The WORST Episodes of 30 Rock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 26, 2020

Network: NBC

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 - Aired May 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.

star 6.81
1,386 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Luke Del Tredici, Tracey Wigfield
Queen of Jordan

#2 - Queen of Jordan

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.11
1,925 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Tracey Wigfield
My Whole Life Is Thunder

#3 - My Whole Life Is Thunder

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.20
1,385 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Colleen McGuinness, Jack Burditt
I Heart Connecticut

#4 - I Heart Connecticut

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 14, 2011

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 7.28
1,698 votes
Writers: Jon Haller, Vali Chandrasekaran
The One with the Cast of “Night Court”

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

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 13, 2008

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 7.31
2,029 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Jack Burditt

#6 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2006

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 7.34
3,373 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tina Fey
Meet the Woggels!

#7 - Meet the Woggels!

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.35
1,387 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Ron Weiner
Let's Stay Together

#8 - Let's Stay Together

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.36
2,362 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Jack Burditt
Live from Studio 6H (East Coast)

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

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 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. 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 7.38
1,594 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt, Tina Fey

#10 - Jack-Tor

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 16, 2006

Jack is determined to act in a sketch on the show. Liz suspects Tracy may be illiterate.

star 7.38
2,190 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Robert Carlock
The Aftermath

#11 - The Aftermath

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 2006

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 7.39
2,581 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tina Fey

#12 - Cleveland

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 19, 2007

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 7.40
1,800 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock

#13 - Grandmentor

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.40
1,591 votes
Writers: Sam Means
Blind Date

#14 - Blind Date

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 25, 2006

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

star 7.41
2,334 votes
Directors: Adam Berstein
Writers: Tina Fey
The Shower Principle

#15 - The Shower Principle

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.41
1,481 votes
Writers: Tom Ceraulo
Plan B

#16 - Plan B

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.42
1,739 votes
Directors: Jeff Richmond
Writers: Dylan Morgan, Josh Siegal
The Beginning of the End

#17 - The Beginning of the End

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2012

The "TGS" gang returning 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.

star 7.43
1,500 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Jack Burditt
Jack Meets Dennis

#18 - Jack Meets Dennis

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.47
2,061 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Robert Carlock
100 (1)

#19 - 100 (1)

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 21, 2011

With TGS facing imminent cancellation, 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.

star 7.47
1,950 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey
Flu Shot

#20 - Flu Shot

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 15, 2009

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 7.47
1,796 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Jon Pollack
Governor Dunston

#21 - Governor Dunston

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.48
1,556 votes
Directors: Robert Carlock
Writers: Robert Carlock
Corporate Crush

#22 - Corporate Crush

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 12, 2007

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

star 7.48
1,637 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: John Riggi
There's No I in America

#23 - There's No I in America

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.48
1,396 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Dylan Morgan, Josh Siegal

#24 - Cutbacks

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 9, 2009

Excitement for TGS's 50th show is quickly replaced by concern about company budget cuts. When Jack is forced to hand out pink slips, Liz does some personal bartering to save her staff.

star 7.48
1,865 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Matt Hubbard
Nothing Left to Lose

#25 - Nothing Left to Lose

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 5, 2012

Tracy regains his sense of smell and finds an unusual father figure in Liz, while the writers spark a prank war with Jenna.

star 7.49
1,552 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Lauren Gurganous, Nina Pedrad