History Trivia / ThirdRockFromTheSun

12th Sep '16 4:45:23 AM themisterfree
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* CreatorCouple: The opening titles end with the credit "Created by Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner." They are a married couple. Incidentally, the show is set in Ohio because Bonnie is an Ohio native.

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* CreatorCouple: The opening titles end with the credit "Created by Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner." They are a married couple. Incidentally, the show is set in Ohio because Bonnie is an Ohio native.native (their other show from Carsey-Werner, ''Series/That70sShow'', had the town, Point Place WI, named for a section of Toledo).
12th Sep '16 4:43:35 AM themisterfree
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** Roseanne Barr plays the Big Giant Head's niece, Janet, who was supposed to be Dick's wife. At first, she's totally devoted to being a good wife, and enjoys cooking and cleaning. Then Dick finds out that she was under the belief that she "had" to love him since she was his wife and those were "the rules". Dick informs her that there are no rules to marriage and she's free to be with whoever she wants. Janet then drops everything and reveals that she really hates cooking, cleaning, being with Dick, and his family, and then decides to explore the world. Up until Janet's declaration of her hatred of being a housewife, Roseanne's role was an inversion to her former glory as Roseanne Connor from ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Upon admitting how she really felt it turned into a shout out to her former role.

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** Roseanne Barr plays the Big Giant Head's niece, Janet, who was supposed to be Dick's wife. At first, she's totally devoted to being a good wife, and enjoys cooking and cleaning. Then Dick finds out that she was under the belief that she "had" to love him since she was his wife and those were "the rules". Dick informs her that there are no rules to marriage and she's free to be with whoever she wants. Janet then drops everything and reveals that she really hates cooking, cleaning, being with Dick, and his family, and then decides to explore the world. Up until Janet's declaration of her hatred of being a housewife, Roseanne's role was an inversion to her former glory as Roseanne Connor from ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Upon admitting how she really felt it turned into a shout out to her former role. (Both that show and this show were produced by Carsey-Werner.)
8th Apr '16 11:33:36 AM hamza678
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* HeyItsThatGuy: A number of these happen in retrospect.
** A young [[{{WizardsofWaverlyPlace}} Jerry Russo]] studied physics at Pendelton before managing the Waverly Sub Station.
** It's a wee young [[Film/{{Brick}} Brendan Frye]]. Or possibly [[Film/{{Inception}} Arthur]].
*** [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra Cobra!]]
** Creator/JohnLithgow's later roles include [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}Lord Farquaad]] and [[Series/{{Dexter}} Arthur Mitchell]]. The latter was especially jarring to any younger viewers who didn't know that he's an AMAZING dramatic actor.
** [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Newman]], [[Film/{{Jurassic Park}} Nedry]] and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 Al]] all appear in here as well
*** Don't forget [[BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Zurg]] too.
** Harry was kidnapped by [[WesternAnimation/{{TheSimpsons}} Troy McClure/Lionel Hutz]]
** One episode has [[Series/{{MASH}} Col. Potter]] guest starring.
** The Solomons' fake long-lost cousin is [[Series/That70sShow Red Forman]].
** In one episode, Dick and Mary go out with [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Commander Riker]] and his wife [[Series/GeneralHospital Laura Spencer]]. (Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis are [[RealLifeRelative married in real life]].)
** The boy with the frisbee from "[=Y2dicK=]" is {{Lizzie McGuire}}'s little brother.
** [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Leonard's Mother]] is a fellow professor with the hots for Dick.
** And, of course, some may know Mary better as [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "Jane, you ignorant slut"]].
** In the season 4 finale, [[Series/BreakingBad Aaron Paul]] shows up as a random high school student at Tommy's prom.
** In 5x03, [[Series/BreakingBad Saul Goodman]] shows up as a sleazy insurance salesman.
** In a season 4 episode, [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]] is an entertainer on a riverboat.
** [[Series/{{Frasier}} Marty Crane]] plays a Jerkass professor in Season One.
** [[Series/WillAndGrace Karen]] plays Mary's rich older sister in Season 6.
** The Solomons face off in a poetry contest against Emily Osment/[[Series/HannahMontana Lilly Truscott]].
** ''[[Creator/JaneLynch Jane freakin' Lynch]]'' makes a brief cameo as one of Tommy's teachers in "Dick, Smoker" from season 1.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Coop]] is failing Professor Solomon's Physics class (and is anyone really surprised?)!
** No worries- he goes on to [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace marry]] [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Hawkgirl]].
7th Feb '16 11:25:09 AM Morgenthaler
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** Roseanne Barr plays the Big Giant Head's niece, Janet, who was supposed to be Dick's wife. At first, she's totally devoted to being a good wife, and enjoys cooking and cleaning. Then Dick finds out that she was under the belief that she "had" to love him since she was his wife and those were "the rules". Dick informs her that there are no rules to marriage and she's free to be with whoever she wants. Janet then drops everything and reveals that she really hates cooking, cleaning, being with Dick, and his family, and then decides to explore the world. Up until Janet's declaration of her hatred of being a housewife, Roseanne's role was an inversion to her former glory as Roseanne Connor from ''{{Roseanne}}''. Upon admitting how she really felt it turned into a shout out to her former role.
** Dick re-enacts Shirly Maclaine's "give my daughter the shot" scene from TermsOfEndearment, a movie Lithgow was in.

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** Roseanne Barr plays the Big Giant Head's niece, Janet, who was supposed to be Dick's wife. At first, she's totally devoted to being a good wife, and enjoys cooking and cleaning. Then Dick finds out that she was under the belief that she "had" to love him since she was his wife and those were "the rules". Dick informs her that there are no rules to marriage and she's free to be with whoever she wants. Janet then drops everything and reveals that she really hates cooking, cleaning, being with Dick, and his family, and then decides to explore the world. Up until Janet's declaration of her hatred of being a housewife, Roseanne's role was an inversion to her former glory as Roseanne Connor from ''{{Roseanne}}''.''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Upon admitting how she really felt it turned into a shout out to her former role.
** Dick re-enacts Shirly Maclaine's "give my daughter the shot" scene from TermsOfEndearment, ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'', a movie Lithgow was in.
23rd Dec '15 6:31:06 PM randomsurfer
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* NamesTheSame: In "See Dick Run," evil Dick re-names Harry, Sally, and Tommy to all being named Tommy.
27th Nov '15 12:10:52 AM nombretomado
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** And, of course, some may know Mary better as [[SaturdayNightLive "Jane, you ignorant slut"]].

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** And, of course, some may know Mary better as [[SaturdayNightLive [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "Jane, you ignorant slut"]].
29th Oct '15 3:57:04 PM tenryufan
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* CreatorCouple: The opening titles end with the credit "Created by Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner." They are a married couple. Incidentally, the show is set in Ohio because Bonnie is an Ohio native.


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** Kristen Johnston, when discussing the finale, says that network decisions compromised the show's long term potential, indicating that she felt the show might have ended too soon.


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* NamesTheSame: In "See Dick Run," evil Dick re-names Harry, Sally, and Tommy to all being named Tommy.
21st Aug '15 4:52:35 PM Bassball_Batman
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** The Solomons face off in a poetry contest against Emily Osment/[[Series/HannahMontana Lilly Truscott]].
21st Aug '15 4:48:40 PM Bassball_Batman
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** The Solomons' fake long-lost cousin is [[Series/That70sShow Red Forman]].
21st Aug '15 4:18:07 PM Bassball_Batman
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* PlayingAgainstType: Before landing the part of Dick, John Lithgow tended to be most visible in movies as AxCrazy [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]].

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* PlayingAgainstType: Before landing the part of Dick, John Lithgow tended to be most visible in movies as AxCrazy [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]]. And after that, he decided to become a children's-songs artist.
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