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3rd Rock From the Sun - Season 5 (1996)

John Lithgow , Kirsten Johnston , Various  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Lithgow, Kirsten Johnston, French Stewart
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 475 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2XQU7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3rd Rock remains one of the funniest sitcoms of the '90s! -

Calling all Earth dwellers! The Solomon's mission to investigate human behavior continues in the hysterical 5th season of 3rd Rock from the Sun! Award Winning John Lithgow stars as Dick Solomon, The High Commander of a group of aliens who turn everyday events into out if this world hilarity! Experience the unusual happening of Dick and the gang as they share the joys of childbirth, attend an in interactive murder mystery, recover from car crashes all while trying to learn about Earth customs and population. Kathy Bates, Laura Metcalf and William Shatner are amongst some of the Guest Stars who add to the ridiculous riot of season 5!


John Lithgow (Shrek), Kristen Johnston (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), French Stewart (Inspector Gadget 2), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Jane Curtin (SNL), Simbi Khali, Elmarie Wendel, Wayne Knight (Seinfeld)

More Guest Appearances By:

Jan Hooks (SNL), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Chyna (WWE), Enrico Colantoni (Person of Interest)

Out-Of-This-World Bonus Features:
Season 5 Bloopers

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No more waiting March 2, 2012
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In case you haven't noticed, Seasons 1 and 2 were reissued by Mill Creek Entertainment in alternate packaging several months ago, and seasons 3 & 4 were reissued in April 2012. These reissues are at a much lower price than those original-issue products offered in the after-market. Save yourself some money and WAIT for seasons 5 & 6.
I noticed that Amazon is offering a $40 gift card for the original issue version. If I had one, I'd sell it to Amazon and buy the reissue next year.

In case you've come to the page for the original issue version of Season 5, you'll want to scroll up to the 'other formats & versions' section and click the link in the Amazon Price column. Pre-order the reissue for under $10!

Another update
The theme music changed. I liked it until it occurred to me that this could simply be a cost cutting ploy to avoid a royalty on the original music, then I didn't like it so much.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best season September 18, 2008
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Without question, Season 5 is the best season of this show. Sitcoms TV seasons are a scary buy, as it's always a mixed bag of quality, but if you had to pick from among 3rd Rock's 6 Seasons, Season 5 is the one to buy. The actors all hit their stride together and it's an excersize in hilarity that I have not seen on TV or practically anywhere else in quite some time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As funny as the 1st time August 25, 2008
I was so glad to get this set on a gold box special-I'd forgotten how funny, witty, well written/acted, and wonderfully entertaining the show had originally been. Since I am not a TV show aficionado, having some minutes cut out does not impact me as I simply do not recall the episodes in their entirety. Maybe if like some I had old VCR tapes to compare, then I might feel differently. I just know when I've had a challenging work day if I watch an episode or two, I laugh out loud and feel much happier. This is a definite cost effective stress reducer. I plan to get the entire set as they too slowly go on sale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It has the same edited episodes as the anchor bay release. Only buy if you want the show. Its a great show. But a poor release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Build Your DVD-Comedy Library! July 14, 2008
By StarZ
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This one is an outstanding addition for your DVD comedy collection! The cast of Season 5 (John Lithgow, French Stewart, Jane Curtin, etc.) is as funny as ever! Hilarious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Like Seasons 1-4 June 13, 2013
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In season 5, the writing changed and was more "forced" comedy, unlike seasons 1-4 where the comedy was naturally funny. As Third Rock fan, anyone could find good humor in seasons 1-4. Season 5 - don't waste your money. It was like it wasn't the same show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best American Sitcom, But Edited DVDs! May 20, 2013
I had the original Anchor Bay DVDs of the entire series and discovered that, while the sound and picture quality were fine (actually it might be some of the most detailed looking SD DVD I had), and there were good extras, they were the edited episodes for syndication that had some of the little extra gags (often scene-enders) here and there missing (in spite of saying "uncut" on the cover). So I was OVERJOYED to see that Mill Creek Entertainment was releasing seasons 1 and 2 uncut on DVD with the same extras. The only downside was the crappy packaging (paper slip covers for the discs) and degraded picture quality due to the higher level of compression (up to eight episodes a disc).

So imagine my disappointment when I found out that the later seasons released by Mill Creek were the same, edited episodes as from Anchor Bay, making the upgrade pointless. Jokes and small scenes that I remember from first broadcast are missing. Why didn't Mill Creek release the entire, uncut seasons 3-6? If they didn't have the rights, us 3rd Rockers would have gladly waited for the full versions. So why the rush to release?

That said, the actual show is dynamite and you aren't missing anything plot-centric by watching the syndication episodes. I consider 3rd Rock to be America's best sitcom (not coincidentally it is the most British-like American sitcom), though sometimes I can't make my mind up between this, Seinfeld, and The Simpsons when it was at its peak (seasons 3-7). The comedy comes from wit, wordplay, buffoonery, slapstick, grown people acting like children and cartoon characters, and despite superficially seeming to be a mindless Vaudevillian/Commedia Della Arte exercise, it was actually the smartest show on the air when it was on. Fans of Scrubs, Community, or Malcolm in the Middle (which shared many of the writers and plots, in fact Hal is almost a nice version of Dick) will enjoy 3rd Rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop first February 2, 2013
By DooDads
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My husband and I watched the whole series a couple of episodes every night while eating supper. The first couple of seasons were quite hilarious, but then it seemed to slide into nothing but sex. Such a shame, it was such a novelty.
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