Well, ladies and gentlemen, 30 Rock has come to an end. After tonight, we will never see an original episode ever again. Even though this final season has been uneven (I blame it all on Hazel), the show still has many moments of brilliance and is certainly funnier than most sitcoms on TV. Watching it sign off for good will not be easy for me, especially now that I’m being nostalgic and thinking back to all my favorite 30 Rock quotes and scenes.
I remember being supremely excited for the show to launch… only to be massively disappointed by its flimsy premiere. However, the series quickly found its voice, and a few episodes into its first season, 30 Rock emerged as must-see TV (even if Rachel Dratch was ultimately phased out of the show — fingers crossed for a cameo tonight). Over the years, we’ve seen Jenna transform into the most amusingly self-involved creature on network television, Jack become the crusty Republican we’ll always love, and Liz Lemon grow into something of an unlikely feminist icon… I think.
Anyway, in the video above, Tina Fey answers a few lingering questions about 30 Rock, including the big one: why did it have to end? Check it out…
I’m not sure what the context of this picture is, but I do know that it comes from tonight’s episode of 30 Rock. I can only imagine what cruel fate has befallen Liz Lemon to turn her into this sad, Mommy-tastic vision.
After a month-long break, 30 Rock returned with another strong episode last night, which ended with this hilarious semi-spoof of The Real Housewives titled The Queen of Jordan. Sure, it may be a fake reality show, but I’d still watch it.
30 Rock went live last night on NBC, and the reviews have not been the kindest ever. Personally, I enjoyed the energy of it all, but about midway through, it started to lag a touch. Still, not a total failure. If anything, the experiment showed that single-camera comedies really need to stay single camera (although the clever solution for Liz’s flashbacks was pretty hilarious). That being said, there was something fantastic about watching the actors play off the audience. It almost made me pine for the traditional sitcom. And yes, I’m aware that there are plenty of sitcoms on the air with studio audiences. But they’re never as funny (and let’s face it, most of the laughter comes from a track).
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Last night’s season premiere of 30 Rock made me happy for many different reasons, but none more so than the extended discussion of The Barefoot Contessa. Above, the second of two scenes featuring Ina jokes.