History Series / ThirdRockfromtheSun

10th Apr '18 11:50:13 AM Bisected8
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* DisguisedInDrag: Dick crossdresses to infiltrate a women's discussion group. Possibly another ActorAllusion, as John Lithgow played a transsexual in ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'' (and got an Academy Award nomination for it).

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* DisguisedInDrag: Dick crossdresses to infiltrate a women's discussion group. Possibly another ActorAllusion, as John Lithgow played a transsexual trans woman in ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'' (and got an Academy Award nomination for it).



* MistakenForGay / UnsettlingGenderReveal: In one episode, Sally unknowingly dates a gay man who thinks she's a gay, male crossdresser, if not a pre-op {{transsexual}}, and breaks up with her when he notices she's not entirely what he expected.

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* MistakenForGay / UnsettlingGenderReveal: In one episode, Sally unknowingly dates a gay man who thinks she's a gay, male crossdresser, if not a pre-op {{transsexual}}, {{Transgender}}, and breaks up with her when he notices she's not entirely what he expected.
3rd Apr '18 7:05:47 PM nombretomado
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** [[GoneWithTheWind "Land... it's the only thing that matters."]], "Dick, that's just dirt from the backyard."

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** [[GoneWithTheWind [[Film/GoneWithTheWind "Land... it's the only thing that matters."]], "Dick, that's just dirt from the backyard."
15th Mar '18 5:20:05 PM Kadorhal
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->'''Tommy''': Dick, when are we gonna leave these bodies?
->'''Dick''': When we've learned everything there is to know... About life.
->'''Harry''': Wow... [[TaughtByTelevision good thing we got cable]].

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->'''Tommy''': Dick, when are we gonna leave these bodies?
->'''Dick''':
bodies?\\
'''Dick''':
When we've learned everything there is to know... About life.
->'''Harry''':
life.\\
'''Harry''':
Wow... [[TaughtByTelevision good thing we got cable]].



As the Solomon family, the aliens infiltrate the UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}} college town of Rutherford where [[SmallTownBoredom mediocrity reigns]] despite it being a QuirkyTown. The commander of the aliens is [[Creator/JohnLithgow Dick Solomon]], a pompous ManChild with an ego the size of Jupiter playing the role of a [[SchoolTeachers professor of physics]] at nearby Pendleton University. His "sister" Sally is a [[UsefulNotes/TheModernDayRambo seasoned commando]] now "[[TheSmurfettePrinciple the]]" [[ActionGirl woman]], his "son" [[Creator/JosephGordonLevitt Tommy]] is a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld crotchety]] [[EspionageTropes information officer]] going as a teenager, and "the brother" Harry is a... well, technically he's the {{communications officer}}, but is really a WackyGuy with an [[BrainComputerInterface antenna in his head]]. Their [[OneGenderRace original species]] also doesn't have different genders, leading to [[RuleOfFunny much confusion]] and LampshadeHanging of human {{gender dynamics|Index}} in their [[GenderBender new forms]].

The local Earthlings include Dick's insecure office mate and love interest [[Creator/JaneCurtin Dr. Mary Albright]], her SassySecretary Nina Campbell, Sally's cop boyfriend [[Creator/WayneKnight Officer Don Orville]], and the Solomons' eccentric [[{{Landlord}} landlady]] Mrs. Dubcek. The more the Solomons view HumansThroughAlienEyes, the more they realize that HumansAreSpecial. Some people think the show stuck with the FishOutOfWater notion far too long -- unlike others, such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where main character Fry eventually got used to his new surroundings -- the main gag of this series remained the same, but can be justified as RuleOfFunny. [[note]]Though, to be fair, it would take years and years for anyone to adjust to a world completely unlike their own. So, if anything, ''Futurama'' is at fault here.[[/note]] As an added bonus, the series can easily be watched out of order, if you avoid the [[CliffHanger first and last episodes]] of a given season.

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As the Solomon family, the aliens infiltrate the UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}} college town of Rutherford where [[SmallTownBoredom mediocrity reigns]] despite it being a QuirkyTown. The commander of the aliens is [[Creator/JohnLithgow Dick Solomon]], Solomon (Creator/JohnLithgow), a pompous ManChild with an ego the size of Jupiter playing the role of a [[SchoolTeachers professor of physics]] at nearby Pendleton University. His "sister" Sally (Kristen Johnston) is a [[UsefulNotes/TheModernDayRambo seasoned commando]] now "[[TheSmurfettePrinciple the]]" [[ActionGirl woman]], his "son" [[Creator/JosephGordonLevitt Tommy]] Tommy (Creator/JosephGordonLevitt) is a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld crotchety]] [[EspionageTropes information officer]] going as a teenager, and "the brother" Harry (French Stewart) is a... well, technically he's the {{communications officer}}, but is really a WackyGuy with an [[BrainComputerInterface antenna in his head]]. Their [[OneGenderRace original species]] also doesn't have different genders, leading to [[RuleOfFunny much confusion]] and LampshadeHanging of human {{gender dynamics|Index}} in their [[GenderBender new forms]].

The local Earthlings include Dick's insecure office mate and love interest [[Creator/JaneCurtin Dr. Mary Albright]], Albright (Creator/JaneCurtin), her SassySecretary Nina Campbell, Campbell (Simbi Khali), Sally's cop boyfriend [[Creator/WayneKnight Officer Don Orville]], Orville (Creator/WayneKnight), and the Solomons' eccentric [[{{Landlord}} landlady]] Mrs. Dubcek.Dubcek (Elmarie Wendel). The more the Solomons view HumansThroughAlienEyes, the more they realize that HumansAreSpecial. Some people think the show stuck with the FishOutOfWater notion far too long -- unlike others, such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where main character Fry eventually got used to his new surroundings -- the main gag of this series remained the same, but can be justified as RuleOfFunny. [[note]]Though, to be fair, it would take years and years for anyone to adjust to a world completely unlike their own. So, if anything, ''Futurama'' is at fault here.[[/note]] As an added bonus, the series can easily be watched out of order, if you avoid the [[CliffHanger first and last episodes]] of a given season.
8th Mar '18 7:22:35 PM MattP5557
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* ApatheticTeacher: Mary and Dick when not a full on SadistTeacher.
8th Mar '18 6:26:46 PM MattP5557
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* MistakenForProfound / [[MistakenForBadass Badass]]: In one episode Harry tries to chain his bike to a tree and [[EpicFail ended up chaining himself]], since the park was about to be bulldozed he is mistaken for an activist and eventually asked to run for city council where his campaign pretty much runs on this.
17th Feb '18 5:02:21 AM speedyboris
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** When Dr. Neesam introduces himself to Sally:
--> '''Dick''': This is my sister Sally. You're in luck. She's available.\\
'''Neesam''': Really? A woman as beautiful as you, available? [[YankTheDogsChain You must have a severe personality disorder.]]\\
''(after Dick and Neesam step aside)''\\
'''Sally''': Personality disorder. I'm gonna go ''kick his ass''!
14th Feb '18 11:34:18 AM MackWylde
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* CentralTheme: Everybody is at least a little crazy.
13th Feb '18 2:57:23 AM Cryoclaste
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** There's also a Harry and a Sally, which might just be a ShoutOut to [[WhenHarryMetSally a certain movie]].

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** There's also a Harry and a Sally, which might just be a ShoutOut to [[WhenHarryMetSally [[Film/WhenHarryMetSally a certain movie]].
20th Jan '18 2:21:29 PM wsmith76
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** In ''Tricky Dick'' Dick, annoyed by the loud music Tommy's band is playing, delivers a fire-and-brimstone sermon about the dangers of Rock in Roll. This is a shout-out to Creator/JohnLithgow's character in Film/{{Footloose}}.
4th Dec '17 8:07:27 AM Truehare
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** There's a subversion right there in the pilot episode, "Brains and Eggs":
--> '''Harry''': Women. You can't live with them, and yet... they're everywhere.
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