3rd Rock from the Sun was a brilliant sitcom that aired from 1996-2001. It centred on four aliens on an exploratory mission to Earth. These aliens then pose as a human family to learn and observe our culture and ways.
The dim-witted character is anything but, his naïveté regarding human behaviour enlightens the audience. He offers us human civilization as viewed from the outside and all our idiosyncrasies are put on display to be examined. Harry Solomon is not the only character on the show but he is the wildest. These aliens are looking to understand what makes us human. Dick explores the areas of education and love. Sally explores womanhood and the home. Tommy explores youth and growth. But Harry explores our psyche. He does very little, he just watches TV. He understands the subtleties of humanity. He is wild yet predictable. He is slow yet clever. He is tedious yet charming. He is flawed yet loveable. He captures the paradoxes that makes us human. The genius of the show is not the same without Harry Solomon. His antics know no bounds and are entirely hilarious. He is quite literally a dog off his leash chasing cars in order to act human. As aliens, as outsiders, they could speculate about our culture. Instead they immerse themselves in our culture and Harry goes one step further because he leaves himself open to the possibilities. And in that he truly, although unwittingly, understands humanity. The show is a delectable feast of cultural references making for some delicate entertainment.