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Not (Just) a Laughing Matter: Nuanced Representations of Depression in Three Netflix Sitcoms

One Day at a Time, Bojack Horseman, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt each offer insight and understanding into mental illness quite unlike television shows we've seen before.

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This Silly Little Sitcom has Found Its Niche: '30 Rock: Season Six'

Like any good comfort food, 30 Rock has become very familiar, offering little new but providing familiar, welcome laughs. While some may take issue with the lack of development, there's still a lot of fun to be found on the show's sixth go-round.

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30 Rock is Finally Back on Track with '30 Rock: Season Five'

"Never thought I'd feel sorry for a guy with a tattoo of a leprechaun vomiting on a book." And with that, 30 Rock begins a small and welcome renaissance ...

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Oprah May Say Goodbye, But I Say Hello

Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Trapped Inside the Chuckle Hut That Is '30 Rock: Season Four'

Down but not out, 30 Rock: Season Four creates problems by beefing up the supporting cast's character arcs at the expense of Liz Lemon's ...

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The Marriage Ref: NBC's Next 10 p.m. Revolution?

When NBC moved Jay Leno to ten, the network thought it was going to change the very face of TV. The goals in developing Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref were undoubtedly more modest. But Jerry may yet succeed where Jay failed.

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30 Rock: Season Three

Sometimes comedies, no matter how ridiculous or off-the-wall they may be, can give us the perfect mirror to our own lives.

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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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30 Rock: Season 2

The jokes are smart, fast, and often too subtle to catch -- a welcome antidote to nearly every other sitcom out there.

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Fey sweeps up at the Emmys

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Baby Mama

If he's not precisely magical in Baby Mama, Oscar (Romany Malco) does function as wise advisor for white women who should know better.

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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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30 Rock

With American Gladiators outdrawing its scripted predecessors, it's hard not to feel a pang of dread that 30 Rock, the most writer-centric sitcom in recent memory, might become the strike's first casualty.

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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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30 Rock: Series Premiere

Whether Fey the writer lacked willingness to insert any 'edgy' material into her show or Fey the producer removed it is irrelevant. The result is the same: a show neutered beyond relevance and devoid of entertainment value.

Noah Davis
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Mean Girls (2004)

Concerns Cady's transformation, as she's subjected to high school and the 'mean girls' who prowl its corridors.

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Mean Girls (2004)

In Girl World, as in any feral environment, 'When you get bitten by a snake, you're supposed to suck the poison out.'"

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