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7 – 30 Rock
Let me preface this by writing that I absolutely adore 30 Rock. I live and die by the sword that is Liz Lemon, and I will no doubt watch and rewatch all of its episodes many times on my remaining years on this Earth. That being said, as fun as the sixth season was, the show was becoming a tad unhinged. North Korean prisoners, fake holidays and reality shows, while fun, made it feel as if the show was spinning out of control. So it was with great relief (and a heavy heart) when I learned that the seventh season would be 30 Rock’s last. At the very least, I could attribute the sixth season’s zaniness to fin de siècle madness before the show began its swan song.
When the show returned for season seven, it did so with a laser focus. They were going to give us closure with the characters we’ve grown to love so much. Some of the storylines, like Jack’s intentions to take down his once beloved NBC, have continued the show’s tradition of poking fun at the hand that feeds them. Others, like Liz’s wedding and the death of Colleen, have been poignant reminders that things are drawing to a close. And the fact that it coincided with the presidential race not only gave the show some of this season’s funniest moments, it reinforced that the election was just as a crazy a show as TGS, an entirely fictional show created solely to represent disrepair.
When all is said and done, this final season has cemented 30 Rock as one of the best workplace comedies in the history of ever. Super intelligent writing, hyper-awareness of pop culture, and knowing that no one is above a well-timed fart joke, this show has had it all, and with the state of sitcoms today, I don’t know that it will ever again have its shoes filled. And the fact that the show is going out with such a bang makes it all the more painful that there are only five more episodes left.