History Series / ThirdRockfromtheSun

2nd Sep '16 3:55:11 PM AdamC
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* BizarreAlienBiology: Played for a lot of laughs; the most consistent description of what the Solomons really look like is that they resemble purple tubes. Beyond that, that show is rife with jokes about exactly what their real forms are, each more confusing than the last.



* WorthlessYellowRocks: The family apparently wins the lottery every time, but tears up the tickets and just enjoys the fun of playing the lottery.
** It's unknown whether this is because this qualifies as a 'global change' (Similar to blowing up the Earth), or they simply don't know that the lottery actually involves money. Likely the second.

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* WorthlessYellowRocks: WorthlessYellowRocks:
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The family apparently wins the lottery every time, but tears up the tickets and just enjoys the fun of playing the lottery.
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lottery. It's unknown whether this is because this qualifies as a 'global change' (Similar to blowing up the Earth), or they simply don't know that the lottery actually involves money. Likely the second.second.
** Dick at one point looks into buying a diamond ring and is disgusted by the high price of them on Earth.
-->'''Dick:''' Where I come from we use the big ones as doorstops!
13th Aug '16 5:03:58 PM nombretomado
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*** There's also an accidental shout out, in that Harry's covered in soot, making him "DirtyHarry."

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*** There's also an accidental shout out, in that Harry's covered in soot, making him "DirtyHarry."Film/DirtyHarry."
1st Aug '16 8:13:48 PM Scorpion451
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Frank upstages Dick. Dick's response:
-> '''Dick''': ''I have a plan.''
-> '''Sally''': Remember we're not allowed to liquefy humans.
-> {{Beat}}
-> '''Dick''': Ok, I have ''another'' plan.
11th Jul '16 4:48:20 PM SarcasmKid
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* BigScrewedUpFamily:
** This is how the Solomons appear to everybody else for a majority of reasons, mainly due to Dick's egomania, Sally's rage, Tommy's lust, and Harry's... everything. There're also those times when they forget they're supposed to be related and either call each other by the wrong word or act ''way'' too intimate than being related would allow.
*** This is taken to the extreme in ''The Loud Solomon Family: A Dickumentary'', when Mary does a film based on the Solomon's family life. To cover up their alien identities they end up making themselves look even more screwed up than usual. Sally's "outed" as a lesbian, Tommy's outed as a bed wetter (which is true), Dick is accused of being physically abusive, and Harry pretends to be an alcoholic so he can get more screentime. When it finally gets to be too much, Tommy reveals the big secret they've been trying to hide: [[spoiler: Dick's not his father.]]
** Straighter examples of this trope on the ongoing side are the Albrights and the Dubceks.
*** Mary's parents are horrible people who dumped all their emotional baggage on her for her entire childhood, her mother's a vindictive, controlling, racist drunk, and her father's a cheat. The two constantly split up, and at one point Mary's father began dating Sally. Her brother and sister are no better. Roy let Mary take the blame when their parents discovered his collection of Playboys (a move which put her in therapy for a few years) and tries to get women to sleep with him by lying about getting abducted by aliens. Renata, Mary's sister, is relatively more successful than she is and enjoys destroying Mary's happiness any chance she can get, even trying to steal Dick from her. It's a wonder Mary isn't even ''more'' messed up than she is now.
*** The Dubceks, on the other hand, are much more pleasant to deal with despite Mamie and Vicki being rampant, self aware nymphomaniacs, with Mamie being the grandmother of more than one illegitimate grandchild and an implied stoner, and Vicki acting as though she's in a bad porno most of the time. Oh, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext the time she tried to kill Harry's girlfriend after marrying the Big Giant Head.]]
16th Jun '16 2:30:45 PM sorako
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* BrokenBird: In an alternate universe, we find that Mary is just a bitter lonely woman with little to live for. Dick tries to convince her that she can be more, but she's already given up. Despite having an otherwise much better life, it's this dead-inside Mary that gets him to go back home.

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* BrokenBird: BrokenBird:
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In an alternate universe, we find that Mary is just a bitter lonely woman with little to live for. Dick tries to convince her that she can be more, but she's already given up. Despite having an otherwise much better life, it's this dead-inside Mary that gets him to go back home.


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* DysfunctionalFamily: Mary's family. Her parents both had affairs while she was growing up (including one that draws doubt to Mary's paternity). She's the eldest of three children, all twisted in their own ways. Her brother Roy sells aluminum siding and tells women he was abducted by aliens as an attempt to get laid. Her sister Renata is an affected, wealthy woman who has a personal vendetta against Mary and does everything in her power to destroy Mary's life (including trying to steal Dick). Their whole family seems fond of alcohol, and Mary has apparently followed in her mother's footsteps to become a borderline LadyDrunk.
30th May '16 6:46:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Harry was this show's equivalent to [[{{Seinfeld}} Cosmo Kramer]] when it came to combining physical comedy with hamminess.

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** Harry was this show's equivalent to [[{{Seinfeld}} [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Cosmo Kramer]] when it came to combining physical comedy with hamminess.
26th May '16 11:00:40 AM speedyboris
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* JuryDuty: One of the plots in "Eleven Angry Men and One Dick" is Dick being summoned for jury duty. It takes him forever to qualify for the jury, as he always has an opinion on a case that excludes him from being impartial. Finally he's allowed on when he's asked a question and bursts into tears.
23rd May '16 10:44:31 AM Josef5678
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* DoNotPassGo: In "Dick Behaving Badly":
--> '''Harry Solomon:''' ''Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 and do not, I repeat, [[PrisonRape do not drop the soap]]''.
29th Mar '16 7:33:17 AM speedyboris
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* EscalatingWar: Or prank war, in "Tricky Dick". It finally ends when Mary tricks Dick into sticking his face on his glue-filled desk.
6th Mar '16 8:19:43 AM Phenenas
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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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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 [[/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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