3rd Rock from the Sun (season 1)

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3rd Rock from the Sun (season 1)
3rd Rock from the Sun season 1 DVD.png
DVD box
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release January 9 (1996-01-09) – May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)
Season chronology
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The first season of 3rd Rock from the Sun, an American television series, began January 9, 1996, and ended on May 21, 1996. It aired on NBC. The region 1 DVD was released on July 26, 2005.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Brains and Eggs" James Burrows Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09) 101
An alien expedition lands in Rutherford, Ohio, where they take on the form of what they think is a typical human family. Although only intending to stay for a couple of weeks, the aliens rent an apartment from carefree landlady Mrs. Dubcek, Dick acquires a job as a Professor of Physics at the nearby Pendelton State University, and Tommy is sent to school. However, Dick, upon discovering the concept of emotions and acting on his infatuation with Dr. Mary Albright, extends their mission on Earth.
2 2 "Post-Nasal Dick" James Burrows Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein January 16, 1996 (1996-01-16) 105
The aliens become sick for the first time and jump to the conclusion that they are dying. Despite being unwell, Dick accompanies Mary to a wedding, where he tries, in vain, to hide his ill health from her. However, after drinking far too much cough syrup and making a scene both during the service and at the party, Dick is taken home by Mary, where, believing he doesn't have much time left, he tells her he loves her.
3 3 "Dick's First Birthday" Robert Berlinger Andy Cowan January 23, 1996 (1996-01-23) 106
The aliens discover the concept of age and Dick chooses a birthday. However, after Mary gives him a card that jokes about him looking "like a million dollars... old and wrinkled", he becomes offended and struggles to come to terms with his being 'over the hill', and so strives to become young again, by dyeing his hair and wearing ridiculously tight leather trousers.
4 4 "Dick Is from Mars, Sally Is from Venus" Robert Berlinger Bill Martin & Mike Schiff January 30, 1996 (1996-01-30) 103
Sally has her very first date, but becomes upset when he doesn't call her back afterwards, so Dick asks Mary and Nina to take her out and drown her sorrows. Meanwhile, Tommy starts high school, and Dick tries to bond with him in a fatherly way.
5 5 "Dick, Smoker" Robert Berlinger Linwood Boomer February 6, 1996 (1996-02-06) 107

Dick discovers the habit of smoking and becomes addicted. Sally becomes aggravated when he doesn't listen to her complaints, and wishes that he didn't have authority over her. However, while looking for somewhere to light up, Dick accidentally locks himself in a stairwell, and Sally declares herself High Commander.

(Absent: Jane Curtin as Mary)
6 6 "Green Eyed Dick" Robert Berlinger Joe Fisch February 13, 1996 (1996-02-13) 109
When an old boyfriend of Mary's (Ed Begley, Jr.) makes a re-appearance, Dick experiences the human feeling of jealousy. Meanwhile, Harry adopts a stray dog, but Mrs. Dubcek is allergic to dogs and will not allow him to keep it in the house, so he gives his dog to a single mother Kate (Katherine LaNasa). (Ed Begley, Jr., John Lithgow and Jane Curtin all starred in the first two Coneheads films.)
7 7 "Lonely Dick" Robert Berlinger Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein February 20, 1996 (1996-02-20) 110
When Mary goes away on vacation, Dick misses her badly and, in desperation to find contact details for where she is staying, takes Nina out for dinner and plagues her for details; however, when this doesn't work, he breaks into Mary's house. Meanwhile, Sally and Harry become addicted to skin care products that promise them eternal youth, and Tommy meets a girl called August Leffler (Shay Astar), whom he begins to date.
8 8 "Body & Soul & Dick" Robert Berlinger Terry Turner & Bonnie Turner February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27) 113
During a party honoring him, an obnoxious, sexist professor (John Mahoney) dies, and his will reveals that he wants Dick to deliver a "forthright and honest" eulogy about him, despite the fact that he is a universally despised man. Meanwhile, Tommy neglects his girlfriend August in favor of hitting it off with an "easy" cheerleader.
9 9 "Ab-dick-ted" Robert Berlinger Bill Martin & Mike Schiff & Andrew Orenstein & Michael Glouberman March 5, 1996 (1996-03-05) 112
Dick wants the family to get along and stop irritating each other, and thinks that they can learn family values from observing Dr. Albright and her loopy brother Roy (Bronson Pinchot), so he invites them to dinner. However, the Solomons panic when Roy claims to have previously been abducted by aliens. Meanwhile, August is annoyed with Tommy, because Dick made him cancel his date with her to have dinner with Mary and Roy.
10 10 "Truth or Dick" Terry Hughes Andrew Orenstein & Michael Glouberman March 12, 1996 (1996-03-12) 102
Dick discovers the consequences of telling the truth when he repeats some of Dr. Albright's comments about how boring the academic committee are, at an academic committee meeting he attends. Predictably, Mary is annoyed, and enlightens Dick to the concept of 'bending the truth'. Meanwhile, Sally and Harry attempt to get a driver's license, but discover that it is more difficult that they'd expected.
11 11 "The Art of Dick" Terry Hughes Joe Fisch March 19, 1996 (1996-03-19) 111
Harry cannot seem to find anything he is good at, but after painting the side of Mrs. Dubcek's house, decides that he might be good at art, and takes a class in art. However, Dick becomes annoyed when Harry turns out to be much better at art than he is. Meanwhile, Sally, in a strong and dictatorial way, takes over the bake sale at Tommy's high school.
12 12 "Frozen Dick" Robert Berlinger Linwood Boomer March 26, 1996 (1996-03-26) 117
Mary and Dick are going to Chicago to be presented with awards for teaching, but upon getting on the plane, Dick panics and gets the pair thrown off. They begin to drive there but when it snows, Dick panics again, believing the flakes to be alien. He commandeers the car, but promptly crashes it, leaving the pair of them deserted at a truck stop. Meanwhile, Harry gets a job in a video rental store and takes it upon himself to rearrange all the videos according to his preference, while Sally, believing the human race to be dead, attempts to re-start mankind with Dick's student Leon, who arrives to drop off some homework.
13 13 "Angry Dick" Robert Berlinger Andy Cowan April 2, 1996 (1996-04-02) 104

Dick befriends his next door neighbor, while Sally befriends his wife, but when the Solomons drop by to pay a visit in the early hours in the morning, their friends become angry. Dick visits his friend to apologize and offer him a gift, but he becomes angry at trying to be bought, and the pair end up fighting.

(Absent: Jane Curtin as Mary)
14 14 "The Dicks They Are a Changin'" Robert Berlinger Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein April 9, 1996 (1996-04-09) 108
Nina tells Dick that she can't find any graduate records on him, which causes him to panic and act defensively. This leads Mary to note that Dick is often secretive about his past, and, while reminiscing about her rebellious time at Berkeley in the sixties, conclude that Dick is actually Manny Rosenberg, an activist whom she briefly knew, who is in hiding from the FBI. Dick first denies this, but then realizes that his presumed identity may have made him more attractive to her. Meanwhile, Harry joins a CD club, but finds the responsibilities of membership overwhelming.
15 15 "I Enjoy Being a Dick" Robert Berlinger Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21) 116
Dick starts to feel outcast from the others in his office, feeling that because he is male, he is excluded; he becomes especially annoyed when he can't come to Mary and Nina's women-only study group. Meanwhile, Sally and Harry get a job at a pancake house, where Sally becomes irritated at the lack of tips, and Tommy considers telling his girlfriend August the truth about where he and his family really come from.
16 16 "Dick Like Me" Robert Berlinger Joe Fisch April 23, 1996 (1996-04-23) 115
When Nina arrives at work in an ethnic headdress, Dick begins to realize that the Solomons have no ethnic group, and takes it upon himself to research them all and decide which one is the "best". Meanwhile, Sally falls for Tommy's teacher, Mr. Randell, who invites her to attend the school dance with him; however, she becomes nervous when she realizes that she doesn't know how to dance.
17 17 "Assault With a Deadly Dick" Terry Hughes Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein April 30, 1996 (1996-04-30) 114
After the radio is stolen from the Rambler and Dick gets mugged at an ATM, Sally begins to worry that she is failing in her job as Security Officer for the unit, and the family files a police report with officer Don (first appearance of Wayne Knight).
18 18 "Father Knows Dick" Terry Hughes Bonnie and Terry Turner & Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein May 7, 1996 (1996-05-07) 119

Dick decides that he is now Harry's father, and tries to treat him as a son, but Harry wants to know what his use on the alien's mission is, and Dick and tells him about the radio receiver in his head. Unfortunately, Harry becomes angry and runs away from home. Meanwhile, Sally goes on a date with Mr. Randall and meets his mother (Naomi Judd).

(Absent: Ryan Gosling as Kyle Albright)
19 19 "Selfish Dick" Terry Hughes Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein May 14, 1996 (1996-05-14) 120
Finding out another professor is leaving and a better office is available, Mary is able to get it over an older professor (Harry Morgan); however, Dick misses her and schemes to get her back into the old office with him. Meanwhile, after fainting when Mrs. Dubcek cuts her finger, Sally ends up in the hospital, and the family ends up acting like doctors from every medical drama they have seen, until they are caught.
20 20 "See Dick Run" (Part 1) Terry Hughes Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21) 118
Mary finally agrees to a date with Dick, and eats out with him at a Japanese restaurant, where Dick shows off his skills at chopping up food. The pair then retire to bed and finally have sex for the first time. Bad news arrives, however, after Tommy's report to the Big Giant Head results in him deciding that they've wasted their six months on Earth, and he announces that a replacement for Dick will be sent shortly.


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