On Thursday January 31, 2013, NBC aired 30 Rock’s 1 hour series finale. 30 Rock was created and produced in 2006 by Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winning comedian Tina Fey, who plays the role of Liz Lemon, the producer of an NBC sketch comedy show, TGS with Tracy Jordan. Network executive Jack Donaghy, played by two-time Emmy and three-time Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin, becomes Lemon’s mentor, and helps her juggle her personal life and the ridiculous antics of Tracy Jordan (played by Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), the two unpredictable stars of TGS. Also featured in the cast is Kenneth, played by Jack McBrayer, a lovable yet naive NBC page.
30 Rock has been praised by fans and critics alike. It won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy series, and it has been nominated every year it has been eligible. Fey has been nominated for awards 12 times for her portrayal of Liz Lemon, and 9 additional times for her work as a writer on the show. Baldwin has also received 12 award nominations. As of February 2013, the show has received a whopping 145 different nominations, and has won 39 of those awards.
One notable aspect of 30 Rock has been its guest stars. The show has featured countless celebrity appearances, such as Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, Kelsey Grammer, James Franco, Kristen Schaal, Denise Richards, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston, Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudekis, Mary J. Blige, Adam Levine, Salma Hayek, Jon Hamm, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Meadows, Will Forte, Matthew Broderick, Tony Bennett, Ryan Lochte, and many more.
Saying 30 Rock has been a successful TV show would be an understatement. However, on January 31, the show’s seven-year run came to an end with an hour long finale special: “Hogcock/Last Lunch.” The finale was a hilarious and fitting end to the classic sitcom.
With TGS recently cancelled, Liz struggles to adjust to her new life as a stay-at-home mom. Meanwhile, the recently promoted Jack Donaghy struggles to find true happiness in his life. When a clause in Tracy Jordan’s contract is discovered that says the show will violate their agreement unless they can produce one more episode, the cast and crew reunite to say goodbye and produce one final show.
Overall, I could not have wished for a better finale. It was on par with the humor of the series, while providing near perfect resolutions to each and every character. The only negative aspect of the finale was that it was the finale, and it means no more 30 Rock. However, all good things must come to an end. Thursday nights will never be the same without 30 Rock.