A fascinating exploration of the philosophy behind NBCs hit TV series 30 Rock.
With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of the funniest television shows on the air, and where hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "Goody Two-shoes", but what does it really mean to be good? Dr. Leo Spaceman routinely demonstrates that medicine is not a science, so what is the role of the incompetent professional in America today?
In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow cast members are thrust onto the philosophical stage with Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and other great thinkers to examine these key questions and many others that involve the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show. This book:
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While I really enjoyed this book I expected a much funnier book. There was far more Philosophy here than I expected. Still a great lesson in how you can apply different theories can be applied to the show. It gives a better understanding of the old school Philosophers.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tom Dheere, who has a great read. His tone is terrific for the material. He has the matter of fact tone but keeps things interesting throughout. Sometimes Philosophy can be dry, but he keeps in from dragging. I enjoyed the energy he infuses into this non-fiction read.
I am a fan of the show and really enjoyed the breakdown of the characters and scenes. It is not imperative that you watch the show, but it will make more sense if you have a working knowledge of at least the first season.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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