I finally found the time a few of weeks ago to get caught up on all the season 1 episodes of 30 Rock, and I haven't looked back since. If you're not watching this show you're really missing out. I thought The Office was the funniest show on TV, but clearly I was mistaken. Are there any other fans here? There must be SOME - there was already a 30 Rock thread icon.
On a somewhat related note, did anyone catch Frank's "KAYFABE" hat from this past Thursday's episode? Has that word ever appeared on TV before in any capacity??
I was really not a fan of the show last season. I didn't like Tina Fey on SNL, and wasn't expecting much, so I half-watched the show. On the advice of my father, who has the same sense of humor as me, I started watching this season, and, while I don't look forward to it as much as I do the Office or Earl, it's a solid solid show that is making me laugh more every week. I'm sorry I missed season 1, so I might go back and watch them.
I've thought 30 Rock was the best comedy on TV for a while. It's more of a basic sitcom setup, so it's not really something worth discussing here, similar to How I Met Your Mother (#3 on my list after the Office).
I would totally love a crossover where Kenneth from 30 Rock meets Dwight from the Office and they compare farms.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
I wouldn't say 30 Rock is a basic sitcom setup, per se. It's not presented as a documentary the way that The Office and Arrested Development, the only two shows that can match its pedigree, were. But it's probably just as self-reflexive in terms of doing that meta-sitcom stuff that plays around with the conventions of the genre. Especially with product placement.
Joke for joke, I'd probably give it the slight comedy edge over The O. Office still has the advantage with the well-crafted story arcs. I feel blessed to have them both. Even with Scrubs lingering around as an annoying corpse, between 30 Rock, Office, Flight of the Conchords, my favorite season of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the overlooked How I Met Your Mother, a rejuvenated Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the respectable MNIEarl, this was an incredibly deep year for comedy. Too bad all the fall shows are getting their seasons truncated.
I was, and still am, a huge Tina Fey fan and have been watching this show since the beginning. This show has gotten better and better each week since day 1. To me, this is the best sitcom on TV. My ideal comedy lineup (netwrok shows) would be
8 - Everybody Hates Chris 8:30 - My Name is Earl 9 - Scrubs 9:30 - How I met Yor Mother 10 - 30 Rock 10:30 - The Office
A dream come true.
"Marriage is like that show ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, but it’s not funny. All the problems are the same, but you know instead of all the funny, pithy dialogue, everybody is really pissed off and tense. Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of 'Everybody Loves Raymond', only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."
Originally posted by geemoneyMy favorite part has got to be Tracy and the movies he has starred in: First it was "This Honky Grandma Be Trippin'!" and yesterday we learned of another: "Samurai I-Am-Urai." Genius.
Don't forget "Fat Bitch" and of course the sequel "Fat Bitch 2". And the trailer for the Jefferson movie was pretty sweet, but sadly it never got made.
-The Big Kat When you're tired of wishing on a falling star, you gotta put your faith in a loud guitar. -KISS
I have never been a fan of Tracy Morgan, but this show makes him as close to funny as he has ever been. It took a while to warm up to the show last season, even though I have much love for Tina Fey, for both her talent and her hotness. I didn't think it deserved the Emmy, however, as much of last season was up and down as it found it's way. But this season has been rock solid. Better than The Office? I wouldn't go that far, but it makes for the perfect hour of comedy. Or, at least it did.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I think the last couple of episodes have seemed to be the tipping point for 30 Rock. I've had more people I know talk to me (due to my well-known love of Tina Fey) about the show in the last two weeks than I have in the previous two years. I dunno if it's because of other shows being off due to the strike or what, but it seems like the show has finally started to catch on in the zeitgeist sort of like Arrested Development. Hopefully (unlike AD) it catches on in the general ratings as well.
Good start for the season, and I like how many smaller threads this plot has. Nothing quite had the punch of the double murders that opened up last season, but I don't know how you could have recreated that.