30 Rock: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Oct 11, 2006
2
Air date: Oct 18, 2006
3
Air date: Oct 25, 2006
4
Air date: Nov 1, 2006
5
Air date: Nov 16, 2006
6
Air date: Nov 30, 2006
7
Air date: Dec 7, 2006
8
Air date: Dec 14, 2006
9
Air date: Jan 4, 2007
10
Air date: Jan 11, 2007
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The lauded laugher's inaugural season introduces the offbeat staffers at "The Girlie Show," a TV variety program produced at venerable Rockefeller Center in New York City. Presiding over the show is TV scribe Liz Lemon (series creator and writer Tina Fey). But trouble looms upon the arrival of brash new honcho Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), the head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Jack incessantly meddles with the series, hiring edgy but wildly erratic star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and changing the show's name to the desperately hip "TGS With Tracy Jordan." All this exasperates Lemon and pushes the show's horrified starlet, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), to the sidelines. Not only does Jack creep into the writers' room and even appear as a sketch performer (only to plug products), but he referees Lemon's sour romantic life. He sets her up on a blind date (with a woman); interferes with her bumpy reunion with her boorish ex-boyfriend Dennis (Dean Winters); and intervenes as her love blooms for affable paramour Floyd (Jason Sudeikis). Love is on the horizon for Jack, too. He dates a Bush administration official; tangles with his ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini); and woos an auctioneer (Emily Mortimer). But Jack still has time for territorial warfare against his gravelly voiced archnemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett), a Left Coast network exec who callously eyes Jack's job. Always an omnipresent figure is naive man-child Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer), whose misadventures include switching roles with bigwig Jack, scoring a prime spot in Tracy's posse and trying to help the pampered Tracy reach spiritual self-actualization. Alas, Kenneth's bright-eyed idealism prevails even while working for this cast of ego-fueled eccentrics.

Critic Reviews for 30 Rock Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (18)

What Fey manages to do with this large crew is both share the spotlight and increase the wattage.

Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Doesn't really look like a long-distance runnner, but may sprint out of the gate.

Oct 11, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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There's a lot to enjoy about 30 Rock.

Oct 11, 2006 | Full Review…

Too often it feels like a missed opportunity.

Oct 11, 2006 | Full Review…

Block out your housemates, fire up the meat machine and stick it on.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Simply put, this show had clever wit and solid jokes, built from an interesting premise. I didn't laugh as much as I generally do during an episode of "Scrubs" or "The Office," but I certainly laughed enough to be willing to watch it again.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Alec Baldwin is, simply put, the funniest man on TV as the supremely confident executive determined to become Lemon's mentor in all things corporate.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Given the writing prowess Fey demonstrated on SNL, this cop-out is disappointing.

Oct 11, 2006 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It's the tension in your muscles that you feel when you think you're looking at a car wreck, and the unbelievably uplifting release when everything turns out okay. It's the reason you watch 30 Rock's first season again and again and again.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…
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Jack McBrayer, who plays Kenneth, the overly enthusiastic NBC page, has breakout potential, as do several characters who play writers.

Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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