Actor John Lithgow celebrates his birthday today (October 19), and while he’s appeared in many incredible films, his television career is also impressive, with his standout role coming from his Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning performance as Dr. Dick Solomon on 3rd Rock From The Sun.
3rd Rock From The Sun is one of the most unique sitcoms of the 1990’s, and in honor of our binge-watching times and Lithgow’s birthday, here are five ’90s sitcoms you should revisit.
3rd Rock From The Sun
Aliens…living in the middle of Ohio! Plus, it was the breakout role for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and provided another vehicle for Wayne Knight (aka: Newman from Seinfeld) and the fabulous Jane Curtin.
One of the most underrated ensemble casts ever! And to paraphrase a line from a John Mulaney stand-up special, I miss Phil Hartman more than some of my own dead relatives.
Ellen DeGeneres has become a staple of the daytime talk show world, but let us never forget that thanks to her popular stand-up career, she landed a TV deal which led to the groundbreaking Ellen.
The Drew Carey Show
The 90’s was the decade for stand-up comics getting TV deals! Drew Carey was another stand-up turned sitcom star, and when you stumble across The Drew Carey Show in reruns, it’s still as weird as ever. (Plus, it gave us the delightful Craig Ferguson. Bonus!)
Michael J. Fox’s triumphant return to television and another incredible ensemble cast and Connie Britton’s first major acting gig?! Honestly, there’s something for everyone in Spin City.
Erica Banas is a lover of classic television and wishes tap dancing would make a serious comeback.