• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Fey's back to her day job tonight and 30 Rock is as funny as ever, as cynical as we hoped, and as fresh as if it were a freshman show.
  2. 100
    Both episodes are tightly constructed and full of delicious comic gems, and the show relies heavily on crisp editing and a subtle but sprightly soundtrack to keep the energy level high.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    This is TV's best comedy. And there's nothing in the first two episodes that would suggest otherwise.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    Rock manages to layer in quieter scenes between Baldwin and Jack McBrayer's Kenneth the Page that remind you of an iron law of feather-light farce: No matter how crazy the characters seem to us, they have to relate to each other as though they're making perfect sense.
  5. 88
    A fast-paced, funny show that has bounced back from last spring's post-strike slump.
  6. 88
    Tonight's episode does have a few moments when it goes over the comedy top and seems just a tad too broad. But who cares? Overall, it's a joy.
  7. The show's droll and mostly apolitical humor fits the exaggerated characters well, it's still got a good fast rhythm, and the five major players work well as an ensemble.
  8. 80
    Despite the Palin raves, Fey saves her best for this witty show.
  9. The series is a clever update, not to say rip-off, of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” set behind the scenes at an NBC comedy show rather than in a television newsroom, and it is very funny.
  10. 80
    It still isn't quite the hugely confident, competent hit one longs for--especially considering that "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels is an executive producer--but it's high in quality, as well as in spirit.
  11. 80
    Tonight's premiere isn't one of the series' most cleverly wrought scripts; it's more of a welcome-back party than a gem.
  12. Two episodes NBC made available to critics prove this series is ready to scale even higher comedic heights and that the brightest spot on the planet is not the light atop the Luxor but the writers' room of 30 Rock.
  13. A screwball comedy that's married Fey's responsible and subversive sides and harnessed the power of Alec Baldwin for funny, not fear.
  14. Fey's parts of the premiere are terrific, and next week's episode is an even better--and sillier--showcase for her.
  15. 30 Rock is more manic than "Seinfeld," but its smart observations on political correctness, corporate culture and life in Manhattan make it an ideal heir. This Rock continues to roll.
  16. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    Even the most ardent fans of 30 Rock will concede that it doesn't look its sharpest as its third season opens. Only the most churlish will be much put out by this, though. A relatively flat episode of Tina Fey's backstage farce is still the fizziest thing in prime-time comedy.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    30 Rock remains merely a good comedy whose shortcomings prevent it from joining the ranks of great ones.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    10
    hands down the best sitcom on tv at the moment, just as good if not better than arrested developmenthands down the best sitcom on tv at the moment, just as good if not better than arrested development . Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2010
    10
    Many people started to complain that the onslaught of guest stars was a deterrent to the show's third season, but I loved all of it. Oprah andMany people started to complain that the onslaught of guest stars was a deterrent to the show's third season, but I loved all of it. Oprah and Jennifer Aniston were both hilarious, and even though Tina Fey was busy on Saturday Night Live with her killer Sarah Palin impersonation, it didn't affect the the creative perfection on display here. Full Review »
  3. DominicD
    Jan 8, 2010
    10
    I love this show.I really like the guest stars- Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayak, Megan Mullally, Steve Martin and Oprah.They really added I love this show.I really like the guest stars- Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayak, Megan Mullally, Steve Martin and Oprah.They really added substance to the show.It was just unbearingly hilarious.All the originals of the show of course were also great. Full Review »