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. 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
    I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
  3. 75
    OK, so I admit it, the premiere isn't all that funny, but the second episode is hilarious.
  4. 75
    The cast is perfectly matched to this material.
  5. To its credit, next week's second episode is better than tonight's revamped pilot: tighter, funnier and more expansive to other cast members.
  6. 70
    There's reason to hope, especially for Baldwin's bold performance and the cutting dialogue.
  7. Baldwin's sharklike momentum pulls you through a sitcom that otherwise makes little sense.
  8. 80
    A weirdly appropriate and hilarious symbol of our times.
  9. It's smart without either condescending to or patronizing the viewer.
  10. 80
    30 Rock... is pretty darn funny, a bitterly merry comic jihad against corporate stupidity and mendaciousness.
  11. 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.
  12. 80
    One of the zaniest - and most savvy - workplace comedies in years.
  13. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    A rare and almost totally unexpected triumph.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    For all the show's cartooniness, its gender-conscious take on the TV business is actually more sophisticated [than Studio 60's].
  16. 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."
  17. Arguably the best comedy this fall.
  18. A good, potentially great, show.
  19. Nothing very funny happens on “30 Rock” until Alec Baldwin enters the room, and suddenly this new NBC sitcom comes alive.
  20. The jokes that hit their target almost make up for the wide misses.
  21. "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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Too often it feels like a missed opportunity, though there's always hope for improvement, more realistic in this case than most.
  26. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    If "30 Rock's" going to survive, Baldwin's comedic chops will be tugging the lifeline.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    It's the best new sitcom of the fall. [16 Oct 2006, p.39]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 251 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.