The WORST episodes of 30 Rock

Every episode of 30 Rock ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of 30 Rock!

Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety program's life is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan into the cast. Now its up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life.

Last Updated: 9/25/2023Network: NBCStatus: Ended
Queen of Jordan II: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper
1399 votes

#1 - Queen of Jordan II: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/3/2012

Angie brings "Queen of Jordan" back to "TGS." News about Avery forces Jack to confront his feelings for her mother, and Liz finds herself in a feud.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
Queen of Jordan
1930 votes

#2 - Queen of Jordan

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/17/2011

Angie's reality show visits "TGS," resulting in a red-faced situation for Jack, Jenna pining for attention, and Liz leading a scheme to lure Tracy back from Africa. Meanwhile, Frank reconnects with a lost love.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
My Whole Life Is Thunder
1396 votes

#3 - My Whole Life Is Thunder

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/6/2012

Jenna annoys Liz with her wedding envy, Jack devises a plan to avoid disappointing his visiting mother, and Tracy attempts to cheer up Kenneth.

Directors: Linda Mendoza
I Heart Connecticut
1712 votes

#4 - I Heart Connecticut

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/14/2011

Liz and Kenneth try to locate Tracy in the city before "TGS" is canceled. Meanwhile Pete, feeling emasculated, challenges the writers and crew to a contest of strength and Jenna shoots a horror film in Connecticut.

The One with the Cast of “Night Court”
2045 votes

#5 - The One with the Cast of “Night Court”

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/13/2008

Liz and Jenna's free-spirited friend Claire visits New York and falls hard for Jack. Meanwhile, Kenneth, distressed over the new page uniforms, turns to Tracy who cheers him up with a surprise involving the cast of "Night Court."

Directors: Gail Mancuso
Meet the Woggels!
1392 votes

#6 - Meet the Woggels!

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/12/2012

Jack's mom upstages his ribbon-cutting ceremony. Meanwhile Jenna hooks up with a "rock star" and Tracy frets about his son heading to college.

Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writer: Ron Weiner
3381 votes

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/11/2006

Comedy writer Liz Lemon is called upstairs to meet the new network exec, Jack Donaghy, who instructs her to hire movie star Tracy Jordan to draw a young male audience to "The Girlie Show."

Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writer: Tina Fey
Live from Studio 6H
1599 votes

#8 - Live from Studio 6H

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/26/2012

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.

1589 votes

#9 - Grandmentor

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/22/2012

Liz struggles in her new role as mentor to Hazel. Kenneth has a difficult time letting go of his page duties and takes drastic measures to make sure Tracy is taken care of. Meanwhile, Jack and Jenna come up with a plan to get Avery back in the headlines.

Writer: Sam Means
Let's Stay Together
2373 votes

#10 - Let's Stay Together

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/7/2010

Jack must appear before Congress to discuss NBC's merger with KableTown. He hopes that he will charm celebrity members, but one Congresswoman, Regina Bookman, demands more diversity in its programming lineup. Jack quickly enlists Tracy to come up with some new development ideas. Meanwhile, Liz is fed up with the flack her writing staff gives her, and Jenna helps Kenneth reapply to the extremely competitive Page Program.

Directors: John Riggi
Writer: Jack Burditt
2214 votes

#11 - Jack-Tor

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/16/2006

Jack is determined to act in a sketch on the show. Liz suspects Tracy may be illiterate and Frank and Toofer are busy tricking Jenna into thinking she is on the verge of being fired.

Directors: Don Scardino
The Aftermath
2601 votes

#12 - The Aftermath

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/18/2006

Jack continues to tweak "The Girlie Show" so that eccentric Tracy Jordan can be the star. Meanwhile, Liz makes it worse when she tries to smooth things over and Tracy throws a yacht party.

Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writer: Tina Fey
1816 votes

#13 - Cleveland

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/19/2007

There are certainly no sparks when Jack asks Liz to take his fiancee, Phoebe, out for a ladies' lunch. But Liz finds a lot more to like when her boyfriend takes her to the great city of Cleveland. Meanwhile, Tracy thinks the "Black Crusaders" are out to get him.

Directors: Paul Feig
Blind Date
2370 votes

#14 - Blind Date

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/25/2006

Cupid has a new rival when Jack insists on setting Liz up on a blind date with his out of town friend, Thomas. Meanwhile the writing staff have a poker night with Tracy and Jack which turns very competitive.

Directors: Adam Berstein
The Shower Principle
1494 votes

#15 - The Shower Principle

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/29/2012

A curse strikes "TGS." Liz dares to be different after realizing that the same things happen every year, and Jack vows to wow Hank Hooper.

Writer: Tom Ceraulo
Plan B
1757 votes

#16 - Plan B

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/24/2011

Liz tries to reassure her staff that the show's forced hiatus is temporary, but everyone starts to focus on their fallback plans. Meanwhile, Jack attempts to salvage a cable network by enlisting his nemesis, Devin Banks.

Directors: Jeff Richmond
The Beginning of the End
1496 votes

#17 - The Beginning of the End

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/4/2012

The "TGS" gang returns from hiatus, only to be shocked by Jack's awful fall programming lineup. Meanwhile, bridezilla Jenna taps Liz to be her maid of honor, and Tracy is invited to a dinner party by Kenneth and Hazel.

Directors: Don Scardino
Writer: Jack Burditt
Jack Meets Dennis
2088 votes

#18 - Jack Meets Dennis

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/30/2006

Liz reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Dennis, the last remaining pager salesman in New York. Meanwhile, Jenna and Tracy try to "enhance" their appearances for career reasons.

Flu Shot
1802 votes

#19 - Flu Shot

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/15/2009

Liz fights for the staff's rights to flu shots from Dr. Spaceman. Meanwhile, Elisa is working seven days a week, so Jack must be creative about finding ways to spend time with her.

Directors: Don Scardino
100 (1)
1970 votes

#20 - 100 (1)

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/21/2011

With "TGS" facing imminent cancelation, Jack asks Hank Hooper to allow them to do their 100th episode as a final chance to prove they deserve a place on the air. Amidst the chaos of show preparation, Jack starts doubting a key decision in his life, and Jenna contemplates motherhood.

Directors: Don Scardino
Nothing Left to Lose
1564 votes

#21 - Nothing Left to Lose

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/5/2012

Tracy regains his sense of smell and finds an unusual father figure in Liz. Meanwhile, the writers spark a prank war with Jenna and Jack is disappointed by Pete's lack of ambition.

Directors: John Riggi
1891 votes

#22 - Cutbacks

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/9/2009

Excitement for TGS's 50th show is quickly replaced by concern about budget cuts. When Jack is forced to hand out pink slips, Liz does some personal bartering to save her staff. Meanwhile, Jack is forced to fire Jonathan and hire Kenneth as his part-time assistant.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
Corporate Crush
1662 votes

#23 - Corporate Crush

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/12/2007

Love is in the air, but Liz is concerned when Jack takes an overwhelming interest in her new boyfriend Floyd. Meanwhile, Don Geiss takes the microwave department away from Jack after a disastrous "fireworks" display, but Jack becomes distracted when he meets Phoebe, a British woman who works at an art gallery.

Directors: Don Scardino
Governor Dunston
1561 votes

#24 - Governor Dunston

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/2012

Jack and Liz find themselves at odds over political satire at "TGS." Criss and Liz make a surprising relationship breakthrough. Meanwhile, Jenna, discouraged by the disappointing sales of her summer dance hit, is thrilled to learn that Kenneth's mother and her boyfriend still buy music.

Directors: Robert Carlock
There's No I in America
1393 votes

#25 - There's No I in America

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/2012

Realizing that Jenna could decide the Presidential election, Liz and Jack stage a debate to win her support and her followers. Kenneth turns to Tracy for advice on how to be an informed voter, while Pete tries to recreate the magic of the 2008 election.

Directors: John Riggi