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30 Rock

August 29, 2010

I think I’ve finally made a choice — and it’s a choice I thought I’d never be able to make.

With all the channels available to me, and all the different needs to satisfy, I never thought I’d be able to make up my mind. But I have, and I have no doubts or scruples about what I’m about to say:

30 Rock is my favorite show on television.

I’ve said it, and it’s true.

Now, I’m going to tell you guys a little something about myself: I used to be an Office fan. I watched that show religiously. I laughed at the lovable idiocy of Michael Scott. I “awwww”ed throughout Jim and Pam’s epically cute romance. I hated Toby and was hilariously fascinated by Dwight’s schemes.

Then 30 Rock was born. At first I refused to watch it — “Hey!” I thought. “It’s taking all the Emmys away from the Office! It’s trying to be the new funniest show on television! No! I love the Office — 30 Rock can’t take the Office’s throne as the funniest show on TV! I REFUSE!”

So, for the first three seasons of 30 Rock, I boycotted it. I remained faithful to the Office and never looked back. Yet, I couldn’t help but notice that 30 Rock would continue to clean up at the Emmys. It won … everything. I was angry. I was confused. But, mostly, I was intrigued.

How? How can this happen? How can it be so good? I didn’t understand. And I was conflicted: Should I continue the boycott? Or should I give the show a chance?

At this point, I think you guys can guess which choice I made.

It was the right choice.

From the first time I heard Jack Donaghy underhandedly insult Liz Lemon’s clothing choice, I knew that this was the show would change my life … with respect to television.

As I watched the show, I was — and still am — continually amazed by the brilliance of the script. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the series:

“Is this the way my life was supposed to play out? the kid who walked four miles every saturday morning to caddy because mother said golf was a game for business men? Paid his way through Princeton by working the day shift at that graveyard and the graveyard shift at that Day’s Inn?”

“You’ve got stability, a great marriage, devoted kids. You know what I have? A Sims family that keeps getting murdered.”

“But, I went to Harvard business school! I’m the reason the microwave tray rotates!”

“Come with me to Canada! Toronto is just like New York, just without all the … stuff!”

“You know, if you Google the phrase, ‘Class A Moron,’ my name pops up first now? So, step aside Randy Quaid.”

“There was still so much left on my bucket list! So many different kinds of buckets I wanted to own. Buckets!”

“Passing out? Cursing? On St. Patrick’s Day? Is nothing sacred?”

“It’s all coming back to me! Oh my god! … A puppy committed suicide after he saw our bathroom! I once bit into a burrito and there was a child’s shoe in it! I’ve seen a hooker eat a tire! A pack of wild dogs took over and successfully ran a Wendy’s! The sewer people stole my skateboard!”

But, as I wrote these quotes down so I’d remember to add them to my blog, I realized something: yes, they’re brilliantly written, witty, hilarious lines — but their delivery solidifies their perfection. Which brings me to this point: the show is brilliantly acted as well!

Tina Fey deserves every single Emmy (and Golden Globe!) she’s ever won in the acting department (and the writing department!). Alec Baldwin is — well, there are simply no words for him. The only words that spring to mind when I think of him are “second,” “coming” and “messiah.”

30 Rock is the only show on television that makes me laugh for days after I’ve seen an episode by just recalling something that was said. It’s not just what Jack Donaghy says — it’s the way Alec Baldwin delivers the line. It’s the same with Liz Lemon. It’s not just what Lemon says about her high school experience being completely and utterly painful and mortifying —  it’s the way in which Tina Fey shrugs her shoulders and mumbles the words, channelling Liz Lemon all the way.

Maybe this show is so good because it’s written by someone who lived it. Maybe that’s why Seinfeld was equally good. All I know is that is that after watching my first 3 minutes of 30 Rock, all the love I had built up over the years I had spent watching the Office vanished, leaving even more room for 30 Rock love.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth permalink
    August 29, 2010 2:15 pm

    “But, I went to Harvard business school! I’m the reason the microwave tray rotates!”

    I thank Jack Donaghy every time I cook something in my GE microwave at home.

  2. August 30, 2010 10:48 am

    Alec Baldwin is consistently the funniest actor on television. He’s got so much going on in his eyes. It’s comedy magic whenever he’s on the tube.

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