Famous names: John Lithgow, Kristen Johnson, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Curtin, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Crunchy goodness: 4

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Elevator pitch: It's like Mork times four — and one of them is a badass chick!

Life lesson: It's frighteningly easy for an alien like Dick (Lithgow) to fit in in academia.

Stunt casting: Curtin as Dick's colleague and eventual love interest. As the main non-alien character on the show, she brings a lot of comic timing and, weirdly, great dignity.

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