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    ‘30 Rock’: If you want to go to there, binge now

    Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in “30 Rock.”
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    Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in “30 Rock.”

    I need my “30 Rock” like I need my “Seinfeld,” always available for consolation, wisdom, and laughs, something to give my ordinary, everyday time-sucks just a little bit of class. If you feel the same, then you should know that, unless a new contract appears, “30 Rock” will no longer be available through Netflix beginning next month.

    As Liz Lemon has said, “Blerg.”

    Also as Liz Lemon has said, “No thank you, please.”


    Netflix, I don’t care how much original programming you throw at us, screwing with our beloved regulars is wrong. As Pete Campbell might put it, “Not great, bub.” Oh sure, there’s always “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” from the “30 Rock” team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, but really, even that can’t fill the gap.

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    “30 Rock” has held up beautifully since its 2006-13 run. Its satirical takes on corporate culture, celebrity stupidity, fickle attention spans, racism, misogyny, and New York City, among a million other topics, are as sharp as ever. And, since the pace is fast and the script is crammed with jokes, the more you rewatch the episodes, the more you catch. My advice: Start bingeing now. That, or go buy the DVDs.

    It’s also time to binge the great series “Friday Night Lights,” which is also set to leave Netflix in October. If you haven’t seen it yet, and you have a taste for sincere but richly acted drama series with a strong sense of place and character, get to work. The clock is ticking.

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.