“I will never forget you, Rr Jrr.”
Rr Jrr, better known by its actual name, Rural Juror, is a movie within the show 30 Rock. For those of you who don’t know 30 Rock, or have heard of it, but don’t know all that much about it, this is for you. For those of you who know and love 30 Rock—isn’t it time for a re-watch? [That’s three different links, by the way.]
30 Rock, created by and starring Tina Fey, is a show about a show called “The Girlie Show”, which is quickly replaced with the title “TGS with Tracy Jordan”, when a new network executive, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), takes over NBC.
Yes, it’s an NBC show about an NBC show (M E T A)—and it’s pure comedic gold. Filled to the brim with clever insights, meta humour, and the rule of threes, this show utilises a wide variety of comic devices, ranging from surreal humour, to slapstick, and every other employable gag on televison. Don’t believe me? Screencaps!
But the humour isn’t the only thing that the show has got going for it. 30 Rock has an excellent and diverse supporting cast, with secondary and tertiary characters all given solid stories at some point or the other. Its strongest point, however, is the dynamic between the leads Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon, and how they go from Mr. Donaghy and Ms. Lemon to Jack and Liz. Their friendship over the course of seven seasons and 138 episodes is what elevates the show to cult status, and why it is one of the best-written television shows of all time.
The show follows Liz Lemon as she tries to run her sketch comedy show TGS with Tracy Jordan (not unlike Saturday Night Live), and have a personal life. It also follows Jack and his aspiration to become CEO of GE (then-owner of NBC), and the stars of TGS, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). Some tertiary characters include Kenneth Ellen Parcell (Jack McBrayer), a happy-go-lucky page (who gets a great, subtle story towards the end), the writers of TGS, including, Toofer (Keith Powell) (he’s a two-for-one because he’s a black guy and a Harvard graduate), Lutz (John Lutz) (the creep who always gets picked on), Cerie (Katrina Bowden), the carefree and insanely attractive assistant, Pete (Scott Adsit), the producer, and Frank (Judah Friedlander) (the weirdo). Oh, and Grizz and Dot Com, Tracy’s entourage.
Writing praises about the show doesn’t do it justice. That’s why I’ve interspersed screencaps to show you how funny and well-written the show is. So, if you’re looking for something funny, sweet, entertaining and heartfelt to watch, 30 Rock is the one for you.
Oh, and don’t worry: its series finale has been named one of the greatest in the history of television. It won’t let you down.
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