The Worst Episodes of 30 Rock

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2019

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.

Queen of Jordan II: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper

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

Season 6 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.32
415 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Luke Del Tredici, Tracey Wigfield
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Pilot

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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'.

star 7.43
959 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tina Fey
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Queen of Jordan

#3 - Queen of Jordan

Season 5 - Episode 17

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.

star 7.52
401 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Tracey Wigfield
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I Heart Connecticut

#4 - I Heart Connecticut

Season 5 - Episode 19

Liz and Kenneth try to find Tracy's whereabouts before "TGS" can be canceled. Meanwhile Pete, feeling emasculated, challenges the writers and crew to a contest of strength.

star 7.56
378 votes
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran, Jon Haller
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Subway Hero

#5 - Subway Hero

Season 2 - Episode 12

Dennis becomes a New York City celebrity after jumping in front of a train and saving someone who fell on the tracks. Meanwhile, Jack desperately tries to persuade Tracy to become the celebrity face of the Republican Party.

star 7.57
403 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock
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The Aftermath

#6 - The Aftermath

Season 1 - Episode 2

Jack continues to tweak The Girlie Show so that eccentric Tracy Jordan is the star of the show. And Liz makes it all much worse when she tries to smooth things over.

star 7.59
754 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tina Fey
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Jack Meets Dennis

#7 - Jack Meets Dennis

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.62
584 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Robert Carlock
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Let's Stay Together

#8 - Let's Stay Together

Season 5 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.62
435 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Jack Burditt
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Jack the Writer

#9 - Jack the Writer

Season 1 - Episode 4

Lines are drawn when Jack decides to sit in on the writers' room and Kenneth the page tries to deal with Tracy's difficult demands.

star 7.63
624 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: John Riggi
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Blind Date

#10 - Blind Date

Season 1 - Episode 3

Cupid has a new rival when Jack insists on sending Liz on a blind date with his out of town friend, Thomas.

star 7.64
673 votes
Directors: Adam Berstein
Writers: Tina Fey
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My Whole Life is Thunder

#11 - My Whole Life is Thunder

Season 7 - Episode 8

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

star 7.64
435 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Jack Burditt, Colleen McGuinness
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Cleveland

#12 - Cleveland

Season 1 - Episode 20

There are certainly no sparks when Jack asks Liz to take his fiancee, Phoebe (Emily Mortimer), out for a ladies' lunch. But Liz finds a lot more to like when her boyfriend takes her to the great city of Cleveland.

star 7.66
470 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Robert Carlock, Jack Burditt
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Christmas Special

#13 - Christmas Special

Season 3 - Episode 6

Liz participates in a charity program to help underprivileged kids celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, Jack takes his frustration out on the TGS staff when his plans for a dream holiday vacation away from his overbearing mother are crushed.

star 7.67
416 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Kay Cannon, Tina Fey
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The Fighting Irish

#14 - The Fighting Irish

Season 1 - Episode 17

Family matters move front and centre when Jack is reunited with his down-and-out brother (Nathan Lane) and Liz has a tough time making staff cutbacks.

star 7.67
465 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Robert Carlock, Daisy Gardner
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Grandmentor

#15 - Grandmentor

Season 6 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.68
415 votes
Writers: Sam Means
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The One with the Cast of “Night Court”

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

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 7.68
445 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Jack Burditt
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Governor Dunston

#17 - Governor Dunston

Season 7 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.68
460 votes
Directors: Robert Carlock
Writers: Robert Carlock
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Corporate Crush

#18 - Corporate Crush

Season 1 - Episode 19

Love is in the air, but Liz is concerned when Jack takes an overwhelming interest in her new boyfriend (Jason Sudeikis).

star 7.68
454 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: John Riggi
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Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish

#19 - Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish

Season 5 - Episode 9

Jack recommends that Liz start seeing a therapist when she worries that Carol is getting bored with their relationship. In an attempt to take Jack's advice, Liz begins talking to Kenneth about her problems. Jack also finds himself caught up in one of Tracy's schemes when Tracy tries to convince him to invest in his son's theme restaurant in Times Square. Meanwhile, Jenna and Paul celebrate their six month anniversary.

star 7.68
411 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Kay Cannon
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Brooklyn Without Limits

#20 - Brooklyn Without Limits

Season 5 - Episode 7

Jack tries to sway the congressional election for the benefit of the network, while Liz finds the perfect pair of jeans.

star 7.69
416 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Ron Weiner
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Flu Shot

#21 - Flu Shot

Season 3 - Episode 8

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

star 7.69
436 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Jon Pollack
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Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy

#22 - Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy

Season 7 - Episode 6

Tracy and Jack engage in a battle of wits after Tracy depicts Jack as a villain in his latest project. On Jack's advice, Liz puts her own needs ahead of those of "TGS." Meanwhile, Jenna tries to shield Kenneth from Hazel's manipulation but her own selfishness gets in the way.

star 7.69
408 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Luke Del Tredici
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Goodbye, My Friend

#23 - Goodbye, My Friend

Season 3 - Episode 13

Liz befriends a pregnant teen in an attempt to adopt her baby. Jenna vies for more attention but Kenneth's plan to combine her birthday party with one for Tracy derails her efforts. Jack goes out with the guys and bonds with Frank over daddy issues.

star 7.70
407 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Ron Weiner
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There's No I in America

#24 - There's No I in America

Season 7 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.70
421 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
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The Collection

#25 - The Collection

Season 2 - Episode 3

Jack hires his own private investigator to lead GE in the wrong direction so that they will not be able to find any dirt on him that might put him in a compromising position. However, when he is asked to give up his cookie jar collection, Jack finds the task too much of a challenge. Meanwhile, Angie announces that she will follow Tracy at all times to keep him in line, which Liz believes to be good until she covers for Tracy and gets on Angie's bad side. Finally, Jenna starts to worry once she starts to lose all the weight she gained over the summer and her popularity begins to hang on the line.

star 7.70
486 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Matt Hubbard
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