30 Rock: Season 2 (2007 - 2008)



Critic Consensus: 30 Rock's return not only avoids the pitfalls of a sophomore season, but finds the series hitting its jubilant stride with a trove of quips and ingenious gags.


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Air date: Oct 4, 2007
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Tina Fey's acclaimed sitcom about the backstage goings-on at a sketch-comedy TV show opens its second series with Jack (Alec Baldwin), the ever-shifty network executive, planning to insert classic clips from "Seinfeld" into current series, a move that doesn't sit well with Jerry Seinfeld. Other episodes find Jack angling to become the new CEO of General Electric; Jack turning to a P.I. (Steve Buscemi) to learn what dirt G.E. is digging up on him; head writer Liz (Fey) hiring an idol (Carrie Fisher) to work on the show; and Jack falling for a congresswoman (Edie Falco) whose political leanings don't match his. The series' other guest stars include Al Gore, David Schwimmer, Elaine Stritch, Dean Winters and Tim Conway, who earned an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a TV star from the 1940s and '50s. Conway was not the season's only Emmy winner, however; Fey, Baldwin and the writing staff all pulled down Emmys, and the show itself was named best comedy.

Critic Reviews for 30 Rock Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

When "30 Rock" is clicking like this, it isn't so much a show that you review as one where you list all the jokes that you liked.

Oct 4, 2007 | Full Review…

"30 Rock" may be the most quotable show in the history of the TVs. Each and every time I sit down to write about it, I'm tempted to list all the lines that make me laugh.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though the second season was shortened due to the writer's strike, it isn't short on laughs.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

With Liz tying all the hilarity of "SeinfeldVision" together, 30 Rock delivers a fantastic episode to open the season.

Oct 4, 2007 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

What truly elevates 30 Rock is its willingness to follow seemingly throwaway jokes to their logical, full-blown conclusions.

Oct 4, 2007 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's a losing game, and 30 Rock used to be too good for it. The writers might want to spend the summer remembering why.

Oct 4, 2007 | Full Review…

What's remarkable is how quickly "30 Rock" has evolved into a true ensemble effort.

Oct 4, 2007 | Full Review…

Its ensemble crackles, its writing is tight and sly, and right now no show better captures New York City.

Oct 4, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…

30 Rock is riding high, but its first show back finds pretty much all its characters at their worst.

Oct 4, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Mr. Baldwin is too funny in the role to falter for long, and his chemistry with the co-worker he calls Lemon has legs.

Oct 4, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 2

30 Rock is more confident and consistent in its second season.

Fresh off winning the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, 30 Rock showed no signs of slouching. Even when the curveball of the writer’s guild strike forced a mid-season hiatus, it came back swinging for the final few episodes. More plot elements are introduced, such as Jack’s ambition to become the CEO of General Electric, Tracy’s separation from his wife, and Liz’s eternal quest for a non-crazy man. Jenna, Kenneth, and Pete don’t get a lot of character growth in this season, although they continue to be great foils to create comedic moments. The season sees some great guest stars come for a visit. Jerry Seinfeld and Al Gore play themselves marvellously. Steve Buscemi, Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer, and Edie Falco all have great characters that add a lot to the show. Returning guests Elaine Stritch, Chris Parnell, and Will Arnett continue to shine. There was even an episode featuring the great Carrie Fisher (who Fey somehow convinced to say “Help me, Liz Lemon, you’re my only hope”) All the episodes are very strong, but there are some standouts. “Jack Gets in the Game” has some terrific moments with Jack and Devin Banks. The last four episodes are terrific as well, but “Succession” holds a special place in my heart, as it is my favourite in the entire series. Another well-deserved Best Comedy Emmy for Fey, Carlock, and co.

A true joy that you can watch in one sitting. The season was shortened due to the writers strike and it's too bad because all I want is more.

Better use of cameos, better ensemble work, better jokes, better character development, sharper satire... Than the previous season. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are still the only people I care deeply about. Tracy Morgan, I'm warming up to; Jane Krakowski, getting more annoyed at; Jack McBrayer, I've always loved; Judah Friedlander, uh... sure?. Lonny Ross is still just a pretty face, not to mention Jason Sudeikis as Liz Lemon's primary love interest. Mo money means more cameos, and I heartily welcome Carrie Fisher, Will Arnett, Jerry Seinfeld, Edie Falco. Unsung hero of the season: Scott Adsit as the mild-mannered show producer Pete Hornberger, who gives his all to combat the typical urges of a midlife crisis.

Far better than its first season, the script for the second season of 30 Rock is comedic brilliance. I constantly end up thinking about the jokes minutes after they're said. The show takes one-liners to the next level and I applaud it for being so witty

Clever, hilarious comedy. A behind-the-scenes look at the the cast and crew of The Girly Show (TGS), an NBC skit-comedy program. Centres on the executive producer of the show, Liz Lemmon (played by Tina Fey), her boss, GE/NBC executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). Created by Tina Fey, of SNL fame, 30 Rock is incredibly clever, especially in its references to topical events and in poking fun at the entertainment industry. Quite over-the-top at times, and delightfully so. The jokes come thick and fast, sometimes too fast - you've hardly digested one and the next one is upon you. If there is a negative, that is it - with the humour being so clever, you need some breathing space to sometimes get the jokes and being so snappy, you can easily miss things. Great performances and perfect casting. Alec Baldwin probably has the toughest gig, as his character is right-wing and capitalist to the extreme and is a living parody of not just the entertainment industry but business executives in general. Also, before this Baldwin was really considered only a drama-movie actor, so this is quite a change for him. He carries it off with aplomb. A classic and classy comedy series.

Masterpiece of a season.

Tracy Morgan's hilariously crazy antics are yet to wear thin, Alec Baldwin's biting performance yet to lose it's buzz and the stellar comedy situations aren't letting up either, bolstered by fun celebrity guest appearances.

Expanding upon its characters and its premise, the second season of 30 Rock delivers more of what we loved in its debut, along with quite a few minor improvements that collectively make a tremendous impact, which includes sharper satire and more incisive wit. But the key ingredient within this show's comic genius is the subtlety through its "in" jokes and running gags, all of which become more and more prominent as the series progresses.

A shortened season due to the writer's strike, but still just as good as any other this series has put out.

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