• 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. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    If "30 Rock's" going to survive, Baldwin's comedic chops will be tugging the lifeline.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  6. To its credit, next week's second episode is better than tonight's revamped pilot: tighter, funnier and more expansive to other cast members.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    80
    A rare and almost totally unexpected triumph.
  8. 88
    It's the best new sitcom of the fall. [16 Oct 2006, p.39]
  9. 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.
  10. "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.
  11. 75
    OK, so I admit it, the premiere isn't all that funny, but the second episode is hilarious.
  12. 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.
  13. It's smart without either condescending to or patronizing the viewer.
  14. Nothing very funny happens on “30 Rock” until Alec Baldwin enters the room, and suddenly this new NBC sitcom comes alive.
  15. 80
    30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
  16. 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].
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 70
    There's reason to hope, especially for Baldwin's bold performance and the cutting dialogue.
  20. Arguably the best comedy this fall.
  21. 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.
  22. A good, potentially great, show.
  23. 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.
  24. The jokes that hit their target almost make up for the wide misses.
  25. 88
    I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
  26. 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.
  27. 80
    One of the zaniest - and most savvy - workplace comedies in years.
  28. 80
    A weirdly appropriate and hilarious symbol of our times.
  29. Too often it feels like a missed opportunity, though there's always hope for improvement, more realistic in this case than most.
  30. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    75
    The cast is perfectly matched to this material.
  31. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    Baldwin's sharklike momentum pulls you through a sitcom that otherwise makes little sense.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 226 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 93
  2. Negative: 12 out of 93
  1. Apr 1, 2014
    8
    This one found and held its groove for quite awhile, and ended on a good note. I would get a solid laugh generally every episode and it has rewatchability because some of the humor is very complex and witty. One of the top sitcoms I've seen. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2013
    6
    WItty, intelligent, and hilarious 30 Rock seems to have everything going for it. Through all the seasons, the characters are sustained and the humour is current. I think for it to have become a popular show however, it needed to connect more with the audience and allow us to be a little more emotionally invested in the characters. Full Review »
  3. Jul 28, 2013
    10
    One of the funniest shows on television I've ever seen. It's insanely addictive and hilarious. Highly recommended. Tina Fey's writing is great, as well as her comedic timing. Every character is likable and at one point or other, funny. Full Review »