The 10 Funniest Episodes of 30 Rock, Ranked

Don't miss these 10 hilarious episodes during E!'s "30 Rock-in' Around the Christmas Tree" marathon.

By Kelsey Klemme Nov 27, 2020 2:00 PMTags
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30 Rock fans, rejoice: E! is kicking off the holiday season with a three-day "30 Rock-in' Around the Christmas Tree" marathon weekend. The full 30 Rock series library will air on E! beginning today, Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29. 

That's right, every single episode of the Emmy-winning show will be available to rewatch or to experience for the very first time.

While we love many of the show's 138 episodes, in honor of the sitcom taking over the small screen this weekend, we've rounded up our absolute favorite episodes following Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and the whole TGS crew.

Whether it's watching Liz frantically try to save the day before Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) goes onto Conan O'Brien's late-night show or seeing her learn at her high school reunion that she was the one who actually bullied her peers, watching Liz's antics always makes us laugh and smile.

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Finally, the moment you've been waiting for! Here are our ten favorite episodes of 30 Rock.

Look out for them during E!'s "30 Rock-in' Around the Christmas Tree" marathon or stream them on Peacock, where every season of the hilarious show is available to watch year-round.

#10: "TGS Hates Women"

30 Rock introduced Abby, a new writer to the TGS show, who Liz believes she must take under her wing when Abby starts baby-talking and flirting with the other writers. As Abby pushes Liz away, Liz is determined to prove her personality is an act, accidentally uncovering a much bigger secret that brilliantly painted how problematic some of Liz Lemon's feminism could be.

#9: "The One With the Cast of Night Court"

This episode lands in our Top 10 because of Jennifer Aniston's performance (which earned her an Emmy nomination) as Claire, Liz Lemon's crazy friend who catches Jack in her web. Over the course of the episode, his obsession grows, hilariously heightening to where he finds himself almost running away with her.

While all of the above is going on, Tracy tries to lift Kenneth's spirits by having the cast of Night Court reunite, to disappointing results.

#8: "Audition Day"

This episode showcased so many of the various actors at their best when Liz and Pete devise a system for TGS' auditions to rig it to get their preferred performer cast, only to see Jenna and Tracy's egos unravel.

#7: "Reunion"

Liz Lemon returns to her hometown for a high school reunion, determined to show her high school bullies how well she's done for herself, only to hilariously learn that she was the bully all along.

Meanwhile, Jack joins as her plus-one and steals the identity of one of the school's classmates, cosplaying as an everyday man until it blows up in his face.

#6: "The Bubble"

Jon Hamm guest stars as Liz's boyfriend in this laugh-out-loud funny episode where he slowly learns that people don't treat him well because he is smart; they treat him well because he is hot.

#5: "Lucachristmas"

This hilarious episode of 30 Rock brings Liz and Jack's dysfunctional parents to town for Christmas while the rest of the staff enjoy Tracy's annual "Lucachristmas" party, that he is unable to fully participate in thanks to an ankle monitor.

#4: "Queen of Jordan"

30 Rock's decision to play off one of their episodes like a Real Housewives-esque reality show was a risky bet, but it totally paid off when we got one of the funniest episodes of the series. There's even a bit where a table is flipped, no doubt a wink to when Teresa Giudice iconically did that on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

#3: "100"

The show's 100th and 101st episode, aptly titled "100," features the cast trying to convince a now Oscar-winner Tracy Morgan to return to TGS for its 100th episode.

#2: "Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001"

Liz finally understand Jenna's dramatics when she gets her own talk show and slowly devolves into the very worst version of herself.

#1: "Tracy Does Conan"

It felt like everything in the series clicked together in this season one episode, where Tracy Morgan goes on Conan O'Brien late night show right after having a reaction to pills that the incompetent Dr. Spaceman gives him. Meanwhile, Jenna promotes her upcoming film (that is impossible to pronounce), The Rural Juror.

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