The Worst Episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2018

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.

Glengarry Glen Dick

#1 - Glengarry Glen Dick

Season 6 - Episode 15

After Dick and Don each buy half of a timeshare ""luxury getaway,"" they take Mary and Sally on their first vacation there. Meanwhile, Harry's afraid of shrinking now that Tommy's taller than he is.

star 7.45
78 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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My Mother, My Dick

#2 - My Mother, My Dick

Season 6 - Episode 14

When a new alien accidentally arrives through the time space portal, Dick tells Harry and Sally that it's their responsibility to take care of him. And Dick alienates Mary by taking sides with her detested mother as he tries to navigate through the minefield that separates the two women.

star 7.51
81 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Les Liaisons Dickgereuses

#3 - Les Liaisons Dickgereuses

Season 6 - Episode 1

Mary's rich, spoiled sister Renata arrives in Rutherford. Dick formulates a plan to help Mary get the best of her once and for all. But Dick's falls in temptation when he gets a chance to live a life of luxury.

star 7.54
88 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Dick Soup for the Soul

#4 - Dick Soup for the Soul

Season 6 - Episode 16

Dick thinks he's found the key to true happiness after reading Mary's favorite self-help book, so he rids himself of all conflict in his life -- including Mary, his main source of friction. Sally tries to help Tommy get into his college fraternity of choice by posing as the Assistant Pledge Master during Hell Week, but her grueling physical tests push Tommy to the limit. Meanwhile, Harry becomes tortured in his quest to re-paint the kitchen ceiling.

star 7.64
86 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Dick and Harry Fall Down a Hole

#5 - Dick and Harry Fall Down a Hole

Season 5 - Episode 18

Dick and Harry tumble down an abandoned airshaft, prompting a televised search-and-rescue headed by an eccentric Scottish expert known as ""the Hole,"" who promptly clashes with an agitated Sally over his unorthodox rescue method. Meanwhile, down in their dark prison, an excitable Dick finally loses control while Zen-like Harry remains cool and calm. Above ground, Tommy tries to make a fast buck by hawking souvenirs of his trapped friends.

star 7.64
80 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
What's Love Got To Do, Got To Do With Dick?

#6 - What's Love Got To Do, Got To Do With Dick?

Season 4 - Episode 5

Dick, frustrated because busy dean Mary never seems to have time for him, finds himself increasingly enchanted with his new officemate, Jennifer. Confused by his feelings, he vows to resist the attraction, but it's too much for him -- they kiss. Sally tries to fix Nina up with Don's friend Eric, then takes it as a personal insult when it doesn't turn out to be a love match. She schemes to bring them back together, but the only passion she manages to ignite between them is their rabid dislike for each other -- hardly a satisfying victory for Sally. Tommy fixes up the ""Love Tester"" machine at the bar where Harry works, then is miffed that he can't make it go higher than ""Cold Fish.""

star 7.66
91 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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B.D.O.C.

#7 - B.D.O.C.

Season 6 - Episode 7

The aliens give Tommy a big send-off to college, including two cases of beer and a fake ID, but as he's leaving Sally and Harry get ready to interview his replacement. The candidates have materialized in the closet and are ready and waiting. Both aliens are sold on Christie, an extremely efficient young woman, until they meet the incredibly handsome Bryce. Sally's bowled over by Bryce and hires him on the spot. Harry's upset, but he's quickly overruled. Meanwhile, Dick drops Tommy off at his dorm, and they reminisce about all the missions they've been on together. Sally's loving every minute that Bryce is around, but after Bryce's first day on the job, Dick decides to go get Tommy and bring him back. Tommy's already enjoying college and flirting with girls. Dick arrives and tries to convince Tommy to come home and go to Pendleton if he must go to college, but Tommy says he's not leaving. He does manage to convince Tommy that to impress the girls and really make a name for himself he ha

star 7.67
71 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Fun with Dick and Janet (2)

#8 - Fun with Dick and Janet (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2

Dick receives an unpleasant order from the home planet on the hour-long third-season opener: he must marry the Big Giant Head's niece Janet. As Sally, Harry and Tommy escort Janet on the rocket to Earth, the bride-to-be sets out to prove that she's a true domestic goddess, brushing up on her skills by reading The Joy of Cooking, The Joy of Sex -- and The Joy of Yiddish. But a defiant Dick is sticking by Mary; whether Mary will stick by Dick is another question. Meanwhile, Janet's arrival in Rutherford is anything but quiet: Officer Don suspects that aliens have landed.

star 7.67
95 votes
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Episode I: The Baby Menace

#9 - Episode I: The Baby Menace

Season 5 - Episode 1

Greatly relieved when Vicki's baby turns out to be human, the aliens are freshly alarmed to discover that she intends to sell her story to the tabloids.

star 7.68
99 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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You Don't Know Dick

#10 - You Don't Know Dick

Season 6 - Episode 13

After everyone convinces Dick that he doesn't know what Mary likes, he tries to buy concert tickets for the two of them.

star 7.68
78 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Feelin' Albright

#11 - Feelin' Albright

Season 4 - Episode 3

When Sally learns that she's not Don's first girlfriend, she is consumed with retrospective jealousy and determines to track down his exes. Meanwhile, Dick learns what it's like to be the dean's boyfriend when everyone ignores him at a function except the other ""faculty wives"". He decides to prove his worth by staging a fashion show to raise money for repairs to the campus statue, but succeeds in raising only $100 above expenses. Meanwhile, Harry and Tommy ""creep out"" Mrs. Dubcek by setting themselves up in business with a lemonade stand.

star 7.68
97 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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There's No Business Like Dick Business

#12 - There's No Business Like Dick Business

Season 6 - Episode 10

While Dick and Sally form an act to entertain at children's parties, Mary and Harry get involved in Officer Don's self-defense class.

star 7.71
72 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Fun with Dick and Janet (1)

#13 - Fun with Dick and Janet (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1

Dick receives an unpleasant order from the home planet on the hour-long third-season opener: he must marry the Big Giant Head's niece Janet. As Sally, Harry and Tommy escort Janet on the rocket to Earth, the bride-to-be sets out to prove that she's a true domestic goddess, brushing up on her skills by reading The Joy of Cooking, The Joy of Sex -- and The Joy of Yiddish. But a defiant Dick is sticking by Mary; whether Mary will stick by Dick is another question. Meanwhile, Janet's arrival in Rutherford is anything but quiet: Officer Don suspects that aliens have landed.

star 7.73
125 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Indickscretion

#14 - Indickscretion

Season 6 - Episode 3

Dick invites Sally and Don to join himself and Mary on a date. But when the conversation turns to their sex lives, Don and Mary have adverse reactions. Meanwhile, Dick and Harry take a road trip, but only get as far as the gas station.

star 7.73
86 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Angry Dick

#15 - Angry Dick

Season 1 - Episode 13

The Solomons learn about the give and take necessary to human friendships when they turn their anthropological gaze to the next-door neighbors.

star 7.74
171 votes
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The Dicks They Are A-Changin'

#16 - The Dicks They Are A-Changin'

Season 1 - Episode 14

Harry joins a CD club and finds the responsibilities of membership overwhelming. When Nina tells Dick that Stanford has no graduate records on him and Dick reacts defensively, Dr. Albright observes that it's virtually impossible to get a straight answer from Dick about his past. As Dr. Albright reminisces about her wild, rebellious times at Berkeley and Mrs. Dubcek contributes some colorful recollections, Dick chides Tommy that, as information officer, he failed to brief the crew on the crucial sixties decade. Dr. Albright becomes convinced that Dick is actually Manny Rosenberg, a sixties activist whom she knew briefly and who has been in hiding from the FBI for decades. Dick denies this but soon realizes that his presumed identity has somehow made him more attractive to Dr. Albright. Later, at Dr. Albright's apartment, Dick thinks that they'll at last be having sex, but Dr. Albright angrily reveals that she and Manny had an upsetting encounter that she still hasn't gotten over, and

star 7.74
169 votes
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Seven Deadly Clips

#17 - Seven Deadly Clips

Season 3 - Episode 9

The Solomons reflect on their sinful ways in an episode that illustrates their misdeeds in clips from past episodes.

star 7.75
113 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Frozen Dick

#18 - Frozen Dick

Season 1 - Episode 12

A snowstorm -- the Solomons' first -- spoils Dr. Albright's trip to Chicago, leaving her stranded in a truck stop with Dick.

star 7.75
176 votes
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Dick, Smoker

#19 - Dick, Smoker

Season 1 - Episode 5

While Sally does a slow burn at being the often-overruled second in command, Dick lights up his life by taking up smoking.

star 7.76
235 votes
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Jailhouse Dick

#20 - Jailhouse Dick

Season 3 - Episode 11

Dick thinks he's doing the right thing when he offers to personally rehabilitate a criminal, but winds up doing more harm than good; Sally tries to help Mary find a new home for Pepper; and Harry struggles to complete a book report on Little Women.

star 7.76
106 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Dick Digs

#21 - Dick Digs

Season 6 - Episode 9

When Mary invites Dick to accompany her on an archeological dig, he eagerly accepts; he's seen ""Raiders of the Lost Ark,"" so he knows how exciting and dangerous archeology can be. The Rutherford Garlic Festival is underway, and hotel rooms are at a premium. Since Dick's gone on the dig, the other aliens decide to rent out his bed. Soon the Solomons' apartment becomes ""The Inn at Solomon House"" with Tommy and Sally committed to giving their guests outstanding service in hopes of earning four stars in the Crown Travel Guide. Harry's not enthusiastic about the new venture, because he gets to do all the dirty work. At the dig, Dick's disenchanted when Mary gives him a trowel, a brush and an air bulb and tells him to carefully dust the sediment in one square foot of land. Dick grudgingly gets to work and later complains that he's been working five hours and all he's found is a pointy rock. Mary's astonished when she identifies his ""pointy rock"" as a spear head. She sadly confesses that s

star 7.77
75 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Mary Loves Scoochie (1)

#22 - Mary Loves Scoochie (1)

Season 6 - Episode 17

John Cleese reprises his role as Liam Neesam, Dick's malevolent alien nemesis in the first of a special two-part episode. In part one, Dick intercepts love letters sent to Mary by ""Scoochie,"" a secret admirer, and plots to interject himself into Mary's upcoming assignation at a Renaissance festival with the mystery man.

star 7.78
84 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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The Fifth Solomon

#23 - The Fifth Solomon

Season 5 - Episode 3

The Solomons don't realize how fond they are of their car until Dick wrecks it. Meanwhile, Harry finds out about insurance.

star 7.78
97 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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Father Knows Dick

#24 - Father Knows Dick

Season 1 - Episode 18

Dick decides the reason Harry's""odd"" is because he lacks a father, and sets out nurture the suddenly rebellious Harry -- who then learns that he has a""thing"" in his head, a communications device the others knew about all along. Meanwhile, sparks fly when Sally meets the hostile mother of her boyfriend.

star 7.79
162 votes
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A Dick Replacement

#25 - A Dick Replacement

Season 6 - Episode 11

Dick and Mary visit Rita, a psychic, together, and Dick scoffs that the whole thing's a rip-off—until the psychic says that Dick and Mary are from two different worlds. She adds that one of these days Dick will leave Mary and go back where he came from. Dick immediately decides that he should devote himself to locating his successor, someone worthy who will wait in the wings until Dick has gone. Later, Sally tells Harry that if the psychic talked about Dick's leaving the planet, she must know they're aliens; they have to kill her. Dick takes Mary to a singles bar in search of the perfect replacement, but he acts so strangely that the bartender thinks Mary's a hooker and asks them to leave. Harry and Sally set about hatching wildly unrealistic plots designed to do away with the psychic. Nina tells Dick about Gary Hemmings, a visiting lecturer who's dying to substitute for him. Dick talks with Gary and offers him the chance to replace him; Gary thinks he's being offered a staff position

star 7.79
74 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
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