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Putting a live sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live is always a hectic production. Whether we’re talking the neurotic writers and producers behind the scenes or the narcissistic performers in front of the camera, just about every angle in putting on worthy show is ripe for comedic situations. 30 Rock takes place in the real-life 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the home base of NBC since shows got their main funding from dog food and cigarette companies. The head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan (formally The Girly Show), Liz Lemon, is a classic heroine trying to have it all, which in her case involves a stable career in show business, a boyfriend who isn’t bogged down with issues, and yeah, even a baby of her own. Her unlikely ally and occasional foible is her boss, mentor, and NBC executive of East Coast Television and Microwave programming Jack Donaghy. The corporate alpha-male is all business, but underneath his black-tie 1% veneer lies a sensitive confidant with more heart than a Golden Girls rerun.
Aside from the loveable protagonists, 30 Rock is the unmtatched king of supporting characters, including the “straight-up mentally ill” Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan playing a thinley-veiled version of himself) and the “Muffin Top” Diva Jenna Maroney (played by the musically gifted Jane Krakowski). And then there’s Kenneth the Page, the ever-cheefrul and timeless NBC page. Timeless is literal here, nobody is quite sure just how old he is. The best part of 30 Rock is that it’s often over the top in its comedic delivery, considering that it exists in a world that defies logic, and is often cartoonish. All these pieces come together to make one of the most hilarious sitcoms of all time.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch 30 Rock online.
30 Rock cast
- Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
- Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan
- Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney
- Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell
- Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger
- Judah Friedlander as Frank Rossitano
- Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
On what channel did 30 Rock air?
30 Rock aired on NBC.
How many seasons of 30 Rock were there?
There were seven seasons of the show, which comprised 138 episodes. 30 Rock ran from 2006-2013.
How to watch 30 Rock online
- Cost: $5.99 per month (after a 7-day trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
If you want to watch episodes of 30 Rock in one place, there’s no better option than Hulu. Since 2015, Hulu acquired exclusive streaming rights in the US. The streaming service, which just slashed the cost of its ad-supported version to a mere $5.99 per month, offers all episodes of 30 Rock on-demand. In fact, when it comes to classic sitcoms, you can’t beat Hulu, which also offers The Golden Girls, Cheers, Seinfeld, and plenty more. You can also upgrade to Hulu No Commercials for $11.99 per month. Plus, since you get a week-long free trial before you have to spend a penny, it’s a great place to watch 30 Rock for free. You can watch the entire series in a little under 70 hours, so feel free to have a binge.
How to watch 30 Rock episodes
1) Amazon Video
- Cost: $1.99/episode, $17.99-19.99/season
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
Every episode of 30 Rock is available for purchase a la carte from Amazon Video. Single episodes are available for $1.99, with entire seasons running from $14.99-19.99. It’s a great way to catch single classic episodes like “Idiots are People Two,” “Generalissimo,” and the explosive finale “Hogcock!”
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.