30 ROCK

Delightful cast, inherently relatable characters, outstanding writing and exciting cameos are a winning combination. And so, throughout its seven consistent seasons starting in 2006, critics acclaimed and awarded nonstop Tina Fey’s master sitcom, NBC’s 30 Rock.

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The cast of ’30 Rock’ wins SAG for Best Comedic Ensemble in 2009

Based off of Tina Fey’s experiences as a cast member and first female head writer at Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock (where said show is filmed) stars Fey as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a variety show called ‘TGS.’ Co-starring are studio studio head Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and the stars of the show Jenna Maroney and Tracy Jordan (Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan.)

Liz is arguably the most relatable character on television: a woman who does her utter best to keep everything and everyone together at her workplace without getting any credit, whose lovelife is disastrous and who’d honestly rather eat a sandwich and binge-watch bad programming than go have a drink or talk to neighbors. Jack is her classy, openly narcissistic boss and self-proclaimed mentor, whose relationship with “Lemon” is one all siblings can relate to. Lastly, the self-centered and childish Jenna and Tracy (un)intentionally drive her crazy every single week with their hilarious antics.

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Jenna crashes Jack’s mother’s funeral to marry her boyfriend Paul, who dresses as her in drag

However thorough and hysterical the performances, if 30 Rock stands out for something, that’s its phenomenal writing. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (‘Friends’ producer and writer) joined forces with Tracey Wigfield, Matt Hubbard, Jack Burditt and more to consistently provide the best lines on television – winning Best Writing twice including its last season and Best Comedy in the first three. From the first episode until the very last one, the script is sharp, inventive, heartwarming, true to the characters’ idiolects and in many cases, vindicative on behalf of women. (Thanks, Tina.) Plus, the countless cameos slash recurrent characters played by Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Al Gore, Robert De Niro, David Schwimmer, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, the late and unique Carrie Fisher, Oprah or the super adorable Amy Poehler each contribute a particular and exciting brand of humor to the show.

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Liz Lemon fangirls for all of us when meeting talk show queen Oprah Winfrey in season two

In essence, even if it never was a ratings bonanza, the inherent wit of the writing and professionally funny cast made critics fall for 30 Rock so much so that it snagged the 18th place out of the 100 best shows on TV in 2015. I absolutely recommend watching now that it’s on Netflix, because being a demanding comedy fan myself, only ‘Veep,’ ‘SNL’ and ‘Modern Family’ have made me laugh as hard.

Running years: 2006 to 2013.

Country: United States.

Release date: November 10, 2016.

Awards: 16 Emmys, 5 Golden Globes, 7 SAG Awards

Grade: A+

All images are taken from Google.

My little love letter to Tina Fey

The sentenceGravity […] is the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age” instantly made me a fan of Tina Fey’s. 20 seconds of frenetic laughter explain why the writing and delivery were excellent. But then again, pretty much every sentence uttered by her becomes either a headline or a quote: from movies Mean Girls and Sisters and hit shows SNL and 30 Rock, to tributes to Steve Martin and Carol Burnett, the sheer wit and intelligence behind her pen has perfectly wrapped her message that women are strong, capable, funny and grounded bosses. That message struck deep and opened the doors for other comediennes like the lovable Amy Poehler and Kate McKinnon, Sarah Silverman or Amy Schumer to use their brains and create outstanding and binge-watchable work.

And that confidence is priceless when you’re an aspiring Bossypants yourself.

So for that I thank you, Tina Fey❤️

“We in the comedy community recognize genius when we see it and Tina, you are one.” – Steve Martin.

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