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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Alec Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski
  • Summary: Like NBC's new drama "Studio 60," this comedy from SNL alum Tina Fey is set behind the scenes of a network sketch comedy program.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Tina Fey
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 11, 2006
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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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. 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.
  3. 80
    A weirdly appropriate and hilarious symbol of our times.
  4. Arguably the best comedy this fall.
  5. 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.
  6. Nothing very funny happens on “30 Rock” until Alec Baldwin enters the room, and suddenly this new NBC sitcom comes alive.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    If "30 Rock's" going to survive, Baldwin's comedic chops will be tugging the lifeline.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 95
  2. Negative: 12 out of 95
  1. PeterF.
    May 20, 2008
    The funniest show on television, bar none.
  2. Adam
    Nov 16, 2007
    Easily the funniest show on tv, and I say that even though I was a fan of The Office. Alec Baldwin does it all, and the Kenneth character has turned into one of the most consistent laugh producers on the show. It's one of the few sitcoms that seems to get funnier every episode; each time making you wonder if you had ever laughed this hard. Expand
  3. Feb 11, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Absolutely brilliant!

    This show is full of sarcasm, wit and out of the ordinary humour.
    Tina Fey has achieved the impossible of making every single episode hilarious!

    What is brilliant is that certain quotes from some episodes turn out to have their own dedicated episode later in the series such as when one character mentions her film "The Rural Juror" in one episode but through the season it gains more recognition by the characters right until it has an episode which is genius!
  4. aquilesd
    Oct 12, 2006
    loved it, different
  5. Jan 6, 2012
    Holy crap do I love this show. The comedy is right up my alley. Alec Baldwin is a huge standout, though I can't get enough of Tina Fey. Lots of strongly-defined recurring characters that shine when they get their on-screen time. I have no idea if there are still new episodes being made...but I kinda hope so, even if the show has had a good run. Expand
  6. DougR
    Oct 14, 2006
    Folks saying the pilot had no laughs baffles me since I found it consistently hysterical. The only current network sitcom to make me laugh out loud like this is "The Office". Also, the critics who complained that E rak complaining about the oven ad dismisses the probability that it was actually reverse product placement. Letterman used to always sarcastically plug G.E. when he was on NBC and having Baldwin's character plug the oven almost immediately, promise one to Adsit's character and then promptly fire him was perfectly in character. I took it as a ridiculously exaggerated joke product thinking "What? No oven could ever possibly do that!" until I saw the commercial. That thing is miraculous. It could very well revolutionize the way the world eats. Expand
  7. James
    Oct 12, 2006
    Terrible. Just awful. I don't understand for a second what all the fuss is about. I laughed more at Studio 60 than I did at this. It feels like a really long, really unfunny SNL sketch. To compare this show to The Office is simply an insult to the hard working (and FUNNY) people on that show. Truly and utterly disappointing. Expand

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