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Trivia: 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • Edited for Syndication: The syndicated versions removed the pre-opening credits sequence of James Earl Jones narrating about the four main characters; they were cut for time. These were unfortunately the versions included on the initial Anchor Bay releases, but luckily these intros were restored for the Mill Creek Entertainment re-releases.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason for the generally despised Super Bowl episode centered on beautiful aliens (played by models) trying to Take Over the World. Even the people who worked on the show badmouth it in the DVD commentary.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: A number of these happen in retrospect.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Coop is failing Professor Solomon's Physics class (and is anyone really surprised?)!
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • "Auto Eurodicka" sees members of Bug's family played by David DeLuise's father Dom and brothers Michael and Peter.
    • Leon is played by John Lithgow's son, Ian.
  • Screwed by the Network: Do you know how many times NBC changed the series' timeslot? Fifteen times... at least. Coupled with often being scheduled against stiff competition, making it to six seasons was quite an accomplishment. NBC particularly hurt the show with its scheduling choices in Season 6 - with ratings taking such a hit that production knew they wouldn't be back for a seventh.
  • This show and 30 Rock share more than similar titles:
    • Tracy Morgan appeared in a 3rd Rock episode ("Dick'll Take Manhattan") and John Lithgow appeared in a 30 Rock episode ("Goodbye, My Friend"). Both were playing themselves.
    • Their connections to Saturday Night Live are inverted. 3rd Rock was created by two SNL alums and has one SNL alum in the main cast. 30 Rock was created by one SNL alum and has two SNL alums in the main cast.
    • Elaine Stritch plays the overbearing mother of a main character on both shows. Jan Hooks has a Recurring Character on both shows as well.
    • In the film The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas, Wilma is played by a 3rd Rock regular (Kristen Johnston) and Betty is played by a (future) 30 Rock regular (Jane Krakowski).
    • When 30 Rock first premiered, it aired alongside John Lithgow's short-lived sitcom Twenty Good Years.

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