The sixth season of sitcom 30 Rock
dives into a kind of pop surrealism beyond any other show on television. Consider the episode "Leap Day": Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), the head writer of a Saturday Night Live
-esque sketch comedy show, discovers that there's a holiday tradition she's never heard of in which Leap Day William, a blue-suited and white-mustachioed bald man, rises from the depths of the Marianas Trench to trade children's tears for candy. Through this episode, Liz and narcissistic Jenna (Jane Krakowski) compete to sleep with a billionaire, high-powered executive Jack (Alec Baldwin) has a rhubarb-induced hallucination that mimics A Christmas Carol
, and the ever-erratic Tracy (Tracy Morgan) tries to use up a $50,000 restaurant gift card before it expires, but it's the increasingly unnerving figure of Leap Day William--who goes from preposterous to downright frightening--who will haunt you for weeks after watching the show.
The rest of the season is peppered with masterful bits of lunacy. An Australian children's musical group has undercurrents of white supremacism; Jack manufactures couches that are so uncomfortable they function as torture devices; Jenna tries to record a song that's impossible to parody, only to have "Weird Al" Yankovic create the song that Jenna's song would have been a parody of; after being mugged, Jack transforms himself into a superhero called The Tuxedo; Jenna and her lover Paul turn normal couple behavior into a fetish of its own. Meanwhile, some plots run through the entire season: Liz learns to be comfortable with her new boyfriend Criss (James Marsden); Jack struggles to rescue his wife from North Korea while feeling attracted to his mother-in-law; and the eternally naive Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) rises to the heights of the Standards & Practices department, then tumbles to become a janitor. It's a jam-packed season, consistently funny and bursting with invention. This kind of vitality from a six-year-old sitcom is rare and to be cherished. --Bret Fetzer
Primetime Emmy, SAG, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy 30 Rock returns for more Korean dictators, mantra stealing, erotic normaling and plant children in its outrageous sixth season. Primetime Emmy Award winner Tina Fey is back as Liz Lemon, the struggling TGS writer who seems to have found a new groove along with M&M pancake-filled domestic bliss. But with GE executive Jack Donaghy (Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner Alec Baldwin) scheming his way through KableTown, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) finding his voice as an idiot, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) taking her love life to new levels of extreme and NBC Page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) being, well, Kenneth, will the chaos be too much for this new and improved Liz to handle? The hilarity continues with loads of exclusive bonus content in addition to 22 episodes of the critically acclaimed series from executive producer Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live).