Lessons Other Shows Can Learn From the 30 Rock Finale

by Rachel Stein February 1, 2013 10:26 am
Lessons Other Shows Can Learn From the <i>30 Rock</i> Finale

Rather than write a second long piece in praise of 30 Rock, add yet another blog post to the world about how Tina Fey changed television (though, she did) or try to convince you how much the series transformed TV while glazing over the fact that the show was almost unwatchable for two seasons, let's just focus on the finale... the very satisfying and heartfelt finale.

30 Rock: This is the End

by Ethan Alter October 5, 2012 11:20 am
<i>30 Rock</i>: This is the End

Like the title says, last night's season premiere was the beginning of the end of 30 Rock, which will leave the airwaves for good after this 13-episode season. And, to be honest, we're not all that sorry to see it leave, even if last season almost brought the show back to the glory days of Seasons 1, 2 and 3. As the adage goes, better to go out somewhat close to the top rather than in the cellar.

30 Rock: Crank Yankovic

by Ethan Alter March 23, 2012 10:08 am
<i>30 Rock</i>: Crank Yankovic

Like almost every kid that came of age in the late '80s/early '90s, I went through a big Weird Al phase. Back then, there were still these things called cassette tapes and I soon amassed a healthy collection of Yankovic's albums. Favorite songs? "Eat It" of course. "The Rye or the Kaiser" was another (especially since it spoofed a song from one of the greatest sequels of all time, Rocky III) and you can't forget about "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long," "I Think I'm A Clone Now" and "Yoda."

30 Rock: Why So Serious?

by Rachel Stein February 17, 2012 11:59 am
<i>30 Rock</i>: Why So Serious?

I've been thoroughly enjoying 30 Rock this season. Sure, it hasn't been perfect, but it's definitely regained its place in my heart as one of the best sitcoms on TV. And in last night's "The Tuxedo Begins" -- for a brief moment -- dare I say that it was... Community good. [Dun dun dunnnn!]

Quick Tips We Picked Up This Week on 30 Rock

by Rachel Stein January 13, 2012 9:52 am
Quick Tips We Picked Up This Week on <I>30 Rock</i>

If the rest of Season 6 of 30 Rock is as enjoyable as last night's premiere, then we are in for a good haul. "Dance Like Nobody's Watching" wasn't jam-packed with jokes, but it was fun to watch, got nice and weird for a few minutes and ended on an actual sweet and hopeful note. It's not what I usually expect from 30 Rock, but given how repetitive the show was getting, I'm open to the change. And as every successful episode of this show does, we picked up a lot of helpful advice that'll get us through 'til the next episode. Things like...

Top That: Last Night’s 30 Rock

by Lauren Gitlin January 9, 2009 1:46 pm
Top That: Last Night’s <i>30 Rock</i> Maybe having a few weeks off from 30 Rock made me appreciate it that much more last night, or maybe it was just a radder than usual episode but I can tell you for a fact that I guffawed at least five times. Here's an itemized list of the best things from last night's ep:

1) Peter Dinklage. I never thought I'd be so attracted to a little person. Mindy and I discussed it, and she too finds the thespian foxy. My theory is that god had to counteract his potential eye-melting hotness by making him wee because the world wouldn't be able to handle him full sized.
2) The subtle swipe at Heroes.
3) "A Blaffair to Rememblack"
4) Salma Hayek's unapologetic cleavage.
5) Janet Joppler.
6) Kenneth's Teen Witch rap, embedded below.

Synchronized Running… What Will 30 Rock Think of Next?

by Angel Cohn November 7, 2008 11:18 am
Synchronized Running… What Will <i>30 Rock</I> Think of Next?

I never thought I'd relate so well to 30 Rock's Kenneth, but his devotion to the sportsmanship of the Olympics and his fear of SpongeBob SquarePants rang true (It's that laugh. It's creepy.). I spent the better part of two weeks watching and writing about the good, bad and bizarre sporting events that make up the Olympics and I always kinda thought that some of those sports were a little fishy. Like water polo? Totally can't be real. Kenneth discovers that Women's Soccer isn't real either... which I'd always suspected. Anyway, the genius that is Jack Donaghy and the folks at Scheinhardt Wig Company created faux Olympic sports in order to boost the American spirit and win more medals. Yay, good sportsmanship.

TAGS: 30 rock, oprah

You! Yes You! Can Watch the 30 Rock Premiere Right Now!

by Mindy Monez October 23, 2008 5:15 pm
You! Yes You! Can Watch the <I>30 Rock</I> Premiere Right Now! The good people at Hulu (they are saints, I tell you!) have posted next week's 30 Rock season premiere oh so many days early, and I've gone ahead and posted it after the jump. I'm only about halfway through it as I'm typing this, but as my officemate Angel can attest, I've been laughing at an annoyingly loud and frequent rate so far, which is a good sign when watching a sitcom. Still not ready to give a verdict, obviously, but who cares what I think? Click, watch, and give us your review after the jump.

30 Rock: Season Two

by Lauren Gitlin October 8, 2008 9:45 am
30 Rock: Season Two

Don't step to the Emmys, y'all. Every once in a while, they get it right. Case in point: the genius that is 30 Rock. Now I won't lie -- pound for pound, I much preferred Season One to Season Two. Not only was there a butt-ton more of it, it was slightly more outrageous than Season Two. But hey, I'm sort of splitting hairs because all 30 Rock is good 30 Rock. Sort of like pizza... even when it's not great, it still kicks ass. I paraphrase, of course.

Why <I>30 Rock</I> Deserved The Best Comedy Series Emmy Last Night (Yes, Even More Than <I>The Office</I>) This morning when I hopped online to check out the rest of the world's post-Emmys reactions, I noticed mostly the stuff I expected to see -- the five hosts were crap, Bryan Cranston's win was an upset, yay Mad Men, etc -- but one thing I noticed from both my friends and blog commenters from around the Interwebs was a 30 Rock backlash I didn't even know existed. Well, I'm here to tell you why 30 Rock deserved its Best Comedy Series win last night, detractors!

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