30 Rock: Season 4 (2009 - 2010)

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Season 4
30 Rock

Critics 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.

70%

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Critic Ratings: 23

93%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 103
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Episodes

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009
2
Air date: Oct 22, 2009
3
Air date: Oct 29, 2009
4
Air date: Nov 5, 2009
5
Air date: Nov 12, 2009
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Air date: Nov 19, 2009
7
Air date: Dec 3, 2009
8
Air date: Dec 10, 2009
9
Air date: Jan 14, 2010
10
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

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 4

  • Apr 10, 2019
    30 Rock continues to please in its fourth season.
  • Jan 23, 2018
    It’s getting a little uneven at times, but you can still relaibly laugh every episode. Season 4 of Tina Fey’s cavalcade of silliness once again focuses on relationships between characters. Many are played for laughs, but there are some genuine moments, particularly between Liz and Jack, who continue to be the focus of the show, causing other characters (Pete) to fall by the wayside, and others (Jenna, Tracy) to begin the slide into simplified extreme caricatures of themselves. The parade of talented guest stars continues. Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen, Will Forte, James Franco, and many more actors are veritably breaking down the door to be a part of the show, even for a single-episode arc. Favourite episodes are less dense, but there are some good ones. “Into the Crevasse” is an early strong episode, featuring my favourite guest star, Will Arnett. “Khonani,” while funnier at the time, still has some chuckle moments. The finale, “I Do Do” brings it all to a head, and has some funny reversal moments for characters. It’s not the best, but even Tina Fey’s not-the-best is still pretty good.
  • Dec 17, 2017
    A bit more irreverent and over the top, season four of 30 Rock, maintains the laughs. It's hard to stay razor sharp when you were a ginsu, but even a step down from previous heights doesn't take away from how good this show is.
  • Mar 09, 2016
    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.
  • Jul 21, 2014
    Season four of 30 Rock arguably contains the most hilarious Valentines episode from any sit com ever, but it doesn't end there with its constantly self aware quips and its incredibly intelligent scripting. If any comedy has been worth binge watching since Arrested Development, this is it.
  • Nov 26, 2013
    The funniest Season of 30 Rock, I've repeat watched certain episodes and laughed my head off uncontrollably, this show never runs out of ideas and plots. Episodes "Auditions Day" is a montage of wobbly talent all clashing together as the TGS crew attempt to find a new cast member, much to the dismay of Jenna and Tracy. "Problem Solvers" sees Krakowski and Morgan at their comedy finest, attempting to fix things at Rockafella. "Dealbreakers" is brilliant, you see a whole new side of Liz, and the HD camera gag is one of the finest of the whole show. Julianne Moore delivers a wonderful performance as Nancy Donovan, Jack's former flame back in high school, she's totally nailed that Boston accent. "Future Husband" had me crying with laughter, especially when Wesley return calls to Liz, and a rather risque' ringtone plays out loud. I think my single season highlight is in one short conversation between Liz and Nicky Malarulo, and he says "Eh, forget about it". It may not sound funny here but watch the show, then once your at that episode wow you'll howl with laughter. Yet another stupendous Season.
  • Nov 15, 2013
    Another strong season, 30 Rock continues to grow, with a flurry of talented guest stars and mountains of hilarious gags. Highlights include: Secret Santa, Klaus and Greta, Julianne Moore and Elizabeth Banks's appearences.

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