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Starting watching this on Netflix from the beginning.  Watching Season 4 now. I had seen reruns on TV here and there, but man, this show is great!

 

I love Dick, he's my favourite.  John Lithgow is such an amazing actor.

 

Any of you have any favourite episodes?  I think mine is the one where Dick and Sally switch bodies in Season 4.  They play each other so well.

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I've been doing a rewatch and am on season 5. I think it's a great show, and really has held up well over time. I'm no good at picking favourite episodes, but I really like all the supporting characters- Tommy and Sally. Love Sally and Don, the landlady, Jan Hooks. I didn't really like the eps where William Shatner appeared. Just finished an episode that had Ana Gasteyer. Funny seeing her and Jane Curtin together. Loved drunk Mary, and Mary's family. Dick was probably my least favourite character.

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I have set my DVR to record the show once I realized 2 back to back episodes air during the wee hours of Sunday morning. Re-watching first thing Sunday morning has been awesome.  I love all the characters, but John Lithgow is such a scenery chewer, he cracks me up. Watching these aliens learning to deal with being in human bodies is hysterical. One of the episodes I watched upon waking this morning was Dick learning about discrimination. He had a bad fall, ended up in a wheelchair and realized how much handicapped people deal with. Started out a total whiner, ended up an advocate.

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I love the one where they all have colds or the flu or whatever it is.  John Lithgow and the box of Kleenex is priceless, as is Kristen Johnston when her character sneezes for the first time.  Harry asks, "What was that?" and she replies, "I don't know, but I want another one!"

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And when they cried? "I'm LEAKING!!!"

Also when Sally had her first bout with PMS - Golden!

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On 7/24/2016 at 3:40 PM, Trace said:

I love all the characters, but John Lithgow is such a scenery chewer, he cracks me up.

And that's what I love about John Lithgow.  It's like he knows that no matter how over the top he plays the character, the better it will be.  Just imagine those times he looks in the mirror, and say it with me:

"Oh, my God. . .  I'm GORGEOUS!

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On 9/30/2015 at 8:22 AM, smilestar said:

Any of you have any favourite episodes?  I think mine is the one where Dick and Sally switch bodies in Season 4.  They play each other so well.

And this is where the writers do a great job of fleshing out (see what I did there?) the differences between men and women.  And it was brilliant to have the aliens not realize that Sally was considered beautiful here on earth.  It reminds me of when Sally couldn't believe she could be with Don, because she thought that he was so handsome that he was out of her league.

So here's this beautiful girl, talking to Don, who was by comparison a shlub.  And she thinks that she is the unattractive one in the relationship:

"Don, it would never work-- somebody who looks like ME, dating someone who looks like YOU." 

And of course, he is thinking the opposite of what she meant.  Puts the whole idea of attractiveness on its head.

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19 hours ago, TheLastKidPicked said:

And of course, he is thinking the opposite of what she meant.  Puts the whole idea of attractiveness on its head.

One of the things I liked about the show was how subversive it could be especially with Sally's character. She was very different than other women in sitcoms at the time. 

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I watched this when it originally aired in the nineties. I'm just watching it's all over again now. So this is really a funny funny show. It is held up very well. 

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13 hours ago, OoogleEyes said:

I watched this when it originally aired in the nineties. I'm just watching it's all over again now. So this is really a funny funny show. It is held up very well. 

In a way, its even better that they did this show back then.  Aliens trying to explore the world was a great show for the nineties.  Today, they would just google everything, and the series would be over in one episode.

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I couldn't believe that this was actually a funny show.  Haven't seen it recently, but I'm glad it holds up because I always thought it was underrated.

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Just jumping in here because I'm currently watching this whole series on Amazon Prime. It was one of those shows that, while it was airing, I thought it was hilarious, but I never actively sought to watch it for some reason. I hereby revise my opinion: this show was BRILLIANT. GENIUS. GOLD. MUST-SEE. I haven't caught this many belly laughs from a traditional sitcom since Fawlty Towers, I don't think!

What they do with Sally's character is particularly amazing, I agree. (From the pilot: "That brings up a very good question. Why am I the woman?" Dick: "Because you lost.") There was an ep I watched recently where Sally gets mistaken for trans and doesn't realize it until the guy sees her naked at the end and is shocked that she's a woman. I know the 90s wasn't exactly the 50s or anything, but that was still pretty edgy! Kristen Johnston was pure magic in that role, with her effortless fluidity from hardcore warrior and weapons expert to being obsessed with shoes and staring at the phone waiting for a man to call her.

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On 3/22/2019 at 12:46 PM, Aja said:

What they do with Sally's character is particularly amazing, I agree. (From the pilot: "That brings up a very good question. Why am I the woman?" Dick: "Because you lost.")

That's where the writers did a great job of poking fun of our society from the viewpoint of a group on the outside looking in.

On 3/22/2019 at 12:46 PM, Aja said:

I haven't caught this many belly laughs from a traditional sitcom since Fawlty Towers.

The humor is similar in that after the punch line, you think the scene is over but there is one more ridiculous line that gets you laughing again.

In the episode where Tommy and Dick  (Why are we named Tom, Dick, and Harry?)  Dick and Tommy buy stock in a company and then go charging down there like they own the place.  It is hilarious as they strut down the halls firing everybody.  Of course, security guards show up to kick them out, but that's not before they sneak an extra line in on you:

"Why do you pay two security guards?  Fire them both, and just pay one really big one!"

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On ‎4‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 8:43 AM, Dee said:

I love that episode.

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