3rd Rock From The Sun

Four aliens come to Earth to learn about our customs and experience life on our planet. Posing in human form, they avoid detection. They report their findings back to the Big Giant Head (played by William Shatner). The commander (played by John Lithgow) takes the name of Dick Solomon and finds work as a college professor. The military expert, Sally Solomon, (played by Kristen Johnston) assumes the role of Dick’s sister. Oldest of the group and their intelligence officer assumes the role of Dick’s teenage son, Tommy Solomon. And then there’s Harry Solomon, Dick’s brother, who just seems to be along for the ride. The extraterrestrial quartet pretending to be human beings embodies the humorous “fish out of water” trope as they experience the human condition. This half hour primetime comedy series lasted six seasons.

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Network: NBC
Broadcast: 1996-2001
Genre: Sitcom
First Broadcast: January 9, 1996
Last Broadcast: May 22, 2001

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Actor Character(s)Notes
John LithgowDick Solomon 
Kristen JohnstonSally Solomon 
French StewartHarry Solomon 
Joseph Gordon-LevittTommy Solomon 
Jane CurtinDr. Mary Albright 

Regulars & Guest Stars

Actor Character(s)Notes
William ShatnerThe Big Giant Head 
Simbi KaliNina 
Elmarie WendelMrs. Dubcek 
Wayne KnightOfficer Don 

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There were 6 seasons and 139 episodes of 3rd Rock From The Sun. Check out the 3rd Rock From The Sun episode guide.


Dick Solomon’s student Leon was played by John Lithgow’s son Ian Lithgow.

William Shatner played Bob Wilson in the Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. In Twilight Zone the Movie, John Lithgow played John Valentine in the “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” segment. During Shatner’s first appearance as the Big Giant Head, he claims he saw something on the wing of a plane and Dick replies “The same thing happened to me!”

The three Solomon men are named Tom, Dick, and Harry.


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