There are a lot of shows on TV and finding the gems a midst the vast array of options is a lot harder than just watching Jersey Shore. But if the TV viewing experience somehow devolves to the point where there is only one spot on my DVR, it would be reserved for 30 Rock.
It’s a barrage of jokes, layered one on top of the other and paced so brilliantly that while you are digesting and appreciating one joke, you have missed 3 others. This gives the show an off the charts score on the re-watchability scale and makes the episodes sometimes more entertaining on the 4th viewing than they were on the 1st.
30 Rock has been picked up for only 13 more episodes before it is officially cancelled. I know that 7 seasons (138 episodes) is an accomplishment and actors/writers need to move on but I’m going to sorely miss this show. Thursday night at 8:00 or 8:30 or 9:00 or 9:30 or whatever time NBC settled on for the show is appointment television for me – but not many others. For a network show this smart and entertaining, it is a travesty that it averages just 4 million viewers. It is critically acclaimed and has won its share of Emmy’s so I definitely won’t be the first person in the world to say that you should be watching it. Nevertheless, you should be watching it and if you haven’t seen an episode then I’m jealous that you have 6 seasons to catch up on before the shortened final season.
Here’s a classic line or two from some of the ensemble cast of characters to wet your appetite:
Jack Donaghy (Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming): “Okay, in my defense, every April 22nd I honor Richard Nixon’s death by getting drunk and making some unpopular decisions.”
Liz Lemon (Head writer of TGS): “Wow, Avery Jessup, she’s hot. She was on Maxim’s ”I’d Rape That 100.”
Tracy Jordan (Star of TGS): “So Here’s some advice I wish I would’ve got when I was your age: Live every week, like it’s ‘shark week’.”
“My home address is in the GPS under ‘Da Crib’… because we live on Da Crib Ave.”
Jenna Maroney (co-star of TGS): “Oh, no. Did I come across as interesting? ‘Cause I tried to mention Bono as much as possible.”
Kenneth Parcel (NBC Page): “Oh, Miss Maroney, I have your messages. Uh, a Mr. Bret Fav-ray stopped by, and uh, dropped off this picture of a hot dog? There you go.”
Pete Hornberger (Producer of TGS): “No, no, Liz. Last night for the first time ever, Tracy watched the non-porn version of the Carol Burnett Show.”