Created by Tina Fey and starring a ridiculously talented cast that included John Lutz, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan, and Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock quickly became essential TV viewing. Not every episode was a winner, but good luck finding a series as consistently laugh out loud funny.
30 Rock was also a love letter to television, acknowledging the special role it has in our hearts, while also celebrating that absolute ridiculousness of what we watch. Every episode was packed with references to TV and films of years gone by, both real or completely imagined.
On this milestone 10th anniversary of the birthing of 30 Rock, we look back at the pop culture developed for the world of 30 Rock.
Tracy Jordan's filmography
A look through Tracy Jordan's IMDB page would be an absolute treat. Beyond some likely early career appearances on Matlock, what we know of his career is largely based off throwaway gags and the amazing one-sheet posters that adorned his dressing room.
In addition to starring roles in A Blaffair to Rememblack, The Chunks, The Chunks 2: A Chunky Christmas, Black Cavemen, President Homeboy, Honky Grandma Be Trippin', Samurai I Amurai, Cruise Boat, and Death Bank, Jordan was also known to have starred in:
Who Dat Ninja?
Hard To Watch
Werewolf Bar Mitzvah
Some may have dismissed it as just a novelty party song, but Werewolf Bar Mitzvah went gold.
While Night Court may have existed in the reality that we also call home, the show had a special relationship with 30 Rock. While a re-creation of the set may have brought original series stars Harry Anderson and Markie Post back on-screen together, let us not also forget that Jenna Maroney once did a three-episode stint on the show as a werewolf lawyer named Sparky Monroe.
Queen of Jordan
This Bravo reality series starred Tracy Jordan's wife Angie in a show that in absolutely no way could be confused as a parody of The Real Housewives franchise. Fans of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may have well experienced their first encounter with the force of nature that is Tituss Burgess as a star on Queen of Jordan where he appeared as D'Fwan.
The Rural Juror
Jenna Maroney's low-budget gem The Rural Juror was written by John Grisham's brother Kevin. She also starred in the Janis Joplin biopic Jormp Jomp (re-titled to avoid any connection to the estate of Janis Joplin), Trivial Pursuit: The Movie, the torture porn romantic comedy Take My Hand, and the Lifetime TV movie Sister, Can You Spare a Breast?.
Happy anniversary 30 Rock! I wish I'd remembered to buy you a cake.