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Book Review: '3rd Rock From the Sun: The Official Report On Earth'

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3rd Rock From the Sun: The Official Report On Earth

Current Status:
In Season
Television, Nonfiction

We gave it a D

As even the aliens on the hit NBC sitcom would comprehend, there are better ways to fritter away your life than to read a book about a television show. The two media seldom mix well; not even Monty Python’s humor translated to print. The chief accomplishment of the 3rd Rock guide 3rd Rock From the Sun: The Official Report On Earth, a compendium of the aliens’ observations about sex, food, movies, and other human follies, is to make fans appreciate the talent of the show’s ensemble: Without the lunatic delivery of John Lithgow and his costars, the book’s gags die on the page. Here, labored non sequiturs and dull-edged observations often seem mere notes toward jokes. (For example, Trivial Pursuit is described as ”Humans compete to see whose mind is cluttered with the most pointless facts.” Yeah, and … ?) Even die-hard fans won’t find this a must-read. D