Picks and Pans Review: 3rd Rock from the Sun
NBC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
In this new sitcom, John Lithgow, an enormously talented actor, plays an extraterrestrial who assumes the form of a college professor in the Midwest. Lithgow is effortlessly funny doing silly physical comedy, everything from getting tipsy on cough medicine to squeezing into leather pants. And his chemistry with Jane Curtin, as a fellow academician, is charmingly light. The show needs work—why all the breast jokes?—but those two don't. They could be the new Hepburn and Alf.
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