3rd Rock From The Sun is arguably one of the greatest sitcoms not only in the history of NBC, but in the modern history of broadcasting. This outrageously hilarious comedy was unlike anything else during the entire six seasons that it aired. And now, thanks to the people at Mill Creek Entertainment, fans of the show can re-live all the laughs once again. Four of the show’s six seasons are now available on dvd. 3rd Rock Season Four is just as funny as the show’s first three seasons. Season Four sees the on again/off again relationship between Dick and Mary roll on, with the introduction of another new love interest making for plenty of laughs. The Solomons also discover the *joys* of having to pay taxes this season. And when Mary receives a chain letter, her refusal to send it leads to a string of bad luck for her. It all makes for plenty of laughs.
Dick’s relationship with Mary has been a hilarious ride ever since the first season of this show. Now four seasons in, the pair has another wave as the show introduces guest star Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory) in the episode, “What’s Love Got to do, Got to do with Dick?” Metcalf plays professor Jennier Ravelli, who is brought in after Mary is promoted. Jennifer and Dick become an item, and eventually lead Mary to get jealous. This leads to one of many of the show’s funny moments in the companion episode, “D3: Judgement Day.” Dick and Mary play a game of wits to see who will crumble to the other first, with Nina playing her own role in the back and forth battle. This battle of the sexes is something to which almost every viewer can relate. That the duo would take it over the top how they do makes this mini-storyline all the funnier.
Of course, the ongoing story of Dick and Mary doesn’t get all the attention this season. Another relateable matter for viewers is that of dealing with taxes each year. In the episode, “Dick and Taxes”, the Solomons learn what humans deal with in having to file tax returns. The family has to figure out its returns after a discussion between Dick and Mary. The resultant frazzled effect on the family is, again, something to which every viewer can relate. The family’s plans to try and defraud the IRS as a solution are hilarious. One can’t help but laugh when the family makes up a fake salon as part of its attempts, only to suddenly have that backfire on them. People actually start coming in. Of course, the Solomons end up getting audited. Their attempts to cover up being aliens make for their own laughs too. It all adds up to yet another laugh riot episode.
The relateability of dealing with taxes makes “Dick and Taxes” one of the best episodes of Season Four. Though it’s just one of the moments that make the whole season so enjoyable. Another of the season’s really funny moments comes in the episode, “Superstitious Dick.” In this episode, Dick learns the human concept of superstition after Mary receives a chain letter and refuses to send it on. She starts having lots of bad luck when she doesn’t send it off. From injuring her arm to her head, and even being hit by a hockey puck, Mary’s bad luck leads Dick to bring Miss Dubcek to the hearing for his grant proposal. He’s so paranoid that he looks like someone with OCD, stepping only on certain floor tiles, tugging on Miss Dubcek’s ears, and more. In the end, Dick doesn’t get his grant because of that. But he does learn another valuable lesson about another human behavior and mindset. And it leads to even more laughs for audiences.
It’s already been noted that 3rd Rock from The Sun is one of the single greatest sitcoms in the modern era of broadcasting. The stories written for each season made this show unlike anything else out there in its entire six seasons on air. The episodes included here are just a tiny sampling of what made the show so great even four seasons in. Season Four ran a total of twenty-four episodes. And this season has plenty more laughs for audiences, regardless of which episode one picks. It’s one more great piece of television nostalgia for fans of truly great sitcoms.