Mill Creek Entertainment will release tomorrow, the full collection of what is one of the greatest sitcoms of the 1990s. That sitcom is the one and only 3rd Rock From The Sun. The one of a kind show ran on NBC from January of 1996 to October of 2000. Since the show’s original run, few shows—if any—have managed to live up to the level of 3rd Rock. The show’s writers and the now all-star cast proved throughout its six-season run that comedy could (and can) be fun without being too blue. Thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment, the show’s original fans and a whole new generation of audiences can see exactly that even over a decade after it ended its original run on NBC.
A big part of the success behind 3rd Rock From The Sun is the show’s writing. In some bizarre way, the show’s writers were able to take what would have otherwise been mere observational humor and made it into a format that is as funny today as it was in its original run. It would be safe to say that a big reason for the show’s writing being so timeless is its balance of being edgy, but not too edgy. Simply put, there were comic elements that only older audiences would get, and then there were elements that some younger viewers would get. The more adult comic elements weren’t so overt as to make parents want to usher their kids out of the room. And the show’s tamer elements were still edgy enough to be proper for younger audiences, but still just as entertaining for the parents of said audiences. Take a pick from any episode of this show’s six seasons on air. Any of them exhibit that. One good example of this comes from the show’s fifth season. “Dial M For Dick” sees the Solomons going to a Murder Mystery playhouse, not knowing that everything that happens was an act. Needless to say, plenty of laughs ensure, including plenty from the show’s final minutes. Audiences will have to see for themselves what that means when they pick up this complete collection of the show’s six seasons.
The writing behind 3rd Rock From The Sun is a big part of the success behind the show’s continued success even more than ten years after it ended. It wasn’t the only part of the show’s success, though. The acting of the show’s cast also played a big part in its success. There was an obvious chemistry between the cast—veteran John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and French Stewart—throughout every episode. The cast’s ability to interpret the comic elements of each script was expert. And it makes for nonstop laughs from one episode to the next in every season. If the chemistry between the cast isn’t enough for audiences, then the physical comedy from every member of the cast will push the show over the top. This too is an element that today’s sitcoms have lost. The physical comedy in this show harkened back to television’s golden age. It just heightened each episode’s writing that much more, and made it that much more enjoyable for both adults and some younger viewers.
As one can already tell by this point, 3rd Rock From The Sun had so much to offer audiences. It still offers every bit of that same comedy and heart to this day. There is one more factor in this new complete set that audiences will appreciate. That factor is the inclusion of the same bonus features from the original single season sets released over the past couple of years. Now audiences who perhaps were unable to pick up previous seasons have the chance to have the complete series exactly as it appeared from Mill Creek’s previous releases. Mill Creek Entertainment is to be applauded for this inclusion. Considering everything that this show still offers today, one can only wonder if Mill Creek, or perhaps even another company, will one day give it the re-mastering it deserves and re-issue it to blu-ray. Until then, audiences now have the entire series in one complete box set that they can enjoy over and over again. It will be available in stores and online tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th.
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