'30 Rock' Goes Live! Who Else Did It?

Anticipation is building for "30 Rock," which will broadcast live tonight on NBC! Check out other scripted television shows that have also gone LIVE ...

Live Sitcom & Drama TV Shows

'Will & Grace'

On September 29, 2005 "Will & Grace's" season premiere episode, "Alive and Schticking," aired live on NBC. The episode was performed twice by the cast for the east and west coasts. Alec Baldwin, who guest-starred, received an Emmy nomination for his performance.


"ER's" season four premiere episode, "Ambush," aired live on September 25, 1997. The script was performed twice; once for the east coast and again for the west. Watch the clip!

'The West Wing'

In the final season of "The West Wing," NBC aired its fictional debate like a real presidential debate. The episode aired November 6, 2005, live for each coast. Only the west coast version can be found on the season seven DVD.

'Gimme a Break!'

On March 2, 1985, the NBC sitcom starring Nell Carter performed the episode "Cat Story" without a hitch.


The American comedy-drama, which ran on FOX from August 1991 to May 1994, and starred accomplished stage actors — including Charles S. Dutton, performed an entire season of live episodes.