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

Universal acclaim- based on 228 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 94
  2. Negative: 12 out of 94
  1. Aug 4, 2014
    9
    30 rock isn't your average TV sitcom...it's better. This TV show is mainly carried by Tina Fey's whitty comedy and Alec Baldwin's great timing and acting. Tina doesn't really do much for me acting wise, but her ability to make fun of herself is hilarious. This show rightfully deserved the emmy's and golden globes it won. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »