Review of 30 Rock – Series Premiere on NBC

Show: 30 Rock (NBC)
Episode: “Pilot” – Series Premiere (Season 1)
Originally Aired: Wednesday, Oct. 11th 2006
Rating: 2 out of 4 stars

Quick Synopsis: The head writer of a sketch comedy show has to deal with a new boss and changes to her show.

Long Synopsis: Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live) plays Liz Lemon who is the head writer of “The Girlie Show,” a fictional TV sketch comedy show on the NBC network. Alec Baldwin (Will & Grace, Saturday Night Live) is Jack, her new boss. He wants her to hire Tracy Jordan played by Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live), a crazy movie star to improve the shows male demographic. Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal) plays the star of the show and friend of Liz. Liz spends the first episode trying to convince Tracy not to come aboard but ends up taking him on.

Review: The show was a solid effort that may have been funnier had every good line not already been played to death for promotional purposes. It does show some potential and will take a couple more viewings to see if it is worth watching or not. I usually give most new comedies multiple viewings. You can’t always tell from the pilot episode. Yet usually my expectations are pretty low for future episodes if the first one stunk up the place. My expectations are much higher for the future of 30 Rock. It is definitely the best comedy so far this fall.

I wish the networks would find a way to advertise a show and drum up interest for it without giving away all the best bits in the commercials. Once you have seen and heard something many times it stops being funny. This is definitely weighing on my opinion of this first episode. I must have heard Jack say, “I like you. You have the boldness of a much younger woman” about 50 or so times before actually watching the episode.

The cast seemed to be pretty good although I am not sure about Tracy Morgan, even though I liked many of his sketches on Saturday Night Live. His character seemed to be a bit to far out there and not much he did or said was all that funny in the first episode. Overall 30 Rock is a two star sitcom but with potential.

What did you think of the series premiere of 30 Rock on NBC? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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