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30 Rock: Season 1 (2006-2007)

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Critic Consensus: It isn't as consistently as funny as it could be, considering its pedigree, but 30 Rock is a clever, wacky comedy that benefits from a strong ensemble cast.

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The lauded laugher's inaugural season introduces the offbeat staffers at "The Girlie Show," a TV variety program produced at venerable Rockefeller Center in New York City. Presiding over the show is TV scribe Liz Lemon (series creator and writer Tina Fey). But trouble looms upon the arrival of brash new honcho Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), the head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Jack incessantly meddles with the series, hiring edgy but wildly erratic star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and changing the show's name to the desperately hip "TGS With Tracy Jordan." All this exasperates Lemon and pushes the show's horrified starlet, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), to the sidelines. Not only does Jack creep into the writers' room and even appear as a sketch performer (only to plug products), but he referees Lemon's sour romantic life. He sets her up on a blind date (with a woman); interferes with her bumpy reunion with her boorish ex-boyfriend Dennis (Dean Winters); and intervenes as her love blooms for affable paramour Floyd (Jason Sudeikis). Love is on the horizon for Jack, too. He dates a Bush administration official; tangles with his ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini); and woos an auctioneer (Emily Mortimer). But Jack still has time for territorial warfare against his gravelly voiced archnemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett), a Left Coast network exec who callously eyes Jack's job. Always an omnipresent figure is naive man-child Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer), whose misadventures include switching roles with bigwig Jack, scoring a prime spot in Tracy's posse and trying to help the pampered Tracy reach spiritual self-actualization. Alas, Kenneth's bright-eyed idealism prevails even while working for this cast of ego-fueled eccentrics.

Cast

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
Chris Parnell
as Dr. Leo Spaceman
Rip Torn
as Don Geiss
Peter Hermann
as The Hair
LL Cool J
as Ridikolus
Anna Chlumsky
as Other Liz
Will Arnett
as Devin Banks
Elaine Stritch
as Colleen Donaghy
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Critic Reviews for 30 Rock: Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14)

Doesn't really look like a long-distance runnner, but may sprint out of the gate.

October 11, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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There's a lot to enjoy about 30 Rock.

October 11, 2006 | Full Review…

Too often it feels like a missed opportunity.

October 11, 2006 | Full Review…

Alec Baldwin is, simply put, the funniest man on TV as the supremely confident executive determined to become Lemon's mentor in all things corporate.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Given the writing prowess Fey demonstrated on SNL, this cop-out is disappointing.

October 11, 2006 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Though the pilot for 30 Rock is uneven, it has laid the groundwork for what could be an extremely entertaining show.

October 11, 2006 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

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