30 Rock: Season 6 (2012)



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Air date: Jan 12, 2012
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The sixth season of the sidesplitting sitcom, which is set backstage at a "Saturday Night Live"-like sketch-comedy TV series, features an array of wackiness, its second live episode ("Live From Studio 6H") and such guest stars as Kelsey Grammer, Ken Howard, Patti LuPone, Mary Steenburgen and Susan Sarandon. Among the stories: Jenna (Jane Krakowski) gains fame as a hateful celebrity judge on a talent show for kids; Liz (Tina Fey) works damage control for Tracy (Tracy Morgan) after he's caught on camera saying crude things; Jack (Alec Baldwin) cuts the page program to impress his corporate boss and, after getting mugged, decides to run for mayor; and Liz pens a TV-movie script about Avery (Elizabeth Banks). Through the season, too, Liz grapples with her relationship with new boyfriend Criss (James Marsden).


Tina Fey
as Liz Lemon
Alec Baldwin
as Jack Donaghy
Tracy Morgan
as Tracy Jordan
Jane Krakowski
as Jenna Maroney
Scott Adsit
as Pete Hornberger
Jack McBrayer
as Kenneth the Page
Mary Steenburgen
as Diana Jessup
Ken Howard
as Hank Hooper
Elizabeth Banks
as Avery Jessup
Will Arnett
as Devin Banks
Chris Parnell
as Dr. Leo Spaceman
Jim Carrey
as Dave Williams
Dean Winters
as Dennis Duffy
Elaine Stritch
as Colleen Donaghy
Susan Sarandon
as Lynn Onkman
Sherri Shepherd
as Angie Jordan
Patti LuPone
as Silvia Rossitano
Andie MacDowell
as Claire Williams
Dante Clark
as George Foreman
Stanley Tucci
as Henry Warren
Nicol Paone
as Young Colleen
Michael Torpey
as Gaylord Felcher
Nicole Drespel
as Judy Person
Amy Poehler
as Teenage Liz Lemon
Donald Glover
as Young Tracy
Margaret Cho
as Kim Jong-il
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Critic Reviews for 30 Rock Season 6

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

30 Rock is usually more inclusive, but this back half of the season has mostly dispatched with the supporting writer characters in favor of more -- dare I say it -- conventional plot lines.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Outside of a few stray moments, I didn't enjoy the premiere very much.

Jan 12, 2012 | Full Review…

In short, much like Season Five, 30 Rock has found its groove, and it's continuing to ride it, flaws and all.

Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

This could be 30 Rock's funniest season yet.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

So: funny funny, and full of well-chosen guest appearances and cameos. But above all there was a sweetness to the episode.

Jan 12, 2012 | Full Review…

Maybe there's a whole lot of life-or at least one more really solid season-left in these characters after all.

Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

As long as Liz's "hell" remains funny, we'll watch it, and for the most part, 30 Rock has managed to sustain its laughs.

Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 6

30 Rock continues to please even if it doesn't try anything new.

The next to last season of 30 Rock begins to run out of steam, which is acknowledged in the show. It remains one of the most in-touch comedic shows ever despite running out of ideas.

In their defense, I’ve hardly every seen a really good sixth season of anything. Maybe Corner Gas or Community, but it’s really hard to keep anything consistently good for six seasons, especially a comedy. While 30 Rock has never shied away from plot, it seems that plot overshadows jokes this season. Liz finds a new man, Jack is forcibly separated from his wife, Jenna and Paul get closer(?), and Kenneth climbs the corporate ladder. These are all fine plot threads, but they don’t lend themselves to an overabundace of laughs. You would think that every actor in the world has already done a 30 Rock guest spot, but there are still more fresh stars to come. James Marsden, Mary Steenburgen, Jim Carrey, William Baldwin, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Moynehan, Weird Al Yankovic, Bebe Wood, and a gigantic list of live show guests all add a great deal to the episodes in which they appear. Individual episodes are OK, but few are memorable. “Today You Are a Man” has some great Jack moments, and “Kidnapped by Danger” had some fun moments. The second live show, “Live from Studio 6H” really embodied 30 Rock’s crazy energy. It’s not their best effort, but it still delivers a lot of what we like about 30 Rock: silly punchlines, great acting, and enough goofy moments to balance it out.

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.

We're edging nearer to the end of this brilliant show, and the laughs are getting bigger and better. Mary Steenburgen is one of the finest guest star additions to 30 Rock, who plays Diana Jessup, Avery's Mum, who has a steamy affair with Jack which causes tension and a lack of trust between Jack and his actual wife Avery who has been "kidnapped by danger" in the name of Kim Jong. Kristen Schaal too gets more screen time as the scheming Hazel, who is like a brunette twin to Jenna despite their differences. Queen of Jordan gets a second episode "Mystery of The Phantom Pooper", more Angie style catchphrases are thrown around as are wine glasses, plus the "RUDE" joke never gets old. I would go through all my favourite episodes but Season 6 features so many unforgettable ones it's better you watch it for yourself.

6 may prove to be a little slow to start, but the gags still keep coming strong, making the penultimate season of 30 Rock a nimble, funny affair.

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