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Every Episode of ’30 Rock’ Ranked

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On 30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski blessed us with seven seasons of backstage hijinks on a stay present that seemed suspiciously like Saturday Night time Reside. Taking inspiration from different late night time ship up’s like The Larry Sanders Present, 30 Rock’s broad, esoteric humor appealed to a bit one thing in everybody.

On this rating I attempt to not solely take into accounts my very own private favorites and memorable moments, however what episodes have been essential thematically or how they affected a season’s general arc. A surprisingly touching episode that isn’t front-loaded with laughs might take priority over a weaker episode that has maybe a stronger central joke. There are 138 episodes in complete with a duo of two-parters. For these episodes, I counted them as one, so this record will begin at 136. The 2-parters inform one story, and I consider they need to be judged that means.

30 Rock, like Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon, was a bit of a late bloomer although. Whereas the present is outstandingly bizarre, hilarious, it was oft-times uneven comedy within the early seasons. Now that’s to not say episodes utterly fall flat. Quite the opposite, some of 30 Rock’s funniest moments occur in episodes that don’t rank that prime on this listing. Werewolf Bar Mitzvah is one of the best issues this present has ever provide you with, however the episode that it’s in doesn’t examine to an all-time basic like Ludachristmas. So don’t be stunned if you see extra early season episodes on the backside of the record, and extra of that season six magic in the direction of the highest. In case your favourite episodes don’t rank as excessive as you thought, it’s okay! You’ll be able to all the time simply rank it your self. 

Alright, dummies! With out additional ado, right here’s the definitive rating of each episode of 30 Rock!


136. Stone Mountain (Season four, Episode three)
Dir. Don Scardino
Author: John Riggi

When compiling this listing, the primary episode that got here to thoughts of what might probably be topped “the worst” episode of this persistently humorous present was fairly easy. The one which co-starred Jeff Dunham. I hate that redneck ventriloquist, and 30 Rock does him no favor’s as he heckles Liz and Jack (Alec Baldwin). However the joke that does work within the present? That of the 2 celebrities who died within the “Rule of Three” that Tracy is afraid of, one was the overweight man that Pac-Man was based mostly on.


135. The Aftermath (Season 1 Episode 2)
Dir. Adam Bernstein
Author: Tina Fey

The Aftermath

The primary few seasons of 30 Rock may be summed up thusly: it’s apples or oranges. Not one episode really lags or isn’t humorous, however quite they only hadn’t absolutely gotten their footing but in what makes the present work. And slightly than a collection of vignettes of the characters comedy of errors, we get a loosely strung collectively narrative of getting Tracy to play good on The Girlie Present. The jokes work, like Liz continually insulting everybody because of a scorching mic and Tracy flubbing his strains, nevertheless it seems like an episode 2. Strong jokes, however not sure of what the texture of the present ought to be.


134. The Preventing Irish (Season 1, Episode 17)
Dir. Dennie Gordon
Author: Jack Burditt

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I really like Nathan Lane. I do. I feel he’s only a treasure of the stage and display, which is why it’s such a disgrace that his position as Jacks brother, Eddie, is such a throwaway episode, particularly contemplating they retcon their relationship because the present progressed. Are the prolonged Donaghy households drunken preventing nice? Positive! Who doesn’t love Molly Shannon, who was sorely underused on all seven seasons of this Broadway Video manufacturing? Maybe this episode stood on higher footing earlier than it stacked up towards 6 different seasons, however for now? It simply lacks the comedic cohesion of the latter seasons.


133. All the things Sunny All The Time All the time (Season 5, Episode 22)
Dir. John Riggi
Author: Kay Cannon/Matt Hubbard

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Plot-wise this episode is integral because it kicks off the arc of Avery Jessup’s (Elizabeth Banks) North Korean imprisonment and subsequent marriage to Kim Jong Il (Margaret Cho, disappearing into her position), however with a B and C plot specializing in Liz Lemon’s quest to get a plastic bag out of a tree and Tracy Jordan’s furor over not being in on Kenneth (Jack McBrayer), Grizz (Grizz Chapman), and Dot Com’s (Kevin Brown) in-joke “Smooth move Ferguson” are harmless jokes failing to completely ship. However what can we get? A piano/jazz flute music duel between ex-partners Condoleezza Rice and Jack.


132. Someone to Love (Season 2, Episode 6)
Dir. Beth McCarthy
Writers: Tina Fey/Kay Cannon

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The cardinal sin of an episode of 30 Rock is being forgettable. And when your A plot includes Liz Lemon racially profiling her neighbor Raheem (Fred Armisen) who is just eager to be on The Superb Race you’re hoping that you’ll overlook it. However then once you comply with that up with a B plot centering on Kenneth dropping a pair of Jack’s pants, you understand it gained’t be arduous to let this one slip out of your thoughts.


131. Blind Date (Season 1, Episode three)
Dir. Adam Bernstein
Author: John Riggi

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The primary of many “I thought Liz was a lesbian” jokes that the collection will deploy. The episode is necessary in establishing Jacks skilled reverence of the immortal enigmatic bumpkin Kenneth Parcel although, as he excels at poker a lot to Jacks chagrin. However even early within the collection, the “Liz is a Lesbian” joke is as drained as it’s mildly offensive.


130. The C Phrase (Season 1, Episode 14)
Dir. Adam Bernstein
Author: Tina Fey

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I ought to let it’s recognized early that I really like Lutz (John Lutz). That bizarre goon is hilarious and in The C Phrase we get our first episode to sorta put him in focus, specifically for calling Liz a phrase that rhymes with Runt (we all know this as a result of Rachel Dratch cries out for her misplaced runt time and again). Lutz is within the flawed and the episode drops the ball on blaming Liz for his conduct, without having extra Charlyne Yi or capitalizing on much more scenes between Tracy and Don Geiss (perennial man’s man Rip Torn).


129. The Child Present (Season 1, Episode 9)
Dir. Michael Engler
Author: Jack Burditt

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We get a uncommon Cerie (Katrina Bowden) targeted opening earlier than the writing employees forgot she was an actual individual within the present. The clincher right here although is Liz Lemon by some means managing to go away not solely her workplace, however her constructing, and make all of it the best way again to her condo on Riverside earlier than realizing she has stolen a child. This may increasingly even be the episode that proved, sorry Josh Girard (Lonny Ross), however nobody is aware of the place you go on this present.


128. St. Valentine’s Day (Season three, Episode 11)
Dir. Don Scardino
Author: Jack Burditt/Tina Fey

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Whereas he appeared briefly within the earlier episode, St Valentine’s Day is Jon Hamm’s actual 30 Rock debut. Within the midst of Mad Males’s world-shaking success, how DID 30 Rock get Jon Hamm? And I feel it says much less concerning the present and extra about Hamm as a, properly, ham. And maybe Tina Fey’s love for every little thing ham. (HAM!) And whereas this episode is packed from Tracy Cyrano’ing for Kenneth, to Jack and Elisa’s McFlurry and Mass debacle, it’s Liz and Dr. Drew’s disastrous V-Day date that’s the middle of the episode and one of the primary causes it’s so low. Drew’s hotness bubble and real likeability apart, that is the closest 30 Rock verged on anti-humor. The jokes begin darkish after which simply regularly get darker. Any visceral response is sweet in comedy, however that is one of the few episodes that makes my mind scream “YIKES”!


127. Gentleman’s Intermission (Season 5, Episode 6)
Dir. Don Scardino
Author: John Riggi

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Is the phrase for a person placing a wedding on pause to have a debaucherous weekend within the metropolis, a Gentleman’s Intermission, sensible? In fact it’s. Do I actually ever wanna see an octogenarian in tight denims and an Ed Hardy shirt? Nah, brah. This storylines common ickiness, compounded by Liz Lemon’s failed try and scare off her father’s “intermission” at a singles bar, is simply saved by Jack’s appearing of the disgruntled Jersey bro boyfriend who scares Dick Lemon (Buck Henry) away.

But in addition I’ve all the time been confused by Avery’s slight jealousy of Liz and Jack’s relationship. I can perceive it to a level, however being her personal lady I’m stunned she permits their friendship to shake her bedrock. And it comes off simply as an previous stereotypes of ladies not trusting different ladies. Within the C plot although we’ve got Tracy making an attempt to do good deeds to offer himself a greater obituary, leading to a convoluted try to save lots of a cat which seems like a succinct abstract of Tracy and his entourage’s inherent childishness.


126. Jack-Tor (Season 1, Episode 5)
Dir. Don Scardino
Author: Robert Carlock

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There are lots of misconceptions about actors on the earth. That they’re egocentric, ego pushed, and are extra fascinated by their public persona than anything. And whereas there are truths behind sure stereotypes, if there’s one factor that actors can all agree on it’s this: what can we do with our palms? Is it bizarre if they’re out our sides? How do they swing once we stroll? Will holding two espresso cups clear up our issues? These are all the problems we uncover Jack Donaghy faces when he was tasked to make a company coaching video on Product Integration, which he duties TGS to implement. And whereas we do get some jokes on the expense of intentional product placement for Snapple that feels ripped from the most effective scenes in Return of the Killer Tomatoes, this episode is about Jack. After he’s requested to seem on the present by Liz, the actor eccentricities start to emerge once more forcing Liz to only deal with like Jack one of her actors: telling him to tug himself collectively and do it as a result of if Tracy and Jenna can do that, Jack can. That is one of the earliest episodes that broadens what we expect of authorized eagle Jack Donaghy. That whereas he might symbolize the worst in masculinity, beneath his facade he’s simply as bizarre and fragile as all the opposite dummies Liz has to cope with.


125. Secrets and techniques and Lies (Season 2, Episode eight)
Dir. Michael Engler
Author: Ron Weiner

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“I murdered my wife!” could also be one of the best line from an in any other case combined bag of an episode. Right here we’ve got 30 Rock earlier than the writers found out what makes a superb romantic foil for Jack, regardless of Edie Falco being a nationwide treasure. The keeper for this episode? The incorrigible cameo by James Carville, who’s marriage mimics Jack’s relationship (Carville is a Democrat, his spouse Mary Matalin is a Republican). I’m positive within the winter of 2007, for a short while on iTunes, you would obtain a ringtone of James Carville saying “Cajun Style!”. If not, why not? We barely had Twitter and ringtones have been how we expressed our individuality! However I digress. The opposite gem of this episode, the cap on the lengthy operating Mystic Pizza: The Musical joke, is the inevitable future of the Tony Awards: “Best Actress in a Movie Based on a Musical Based on a Movie”. Strong. Gold.


124. Jack the Author (Season 1, Episode four)
Dir. Gail Mancuso
Author: Robert Carlock

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Jack is simply as eccentric as Liz and The Girlie Present gang, however within the early seasons they weren’t positive the way to stability that together with his assured conservatism. This episode provides us our first glimpse of them making an attempt to make this clashing ideology work. Jack exhibits his barely extra empathetic aspect, whereas Liz proves that perhaps she actually does hate ladies when she barely slut shames Cerie for her selection of garments (“to stop the men from ogling clearly she is the one who has to change”, he says as he pulls a muscle rolling his eyes). This episode additionally provides us our first style of the extremes Kenneth will go for Tracy (and thru affiliation, everybody else at NBC) when he forces him to get nachos from a closed Yankee Stadium.


123. Winter Insanity (Season four, Episode 11)
Dir. Beth McCarthy-Miller
Author: Tom Ceraulo/Vali Chandrasekaran

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30 Rock spun its wheels on the saga that was Nancy Donovan (Julianne Moore) greater than as soon as, however with Winter Insanity at the very least we get some ahead momentum of their relationship with Jack lastly admitting his true emotions for Nancy. Liz and Pete (Scott Adsit) need to take TGS on the street to Florida, which Jack OKs simply as long as they transfer the journey to Boston. Whereas Liz’s scapegoat for all the things going mistaken with the present, Dale Snitterman, has a enjoyable conclusion, the spotlight is Tracy’s shock information of the Revolutionary Struggle and Crispus Attucks, dropping fact bombs to the deceiving reenactors who’ve zero clue methods to correctly handle Tracy’s query about John Hancock’s (Kevin Meaney) slaves.


122. Cougars (Season 2, Episode 7)
Dir. Michael Engler
Author: John Riggi

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Whereas Tracy’s subplot of teaching the “worst neighborhood in New York”’s Little League group might have been humorous if extra time was paid to it, it’s sadly forgettable in lieu of the titular storyline involving Liz courting a a lot youthful man (Val Emmich). When you can guess the punch line a mile away to this plot, the cherry on prime is Jenna’s response to being the seemed over cougar: to go after her personal jailbait. Besides, she doesn’t simply begin courting a youthful man. She begins courting a a lot youthful man, who has a penchant for sporting heelies in doorways and enjoying Gameboy. It’s a robust joke in an in any other case lackluster episode.


121. Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)
Dir. Adam Bernstein
Author: Tina Fey

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Pilots are a difficult factor to speak about with a present that ran for seven seasons. On one hand, it kicked off all the things, establishing the relationships and humor that might simply get higher with age. However however, stacked up towards 130+ different episodes, it’s early timidity is obvious. Jokes land, the episode continues to be fulfilling, however maybe one of the best factor concerning the Pilot to 30 Rock is that (in phrases of compulsive binge watching) you understand you’ve got 7 seasons of dependable humor to get you thru these dumpster hearth days of 2018.

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