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.

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Tina Fey ...  Liz Lemon / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013
Tracy Morgan ...  Tracy Jordan / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013
Jack McBrayer ...  Kenneth Parcell / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013
Scott Adsit ...  Pete Hornberger / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013
Judah Friedlander ...  Frank Rossitano / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013
Alec Baldwin ...  Jack Donaghy / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013
Jane Krakowski ...  Jenna Maroney / ... 137 episodes, 2006-2013
Keith Powell ...  Toofer / ... 130 episodes, 2006-2013
Katrina Bowden ...  Cerie 99 episodes, 2006-2013
Kevin Dotcom Brown ...  Dot Com 82 episodes, 2006-2013
Grizz Chapman ...  Grizz 77 episodes, 2006-2013
John Lutz ...  J.D. Lutz / ... 73 episodes, 2006-2013
Maulik Pancholy ...  Jonathan 62 episodes, 2006-2013
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Elizabeth "Liz" Lemon (Tina Fey) is the executive show runner for a late night sketch comedy show called "The Girlie Show", that stars her close friend and major drama queen Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). When GE hires a new Executive Vice President for NBC named Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), he decides to take Liz Lemon under his wing and turn around TGS, which for years has been unable to find the proper audience it deserves. So to do so, he brings on unhinged, wildly unpredictable star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) to turn the series into a ratings hit. But Liz soon finds out that controlling her oddball writing staff, the NBC page program, keeping Tracy on a short leash, and getting him to get along with Jenna proves to be one disaster after another. Will TGS ever see true success? And will Liz find the right partner to get married and start a family? Written by halo1k

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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). See more »

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Better than Studio 60
28 November 2006 | by fudge_farmerSee all my reviews

After the last few lackluster seasons of Saturday Night Live, I was worried that this show would suffer from the same affliction as those terrible SNL-based films, like The Ladies Man, Superstar, Coneheads, Night at the Roxbury.... but 30 Rock is actually a character-driven comedy, rather than a gag-driven one like those films.

Tina Fey managed to put together a great cast using classic sitcom archetypes. Alec Baldwin is hilarious and subdued as the meddling nitwit boss, Tracey Morgan is genuinely brilliant as the wild and crazy black guy, and newcomer Jack McBrayer is thoroughly enjoyable as the creepy intern. Of course, the whole show is centered on Tina Fey, the constantly put-upon producer of an SNL-type late night comedy show. She has great comedic sensibilities, but she has wisely surrounded herself with a fantastic ensemble cast.

The show is literally jam-packed with laugh-out-loud gags, so even when one joke doesn't work, there's at least two other jokes that do work around the corner. After Tracey Morgan's last sitcom flopped, I feared that we'd seen the last of him. As the Martin Lawrence-esquire egocentric star of the show-within-a-show, Morgan excels. Without the burden of carrying the entire show, Morgan is able to fully realize his potential playing 30 Rock's a psychotic, preening celebrity host. The real gem on the show is Alec Baldwin, who usually gets the best one-liners as the idiot-savant NBC executive who can manage a big business but not his own life. But what really makes the show work is its cast of veteran comedic character actors who staff the fictional comedy show, including Scott Adsit of HBO's Mr. Show and Judah Friedlander from the film American Splendor.

30 Rock premiered on NBC at the same time as the similarly themed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, another SNL-based series. While Studio 60 took the dramatic route, 30 Rock went comedic. In the end, 30 Rock is better, however. Studio 60 suffers from too much moralizing and a large cast that the scripts can't quite manage to service.

My only complaint about 30 Rock is that we don't see enough of SNL-alum Rachel Dratch on camera. Rumor has it that she was meant to be a main cast member, but the network demanded her role be cut out. It's a shame because she is one of the funniest women in television.


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