The Best Episodes of 30 Rock

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Emmy Award Winner Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety programme 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 its up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life.

Last Lunch

#1 - Last Lunch

Season 7 - Episode 13

The gang reunites for one final episode of TGS.

star 8.71
278 votes
Writers: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield
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Hogcock!

#2 - Hogcock!

Season 7 - Episode 12

Liz has trouble adjusting to being a stay-at-home mother. Jack takes stock of his life, and Tracy struggles to get on without Kenneth.

star 8.25
421 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock
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I Do Do

#3 - I Do Do

Season 4 - Episode 22

Liz's multiwedding day takes an unexpected turn when she meets a handsome, misanthropic pilot (Matt Damon). Jack discovers which woman he is truly meant to be with. Jenna and Paul's relationship reaches an impasse. Kenneth goes to great lengths to avoid being transferred to Los Angeles.

star 8.15
413 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Tina Fey
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Anna Howard Shaw Day

#4 - Anna Howard Shaw Day

Season 4 - Episode 13

Liz schedules oral surgery in an effort to avoid Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Jack falls for a sexy CNBC journalist, Avery Jessup (Elizabeth Banks), and Jenna is crushed to discover that her stalker (Horatio Sanz) has moved on.

star 8.15
425 votes
Writers: Matt Hubbard
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Standards and Practices

#5 - Standards and Practices

Season 6 - Episode 11

Jenna hatches a surprising new plan to get publicity, while Jack finds himself begrudgingly playing parent to his teenage nemesis, Kaylie Hooper. Liz rejects the new authority Kenneth has over “TGS” with his new job in Standards.

star 8.12
426 votes
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran
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Kidnapped by Danger

#6 - Kidnapped by Danger

Season 6 - Episode 14

Liz's scripted version of Jack and Avery's love story leaves Jack confused and frustrated by his feelings for Diana. Meanwhile, Jenna and Tracy attempt to beat Weird Al Yankovic at his own game, and Kenneth gets an unexpected new job at NBC.

star 8.11
445 votes
Writers: Tina Fey
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Live from Studio 6H (East Coast)

#7 - Live from Studio 6H (East Coast)

Season 6 - Episode 19

Kabletown chooses to stop funding live shows for TGS. While Liz and Jack embrace the change, Kenneth argues that live format should be kept intact, and he tries to convince the TGS staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and our audience through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H. The episode was filmed twice. The East Coast version aired for the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones. The West Coast version was aired in the western, Alaskan and Hawaiian time zones.

star 8.09
438 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt, Tina Fey
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The Tuxedo Begins

#8 - The Tuxedo Begins

Season 6 - Episode 8

Fed up with New York City after being mugged, Jack sets out to protect the safety of the city's elite by announcing his run for mayor. Meanwhile, Liz revels in sacrificing the good of the city to look out for her own interests, and Jenna and Paul are thrilled by the perversion of acting like a normal couple.

star 8.07
437 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
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Reunion

#9 - Reunion

Season 3 - Episode 5

Liz is opposed to going to her high school reunion, but Jack manages to convince her otherwise. Meanwhile, Don Geiss (Rip Torn) wake up from his coma only to shock Jack with his declaration of who will be GE's CEO.

star 8.07
440 votes
Writers: Matt Hubbard
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Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? (1)

#10 - Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? (1)

Season 6 - Episode 6

Criss and Liz decide to celebrate Valentine's Day, but they need to buy a dining room table first. Jack entertains his mother-in-law, Diana, as Jenna frantically looks to Pete to fill in last-minute as the producer of her first live performance on "America's Kidz Got Singing." Back at the office, Tracy and Frank try to help Lutz find someone to spend Valentine's with.

star 8.06
427 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Kay Cannon
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Cooter

#11 - Cooter

Season 2 - Episode 15

In the second season finale, Jack moves on to a new job involving politics in Washington, but the position is not quite what he anticipated. Meanwhile, Liz suffers a pregnancy scare, Kenneth confronts rival page Donny when applying for a summer job, and Tracy works on his latest invention.

star 8.06
405 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Tina Fey
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Today You Are a Man

#12 - Today You Are a Man

Season 6 - Episode 5

Jack and Liz battle over her employment contract. Kenneth is reassigned after being offended by his coworkers at TGS, and Tracy and Jenna's accountant hires them as entertainment at a bar mitzvah.

star 8.05
470 votes
Directors: Jeff Richmond
Writers: Ron Weiner
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Idiots are People Three!

#13 - Idiots are People Three!

Season 6 - Episode 3

Tracy Jordan challenges Liz by leading his own protest in defense of idiots everywhere. Jack faces off with Devin Banks yet again, but still finds time to interfere with Liz's relationship by giving Criss an ultimatum, and Liz tries to get rid of Jenna's new assistant.

star 8.04
452 votes
Writers: Robert Carlock
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Apollo, Apollo

#14 - Apollo, Apollo

Season 3 - Episode 16

While Jack plans the perfect 50th birthday party for himself, he watches old home videos that inspire him to recreate one of the happiest moments he had a young boy. Liz's ex-boyfriend Dennis decides to come clean about an addiction, stirring up drama between Liz and Jenna.

star 8.04
403 votes
Writers: Robert Carlock
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Kidney Now!

#15 - Kidney Now!

Season 3 - Episode 22

The TGS staff rallies as Jack's father's (Alan Alda) health hangs in the balance. Liz enjoys newfound fame as a relationship expert. When Tracy's high school invites him to speak at graduation, Kenneth helps him overcome embarrassing memories.

star 8.03
383 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock
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Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? (2)

#16 - Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? (2)

Season 6 - Episode 7

Criss and Liz decide to celebrate Valentine's Day, but they need to buy a dining room table first. Jack entertains his mother-in-law, Diana, as Jenna frantically looks to Pete to fill in last-minute as the producer of her first live performance on "America's Kidz Got Singing." Back at the office, Tracy and Frank try to help Lutz find someone to spend Valentine's with.

star 8.03
199 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Kay Cannon
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Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning

#17 - Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning

Season 5 - Episode 12

Liz tries to exploit the situation when a reality show follows Tracy's wife. Jack pre-tapes disaster telethons.

star 8.03
404 votes
Writers: Robert Carlock
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Secret Santa

#18 - Secret Santa

Season 4 - Episode 8

Jack reunites with his high school crush, Nancy Donovan (Julianne Moore), thanks to a social networking site. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to find Jack a perfect gift, the writers invent a religion to avoid Kenneth's secret Santa gift swap, and Pete enlists Danny in his crusade for revenge against Jenna.

star 8.02
411 votes
Writers: Tina Fey
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Murphy Brown Lied to Us

#19 - Murphy Brown Lied to Us

Season 6 - Episode 18

Jack sets Liz up on a blind date to show her what she's missing in her relationship with Criss. Meanwhile at KableTown, Jack has to scramble when his plan to manufacture couches hits a speed bump. With Tracy's help, Jenna orchestrates a public meltdown to get Paul's attention.

star 8.02
413 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Robert Carlock, Vali Chandrasekaran
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Mrs. Donaghy

#20 - Mrs. Donaghy

Season 5 - Episode 11

The "TGS" staff is affected by budget cuts at NBC. Liz's New Year's resolution could mean more trouble for Jack's wedding. Jenna shares a dressing room with Danny. Tracy has a health scare.

star 8.01
406 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Jack Burditt
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Dance Like Nobody's Watching

#21 - Dance Like Nobody's Watching

Season 6 - Episode 1

Tracy becomes frustrated in his attempts to anger Liz. Jack questions the family value of the network's new talent competition and Kenneth awaits the Rapture.

star 8.01
480 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield
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Believe in the Stars

#22 - Believe in the Stars

Season 3 - Episode 2

On a flight back from Chicago, Liz spills her soul to Oprah Winfrey. Meanwhile, Tracy and Jenna butt heads as they try to determine whose life is harder and Jack's morality is tested by Kenneth after an Olympics snafu.

star 8.00
446 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Robert Carlock
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Do-Over

#23 - Do-Over

Season 3 - Episode 1

Liz tries to keep the TGS staff from ruining her chances at adoption when an evaluator (Megan Mullally) drops by the job. Jack is back at 30 Rock to reclaim his position from Devin Banks (Will Arnett), but quickly learns the task won't be easy when he is given a sizeable demotion.

star 8.00
444 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Tina Fey
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Black Tie

#24 - Black Tie

Season 1 - Episode 12

Liz, Jack and Jenna rub elbows with the upper crust at a prince's (Paul Reubens) birthday party. But the end of the evening finds Liz lying low after Jack's ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini) shows up.

star 7.99
489 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: John Riggi, Tina Fey
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Idiots are People Two!

#25 - Idiots are People Two!

Season 6 - Episode 2

An offensive rant by Tracy is leaked online. Jack disapproves of Liz's new boyfriend, and the Best Friends Gang is reunited when Kenneth and Jenna call for the help of Kelsey Grammer.

star 7.99
459 votes
Writers: Robert Carlock
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