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16 Totally Crazy, Yet Genius '30 Rock' Fan Theories

Updated July 17, 2020 1.9k votes 347 voters 15k views16 items

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30 Rock is Tina Fey’s crowning achievement. The show follows the zany life of Liz Lemon, a comedy show producer for NBC, and her coworkers. It was once dubbed the Funniest TV Comedy of All Time. Since it first aired in 2013, the show has featured dozens of guest stars and racked up hundreds of award nominations over seven seasons. But like any show with a cult following, the fans can't help but try to expand on the world presented which has resulted in a long list of 30 Rock fan theories.

The most frequent topic of 30 Rock universe fan theories is by far character Kenneth Parcell. The page boy of 30 Rock's fictional NBC world is a favorite of viewers musings. Liz and Tracy also have plenty of theories focused on who they are in the show and on the real lives of the actors who play them. 

No character is off limits when it comes to fan theories and the sky's the limit on how absurd they can get. Here's a running list of the most popular (and insane) fan theories about 30 Rock, all of which will have you second guessing the characters and story lines of the show you love most. And for your next binge watch, check out these other shows like 30 Rock.

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    Kenneth Parcell Is Immortal And/Or Celestial

    Many fans have theories about Kenneth and his age, but Reddit user GuyYellingFromAWell has a pretty convincing take on the page's immortality:

    "Death is the consequence of sin, Kenneth is completely pure, By this logic Kenneth doesn't have to pay the 'price' for his sin and thus cannot die.”

    User thisisntadam backs up this theory in the comments with a few choice Kenneth Parcell quotes:

    "Kenneth implies that he is actually an angel of God, as when Jenna Maroney asks him if she is the worst person he knows, he replies "Miss Maroney, judging is for God and his angels... so yes, you are."

    And in a different episode:

    Kenneth's mother, Pearlene, recalls what Kenneth said to her on the day he was born: "Momma, I am not a person. My body is just a flesh vessel, for an immortal being whose name, if you heard it, would make you lose your mind.""

    Makes a lot of sense. 

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    This Is Larry Braverman

    In the Season 3 episode "Reunion," Jack goes to Liz's high school reunion, where he's mistaken for one of Liz's former classmates, Larry Braverman, because they look very similar. In a Season 5 episode, "College," a deliveryman who looks just like Jack - but isn't - delivers food to a group of GE employees. The picture above is of the unnamed deliveryman. Reddit user eggs_benedictus posits that the deliveryman is actually Larry Braverman.

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    Tracy, Jenna, And Liz Represent The Id, Ego, And Superego

    Alright, this one is pretty cerebral, but kneisage has a very sophisticated idea as to why Tracy, Jenna, and Liz are all so, well, odd. He thinks that the three of them represent the three areas of the human psyche.

    Sigmund Freud theorized that the Id represents our disorganized, instinctual desires (Tracy). The Ego is the narcissist part of one's self (Jenna). The Superego is the moral center manage the Id and Ego (Liz).

    It certainly could explain their three-pronged dynamic and how well they all fit together.

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    Paul And Jenna Met At Gerhardt's Birthday Party

    There’s always been a little bit of awkwardness surrounding Will Forte’s guest appearances on 30 Rock. He first appeared as an assistant to Gerhardt - an inbred Austrian duke interested in Jenna Maroney - and later had a much larger role as Jenna's boyfriend and then husband, Paul L'Astname. 

    Reddit user UristMasterRace believes that after Gerhardt died, Paul, who had become obsessed with Jenna after meeting her at the same time Gerhardt did, stayed in New York. He then changed his name and became a Jenna Maroney impersonator. Eventually he would meet Jenna and the two would fall in love.

    It might make sense of why his last name seems so, well, made up.

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