• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Like the best TV comedies - from "Seinfeld" to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and all the way back to "The Jack Benny Program" - "30 Rock" sparkles not just because its central star gets to shine, but because everyone does.
  2. 88
    It's the best new sitcom of the fall. [16 Oct 2006, p.39]
  3. 88
    I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
  4. 80
    One of the zaniest - and most savvy - workplace comedies in years.
  5. The standard caution is relevant -- debut episodes tend to be highly polished. All the more reason to enjoy the hilarious scenes and fine ensemble cast here.
  6. It's smart without either condescending to or patronizing the viewer.
  7. 80
    30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    80
    A rare and almost totally unexpected triumph.
  9. 80
    A weirdly appropriate and hilarious symbol of our times.
  10. 75
    OK, so I admit it, the premiere isn't all that funny, but the second episode is hilarious.
  11. 75
    Yet for all its laughs, 30 Rock does call to mind a kind of sketch show version of The Mary Tyler Moore Show — one in which everyone's playing Ted. That can be fun for a while, but eventually sitcom viewers tend to want to root for someone.
  12. 75
    Fey's humor possesses a sly, literate snap. And like NBC's recent cool comedies, "The Office" and "My Name Is Earl," her rollicking "30 Rock" has a surplus of nutty imagination.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    Baldwin's sharklike momentum pulls you through a sitcom that otherwise makes little sense.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    75
    The cast is perfectly matched to this material.
  15. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    For all the show's cartooniness, its gender-conscious take on the TV business is actually more sophisticated [than Studio 60's].
  16. Where "Studio 60" takes a scathing and indignant tone toward television, "30 Rock" offers a more sarcastic, less hackles-raised critique. It's also funnier and goofier.
  17. Arguably the best comedy this fall.
  18. 70
    There's reason to hope, especially for Baldwin's bold performance and the cutting dialogue.
  19. There's plenty of charisma to go around on 30 Rock, and Fey will go just about anywhere for a laugh. Her absurd, yet almost believable, showbiz send-up is full of them.
  20. 70
    There's a lot to enjoy... But "30 Rock" is more sitcommy than most of the single-camera sitcoms on the air now, and it has none of the sharp bite of "The Larry Sanders Show."
  21. A good, potentially great, show.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 240 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 96
  2. Negative: 12 out of 96
  1. PeterF.
    May 20, 2008
    10
    The funniest show on television, bar none.
  2. alexl
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    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
    10
    the debut episode at least is incredibly funny.