30 Rock : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. The jokes that hit their target almost make up for the wide misses.
  2. "Write what you know" is a cardinal rule of writing, and Fey certainly knows this world better than Sorkin -- even if "The Girlie Show" is lame, I believe it exists in a way I don't with "Studio 60" -- but the history of failed behind-the-scenes sitcoms and dramas is so long and ugly that she would have been better served using a different setting altogether.
  3. Nothing very funny happens on “30 Rock” until Alec Baldwin enters the room, and suddenly this new NBC sitcom comes alive.
  4. I want to like "30 Rock" more than I do so far, because I've always liked Fey. Yet it could be Fey - the actress, not the writer - I'm having trouble warming to.
  5. When he gets a lot of air time and his worst excesses are not reined in, Morgan is the human equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard.... As a result, what could have been a rather savory dish ends up with a rather unpleasant aftertaste.
  6. Too often it feels like a missed opportunity, though there's always hope for improvement, more realistic in this case than most.
  7. 40
    Nobody does a deadpan line reading like Baldwin, and he alone is reason to check out this work in progress and hope that Fey gets the time she’ll need to make this hodge-podge live up to its potential.
  8. 40
    For all the rewriting and reworking, the show needs a better premise and funnier dialogue and, most of all, a more commanding performer in the starring role.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 255 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 96
  2. Negative: 12 out of 96
  1. PeterF.
    May 20, 2008
    The funniest show on television, bar none.
  2. alexl
    Oct 10, 2006
    saw first episode on an nbc.com page and laughed out loud which is more than anything besides the office does for me
  3. mixalot
    Oct 10, 2006
    the debut episode at least is incredibly funny.