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Dick cuts up at a Japanese restaurant, but the big news is that he's there with Dr. Albright, who has finally agreed to date him. But just as they finally consummate their attraction, Harry receives bad news from the home planet: Dick has been replaced by a less benign duplicate, who traps him in the basement and takes charge of Dr. Albright.

Episode Title: See Dick Run (1)
Airs: 1996-05-21 at
  • Tom Gliatto

    The show needs work-—why all the breast jokes?-—but [Lithgow and Curtin] don't.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    '3rd Rock from the Sun,' besides being viewed as too darn silly by some, may be slagged for being too raunchy by others. But if you're looking for a daffy acting delight, check out John Lithgow's marvelously unhinged performance as Commander Dick. [9 Jan 1996]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Lon Grahnke

    Goofy and good-hearted, '3rd Rock' winks at the human condition. [8 Jan 1996]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    No one will mistake this for cutting-edge comedy but it is well-cast (especially Lithgow) and good-natured enough to please most viewers. [8 Jan 1996]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    'Rock' is loud, raucous, silly, sentimental and, just often enough to keep you watching, flat-out funny. It's not a great show, but it's different and it dares to aim for wild laughter instead of mild amusement. [9 Jan 1996]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Relax and go with the goofiness and you could have a good time. [9 Jan 1996]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ron Miller

    Moliere it's not, but somehow it works as a sort of energized hybrid of "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Mork & Mindy" and those "Coneheads" sketches Curtin spent so much time in while she was with SNL. [7 Jan 1996]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    Well, the show is certainly wacky, but I didn't get a good laugh until the third episode I previewed. [9 Jan 1996]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    At best, and most, 3rd Rock might catch on as the silliest of guilty pleasures, a Benny Hill burlesque where the leering material is enlivened by some outstanding physical comedy. ... When goofy, 3rd Rock rolls. When dirty, it's stone-cold bad. [9 Jan 1996]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    Barely a minute goes by in this new NBC sitcom ... without another gratuitous breast reference, as though the word itself is a riot. It's too bad, because if you can get past the sense that somebody wrote much of this with a Victoria's Secret catalog close at hand, there's actually a charming and perceptive comedy lurking inside, a neat counterpoint to all those series about urbanites on the make. [9 Jan 1996]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Feran

    Once it gets past a fixation on breast jokes (I counted nine in the premiere but only five in next week's episode) its talented cast and clever writing could make it a diverting, screwball sitcom. [9 Jan 1996]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Laughs rarely equal the sum of the gimmickry in "3rd Rock." ... Yet the first three episodes do have their amusing moments. [9 Jan 1996]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Caryn James

    Erratic but promising ... So far the series lacks the sharp writing to match its actors' unflappable delivery and deft physical comedy. [9 Jan 1996]

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Miles Beller

    Though Rock can feel heavy and static, jammed with too many dumb jokes about body parts, it is capable of showing a quirky bounce now and again, which is a quality one hopes will be developed as the series establishes itself. [8 Jan 1996]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The level of the writing ranges from juvenile... to fairly clever, but the performers are what really enliven '3rd Rock.' ... The cast is just right. The concept, though nothing new, fits just fine. I'd love to recommend this show unreservedly but until its scripts improve a notch, it's more like an extended sketch. [7 Jan 1996]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd Everett

    [The] cast generally rises above the material, with Lithgow a sort of cross between Steve Martin and Matt Frewer, and tall, raspy-voiced Johnston a real find. Curtin is fine, but somewhat wasted as an uptight professor. [9 Jan 1996]

    Variety Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Third Rock's creators, veteran Saturday Night Live writers Bonnie and Terry Turner, have described the show as "Carl Sagan meets the Marx Brothers." In reality, it's Maude meets Mork & Mindy.

    Time Full Review
  • Frederic M. Biddle

    The results are derivative, but they could have been worse. [9 Jan 1996]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Marvin Kitman

    While not the most stupid thing on the air, it borders on stupidity. [8 Jan 1996]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    I counted 14 breast and genital jokes in the three episodes of 3d Rock From the Sun sent out to critics. Some of them (the jokes, that is) seemingly went on for hours. Most would make even a mature 13-year-old cringe. [9 Jan 1996]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    It's a pity the writers and producers suffer so badly from groin lock, because the show has promise, mainly in the person of John Lithgow. [9 Jan 1996]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    'Rock' is little more than one big sophomoric sex joke. ... All of this is doubly disappointing because it's such a waste of talent. [9 Jan 1996]

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The show ought to be more than a sophomoric aliens-meet-humans smutcom. It should be an advancement on My Favorite Martian and Mork & Mindy. But it's not. [9 Jan 1996]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    The humor of "3rd Rock" is of I-can't-believe-how-bad-this-is quality. [9 Jan 1996]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • How sad to see John Lithgow making insipid jokes on 3rd Rock From The Sun.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    It's hard to figure where the makers of "Third Rock" believe they went right. The humor never rises above high-school-lunchroom level, and even then it's not over-the-top enough to make it very appealing. The actors are talented enough -- Lithgow and Curtin certainly have nothing left to prove, and Gordon-Levitt seems to be that rarest of finds, a young actor who knows about timing. What they're doing in this mess is one of those questions for the ages. [9 Jan 1996]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review

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