The BEST Episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2020

Network: NBC

3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN is an inspired half-hour comedy series farcically dealing with the human condition set in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio. This gentle-hearted series stars John Lithgow as the High Commander of an investigative team sent to Earth on a mission to learn everything about humans and their so-called advanced civilization. Described by its producers as "Carl Sagan meets the Marx Brothers," 3rd Rock has a clever, distinct point of view seen through the extraterrestrial team who has no other worldly powers except absolute truthfulness.

Dial M for Dick

#1 - Dial M for Dick

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 9, 1999

The Solomons attend an interactive murder mystery at a mansion, but they don't have a clue that other guests are actors and that the action is scripted.

star 8.01
339 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christine Zander
The Physics of Being Dick

#2 - The Physics of Being Dick

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 15, 1998

Dick demands that Sally and Harry go to work, so she signs on as Albright's research assistant and he gets a job tending bar. Then Dick decides on a career change for himself (he wants to be a cop) after a disastrous Career Day at Tommy's school.

star 7.92
361 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: David Schiff
Mary Loves Scoochie (2)

#3 - Mary Loves Scoochie (2)

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired May 15, 2001

Dick can't stop Mary from dating her secret admirer "Scoochie" (really alien Liam Neesam), even though he suspects Liam is only using her as part of his plot against all mankind. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang find the "prequel" to their favorite movie, Arthur 2.

star 7.91
342 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Will Forte
Rutherford Beauty

#4 - Rutherford Beauty

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 22, 2000

Dick gets in trouble with Mary when he shares with her his compulsive erotic fantasies about Nina. Sally tries everyone's patience when she becomes a fanatical follower of a lifestyle guru a la Marta Stewart, and Mary asks her to cater her dinner party.

star 7.91
382 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Bob Kushell, Gregg Mettler
Brains and Eggs

#5 - Brains and Eggs

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 9, 1996

Solomon discovers that human bodies can produce feelings, and he's feeling attracted to a college professor with whom he shares an office.

star 7.90
914 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner
Dick vs. Strudwick

#6 - Dick vs. Strudwick

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 11, 1999

Dick's faculty nemesis, Dr. Vincent Strudwick, writes a physics book that's hailed as a work of genius. When Dick realizes that writing a better book would expose him as a superior alien being, he seeks another means of getting even, finally seizing on Strudwick's displeasure at learning that his teenage daughter Alissa is dating dreaded Solomon spawn Tommy. Dick manipulates Alissa to cause trouble between her and her father, and the conflict comes to a head at the taping of a TV panel show about Strudwick's book, which erupts into Jerry Springer-style fisticuffs. Meanwhile, Sally and Don, feeling "lonely" since their breakup, find themselves succumbing to "ex sex." Also, once Albright befriends a group of misfit Nobel laureates who are in town to hail the publication of Strudwick's book, she can't shake them -- they've imprinted on her like a litter of helpless kittens.

star 7.88
275 votes
Writers: David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty
World's Greatest Dick

#7 - World's Greatest Dick

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 1996

Fueling his own ego, Dick forces Tommy into a special school for gifted students; Sally is mistaken for a drag queen; Harry dabbles in magic.

star 7.87
523 votes
Writers: David Goetsch, Jason Venokur
Frankie Goes to Rutherford

#8 - Frankie Goes to Rutherford

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired May 9, 2000

Frank, a former student of Mary's, returns for a lecture series and makes Dick (unaware Frank is gay) jealous. When Frank confesses he has a secret, Dick jumps to the conclusion that Frank is also an alien, "comes out" to Frank, and is soon cavorting in Rutherford's finest gay bar while thinking it is a hangout for other covert aliens. Meanwhile, the other Solomons plan a bank robbery, but fall prey to mutual suspicion.

star 7.85
318 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Gregg Mettler, Will Forte
Dick'll Take Manhattan (2)

#9 - Dick'll Take Manhattan (2)

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 28, 2000

Things aren't going well in the Solomons' parallel universe and they want to go home.

star 7.82
369 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christine Zander, Mark Nutter
A Friend in Dick

#10 - A Friend in Dick

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 1997

Dick, friendless after his breakup with Albright, tries to shoehorn Officer Don into his life as best friend and constant companion... with mixed results. Sally shanghais the slickly popular dancer Peter Connelly ("King of the Jig") to Johnny Foam's Cafe as a sacrificial lamb for her moody artist boyfriend Seth, and is horrified to learn that rather than the dark and tortured soul the fell for, Seth is a poseur... and a jig fan. Harry tries to get a job so he can buy Tommy some roller blades, but lacking the required diploma, he must first weather the indignities of night school.

star 7.82
329 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Gregg Mettler
Dick'll Take Manhattan (1)

#11 - Dick'll Take Manhattan (1)

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 21, 2000

Dick, Sally and Harry are bourd so they go to another dimension (through their shower) where they are all very rich famous and living in New York.

star 7.82
338 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christine Zander, Mark Nutter
Fifteen Minutes of Dick

#12 - Fifteen Minutes of Dick

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 1997

Sally becomes a pseudo celebrity when she beats up Mark Hamill in a restaurant, and Dick becomes jealous while Tommy's school life is affected by Sally's newfound fame. As Sally's assistant, Harry becomes obsessed with keeping Sally on top.

star 7.79
411 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty
Dick Solomon's Day Off

#13 - Dick Solomon's Day Off

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 16, 2000

While Dick discovers the pleasures of faking "a sick day," the other Solomons find new kicks listening to cell-phone calls on Officer Don's misplaced scanner.

star 7.79
259 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty
Auto EuroDicka

#14 - Auto EuroDicka

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 4, 1998

Dick has casual sex with a woman he meets in line at the movies, then doesn't understand why Dr. Albright gets upset when he keeps talking about the encounter. Dick learns that the woman is the mother of one of his students, Bug, whose father and brothers pay a visit to Dick in an effort to teach him to show a little more respect. Sally decides she needs her own car, and she, Harry, and Tommy learn about the joys of shopping at a used car lot, where they learn that the salesman is decidedly not a "friend who's there to help."

star 7.78
366 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Mark Brazill
Dick and the Other Guy

#15 - Dick and the Other Guy

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 28, 1998

Dick has a rival for the title of Pendelton's nuttiest professor -- and a rival for Albright's affections -- with the arrival of the mysterious Dr. Liam Neesam. Meanwhile, Sally feels that she's losing her touch with men after Don seems to lose interest in her.

star 7.77
333 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner
Jolly Old St. Dick

#16 - Jolly Old St. Dick

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 15, 1996

The Solomons experience their first Christmas. Dick is disillusioned but finally gets the Christmas spirit. Sally gets a job wrapping presents at the mall. Harry takes a job as a mall Santa's assistant and discovers that he isn't the real Santa. Tommy tries to find the perfect present for August. Albright gets drunk on rum balls.

star 7.77
542 votes
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Sensitive Dick

#17 - Sensitive Dick

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 27, 1997

Dick is forced to take sensitivity training after he comes down too hard on his students and they make a complaint against him. Harry escorts Vicki to her high school reunion. Officer Don tries to teach Tommy how to drive.

star 7.77
385 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: David Sacks
Big Angry Virgin From Outer Space

#18 - Big Angry Virgin From Outer Space

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 1996

Relationships are in jeopardy: Sally and Mr. Randall are fighting, and Dick suggests that sex will solve their problem; Harry goes on a video blind date; and August tests Tommy's loyalty.

star 7.76
449 votes
Writers: Christine Zander
Portrait of Tommy as an Old Man

#19 - Portrait of Tommy as an Old Man

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 25, 1998

Tommy, tired of having to handle all of the "kid" duties [when in reality he's the oldest member of the mission], decides to retire. After he spends some time at a retirement home, he changes his mind, realizing that a big part of what makes you old is acting -- and being treated - like your old. Dick, thinking that Mary is anguished because she never got a chance to fulfill her fantasy of becoming a torch singer, tries to help her to realize that dream. He learns that sometimes the choices we make between two career paths can be right on the money. In a moment of weakness, Officer Don steals a pair of Sally's panties, and makes a series of vain attempts to return them without being caught in the act.

star 7.76
344 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Bob Kushell, Gregg Mettler
Proud Dick

#20 - Proud Dick

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 5, 1997

Because of his pride over a parking space, Dick quits his job at the university and gets one at Rusty's Burgers. Harry loses his memory and becomes paranoid thinking aliens are taking over the world.

star 7.75
485 votes
Writers: David Sacks
Dick's Big Giant Headache (1)

#21 - Dick's Big Giant Headache (1)

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 25, 1999

The Big Giant Head announces his plans to visit the Solomons in person to chastise them for their poor mission performance. Dick tells Sally to move back in, orders Harry to stop trying to father a baby with Vicki, and tries to prepare Mary for the arrival of his old "college chum," worrying privately that the supreme leader might not find her to have been a suitable use of his time. The family goes to the airport to meet the Big Giant Head (William Shatner), a drunken good-time charlie who's taken the name of "Stone Phillips," and who, in short order, moves in and takes over their lives. Dick quickly loses favor with Stone, who's unimpressed both by his choice of girlfriend and his leadership skills. Stone is, however, quite taken by everything about Sally, especially the length of her legs and the shape of her torso, and decides to make her the High Commander instead of Dick. Meanwhile, Harry keeps trying to avoid Vicki, but eventually he tells her that they need to cool the baby thi

star 7.75
301 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Just Your Average Dick

#22 - Just Your Average Dick

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 28, 1998

John Cleese puts his zaniness to good use in a two-part guest shot as a new professor who's even nuttier than Dick. And smarter. He's hotshot Dr. Liam Neesam, and he's a little too good at everything he does. He makes his first appearance in Part 1, as Albright (Curtin) is getting fed up with the fact that Dick -- and the rest of the Solomons, for that matter -- are "weird." "It's like being around the Addams Family," she moans. So Dick sets out to make his brood "average," and succeeds so completely that Albright finds him boring. Enter the off-kilter Dr. Neesam, who she thinks is kind of charming.

star 7.75
338 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Andrew Orenstein, Michael Glouberman
Dick Jokes

#23 - Dick Jokes

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 8, 1996

A jealous Dick decides to show Mary how funny he is after she asks another professor to emcee a college fund-raiser she's organizing. Meanwhile, Harry loses his beloved coat, and Sally builds a shelf to hold her shoes, providing lots of unnoticed slapstick humor.

star 7.74
473 votes
Writers: David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty
Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary

#24 - Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired May 20, 1998

The Solomons wind up their third season -- and perhaps their mission on Earth -- with a romantic dinner party that turns predictably raucous. The chef is Tommy, who has just "come out" as a gourmet. The guests: Dick and Mary, Don and Sally and Harry and Mrs. Dubcek's amorous daughter Vicki, who is back in his life. The trouble is, Vicki's jealous ex-boyfriend is hot on her trail. He's also hot to "put a hurt" on the competition and kidnaps Harry just before he transmits a message from the Big Giant Head. The other Solomons miss the communique, which promises devastating consequences for the family.

star 7.74
307 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: David Goetsch, Jason Venokur
Dick's First Birthday

#25 - Dick's First Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 23, 1996

Dick confronts the harsh realities of middle age when he's introduced to the earthly concept of birthdays - and it dawns on him that he's getting old.

star 7.73
618 votes
Writers: Andy Cowan