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30 Rock Season 3 Episode 22: Kidney Now!

30 Rock has had an outstanding season, and tonight’s season finale was pretty great as well. Liz Lemon’s havok-wreaking streak of “Dealbreaker” pronouncements throughout the episode kept increasing in both hilarity and absurdity. As good as this was, it was totally topped by the Jack’s celebrity music ensemble to try to get a kidney for his long last father, played by Alan Alda. Here’s a link to the music number at E Online if you missed the episode.

Here’s the full list of musicians who were part of the ensemble:

Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, Clay Aiken, Mary J. Blige, Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Levine, Sara Bareilles, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli, Wyclef Jean, Moby, Robert Randolph, Rachael Yamagata, and Rhett Miller.

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May 14, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Season Finale, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 30 Rock Season 3 Episode 22: Kidney Now!

30 Rock Season 3 Episode 11: St. Valentine’s Day

I haven’t written anything about 30 Rock, which is strange because it has become one of my favorite current shows.  If for some reason you haven’t found room on your schedule for it, this week’s episode makes a good case for reconsidering.

Juxtaposition is the name of the game on 30 Rock.  Tina Fey and her writing staff consistently give us the right contrast of success and failure, serious and slapstick, sincerity and farce.  Beyond that, Fey’s ability to make her character, Liz Lemon, an everywoman is what sets this show apart.  Lemon is a producer of television show, something most of us can’t really relate to, but outside that, almost everything she does and encounters could easily have happened to anyone.  I mean, who hasn’t been on a first date and accidentally been seen on the toilet?

Like most comedies, 30 Rock doesn’t require you to watch every episode to enjoy it, so give this episode a try and decide for yourself.

February 14, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Television | , , , , | Comments Off on 30 Rock Season 3 Episode 11: St. Valentine’s Day