Productions, LLC for NBC Television.
First Run: 9th January, 1996.
Number of Episodes: The series began as a mid-season replacement with a shortened first season of only 20 episodes, while its second and third seasons each have 26. Season Four (1998-1999) began in America this September.
The Good Guys: Besides the four aliens there is the Solomons eccentric landlady Mrs Dubcek (Elmarie Wendel); Nina Campbell (Simbi Khali), Dr Solomon and Dr Albrights personal assistant, confidante and referee; Sallys love slave police officer Don Orville (Wayne Knight); Tommys liberated girlfriend August Loeffler (Shay Astar); and university professor Dr Sutor (Harry Morgan).
The Bad Guys: Dick himself when the Big Giant Head replaces him with an evil duplicate in See Dick Run. Also, in 36!24!36!Dick! real-life supermodel Cindy Crawford leads an invasion force of beautiful Venusians determined to conquer the Earth..
And Isnt That... Monty Pythons John Cleese as Liam Neesam, a visiting professor who comes between Dick and Mary in Dick and the Other Guy. George Takei, Star Treks Mr Sulu, appears as himself in Hotel Dick.
Overdone Clichés: Mrs Dubceks overactive libido; not all television landlords or landladies have to be sex-crazed in order to be funny.
Fashion Statements: Mary dons a hot little space maidens outfit in order to seduce Dick when they attend a Science Fiction convention in Hotel Dick. Dick pokes fun at a television starship captain when he uses a corset to help conceal his expanding waistline in Moby Dick. .
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