30 Rock: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)


Season 1
30 Rock

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It isn't as consistently as funny as it could be, considering its pedigree, but 30 Rock is a clever, wacky comedy that benefits from a strong ensemble cast.

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Critic Ratings: 43

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User Ratings: 215

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Air date: Oct 11, 2006

The head writer at a comedy show finds her world turned upside-down when a brash new studio executive interferes, forcing her to add a wildly unpredictable movie star to the cast.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2006

Liz's new boss forces creative changes to her show; the writing staff and cast learn how to deal with a new star's antics.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2006

Jack sets Liz up on a blind date with his friend Thomas; Jack infiltrates the writers' weekly poker game.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2006

Liz fights to keep Jack out of the writers' room and to keep Cerie in her clothes; Kenneth learns that a job with Tracy Jordan is more than he bargained for.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2006

Liz integrates Jack into a sketch; Frank and Toofer trick Jenna into fearing for her job; Liz wonders if Tracy is faking illiteracy to skip rehearsals.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2006

Liz confesses she went back to her ex (Dean Winters) because he asked; Jack takes it upon himself to be Liz's mentor.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2006

Jack bumps Jenna's scheduled appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" by booking new star Tracy.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2006

Liz dumps her beeper-salesman boyfriend and hits the New York singles scene with Jenna; Jack realizes that dating a high-ranking official in the president's administration is harder than he thought.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2007

Liz contemplates her marital and maternal future; Jack deals with his own mommy issues.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2007

Jenna anxiously awaits the release of her independent film; Tracy creates his own celebrity product to endorse.

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Cast & Crew

Tina Fey
Liz Lemon

Actor
Alec Baldwin
Jack Donaghy

Actor
Tracy Morgan
Tracy Jordan

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Jane Krakowski
Jenna Maroney

Actor
Jack McBrayer
Kenneth Parcell

Actor
Scott Adsit
Pete Hornberger

Actor
Judah Friedlander
Frank Rossitano

Actor
Rachel Dratch
Greta Johanssen

Guest Star
Keith Powell
Toofer

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Lonny Ross
Josh Girard

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Maulik Pancholy
Jonathan

Guest Star
Dean Winters
Dennis Duffy

Guest Star
Katrina Bowden
Cerie

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John Lutz
J.D. Lutz

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Chris Parnell
Dr. Leo Spaceman

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Kevin Brown
Dot Com

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Tom Broecker
Lee

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Grizz Chapman
Grizz

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Teddy Coluca
Stage Manager

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Jason Sudeikis
Floyd

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Tina Fey
Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels
Executive Producer
Jo Ann Alfano
Executive Producer
David Miner
Executive Producer
Marci Klein
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 1

Audience Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 1

  • Aug 02, 2021
    Takes a bit to find its footing but amazing
  • May 23, 2021
    My go-to show! Goofy. Irreverent. Really good casting. Lots of fun.
  • Apr 27, 2021
    I saw a few late season episodes that I found hilarious, and I had waited years to watch the show from the start. Boy, was I disappointed. Half-way into season 1 I have laughed at exactly one episode, which was truly hilarious, but the rest of the episodes are so unfunny I am starting to hate the show to its core. Maybe my expectations were too high having just binged The Office for the first time - hands down my favourite sitcom of all time. I can't figure out why I don't find this show funny at all, I am watching episode after episode hoping for it to elicit a laugh but it rarely does. Alex Baldwin is great and whenever he is on screen I at least feel amused by the show. But he is not enough to carry an entire show.
  • Feb 23, 2021
    This show is one of my favourites, season one is great.
  • Feb 04, 2021
    Years later and I still come back for more. This show is so hilarious. One note - the green screen is so terrible it kills me. Other than that - PERFECT show.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    I don't understand why it's so popular. I got through 1.5 episodes. Tried hard. That Kenneth character is soul-crushingly bad. I can practically taste his phony acting.
  • Mar 10, 2020
    Without good characters or jokes, I can't tell if 30 Rock wasn't funny to begin with or if it just hasn't stood the test of time. However I've heard it gets better in later seasons and that's really the only reason I'm sticking around.
  • Dec 29, 2018
    A solid start to one of the funniest comedies of the 20th century.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    30 Rock is incredibly witty with some of the funniest characters ever assembled. Tina Fey- the writer and main star has based the show on her experiences in Saturday Night Live and many of the crew have been assembled from the famed sketch show. Alec Baldwin is the scene stealer as the new network executive and even the normally unwatchable Tracy Morgan somehow finds his slot here. This is a must watch satire from the incredibly talented Tina Fey. (A genius show).
  • Jan 04, 2018
    This show did so many things. It was a strong comedy featuring a female lead. It revived Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin’s careers. But all of that is subservient to one thing: it’s wicked funny. Based on Tina Fey’s real-life experiences as SNL’s head writer, the show follows the daily lives of the production staff of a late-night sketch comedy show. The characters created to fill this world are excellent, from the overworked, nerdy head writer, to the slick network executive, to the off-the-handle lapsed movie star. There isn’t a bad pairing in the cast, and the ancillary side characters are suprisingly fleshed out, even in this first season. The performers are great for their roles. Fey plays head writer Liz Lemon with equal parts nerdiness and bossy Princess Leia. Jane Krakowski gives my favourite performances in this first season, showing nuance in her character. Tracy Morgan really plays up his character’s stream-of-consciousness process. Scott Adsit is almost always the straight man, but pulls it off. Judah Friedlander has some excellent hats. Jack McBrayer is still growing in his role, but plays off others well. Finally, Alec Baldwin is a tour de force of comedic commitment. Some favourite episdoes include Jack-Tor (where Alec Baldwin does such a good job acting as a terrible actor), The Rural Juror (for its great nonsensical rhyming), and Fireworks (for the sheer number of hilarious scenes, as well as terrific guest stars Chris Parnell and Will Arnett). Seriously, though, everything is great. Tina Fey has put together a show that thrives on sharp writing, great characters, and superb episode ideas. The show is very quotable, and still a ton of fun to watch a decade later.

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