The sea­son fi­nale of 30 Rock is worth stay­ing up for, in­sists Guy Davis.

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but the short life­span of shows such as FlashFor­ward ( which started strong but soon be­gan to splut­ter) in­di­cates that it might be dif­fi­cult com­ing up with an on­go­ing saga that will have view­ers glued to their seats while oc­ca­sion­ally scratch­ing their heads in be­wil­der­ment.

But for some shows, it’s not so much a tear­ful last good­bye as a cheer­ful ‘ See you later!’ And that’s cer­tainly the case with 30 Rock, cur­rently a favourite sit­com ( al­though Com­mu­nity, air­ing on Nine’s GO! chan­nel is hot on its heels).

As much as it hurts to ad­mit it, 30 Rock showed a few signs of wear and tear in its fourth year, with the an­tics of neu­rotic com­edy writer Liz Le­mon ( played by 30 Rock cre­ator and comic god­dess Tina Fey), un­hinged star Tracy Jor­dan ( the un­hinged Tracy Mor­gan) and cor­po­rate ti­tan Jack Don­aghy ( Alec Bald­win – no more needs to be said) oc­ca­sion­ally lack­ing the zip and snap of sea­sons past.

But Fey and her writ­ers, clearly wised-up when it comes to the con­ven­tions of sit­u­a­tion com­edy, have ral­lied over re­cent weeks by com­ing up with a num­ber of sto­ry­lines that come to­gether both plot-wise and the­mat­i­cally. And most im­por­tantly, they’re all pretty funny.

In the fi­nal episode, un­lucky-in-love Liz finds her­self at­tend­ing three wed­dings on the same day, and her lack of suc­cess in find­ing a date among her ex-boyfriends – in­clud­ing Mad Men’s Jon Hamm as the hand­some but in­cred­i­bly dumb Drew – finds her con­stantly run­ning into Wes­ley ( Frost/ Nixon’s Michael Sheen), an an­noy­ing English­man con­vinced that he and Liz are “ set­tling soul­mates” who will never do bet­ter than each other.

Mean­while, Jack is fac­ing his own ro­man­tic dilemma, hav­ing fallen in love with both glam­orous go-get­ter Avery ( El­iz­a­beth Banks) and gor­geous child­hood sweet­heart Nancy ( Ju­lianne Moore).

As if that wasn’t enough, the self­ob­sessed Jenna ( Jane Krakowski, the show’s mag­nif­i­cent se­cret weapon) has fi­nally found true love with Paul ( Will Forte) … mainly be­cause he does a spot-on Jenna im­per­son­ation in his drag-queen act.

All of these story strands – and oth­ers! – tie to­gether in the sea­son fi­nale with the help of some ter­rific one-lin­ers, some un­ex­pected plot de­vel­op­ments and some very wel­come big-name guest stars.

I be­lieve you can gauge the qual­ity of a show by the peo­ple will­ing to ap­pear on it, and us­ing that ten­u­ous logic as a yard­stick you could make the claim that 30 Rock is among the finest things ever seen on tele­vi­sion. ( That the­ory could use some work, ac­tu­ally.)

But get a load of that line-up, will you? It’s enough to make you for­give any mis­steps 30 Rock has taken this year, and to make fans of the show ea­gerly await what’ll hap­pen next sea­son.

They rock: The whacky folks from are

call­ing it a day.

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