YMMV: 3rd Rock from the Sun

  • Anvilicious: The racism episode.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Playing "keep away" with someone's baby? Black Comedy. But put it in a Good Times Montage like this one...
    • Then there's this.
    Dick: "Nina please, we're talking about prejudice here, something you know nothing about."
    Nina: "I'm black."
    Dick: "Oh, right." *grabs a Post-It note and begins writing* "Nina...is...black." *slaps the note on her chest and turns back around*
    • In the same vein as the keep away, the event Don describes as "Juggling newborns." It's not as bad as it sounds, but it was severe enough for Don to give the Solomons a pretty severe What the Hell, Hero?
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: The main theme. Also Harry's Dream Sequence Musical Number, "Life Has Been Good To Me". He's not a bad singer, surprisingly.
    • The "Mission Song" from the last moments of the final episode is all of these, made all the better by the entire quartet actually knowing how to sing and harmonize reasonably well. Also counts as a Crowning Moment of Funny, Heartwarming, and Awesome.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song, easily.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Harry/Nina. One episode demonstrated their potential, but they broke up before they ever got together due to a One Dialogue, Two Conversations misunderstanding.
  • Genius Bonus: During one episode, Dick comments that Easter Island was a practical joke that got out of hand. Many listeners will simply associate this joke with the massive stone heads and laugh, but a person who has read about the ecological and societal collapse resulting from overuse of natural resources due to moai construction will understand the "got out of hand" differently.
    • Trying to blend in as a human physics professor means Dick does equal parts Genius Bonus and alien Techno Babble, like "grading on a transient loop".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The dream episode. Joseph-Gordon Levitt trapped in a nightmare world and desperately trying to escape? Sure nothing like that will ever be seen again.
  • Idiot Plot: There are numerous plots where the problems/misunderstandings would be solved quickly if only some more specific language was used. Of course, if that was the case, things wouldn't be nearly as funny. It also should be mentioned that the idiot plot is justified for this show, since the Solomons are learning Earth culture and of course wouldn't know about many facets of humanity.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Tommy. After the show, Gordon-Levitt appearing in a bunch of independent films before finally becoming a big star on the back of one of those indie films in the late 2000's.
    • Every time Tommy appears on screen, it's hard to restrain yourself from screaming (in a high-pitched voice) "COOOBRAAA!!!".
  • The Scrappy: Tommy's first girlfriend, August. Manipulative, selfish, snooty, Straw Feminist and all-around bitch who broke up with Tommy due to his "immaturity", after being caught cheating on him and lying about it to his face.
    • She gets her comeuppance though. After they break up Tommy convinces everyone that he dumped her which constantly gets thrown in her face.
  • Strawman Has a Point: When Dick is called for jury duty, he's entirely gung-ho about the process until he learns the defendant is someone he's met. The case is iron clad and he's completely guilty and Dick knows it, but Dick can't bear to send someone he knows to jail, and have him know Dick in turn. Dick even uses the words "now he has a face" to explain why it bothers him. He's still an idiot, but he sees the defendant as a person and not just a criminal to be convicted.
    • Legally, he should have been excused from the case anyway, since no one in the jury is supposed to know anyone involved in the case.
  • True Art Is Angsty: at least according to Sally's brief third season boyfriend Seth.