Emmy Award Winner Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety programme in New York City. Liz's life is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin in his Golden Globe winning role) interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) into the cast. Now its up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life.
When Don decides to promote Jack and make him his successor over Devon, Jack decides to give his old job to Liz because she always has his back. However, a turn of events concerning Don's health compromises Jack's promotion. Meanwhile, Tracy thinks that his son is embarrassed of his career because he did not invite him to fathers day at school.
Floyd stays at Liz's place overnight when his flight is canceled. Meanwhile, Jack is demoted to the 12th floor, causing him to question his future status at the company. Finally, the staff celebrates Annual Sandwich Day with mysterious sandwiches from a secret location in Brooklyn.
In the second season finale, Jack moves on to a new job involving politics in Washington, but the position is not quite what he anticipated. Meanwhile, Liz suffers a pregnancy scare, Kenneth confronts rival page Donny when applying for a summer job, and Tracy works on his latest invention.
Liz tries to keep the TGS staff from ruining her chances at adoption when an evaluator (Megan Mullally) drops by the job. Jack is back at 30 Rock to reclaim his position from Devin Banks (Will Arnett), but quickly learns the task won't be easy when he is given a sizeable demotion.
On a flight back from Chicago, Liz spills her soul to Oprah Winfrey. Meanwhile, Tracy and Jenna butt heads as they try to determine whose life is harder and Jack's morality is tested by Kenneth after an Olympics snafu.
Liz and Jenna's free-spirited friend Claire (Jennifer Aniston) visits New York and falls hard for Jack. Kenneth, distressed over the new page uniforms, turns to Tracy who cheers him up with a surprise involving the cast of Night Court.
Eccentric businessman Gavin Volure (Steve Martin) becomes enamored with Liz. Meanwhile, Tracy fears his kids may have sinister plans and Kenneth entrusts Jack to invest his savings in Gavin's business venture.
Liz is opposed to going to her high school reunion, but Jack manages to convince her otherwise. Meanwhile, Don Geiss (Rip Torn) wake up from his coma only to shock Jack with his declaration of who will be GE's CEO.
Liz participates in a charity program to help underprivileged kids celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, Jack takes his frustration out on the TGS staff when his plans for a dream holiday vacation away from his overbearing mother are crushed.
Jenna is concerned that Liz's attraction to a new guy (Peter Dinklage) has to do with her longing to have a child. Jack hits it off with his mother's nurse. Elisa (Salma Hayek) helps Tracy and Angie (Sherry Shepherd) arrange a post-nip, and tries to get Jenna an audition for the title role in a Janis Joplin biopic.
Liz fights for the staff's rights to flu shots from Dr. Spaceman (Chris Parnell). Meanwhile, Elisa is working seven days a week, so Jack must be creative about finding ways to spend time with her.
Nervous about the corporate retreat, Jack recruits Liz to accompany him for support. Jenna decides to take up method acting to prepare for her Janis Joplin role. Kenneth must convince Tracy that diabetes is affected by his diet.
Liz discovers she has a handsome and single neighbour (John Hamm) after receiving his mail by mistake. Due to Jack's striking resemblance to a spanish soap villain, Elisa's grandmother disapproves of their relationship. The new TGS interns invite Tracy out for a night of partying.
Liz unintentionally insists her and Drew (John Hamm) have their first official date on Valentine's Day. Jack goes to church with girlfriend Elisa and Tracy helps Kenneth win the affection of a new staffer.
Jack considers taking the next step with Elisa while Tracy's interview on Larry King Live sends New York City into a panic. Liz recruits Kenneth to accompany her to chaotic Queens to retrieve her lost cell phone.
Liz befriends a pregnant teen in an attempt to adopt her baby. Jenna vies for more attention but Kenneth's plan to combine her birthday party with one for Tracy derails her efforts. Jack goes out with the guys and bonds with Frank over daddy issues.
When Liz can't scheme her way out of jury duty, chaos ensues on the set of TGS. With no one in charge, Tracy and Jenna begin to act irresponsibly, while Jack becomes absorbed in launching a lucrative new product.
Liz spends more time with her boyfriend Drew (John Hamm) and finds that his handsomeness allows him to bypass many of the usual frustrations of daily life. Jack must find a way to convince Tracy to stay on at TGS after his contract expires and Jenna considers a new hairstyle to attract public attention.
While Jack plans the perfect 50th birthday party for himself, he watches old home videos that inspire him to recreate one of the happiest moments he had a young boy. Liz's ex-boyfriend Dennis decides to come clean about an addiction, stirring up drama between Liz and Jenna.
Excitement for TGS's 50th show is quickly replaced by concern about company budget cuts. When Jack is forced to hand out pink slips, Liz does some personal bartering to save her staff.
Suspended from work, Liz must learn to live without TGS. Meanwhile, when the film studio has second thoughts about releasing Jenna's Janis Joplin biopic, Jack needs Jenna to create some promotional buzz using her celebrity status.
When Jack and Elisa (Salma Hayek) think seriously about their engagement, he seeks advice from Tracy about the reality of married life. Elisa divulges to Liz she is keeping a secret. A prank results in an injury back at TGS and Jenna loses her cool over an attractive EMT.
Tracy and Liz stop receiving preferential treatment and experience what it means to be each other's equals. Jack's mother reveals unpleasant memories about Jack's father leaving the family. Jenna adopts a pet gibbon and learns the perils of motherhood.
Liz and Tracy convince Jack to begin the search for his real father (Alan Alda) and Tracy discovers an illegitimate son. Meanwhile, Jenna and Liz fight for the spotlight when Jenna gets recognition for one of Liz's ideas.
The TGS staff rallies as Jack's father's (Alan Alda) health hangs in the balance. Liz enjoys newfound fame as a relationship expert. When Tracy's high school invites him to speak at graduation, Kenneth helps him overcome embarrassing memories.
The "TGS" gang returning from hiatus, only to be shocked by Jack's awful fall programming lineup. Meanwhile, bridezilla Jenna taps Liz to be her maid of honor, and Tracy is invited to a dinner party by Kenneth and Hazel.
Jack and Liz find themselves at odds over political satire at "TGS". Criss and Liz make a surprising relationship breakthrough. Meanwhile, Jenna, discouraged by the disappointing sales of her summer dance hit, is thrilled to learn that Kenneth's mother and her boyfriend still buy music.
Liz works to prove to Tracy that women are funny while simultaneously attempting to head off a meltdown from Jenna after some negative publicity. Jack tries out an unconventional dating strategy.
Liz and Jack find themselves battling to influence voters in the upcoming presidential election. Meanwhile, as Jenna goes to great lengths to please her new fan base, the writers seek out new ways to mess with her.
Realizing that Jenna could decide the Presidential election, Liz and Jack stage a debate to win her support and her followers. Kenneth turns to Tracy for advice on how to be an informed voter, while Pete tries to recreate the magic of the 2008 election.
Tracy and Jack engage in a battle of wits after Tracy depicts Jack as a villain in his latest project. On Jack's advice, Liz puts her own needs ahead of those of "TGS." Meanwhile, Jenna tries to shield Kenneth from Hazel's manipulation but her own selfishness gets in the way.
After an encounter with Dennis Duffy, Liz and Criss decide to take drastic measures to start a family. As Liz looks toward the future, Jack and Jenna evaluate their own self-worth, and Tracy laments a shocking medical diagnosis.
Jenna annoys Liz with her wedding envy, Jack devises a plan to avoid disappointing his visiting mother and Tracy attempts to cheer up Kenneth.
Jack asks Devin Banks to help him discredit Kaylie Hooper, Jack's teenage nemesis and KableTown's future CEO. Liz considers her options as she tries to become a mother. Tracy directs Octavia Spencer in his movie.
When Jack persuades Liz to go to Florida with him, they make a shocking discovery about his mother. Jenna and Tracy assume responsibility for the show in Liz's absence, resulting in disaster for Kenneth.
As her new kids arrive, Liz scrambles to save TGS from cancellation. Jack finds a new NBC president.
Liz has trouble adjusting to being a stay-at-home mother. Jack takes stock of his life, and Tracy struggles to get on without Kenneth.
When Jack orders them to find a new cast member, Liz and Pete are forced to fake an affair to keep their talent search a secret. Meanwhile, a dispute over timecards prompts Kenneth to lead a page strike. Jenna "goes country," and Tracy tries to reconnect with the common man.
Jack finds himself answering to Devin Banks (Will Arnett) and the government's microwave oven task force. Tracy seeks retribution from Liz when he discovers that most of the relationship "deal breakers" in her book were based on him still angry about a potential new cast member. Jenna abandons TGS to shoot a werewolf movie in Iceland.
Liz and Jack engage in a clash of world views as they search for talent in Kenneth's Georgia hometown. Tracy is haunted by the celebrity "rule of threes" and fears that his death is imminent. An increasingly desperate Jenna tries to cozy up to the writers.
Liz and Pete try to rig the TGS auditions as everyone else jockeys for a chance to audition for the show or, in Tracy and Jenna's case, tries to sabotage the proceedings. Amid the chaos, Jack is treated like a pariah because of a bedbug infestation.
Jack proposes that Liz host a Dealbreakers talk show, then bristles when she hires an agent and considers outside producers. When the new cast member's (Cheyenne Jackson) easy going attitude causes Tracy and Jenna to question their demanding ways, Kenneth feels his role at TGS is threatened.
When her building goes condo, Liz tried to scare off the tenant above her so she can buy his apartment. Jack and Tracy, both considering vasectomies, consult with Dr. Spaceman and confront their issues about fatherhood. Kenneth attempts to make TGS a green workplace and finds an unexpected ally in Frank.
The pilot of her new talk show gives Liz the chance to be the centre of attention, while Jack feels pressure from Devin to make it a hit. Meanwhile, Tracy takes on the ultimate Hollywood challenge in order to prove his commitment to his wife, Angie (Sherri Shepherd).
Jack reunites with his high school crush, Nancy Donovan (Julianne Moore), thanks to a social networking site. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to find Jack a perfect gift, the writers invent a religion to avoid Kenneth's secret Santa gift swap, and Pete enlists Danny in his crusade for revenge against Jenna.
Jack brings TGS to Boston in an effort to spend time with Nancy. Stuck in a strange and cold city, the staff turns on Liz, who searches for a scapegoat. Meanwhile, Tracy feuds with John Hancock.
Jack coaches Jenna when her estranged mother, Verna (Jan Hooks), drops by unannounced. Liz and Frank make a pact to kick their respective bad habits. Kenneth intrudes on Pete's quiet time.
Liz schedules oral surgery in an effort to avoid Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Jack falls for a sexy CNBC journalist, Avery Jessup (Elizabeth Banks), and Jenna is crushed to discover that her stalker (Horatio Sanz) has moved on.
Jack learns that Sheinhardt wigs may be selling NBC to a cable company. Liz searches for a mystery man she met in her dentist's recovery room. Jenna tries to help Tracy win a Tony Award.
Still grieving over the loss of his mentor, Jack tries to establish his identity within NBC's new ownership. A series of chance meetings cause Liz to wonder if fate is telling her to settle for Wesley (Michael Sheen). Tracy must deal with the fallout when his nanny writes a scathing expose.
Liz deals with the unexpected return of her one good boyfriend, Floyd Debarber (Jason Sudeikis). Jack helps Danny battle the writers in a rapidly escalating prank war. After being subjected to hours of his stories, Tracy and Jenna are haunted by Kenneth in their dreams.
Jack's birthday brings additional pressure on him to choose between Avery and Nancy. Liz forces herself to attend as many singles events as she can. Back in the writers' room, Toofer is troubled by the circumstances behind his hiring.
After discovering that her staff regularly goes out without inviting her, Liz vows to prove that she can have fun. In an effort to avoid making a difficult decision in his personal life, Jack focuses on a dispute over janitor shifts. Kenneth helps Tracy be a better husband to Angie.
Jack inherits Don Geiss' beloved peacock and realizes he still needs closure with his late mentor. Liz and Pete are suspicious of Jenna's new boyfriend, Paul (Will Forte). Tracy lobbies to become Grizz's best man, causing friction in the entourage.
It's Mother's Day and the TGS moms have come to visit. Colleen meddles in Jack's romantic situation, Liz discovers that her mother almost married an astronaut, Verna squabbles with Jenna over clothes, and Tracy learns a valuable lesson from an actress hired to play his mom.
With Avery out of town, Nancy shows up to visit Jack. Liz revisits her old boyfriends and yet again runs into the unshakable Wesley. Tracy eschews a gritty, Oscar-caliber role to do a Garfield movie.
Liz's multiwedding day takes an unexpected turn when she meets a handsome, misanthropic pilot (Matt Damon). Jack discovers which woman he is truly meant to be with. Jenna and Paul's relationship reaches an impasse. Kenneth goes to great lengths to avoid being transferred to Los Angeles.
Tracy becomes frustrated in his attempts to anger Liz. Jack questions the family value of the network's new talent competition and Kenneth awaits the Rapture.
An offensive rant by Tracy is leaked online. Jack disapproves of Liz's new boyfriend, and the Best Friends Gang is reunited when Kenneth and Jenna call for the help of Kelsey Grammer.
Tracy Jordan challenges Liz by leading his own protest in defense of idiots everywhere. Jack faces off with Devin Banks yet again, but still finds time to interfere with Liz's relationship by giving Criss an ultimatum, and Liz tries to get rid of Jenna's new assistant.
Liz looks for a new best friend after discovering that Jenna has traded their friendship for fame. Tracy contemplates mortality as Dotcom and Grizz scramble to show him that life is still worth living. Meanwhile, Jack decides to end the page program in order to impress Hank Hooper.
Jack and Liz battle over her employment contract. Kenneth is reassigned after being offended by his coworkers at TGS, and Tracy and Jenna's accountant hires them as entertainment at a bar mitzvah.
Criss and Liz decide to celebrate Valentine's Day, but they need to buy a dining room table first. Jack entertains his mother-in-law, Diana, as Jenna frantically looks to Pete to fill in last-minute as the producer of her first live performance on "America's Kidz Got Singing." Back at the office, Tracy and Frank try to help Lutz find someone to spend Valentine's with.
Fed up with New York City after being mugged, Jack sets out to protect the safety of the city's elite by announcing his run for mayor. Meanwhile, Liz revels in sacrificing the good of the city to look out for her own interests, and Jenna and Paul are thrilled by the perversion of acting like a normal couple.
Jack learns to appreciate Leap Day while Tracy takes the writers to a restaurant to spend an almost-expired gift card. Liz helps Jenna seduce a billionaire online.
In order to hide his relationship with Lynn, Frank convinces his mother that he is dating Liz. Tracy and Jenna team up to try to solve the case of Pete's missing whisky. Meanwhile, Jack teaches Kenneth how to take down his first business nemesis.
Jenna hatches a surprising new plan to get publicity, while Jack finds himself begrudgingly playing parent to his teenage nemesis, Kaylie Hooper. Liz rejects the new authority Kenneth has over “TGS” with his new job in Standards.
Jack feels unworthy of his latest award and attempts to redeem himself by taking on the writers in a strategic board game. Liz believes she's cursed on St. Patrick's Day when her ex-boyfriend Dennis shows up to derail her relationship with Criss. Meanwhile, Hazel struggles to keep the peace between Tracy and Jenna.
Liz struggles in her new role as mentor to Hazel. Kenneth has a difficult time letting go of his page duties and takes drastic measures to make sure Tracy is taken care of. Meanwhile, Jack and Jenna come up with a plan to get Avery back in the headlines.
Liz's scripted version of Jack and Avery's love story leaves Jack confused and frustrated by his feelings for Diana. Meanwhile, Jenna and Tracy attempt to beat Weird Al Yankovic at his own game, and Kenneth gets an unexpected new job at NBC.
A curse strikes TGS. Liz dares to be different after realizing that the same things happen every year, and Jack vows to wow Hank Hooper.
Tracy regains his sense of smell and finds an unusual father figure in Liz, while the writers spark a prank war with Jenna.
Jack's mom upstages his ribbon-cutting ceremony. Meanwhile Jenna hooks up with a "rock star" and Tracy frets about his son heading to college.
Jack sets Liz up on a blind date to show her what she's missing in her relationship with Criss. Meanwhile at KableTown, Jack has to scramble when his plan to manufacture couches hits a speed bump. With Tracy's help, Jenna orchestrates a public meltdown to get Paul's attention.
Kabletown chooses to stop funding live shows for TGS. While Liz and Jack embrace the change, Kenneth argues that live format should be kept intact, and he tries to convince the TGS staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and our audience through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H. The episode was filmed twice. The East Coast version aired for the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones. The West Coast version was aired in the western, Alaskan and Hawaiian time zones.
Angie brings "Queen of Jordan'' back to TGS. News about Avery forces Jack to confront his feelings for her mother, and Liz finds herself in a feud.
Avery finally returns home from her kidnapping ordeal in North Korea, yet Jack grows uncertain of her fidelity while she was away. Elsewhere, Criss is crossed due to Liz's role as top wage earner, and Jenna seeks a sponsor for her approaching nuptials.
Determined to prove his marriage has survived Avery's kidnapping unscathed, Jack asks Liz to officiate their vow renewal. Meanwhile, Criss (Marsden) tries to convince Liz that he's worth sticking around for. Tracy meets with Cornel West to discuss his influence as a black celebrity.
Jack begins to meddle in Liz's new relationship with Carol.
Liz uses her newfound confidence to solve Pete's problem with a difficult editor (Paul Giamatti); Jack tries to cheat mortality; Tracy vows to be present when his wife gives birth.
Jack must appear before Congress to discuss NBC's merger with KableTown. He hopes that he will charm celebrity members, but one Congresswoman, Regina Bookman, demands more diversity in its programming lineup. Jack quickly enlists Tracy to come up with some new development ideas. Meanwhile, Liz is fed up with the flack her writing staff gives her, and Jenna helps Kenneth reapply to the extremely competitive Page Program.
On show night, Liz Lemon grows increasingly infuriated when no one seems to remember that it's her 40th birthday. Just before the taping, Tracy Jordan becomes convinced that nothing is funnier than a performer laughing and breaking character, which he elects to do all night, much to Jenna Maroney's chagrin. Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy struggles with the consequences of his promise to give up drinking while Avery is pregnant. The episode was filmed twice. The East Coast version aired for the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones. The West Coast version was aired in the western, Alaskan and Hawaiian time zones.
Avery makes Jack set up some boundaries when it comes to his friendship with Liz.
Jack tries to sway the congressional election for the benefit of the network, while Liz finds the perfect pair of jeans.
Jack worries that GE's microwave sales have improved too much without his help and tries to find glitches in their newest design. Meanwhile, Liz partakes in a crew lottery despite Jenna and Tracy's warning her not to do so. Elsewhere, the TGS writers discover that Jack is the voice of an online dictionary's pronunciation guide.
Jack recommends that Liz start seeing a therapist when she worries that Carol is getting bored with their relationship. In an attempt to take Jack's advice, Liz begins talking to Kenneth about her problems. Jack also finds himself caught up in one of Tracy's schemes when Tracy tries to convince him to invest in his son's theme restaurant in Times Square. Meanwhile, Jenna and Paul celebrate their six month anniversary.
At the urging of Liz and Avery, Jack reveals some secrets to his mother over her Christmas visit. Liz tries to get Jenna and Paul back together. Tracy tries to protect his new serious image by buying a film of his so it will never be seen.
The "TGS" staff is affected by budget cuts at NBC. Liz's New Year's resolution could mean more trouble for Jack's wedding. Jenna shares a dressing room with Danny. Tracy has a health scare.
Liz tries to exploit the situation when a reality show follows Tracy's wife. Jack pre-tapes disaster telethons.
Jack ingratiates himself to Kabletown's executives. Liz fakes pregnancy to help out Avery. A gift from their new bosses puts Jenna and Tracy at odds.
Avery's going into labor during a getaway with Jack leaves them in peril of their child being Canadian. Meanwhile, Liz's trip with Carol can't get off the airport tarmac. Tracy realizes achieving EGOT status comes with a lot of responsibility.
With the TGS staff afraid Liz will become a spinster, Jenna tries to find love for her. Jack's lack of sleep puts him at a disadvantage when negotiating. Pete and Frank form a band.
Liz hires a new female writer who is, unfortunately, very stereotypically female. Jack works to position himself in KableTown's line of succession.
Angie's reality show visits TGS, resulting in a red-faced situation for Jack, Jenna pining for attention, and Liz leading a scheme to lure Tracy back from Africa. Meanwhile, Frank reconnects with a lost love.
Liz tries to reassure her staff that the show's forced hiatus is temporary, but everyone starts to focus on their fallback plans.Meanwhile, Jack attempts to salvage a cable network by enlisting his nemesis, Devin Banks.
Liz realizes that she needs to take control of her personal life by fixing up her dream apartment, but she encounters an obstacle along the way. Meanwhile, Jack has his own problems to deal with when Avery is held hostage. Elsewhere, Tracy finds out that Kenneth, Dotcom and Grizz have bonded in his absence.
Tracy interrupts Liz's summer vacation. Meanwhile Jack feels lonely and turns to Kenneth, while Jenna must choose between being the Wool Council spokeswoman and her relationship with Paul.