30 Rock: Season 7 (2012 - 2013)


Season 7
30 Rock

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30 Rock's final season is an excellent but bittersweet farewell to one of the most hilarious and incisive pop culture satires of its time.



Critic Ratings: 16


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Air date: Oct 4, 2012
Air date: Oct 11, 2012
Air date: Oct 18, 2012
Air date: Oct 25, 2012
Air date: Oct 31, 2012
Air date: Nov 15, 2012
Air date: Nov 29, 2012
Air date: Dec 6, 2012
Air date: Jan 10, 2013
Air date: Jan 17, 2013
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The seventh and final series of the sitcom, which takes place backstage at a sketch-comedy TV series, opens with the ever-shifty Jack (Alec Baldwin) seeking to sabotage the network by delivering an awful fall lineup. Other stories include Liz (Tina Fey) and Jack disagreeing over the show's use of political satire during election season; Liz inadvertently stealing the wedding spotlight from Jenna (Jane Krakowski); Liz and Criss (James Marsden) preparing to become adoptive parents; and the show facing cancellation. Guest stars include Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Florence Henderson, Ken Howard, Tim Meadows and Catherine O'Hara.

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Critic Reviews for 30 Rock Season 7

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

All great things must come to an end, and 6 1/2 seasons seems like a reasonable life span for this great thing -- packed with wordplay, sight gags, pop-culture tangents and assorted other odds and ends.

Oct 4, 2012 | Full Review…
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Liz Lemon was flawed and complex, but she was also witty and smart and no-nonsense, especially when it came to herself. We relate to her because she made our most basic and common flaws hilarious to watch every week.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

No show before 30 Rock commented as astutely on television culture as it mocked NBC and terrible TV trends ("MILF Island," anyone?). For that alone, 30 Rock deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.

Jan 31, 2013 | Full Review…

I suspect that much of this season will be about Lemon and Jack trying to tank the network, and that promises to be a comedy goldmine.

Oct 4, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Live From Studio 6H was one of if not the funniest episode of the season, and the concept was also on point.

Oct 4, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Most long-running sitcoms fade away, but Liz Lemon didn't run out of juice.

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was one of the most satisfying sitcom enders I've seen, right up there with the end of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Cheers, series that operated along the same no-fuss, let's-all-have-a-good-time wavelength.

Feb 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Through seven seasons, loving "30 Rock" always seemed like evidence that one's brain and heart were connected perfectly.

Jan 31, 2013 | Full Review…
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What I'll miss most when 30 Rock is gone is the conduit it provided into whatever was on Fey's mind. As 30 Rock found its way and sharpened its blade, Fey became the unofficial spokeswoman for a niche demographic.

Jan 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Anyone returning, hoping for the old Rock rather than the new, is bound to be disappointed in this strained outing.

Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 7

  • Apr 10, 2019
    Season 7 gives 30 Rock the sendoff it deserves and finishes true to form.
  • Sep 20, 2018
    Tina Fey's rise through SNL was already well underway when 30 Rock debuted and the so it was no surprise that it would be just so good. Incredibly witty with some of the funniest characters ever assembled this show is about a fictional live comedy show headquartered in 30 Rockefeller. Tina Fey- the writer and main star has based the show on her experiences in Saturday Night Live and many of the crew have been assembled from the famed sketch show. Alec Baldwin is the scene stealer as the new network executive and even the normally unwatchable Tracy Morgan somehow finds his slot here. This is a must watch satire from the incredibly talented Tina Fey.
  • Mar 06, 2018
    The laughs just aren't there for season seven, but there's enough for the show's loyal watchers to cling on to before saying goodbye.
  • Feb 17, 2018
    *whew* At least they ended with an uptick instead of bottoming out. A shortened number of episodes helped keep things fast and light for the farewell season. In addition to classic sitcom premeses (marriage, babies, new jobs), the show uses its final season to take a swipe at as many of its own characters (and Hollywood celebrities) as it can. In 13 episodes, we see still more insane guest stars show up, including the likes of Ryan Lochte, Tony Bennett, Tim Meadows, Florence Henderson, Bryan Cranston (!), Octavia Spencer, Gayle King, and John Hodgman. Of course, that doesn’t count the throngs of recurring guest stars that return for one last hurrah. There are too many to list, but for me, the top two will always be Will Arnett’s Devon Banks (so many gravelly-voiced double entendres!), and Chris Parnell’s Dr. Spacemen (one day, he will finish medical school). Even with a short run, there are some memorable episodes. The two part “Unwindulax” and “There’s No I in America” have a lot of great political and character humour (and make great use of Jenna). “Game Over” features both Will Arnett and Chloe Moretz, in winner-take-all final showdown for corporate domination. The finale “Hogcock/Last Lunch” has a lot of great moments, and sort of puts a bow on the series. For me, 30 Rock began as that show that was on after The Office on Thursday nights. Over time, though, it morphed into a witty, silly, and enjoyable show all its own. Whether its insane Tracy one-liners, crazy corporate acronymns, or the ever-present lampshade hanging, 30 Rock is an underappreciated comedy that I will always have fond memories of. To summarize it in a phrase, it’s somewhat political, but mostly ridiculous.
  • Jul 13, 2017
    Resourceful and poignant as always.
  • 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.
  • Apr 16, 2015
    Amazing show that can change lives
  • Dec 26, 2014
    If 90 % the audience really thought it was funny, why did they have low tv ratings. This was an awful show.
  • Dec 17, 2014
    The TV series of its time. Funny, Smart and entertaining. Love it!
  • Jul 25, 2014
    While I've thoroughly enjoyed the trip, 30 Rock's conclusion did contain enough wit and hilarity, though I sort of hoped Jack and Liz's relationship would have amounted to much more than what it did, with only extremely brief and fleeting moments to reflect on what exactly their relationship is.

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