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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)
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Jan Hooks (SNL), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Chyna (WWE), Enrico Colantoni (Person of Interest)
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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.
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.
* Dick and Mary move no further in their relationship.
* Harry and Vicki plod along with their bizarre lovemaking and "fly by night" relationship.
* Sally and Don trudge along with no real development.
* Tommy and Alissa surprisingly don't last (read: sarcasm), though previous seasons showed Tommy to be the only real growing authority on what it is to be "human". As his character is an old man trapped in (given the gift of??) a young man's body, it makes sense that his monogamy is faltering and his efforts are sexually-driven. Stilll...
I was disappointed to see such lack of character development. In any comedy, a solid serious character out of the core group can do a lot for leveling comedy to drama. Mary acts as "reason" to the other four characters' "rash", but even she doesn't hold the fort too well. Tommy's character waxed between reason and crazed well, but the show seems to lose focus on the fact that tubular, purple aliens are donning human form to learn more about Earth characters, and failing miserably.
In fairness, I haven't watched the season more than once all the way through. A few episodes held my attention for a second watch. So a thorough understanding of the nuances is remiss on my side.
The show is a worthwhile purchase. And the season has it's merits. But this season definitely has a "tired" feel to it that is hard to ignore.
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Perfect casting, impeccably acted, superbly written; quality show on quality discs.Published 1 month ago by charlesm
While not the best season of 3rd Rock, this season does hold some really funny jokes. Five seasons into the series is when shows usually lose steam, and while it does show here... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cody
Loved, loved 3rd Rock from the Sun. Kept you laughing for the whole half hour.Published 4 months ago by Anita