Last Laughs

What seven years of 30 Rock taught us about TV and ourselves

In the very first episode of Tina Fey's 30 Rock, stressed-out TV producer Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit) took overeager NBC page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) aside and asked him to dial back his enthusiasm when guiding studio tours. Kenneth apologized, then added wistfully, "I just ... I just love television so much." "We all do," Pete said with a sigh.

For seven seasons, that's the place where 30 Rock lived: between TV as a dream, a pilgrimage, a fantasy and TV as a grind, a headache, a job. Which of course only shows the show's--and Fey's--love for TV all the more....

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