Parents' Guide to

3rd Rock from the Sun

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slapstick classic offers unique social commentary.

TV Syndicated Comedy 1996
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Amazingly funny - even for moms!

This show is very, very funny. Dialogue is fantastic. My 11-year-old absolutely loves it, but the content of each episode varies and not all are appropriate for him. We screen them before letting him watch, because a lot of the later episodes have sexual content that he's just not mature enough to get (would be too confusing for him). Most of the 1st season seems pretty safe for 10 and up.
age 14+

For older Teenagers

Funny and brilliant. The violence in 3rd rock is pretty slapstick, the language is mild to moderate, but the sex references are very strong.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Intelligently written and well acted, 3rd Rock generates lots of laughs as viewers look at humanity through the aliens' unique point of view. Much of the humor comes from each character's specific (mis)understandings of how people see themselves and build relationships with one another. But while the space invaders' interpretation of human logic is often flawed, their way of thinking tends to highlight many of today's social ironies.

The show has plenty of silly moments, but it really isn't intended for younger kids, given all of the sophisticated social commentary that lies behind the slapstick. Younger viewers may not get it, but teens and adults will find things to both laugh and think about for years to come.

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