30 Rock: Season 5 (2010 - 2011)



Critic Consensus: Liz Lemon continues to fire off tart zingers in a resilient fifth season that maintains 30 Rock's streak of innovative -- if somewhat inconsistent -- gags, pulled off with tremendous heart.


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Air date: Sep 23, 2010
Air date: Sep 30, 2010
Air date: Oct 7, 2010
Air date: Oct 14, 2010
Air date: Oct 21, 2010
Air date: Nov 4, 2010
Air date: Nov 11, 2010
Air date: Nov 18, 2010
Air date: Dec 2, 2010
Air date: Dec 9, 2010
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Series 5 of the sitcom, which takes place backstage at a network sketch-comedy series, is accented by an episode that, as its "The Live Show" title suggests, was broadcast live on both the East and West coasts. Story arcs include head writer Liz (Tina Fey) flying through some turbulence in her relationship with airline pilot Carol (Matt Damon), whom she met at the end of Series 4; and Jack (Alec Baldwin) struggling with the responsibilities that come from being a new husband and expectant father. In other events, budget cuts impact the staff; a pre-taped disaster telethon goes wrong; and the show is threatened with cancellation. Guest stars include Margaret Cho, Paul Giamatti, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Buck Henry, Ken Howard, Michael Keaton, Rob Riggle and Susan Sarandon.

Critic Reviews for 30 Rock Season 5

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Its production was competent. Its humor was merely competent.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…
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Several new elements come into the mix that help raise 30 Rock up to heights not previously seen since Season Three.

Oct 14, 2010 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Not a perfect episode, but a very good one in what's so far (the live experiment excepted) been a very strong rebound season for "30 Rock."

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…

Tina Fey's showbiz sitcom still sizzles in its fifth season, even as weaknesses are beginning to show.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…

The actual performance was a bit choppy at firs, but both script and performances picked up by the first commercial break.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…

It was silly, it was risky, and even if audiences didn't get the thrill of something going horribly wrong, it was entertaining.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…

30 Rock live is just the sort of semi-daring attempt that TV has needed lately.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…

30 Rock 30 Rock has a cult following and is back for its fifth season, so it's presumably doing quite a lot right. But it leaves me cold.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I found myself regularly freeze-framing the show so that I could record for posterity a particularly choice line (cause if I don't do it, only fifty million people on Twitter and online will) without missing the next exquisitely crafted one-liner.

Oct 14, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Inconsistent, we're willing to accept. Indulgent is too much.

Oct 14, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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