Last autumn's TV line-up in America was littered with so many duds that it's almost embarrassing to recall. Be underwhelmed by Brothers & Sisters and Shark. Strain to remember The Nine and Kidnapped. And hear the hollow echo from the inside of Aaron Sorkin's head for the idea-less Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a colossal dull dud no matter how many critics over here now try to laud it as a missed classic.
But one other behind-the-scenes, Saturday Night Live-esque show was made. Like Studio 60, it had a big name behind it (SNL star and Mean Girls creator Tina Fey), and a great cast to bring it to laugh. But whilst Studio 60 was a dreary drama that just rehashed Sorkin's worst indulgences, 30 Rock is the buzziest sitcom made in years.