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You'll have only one question..
on 5 February 2010
I won't waste your time telling you about the plot, or that it is critically-acclaimed, or that Alec Baldwin is in it. Amazon.co.uk have already done this. What I will do is give you a few - of many, many - reasons why I love 30 Rock so much.
I love comedy, and I particularly love American television comedies. But I am very picky and don't watch a series unless I really like it.
This show has the intelligence and subtlety of 'Frasier', the subversiveness of 'Sarah Silverman', the sheer random quirky cut-aways of 'Scrubs', and the non-stop pace of 'Family Guy'. But don't think this is just a pick 'n' mix; it is blended into a quality comedy that could be the new 'Friends' - in popularity, not style.
The writing is brilliant: the humour is always on the money, and at times laugh-out-loud-and-rewind funny.
The whole acting industry (including both 30 Rock and its actors) are sent up with spot-on paradies and in-jokes. There are threads of humour that span a full episode or a full season, but also stand-alone sequences lasting a mere 3 or 4 seconds (You Tube will provide you with these).
The show also manages to seamlessly blend, as opposed to clumsily 'insert', hints of genuinely touching, believable emotion.
The characters are not what you'd call 'realistic' in the sense of, say, 'The Office' characters, but within the context of the programme (call it a heightened reality if you like) they are generally rounded and believable. I must add that each and every one is played to perfection; kudos to the casting team.
Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are clearly the stars, but the performances put in by the 'supporting' cast are anything but. You feel like the show could allocate major screen time to any of the cast and deliver.
If you like to watch comedies where the entire production team take seriously the job of entertaining you, without taking themselves seriously in the process; where the humour is intelligent but not smug with it; the characters are believable but not boring; and the show does not set out to change your life - and despite/because of this may give you genuine pause for thought, then you will probably adore 30 Rock.
****The only reason I gave this product 4 and not 5 stars, is because 30 Rock the show is 5/5. But the product i.e. DVD season 1 is vanilla: there are pretty much no extras. You would hope for something more (I expect future seasons will have extras) but, that said, Amazon are selling at a very low price.
So: buy this DVD, watch it, love it, and you'll have only one question: 'How can I get a job at 30 Rock?!'