30 Rock: Season 7 (2012 - 2013)


Season 7
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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: 30


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User Ratings: 210

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Air date: Oct 4, 2012

Season 7 opens with the "TGS" gang returning from hiatus, only to be shocked by Jack's awful fall programming lineup. Meanwhile, bridezilla Jenna taps Liz to be her maid of honor, and Tracy is invited to a dinner party by Kenneth and Hazel.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2012

Political satire at "TGS" drives a wedge between Liz and Jack. Elsewhere, Liz and Criss spice up their relationship, and Jenna is demoralized by the sluggish sales of her summer dance song.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2012

Liz clashes with Tracy and sets out to prove to him that women are indeed funny. Liz also must protect Jenna from negative publicity. Meanwhile, Jack takes a shot at an offbeat dating strategy.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2012

Liz and Jack square off in a political battle to influence voters in the 2012 presidential election. Elsewhere, Jenna goes to extremes to please her new fan base.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

Jenna could decide the presidential election, so political rivals Liz and Jack square off in a debate to win her vote. Meanwhile, Tracy teaches Kenneth about voting, and Pete attempts to recapture the magic of the 2008 election.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

Tracy portrays Jack as a villain in a new movie, causing friction between the two. Meanwhile, Liz undergoes foot surgery, and Jenna tries to protect Kenneth from Hazel's sly machinations.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

Liz and Criss try to start a family in the wake of an encounter with Dennis Duffy. Meanwhile, Jack and Jenna appraise their self-worth, and Tracy deals with an unexpected medical diagnosis.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

Jenna is angry at Liz for getting married; Jack orchestrates an intricate plot to avoid disappointing his mother; and Tracy joins forces with a TV luminary to lift Kenneth's spirits.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2013

Jack joins forces with rival Devin Banks in a power play to wrest control of Kabletown from his cunning teen nemesis, Kaylie Hooper. Elsewhere, Liz mulls over motherhood, and Tracy tries to direct Octavia Spencer (playing herself) in his newest film.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2013

Jack and Liz head to Florida to handle his late mother's estate, only to unearth a stunning discovery about her. Tracy and Jenna supervise the "TGS" staff in their absence, leading to disastrous results for Kenneth.

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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 (30) | Top Critics (14)

In taking on the greed, ineptitude and ego rampant in the boardroom, Fey created the most radically subversive satire of the oft-satirized TV business ever.

Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

At the moment, network TV is relatively rich with farce... 30 Rock operates at several orders of magnitude higher.

Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

At its worst it was good. At its best it was transcendent. It's not enough to say that 30 Rock didn't die. Its whole life was thunder.

Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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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30 Rock could coast on the goodwill generated by the knockout, surprisingly moving Liz Lemon wedding episode but it seems intent on regaining its former glory as it roars its way to a conclusion.

Oct 14, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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I'm genuinely sad to lose my Thursdays with this awesomely dense comedy, which amounted to a grenade made of zingers.

Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] poignant farewell to an era.

Feb 20, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The good news is there's a host of amazing cameos from Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore... But they're sometimes not very funny, and the whole thing has the feel of a rushed comedy riff whipped off over too many cups of coffee.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The best thing about the final season is that, like the entire series, it was never perfect. But the fact that it felt different than any other sitcom was part of its appeal. And that energy is evident in the final episodes.

Oct 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Uproariously funny and also -- dare I say it -- beautifully poignant. Well done, Lemon, well done. You'll get no eye-rolling from me.

Oct 14, 2019 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…

Happily, Tina Fey is running this manic circus, rising to the occasion with a final hour of self-referential zaniness that finds many fruitfully funny and characteristically twisted variations on the theme of saying goodbye.

Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Manages to maintain the joke-dense nature of 30 Rock to the very end, with enough callbacks to satisfy any fan. And the media satire is sharp to the very last.

Oct 11, 2019 | 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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