30 Rock: Season 4 (2009 - 2010)



Critic Consensus: Though a tad uneven and perhaps a victim of its own success, 30 Rock's fourth season nevertheless continues to deliver plenty of subversive satire and hearty laughs.


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Air date: Oct 15, 2009
Air date: Oct 22, 2009
Air date: Oct 29, 2009
Air date: Nov 5, 2009
Air date: Nov 12, 2009
Air date: Nov 19, 2009
Air date: Dec 3, 2009
Air date: Dec 10, 2009
Air date: Jan 14, 2010
Air date: Jan 14, 2010
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The fourth series of the sitcom about the backstage machinations at a network sketch-comedy series features an array of famous faces stopping by for an episode or two, including Elizabeth Banks, Matt Damon, Jon Bon Jovi, James Franco, Jan Hooks, Julianne Moore and Michael Sheen. Among the story arcs: the purchase of the network by Kabletown, a Philadelphia-based cable company; the search for a new cast member; and Jack (Alec Baldwin) finding it difficult to choose between two very appealing, but different, women (Banks and Moore). In other events, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) suffers at home as a result of an advice book written by Liz (Tina Fey); Jack offers Liz the opportunity to create a pilot; and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) auditions for a role on "Gossip Girl."

Critic Reviews for 30 Rock Season 4

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In mocking popular (populist?) taste, Tina Fey and friends bit a hand that isn't even feeding them. What a racket.

Oct 15, 2009 | Full Review…
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So far, a mere one episode in, Rock remains the best comedy - though probably dead-even with "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Oct 15, 2009 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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The problem, unfortunately, is that it's been a while since 30 Rock has clicked consistently.

Oct 15, 2009 | Full Review…

30 Rock remains one of the class acts of the current sitcom world.

Oct 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One of the small miracles about 30 Rock' is that the writers can break out such meta-moments without popping the show's fictional-story bubble.

Oct 15, 2009 | Full Review…

"30 Rock," of late, has become a show propelled by three or four outstanding one-liners in otherwise mediocre episodes... Those two lines alone were worth 22 minutes of my life.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

30 Rock, meanwhile, finished an uneven but mostly rewarding fourth season by throwing itself wholeheartedly into romantic dilemmas.

Oct 15, 2009 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

If something felt slightly off with Season Four of 30 Rock, you weren't the only one to notice.

Oct 15, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It's a high-bar set for the remainder of the season, but there's not a doubt in my mind that this series will be hitting it consistently in the weeks ahead.

Oct 15, 2009 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

One of the sharpest TV shows, Tina Fey's 30 Rock seemed invincible. But Season 4 saw it slump due to uninvolving storylines.

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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