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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

Banished – Kath & Kim

Maybe it’s NBC’s fault that I don’t like this show. They are so eager to have a two hour comedy block on Thursdays, they will give a show to any SNL alum who’s interested. Giving one to Molly Shannon was a mistake. Someone thought, hey giving a show to Tina Fey has worked out great, surely that will work for any female SNL cast member from the early 2000s.  Yeah, not so much.

Selma Blair plays a brat who stuffs her face while treating her new husband like shit, and Molly Shannon is her mother who inexplicably shops constantly and has a huge home, despite her only method of financial support being her giving an occasional haircut between cocktails and dates with her fiancee. Speaking of him, John Michael Higgins is the bright spot in this pile of crap. In fact, I really wanted to like the show when I found out Higgins was part of it. Unfortunately, he isn’t enough to pull this one out.

I’m going to try WordPress’s new feature with these banished posts.

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Banished, Comedy, New Series, Television | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment