'30 Rock': And so the end begins
October 5th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

'30 Rock': And so the end begins

The final season of “30 Rock” premiered Thursday with an episode that was neither bitter nor sweet.

Instead, it was brimming with the rapid-fire, dagger-sharp jokes that have made it TV’s most consistently funny show for six seasons.

In the opening scene, Liz Lemon held a swaddled baby and declared, “After all these years I finally have it all.” Then she hurled the fake baby at the crew.

Liz and Criss were trying to conceive, and “1 percent D-bag” Jack’s divorce was official. He was also revolutionizing NBC’s programming with shows like “Homonym” (hosted by a conman, Steve Higgins), sexy soap “Hunchbacks” (Jonathan Silverman is back! And so is Jonathan!), and “Mandela” starring Joe Rogan.

Best of all, “Do you like the information channel you get when you stay in a hotel? Well Thursday nights is just that now.”

Jack was trying to tank NBC. And I’m not just referring to grandpa humiliation reality event of the year “Tank It.” He wanted to ruin the network so that Hank Hooper would sell it to Adolph Paas, who promised Hooper’s job to Jack.

Meanwhile, Jenna was running wedding drills. “Everybody needs to be on their toes for my wedding year. I’m going to be a nightmare.

Liz beat out Paz de la Huerta, the former Mrs. Jon Cryer and Honey Boo Boo’s mom* for the role of Jenna’s maid of honor.

But once she glimpsed her neon green gymnastics leotard dress, Liz decided to shirk her responsibilities, which included the “hairless because of his insanity medication” canine ring-bearer.

She threw an intentionally terrible bachelorette party featuring a clown, a “God Cop” marathon and a real, non-stripper cop delivering a lecture on identity theft.

Jenna flew into a rage. Literally. But Liz had a stroke of brilliance and suggested that Jenna be her own maid of honor. Jenna started riffing: a musical number, a fashion show, wheelchair-induced tears … It was perfect.

In a home condemned site of the Candyman murders across town, Hazel was playing Kenneth to get to new movie mogul Tracy. (“I’m sort of a black Tyler Perry.”)

But even pill appetizers and stimulating conversation (“Shall we conversation?” “Yes, we’re having weather.” “Much weather!”) couldn’t convince Tracy to betray Kenneth.

And Liz decided to stand by Jack. They toasted with white wine at 9:30 a.m. and vowed to “take this mother down.”

This fantastic season premiere was full of material to set up the last 12 episodes. Will Liz become a mother and have it all? Will Jack sink NBC? Will Kenneth and Hazel get to third base (riding separate tandem bicycles side-by-side)? Will Liz ever finish reading "The Corrections"? (I’m no owl with glasses, but my advice? Don’t bother!) Will Frank be able to gain the 50 pounds necessary to get a sitcom with a hot TV wife?

Only one thing seems for sure: “30 Rock” will keep the laughs coming and our fingers hovering over the rewind button until the end.

What did you think of last night’s season premiere?

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  1. Cletus T

    I bet Tina Feys feet stink. Id like to smell em. I bet they smell like fritos and rotten hot dog meat. What was the question? oh yeah I love the new Honey Boo Boo Show , maybe tracy morgan can go hang out with them now that Tina Fey is gettin fired.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. 30 rock blows monkey chunks

    consistently funny? this show sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! i mean it really really really sucks! just the fact alone that alec baldwin is in it makes it suck to start with but it really really REAALLLLY SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. alec baldwin

    has offered to take a paycut to keep the show going...i love him he's a great boss.

    October 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jen

    Great premiere for a Great show. Hope it will somehow go on for another season or two. It is THE best show on TV.

    October 7, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lots of Fun

    this weekend!!!

    October 6, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mae

    I can’t believe this is the last season of 30 Rock. It’s going to be really weird to have this show off the air. I haven’t gotten the chance to see this episode yet, but a couple of my DISH co-workers told me it was pretty good. My Hopper recorded it for me last night though, so I’m going to be able to watch it this weekend. Here’s hoping this last season gives this show the farewell it deserves.

    October 6, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Her acting was awful...

    Too predictable and not very good.

    October 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mjpnw

    The show was a riot! Fantastic writing

    October 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snorlax

    Worse than "The Office". Retire it already!

    October 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick In L.A.

    Please, PLEASE Tina, don't let them pull the plug on this savior of prime -time TV. When "30 Rock" and "The Office" are history, what's the reason for turning on my set? Oh yeah... "Hillbilly Handfishin'", "Storage Wars" and "Pawn Stars".
    The dumbing down of America continues.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. her performance

    is wonderful

    October 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gabriel Berk Esquire

    Baldwin is the best.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peter goodman

    show is grand.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gabrile Berk Esquire

    We really love DA show!

    October 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |

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