Coming in just under the wire with my April Netflix Stream Team post (because that’s how I roll, especially during LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show season), I decided to write about revisiting old favorites.
Since canceling our cable/satellite nearly two years ago now (time flies!), our viewing habits have obviously changed. We have an antenna for live viewing but we can only get our local ABC station with that, so we really do rely on streaming. Netflix is obviously great for movies, and it’s fantastic for stand-up comedy specials (another favorite genre of ours), but TV shows are what we watch the most.
My new favorite is actually an old favorite: “30 Rock”. While waiting for the release of Tina Fey’s Netflix Original Series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” last month and then after watching it (three times through!), I found myself revisiting her first big sitcom; both shows share the same style of humor.
I remember when “30 Rock” premiered back in 2006. It made big news not only because it was a sitcom about the behind the scenes shenanigans of a “Saturday Night Live”-type show (SNL is produced by Lorne Michaels, who produced “30 Rock”, and Tina Fey left SNL to do “30 Rock”), but also because it was not the ONLY new show with that same theme. Aaron Sorkin’s comedy-drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” starred Matthew Perry (“Friends”) and to be completely honest, Jim and I were more excited about that show than “30 Rock”. After watching both, we just knew that the Sorkin show would be the one with legs. (Official trailer HERE. Also, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” is available from Netflix on DVD.)
Apparently, predicting the success of television shows is not in our wheelhouse. “Studio 60” only lasted one season, and the gang at “30 Rock” enjoyed seven seasons, sixteen Emmy awards, and the addition of countless catchphrases to the everyday conversations of folks everywhere, including “Blergh” and, my favorite, “I want to go to there.”
Watching the hijinks of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Kenneth Parcell, Jenna Maroney and company all over again, nine years after they first hit the small screen, is still fun. Silly, absurd fun.
You should go to there, too.
I believe part of the reason Studio 60 was cancelled had to do with difficulties between Aaron Sorkin and NBC. It was an incredible show.
There’s an upcoming show starring Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin that I am looking forward to. And I still need to watch Daredevil. And catch up on Walking Dead.