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30 Rock [2006] (16 discs)

Composer:Jeff Richmond
MPAA Rating:TV-14
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
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Synopsis: Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

Personal Rating: 8/10

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'Weird Al' Yankovic => 'Weird Al' Yankovic (Kidnapped by Danger)
Cynthia Nixon => Cynthia Nixon (Kidnapped by Danger)
William Baldwin => Lance Drake Mandrell (Kidnapped by Danger)
Aaron Sorkin => Aaron Sorkin (Plan B)
Adam Levine => Adam Levine (Kidney Now!)
Clay Aiken => Clay Aiken (Kidney Now!)
Cyndi Lauper => Cyndi Lauper (Kidney Now!)
Elvis Costello => Elvis Costello (Kidney Now!)
Mary J. Blige => Mary J. Blige (Kidney Now!)
Michael McDonald => Michael McDonald - He Needs a Kidney Performed by (Kidney Now!)
Moby => Moby - He Needs a Kidney Performed by (Kidney Now!)
Sara Bareilles => Sara Bareilles - He Needs a Kidney Performed by (Kidney Now!)
Sheryl Crow => Sheryl Crow (Kidney Now!)
Wyclef Jean => Wyclef Jean - He Needs a Kidney Performed by (Kidney Now!)
Adam West => Adam West (Apollo, Apollo)
Matt Vogel => Pupeteer (Apollo, Apollo)
Al Gore => Al Gore (Greenzo)
David Schwimmer => Greenzo (Greenzo)
Meredith Vieira => Meredith Vieiras (Greenzo)
Al Roker => Al Roker (Fireworks)
Maury Povich => Self (Fireworks)
Will Arnett => Devon Bankss (Fireworks)
Alan Alda => Milton Greenes (Mamma Mia)
Amy Schumer => Stylist (Mamma Mia)
Amy Poehler => Young Liz (Live from Studio 6H)
Kim Kardashian West => Kim Kardashian (West Coast only) (Live from Studio 6H)
Paul McCartney => Paul McCartney (East Coast only) (Live from Studio 6H)
Amy Sedaris => Visor Lady (Unwindulax)
Don Cheadle => Don Cheadle (Unwindulax)
Gary Cole => Roger (Unwindulax)
Kellan Lutz => Kellan Lutz (Unwindulax)
Andie MacDowell => Claire Williams (Leap Day)
James Saito => Chef (Leap Day)
Jim Carrey => Dave Williams (Leap Day)
Karolina Kurkova => Karolina Kurkova (Leap Day)
Andrea Martin => Bonnie (My Whole Life Is Thunder)
Florence Henderson => Florence Henderson (My Whole Life Is Thunder)
Lorne Michaels => Reverend Gimp (My Whole Life Is Thunder)
Steve Whitmire => Kermit the Frog (My Whole Life Is Thunder)
Andy Richter => Mitch Lemon (Ludachristmas)
Buck Henry => Dick Lemon (Ludachristmas)
Andy Samberg => Andy Samberg (The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell)
Emma Stone => Emma Stone (The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell)
Nick Cannon => Nick Cannon (The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell)
Ann Curry => Ann Curry (Gentleman's Intermission)
Anna Chlumsky => Other Liz (The Fighting Irish)
Molly Shannon => Katherine Catherine (The Fighting Irish)
Nathan Lane => Eddie (The Fighting Irish)
Aubrey Plaza => Page (Tracy Does Conan)
Conan O'Brien => Conan O'Brien (Tracy Does Conan)
Betty White => Betty White (Stone Mountain)
Jeff Dunham => Pumpkin (Stone Mountain)
Jimmy Fallon => Jimmy Fallon (Stone Mountain)
Bill Hader => Kevin (Live Show)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus => Liz Lemon (Live Show)
Billy Bush => Billy Bush (Señor Macho Solo)
Peter Dinklage => Stewart (Señor Macho Solo)
Salma Hayek => Elisa Padrieras (Señor Macho Solo)
Bobb'e J. Thompson => Tracy Jr. (Gavin Volure)
Steve Martin => Gavin Volure (Gavin Volure)
Bobby Moynihan => Stewart Derr (Murphy Brown Lied to Us)
Stacy Keach => Stacy Keach (Murphy Brown Lied to Us)
Brian Dennehy => Mickey J (Sandwich Day)
Brian Stack => Howard Jorgensen (Jack Meets Dennis)
Brian Williams => Brian Williams (The Ones)
Bryan Cranston => Ron (Governor Dunston)
Catherine O'Hara => Pearline (Governor Dunston)
Buzz Aldrin => Buzz Aldrin (The Moms)
Calvin Klein => Calvin Klein (The Bubble)
Carrie Fisher => Rosemary Howard (Rosemary's Baby)
Paul Scheer => Donny Lawson (Rosemary's Baby)
Charles Robinson => Charles Robinson (The One with the Cast of 'Night Court')
Harry Anderson => Harry Anderson (The One with the Cast of 'Night Court')
Jennifer Aniston => Claire Harper (The One with the Cast of 'Night Court')
Markie Post => Markie Post (The One with the Cast of 'Night Court')
Charlyne Yi => Grace (The C Word)
Rip Torn => Don Geisss (The C Word)
Chloë Grace Moretz => Kaylie Hoopers (TGS Hates Women)
Cristin Milioti => Abby Flynn (TGS Hates Women)
Terrence Mann => Bob Ballard (TGS Hates Women)
Chris Hansen => Chris Hansen (The Break-Up)
Chris Matthews => Chris Matthews (Hard Ball)
Christopher Walken => Christopher Walken (Audition Day)
Gilbert Gottfried => Gilbert Gottfried (Audition Day)
Martin Scorsese => Martin Scorsese (Audition Day)
Condoleezza Rice => Condoleezza Rice (Everything Sunny All the Time Always)
Margaret Cho => Kim Jong-Il (Everything Sunny All the Time Always)
Denise Richards => Denise Richards (Idiots Are People Two!)
Don Pardo => Sid (Cutbacks)
Donald Glover => Young P.A. / Gay Kid / Young Tracy Jordan (Jack-Tor)
Edie Falco => Celeste Cunninghams (Somebody to Love)
Fred Armisen => Frank 2.0 (Somebody to Love)
Kristen Wiig => Candace Van der Shark (Somebody to Love)
Edward Herrmann => Walter (Episode 210)
Gladys Knight => Gladys Knight (Episode 210)
Elaine Stritch => Colleen Donaghys (Hiatus)
Sean Hayes => Jesse Parcell (Hiatus)
Emily Mortimer => Phoebes (Corporate Crush)
Hannibal Buress => Bum (Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish)
Helen Mirren => Self (Jackie Jormp-Jomp)
Hoda Kotb => Hoda Kotb (Floyd)
Kathie Lee Gifford => Kathie Lee Gifford (Floyd)
Horatio Sanz => Maynard (Anna Howard Shaw Day)
Jon Bon Jovi => Jon Bon Jovi (Anna Howard Shaw Day)
Ice-T => Detective Odafin Tutuola (¡Qué Sorpresa!)
Ken Howard => Hank Hoopers (¡Qué Sorpresa!)
Richard Belzer => Richard Belzer (¡Qué Sorpresa!)
Vanessa Lachey => Carmen Chao (¡Qué Sorpresa!)
Ira Glass => Ira Glass (St. Patrick's Day)
Isabella Rossellini => Bianca (Black Tie)
Paul Reubens => Gerhardt (Black Tie)
Jackie Mason => Jackie Mason (The Collection)
Steve Buscemi => Lenny Wosniaks (The Collection)
James Carville => James Carville (Secrets and Lies)
James Franco => James Franco (Klaus and Greta)
James Rebhorn => Dr. Kaplan (Future Husband)
Michael Sheen => Wesleys (Future Husband)
Jan Hooks => Verna Maroney (Verna)
Janel Moloney => Jessica (Reunion)
Jason Kravits => Keith (Reunion)
Jerry Seinfeld => Jerry Seinfeld (SeinfeldVision)
John Amos => John Amos (Let's Stay Together)
Queen Latifah => Regina Bookman (Let's Stay Together)
Reg E. Cathey => Rutherford Rice (Let's Stay Together)
Rob Reiner => Rep. Rob Reiner (Let's Stay Together)
John Cho => Lorne (Double-Edged Sword)
John Hodgman => Terry (Mazel Tov, Dummies!)
Tony Bennett => Tony Bennett (Mazel Tov, Dummies!)
John Lithgow => John Lithgow (Goodbye, My Friend)
Patti LuPone => Sylvia Rossitanos (Goodbye, My Friend)
John McEnroe => John McEnroes (The Head and the Hair)
John Slattery => Steven Austin (Brooklyn Without Limits)
Jon Glaser => Mike (Into the Crevasse)
Jon Hamm => Dr. Drew Baird (Generalissimo)
Matt Lauer => Matt Lauers (Generalissimo)
Joy Behar => Joy Behar (Up All Night)
Julianne Moore => Nancy Donovans (Secret Santa)
Larry Wilcox => Larry Wilcox (Secret Santa)
Katie => Monkey (The Natural Order)
Kelly Ripa => Kelly Ripa (100: Part 1)
Michael Keaton => Tom (100: Part 1)
Rachael Ray => Rachael Ray (100: Part 1)
Regis Philbin => Regis Philbin (100: Part 1)
Kelsey Grammer => Kelsey Grammers (Reaganing)
Kevin Dorff => Guy Buying Hot Dogs (Pilot)
Larry King => Larry King (Larry King)
Lester Holt => Lester Holts (Cleveland)
LL Cool J => Ridikolus (The Source Awards)
Wayne Brady => Steven (The Source Awards)
Maria Thayer => Jennifer Rogers (St. Valentine's Day)
Mary Steenburgen => Diana Jessups (Hey, Baby, What's Wrong?: Part 1)
Matt Damon => Carols (I Do Do)
Matthew Broderick => Cooter Burger (Cooter)
Megan Mullally => Bev (Do-Over)
Michael Bloomberg => Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Subway Hero)
Tim Conway => Bucky Bright (Subway Hero)
Nancy Pelosi => Nancy Pelosi (Hogcock!/Last Lunch)
Octavia Spencer => Octavia Spencer (Game Over)
Oprah Winfrey => Oprah Winfrey (Believe in the Stars)
Remy Auberjonois => Tyler Brody (Believe in the Stars)
Padma Lakshmi => Padma Lakshmi (The Problem Solvers)
Paul Giamatti => Ritchie (When It Rains, It Pours)
Peter Donald Badalamenti II => The Sitter (Respawn)
Victor Garber => Eugene Gremby (Respawn)
Peter Linz => Muppet Puppeteer (Argus)
Rob Riggle => Reggie (I Heart Connecticut)
Robert De Niro => Robert De Niro (Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning)
Stanley Tucci => Henry Warren (Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky)
Steve Higgins => Host (The Beginning of the End)
Susan Sarandon => Lynn Onkman (Queen of Jordan)
Tim Meadows => Martin Lutherking (Florida)
Tituss Burgess => D'Fwans (Mrs. Donaghy)
Tom Hanks => Tom Hanks (100: Part 2)
Whoopi Goldberg => Whoopi Goldberg (The Rural Juror)
Will Ferrell => Shane Hunters (Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter)
Adam Bernstein => Director
Beth McCarthy-Miller => Director
Claire Cowperthwaite => Director
Constantine Makris => Director
Dennie Gordon => Director
Don Scardino => Director
Gail Mancuso => Director
Jamie Sheridan => Director
Jeff Richmond => Director / Composer
John Riggi => Director / Writer
Juan José Campanella => Director
Ken Whittingham => Director
Kevin Rodney Sullivan => Director
Linda Mendoza => Director
Michael Engler => Director
Michael Slovis => Director
Millicent Shelton => Director
Paul Feig => Director
Richard Shepard => Director
Robert Carlock => Director / Writer
Scott Ellis => Director
Stephen Lee Davis => Director
Steve Buscemi => Director
Todd Holland => Director
Tricia Brock => Director
Andrew Guest => Writer
Brett Baer => Writer
Colleen McGuinness => Writer
Daisy Gardner => Writer
Dave Finkel => Writer
Donald Glover => Writer
Dylan Morgan => Writer
Hannibal Buress => Writer
Jack Burditt => Writer
Jon Haller => Writer
Jon Pollack => Writer
Josh Siegal => Writer
Kay Cannon => Writer
Lang Fisher => Writer
Lauren Gurganous => Writer
Luke Del Tredici => Writer
Matt Hubbard => Writer
Nina Pedrad => Writer
Paula Pell => Writer
Ron Weiner => Writer
Sam Means => Writer
Steve Hely => Writer
Tami Sagher => Writer
Tina Fey => Writer / Liz Lemon
Tom Ceraulo => Writer
Tracey Wigfield => Writer
Vali Chandrasekaran => Writer
Alec Baldwin => Jack Donaghy
Cheyenne Jackson => Danny Baker
Chris Parnell => Dr. Leo Spaceman
Dean Winters => Dennis Duffy
Elizabeth Banks => Avery Jessup
Grizz Chapman => Grizz
Jack McBrayer => Kenneth Parcell
James Marsden => Criss
Jane Krakowski => Jenna Maroney
Jason Sudeikis => Floyd
John Lutz => J.D. Lutz
Judah Friedlander => Frank Rossitano
Katrina Bowden => Cerie
Keith Powell => Toofer
Kevin Dotcom Brown => Dot Com
Kristen Schaal => Hazel Wassername
Lonny Ross => Josh Girard
Marceline Hugot => Kathy Geiss
Maulik Pancholy => Jonathan
Rachel Dratch => Blue Man / etc.
Scott Adsit => Pete Hornberger
Sherri Shepherd => Angie Jordan
Sue Galloway => Sue
Tracy Morgan => Tracy Jordan
Will Forte => Paul

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The show's twenty-two Emmy nominations in 2009 is a record for the most nominations a comedy show ever received in a single year.
  • Jon Hamm auditioned for the role of Jack Donaghy. He appeared on the show as Dr. Drew Baird.
  • Influenced by creator Tina Fey's experience while being head writer for [Saturday Night Live (1975)].
  • Spoilers
  • Kenneth said in an episode that when he first started at NBC, an eight-year-old Shirley Temple taught him how to roll a cigarette. Temple was born in 1928, which means Kenneth started at NBC in 1936.
  • Tina Fey was not originally going to star on the show. However, NBC insisted she appear.
  • Liz Lemon's catchphrase "I want to go to there" was coined by Tina Fey's daughter Alice.
  • Jenna's name is a play on Janel Moloney (who guest-starred in the series).
  • Tina Fey wrote Kenneth Parcell with Jack McBrayer in mind to play him.
  • Tracy Morgan had to be written out of a few episodes of season five following a kidney transplant.
  • Elizabeth is the real first name of Tina Fey, whose full name is Elizabeth Stamatina Fey.
  • John Lutz (Lutz) and Sue Galloway (Sue Laroche-Van der Hout), who play writers on "TGS", are married in real life.
  • The professional and personal relationship between Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy (who considers himself Liz's mentor) is based in part on Tina Fey's real-life friendship with executive producer Lorne Michaels.
  • With the exception of Jenna, Tina Fey wrote the main parts for the cast members playing them.
  • Jeff Richmond, Tina Fey's husband, composed all of the show's music and later served as a producer and guest director. He also appeared on-screen as a "TGS" musician in several episodes.
  • Alec Baldwin won the SAG Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series every year since the show's inception until 2013, a feat held by no other actor in either drama or comedy. In addition, he won another one in 2009 as part of the cast. He was also nominated for the last time in 2014, but failed to win that time, probably because the show ended in January 2013.
  • Alec Baldwin has said that this show was the best job he's ever had.
  • In 2010, a blogger calculated that the show averaged nearly ten jokes per minute.
  • In her 2011 book "Bossypants", Tina Fey said that during the early years of the show, Donald Glover was its only black writer. She also said that he was so young that when he started on the writing staff, he was still living in a New York University dorm, and working there as a Resident Adviser. Since he came from a large family in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Fey said that Glover was especially good at writing for the character of Kenneth, who was also supposed to be from Stone Mountain. He later made appearances on the show as well as becoming a star on [Community (2009)].
  • Liz and Jenna began ["The Girlie Show"] at [The Second City] in Chicago. In 1992, Tina Fey took classes there, and in 1994, was invited to join the cast. Her writing partner was Rachel Dratch, and their time together inspired the relationship between Liz and Jenna.
  • One of the reasons Jane Krakowski (Jenna) was drawn to the series was because it gave her the chance to sing and dance. Modern sitcoms don't usually allow for that. This was the first since [Ally McBeal (1997)].
  • In a 2018 ["New Yorker"] profile of Donald Glover, Glover said that he had long wondered if he had been hired as a writer on this show because of his race. At the time he was hired, he was only 23 years old, still living in the New York University dorms as a Residential Advisor, and had limited experience. Tina Fey confirmed Glover's suspicion; she admired Glover's talent, but hired him because funds from NBC's Diversity Initiative "made him free." This set-up was actually a subplot in season four, episode seventeen, "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter", when Toofer discovers he was hired because of NBC's Diversity Initiative, which was still covering his salary.
  • Tina Fey originally pitched a series about a cable news producer who is forced to produce a show hosted by a right-wing pundit ("Alec Baldwin if we could ever get him", Fey envisaged). Then-NBC President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly instead suggested that Fey use the "write what you know" formula and come up with a show based on her own experiences as the first female head writer of [Saturday Night Live (1975)].
  • Tina Fey had to leave [Saturday Night Live (1975)] in order to appear in the show as the schedules overlapped. Rachel Dratch also left the show at this time, as she was set to play Jenna DeCarlo. After appearing in the first version of the pilot, Dratch was replaced by Jane Krakowski and given bit parts during the first season.
  • Season two was shorter than season one (fifteen episodes as opposed to season one's twenty-one), because of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Season seven was the shortest season, with twelve episodes.
  • Alec Baldwin loved Jack's wardrobe so much that he purchased the suits at the end of the series. According to costume designer [?] Tom Broecker, Baldwin "wrote a big check to NBC" so he could take the clothes home when the show ended.
  • Grizz Chapman (Grizz) and Kevin Dotcom Brown (Dot Com), who played members of Tracy Jordan's entourage, were friends with Tracy Morgan in real life prior to the show. Brown had once been Morgan's manager.
  • The same year that this show started airing, [Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)], another show set behind the scenes of a fictional [Saturday Night Live (1975)]-type show, also premiered. Even though there were many differences between them (including this show being a half-hour sitcom, while "Studio 60" was an hour-long drama), many critics compared the two shows and engaged in speculation about which one would survive. "Studio 60" was cancelled after one season, and Creator Aaron Sorkin and former regular [?] Nate Corddry guest starred on this show.
  • Season three saw an influx of special guest appearances, including Steve Martin, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Megan Mullally, Jon Hamm, Salma Hayek, and Alan Alda.