3rd Rock From the Sun


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3rd Rock from the Sun (sometimes referred to as simply 3rd Rock) is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about a group of extraterrestrials on an expedition of what they consider to be the least important planet, Earth (the 3rd Rock from the Sun), while posing as a human family of four, to observe human beings.

The premise of the show revolves around an extraterrestrial research expedition attempting to live as a normal human family in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio, where they live in a loft apartment. Humor was principally derived from the aliens' attempts to study human society and, because of their living as humans themselves while on Earth, to understand the human condition. In later episodes, they became more accustomed to Earth and often seemed to be more interested in their human lives than in their mission.

Dick Solomon (played by John Lithgow), the High Commander and leader of the expedition, is the family provider, and takes a position as a physics professor at Pendelton State University. Information officer Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has been given the body of a teenager and is forced to enroll in high school (later college), leaving security officer Sally (Kristen Johnston) and communications officer Harry (French Stewart) to spend their lives as thirty somethings hanging out at home and bouncing through short-term jobs.

The family often communicates with their off-world (and usually unseen) boss, the Big Giant Head, who apparently only got the job by kissing "The Big Giant Butt." His orders are received through Harry, who unexpectedly (and often in inconvenient circumstances) stands up, his arms stiff (acting as the antenna), and proclaims: "Incoming message from the Big Giant Head."

Created by

Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner

Starring

John Lithgow

Kristen Johnston

French Stewart

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jane Curtin (all, entire run)

Simbi Khali

Elmarie Wendel

Wayne Knight (all, seasons 3-6; recurring previously)

Theme music composer Ben Vaughn

(seasons 1-4 and 6)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (season 5)

Country of origin United States

No. of seasons 6

No. of episodes 139

Production

Executive producers

Bonnie Turner

Terry Turner

Marcy Carsey

Tom Werner

Caryn Mandabach

Linwood Boomer (season 1)

Bill Martin

Mike Schiff (seasons 3-5)

David Sacks (seasons 4-5)

Bob Kushell

Christine Zander (seasons 5-6)

David Goetsch

Jason Venokur (season 6)

Producer(s)

Patrick Kienlen

David Goetsch

Jason Venokur

David M. Israel

Jim O'Doherty

Andrew Orenstein

Michael Glouberman

Gregg Mettler (producer)

Tim Ryder

Aron Abrams

Gregory Thompson (co-producer)

Location(s) Rutherford, Ohio (setting)

CBS Studio Center, Studio City, Los Angeles, California (filming location)[1]

Camera setup Film; Multi-camera

Running time 22 minutes

Production company(s) The Carsey-Warner Company

Distributor Carsey-Werner Distribution

Broadcast

Original channel NBC

Original run January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09) – May 22, 2001

 

Highlights
Jane Curtin on playing "Dr. Mary Albright" on 3rd Rock From the Sun
07:05
Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on producing 3rd Rock From the Sun
03:49
James Burrows on working on the pilot of 3rd Rock From the Sun
01:48
George Takei on his guest appearance as himself on 3rd Rock From the Sun episode "Hotel Dick" (airdate: September 29, 1996)
02:15
Who talked about this show

James Burrows

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James Burrows on working on the pilot of 3rd Rock From the Sun
01:48

Marcy Carsey

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Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on producing 3rd Rock From the Sun
03:49
Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on casting 3rd Rock From the Sun
02:57

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on playing "Dr. Mary Albright" on 3rd Rock From the Sun
07:05

Garvin Eddy

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On designing for Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow
39:59

Harry Morgan

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Harry Morgan on 3rd Rock From the Sun
01:41

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on guest-starring on Third Rock from the Sun
00:55

William Shatner

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William Shatner on guest-starring on 3rd Rock From the Sun, with John Lithgow
04:15

George Takei

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George Takei on his guest appearance as himself on 3rd Rock From the Sun episode "Hotel Dick" (airdate: September 29, 1996)
02:15

Tom Werner

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Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on producing 3rd Rock From the Sun
03:49
Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on casting 3rd Rock From the Sun
02:57

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