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30 Rock is a strange beast: it’s funny, heartwarming, meta, surreal and yet one of the funniest shows ever to have been on TV. But how? On paper it sounds like it shouldn’t work, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is a head-writer on a low-rated comedy programme, called The Girlie Show, when her new boss Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) suggests that to boost the flagging ratings, they should hire A-List comedy star Tracy Morgan as its new star.

So, a comedy show about a comedy show, revolving a lot around media and meta humour, and yet it was loved by many, even those not in the industry themselves. It worked on the fact that even though you may not have known much about the setting, you would connect to the characters and their experiences. And it worked, even with its surreal tangents into madness, talking peacocks and characters blacking up, »

- John Quigley

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