30 Rock: Season 1


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Rating: Not Rated

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
Keith Powell as Toofer
Lonny Ross as Josh Girard
Katrina Bowden as Cerie
Maulik Pancholy as Jonathan
Rachel Dratch as Greta Johanssen
Kevin Brown as Dot Com
Grizz Chapman as Grizz

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer
Deleted Scenes
The Wrap Party Video Including Bloopers
An Evening with Kenneth Shorts
Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
Makin’ It Happen Shorts

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 7 Hours 37 Minute

The following is from the DVD cover:

“Emmy Award winner Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head-writer of a live variety program in New York City. Liz’s life is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin in his Golden Globe winning role) interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) into the cast. Now it’s up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life. Join in the behind-the-scenes hilarity with the complete first season (21 episodes) on DVD.”

“30 Rock: Season 1” is not rated.

I never really followed “30 Rock” when the first season aired on NBC. I saw an episode once or twice and I enjoyed it, but not enough to feel obligated to follow it religiously. When it arrived on DVD, I got a chance to view it a little more in depth.

“30 Rock” has an undeniably strong cast. Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan are all very funny and seem very comfortable in their roles. The supporting actors are all great, too. Guest appearances by Rachel Dratch, Emily Mortimer, Rip Torn, Isabella Rossellini, and Sean Hayes also offer up a lot of great funny moments. The writing is really clever and as a “Star Wars” geek, I appreciate all the “Star Wars” references in the show. I mean, Tina Fey threatened to cut someone open like a Taun Taun and compared herself to Admiral Ackbar in the same episode. That’s got to be a television first.

If you’re a fan of Tina Fey, SNL, or you’re just looking for a solid comedy series, you’ll probably be pretty happy with “30 Rock.”

You’ll find your standard DVD bonus features here. There are Audio Commentaries by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer, deleted scenes, and a 13 minutes blooper reel / wrap party video. Also included are a series of shorts entitled “An Evening with Kenneth”. These feature the infamous NBC page in 5 shot videos covering kittens, Jenna, Frank, Tracy, and other topics. There are also two Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes with Judah Friedlander, Jack McBrayr, and Lonny Ross. Finally, there’s a brief collection of “Makin’ It Happen” shorts.