here is a Liz Lemon inside all of us. Whether she's working on her night cheese, dreaming about Astronaut Mike Dexter, or doing her best to corral Tracy and Jenna's insanity, she's making it work and showing us that we can HAVE IT ALL, despite the occasional sandwich mishap.
On the 10th anniversary of this cult classic, we look back at the best 30 Rock moments of all time. And don't waste time, the show leaves Netflix on October 1st, so binge watch while you can.
Now somebody bring me some haaaaaaaam!
First, let's give credit where credit is due to the woman, the myth, the legend herself: Liz Lemon.
Liz has her ups and downs, sure. Sometimes she makes out with a plant in the dentist’s waiting room thinking it’s Bon Jovi, but other times she is succeeding at her fast-paced, exciting TV job, wearing bootcut jeans and eating Sabor de Soledad off-brand Mexican potato chips.
Interestingly, Tina Fey, creator, showrunner and star of 30 Rock apparently intended the show to be about news, not sketch comedy in the beginning, not unlike the HBO show, The Newsroom.
But what would 30 Rock have been without TGS With Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney? Or if you’re Sid the announcer who was once struck by lightning, “It’s Turgis! With Tracky Jon-Jon and Jimmy Moop!”
Luckily, Liz has Jack Donaghy, the best friend/boss a girl could ever wish for. He's dashing, he's debonair, he ran his mother over with a car and didn't check to see if she was dead for 8 minutes. Really, he's the perfect man.
Jack is a firm believer in tradition. He believes that the only acceptable kind of art is a painting of a duck or a boat, that one must switch to formalwear after 6pm lest he be considered a pleb, and most importantly, one must never say no to a redhead with a Southie accent.
Tina Fey once said at a Paley Center panel that she was shocked Alec Baldwin even accepted the role. Can you imagine a Jack played by anyone else? During the same panel, Liz said the writers put Jack and Liz’s friendship “somewhere between Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant and Han Solo and Princess Leia.”
30 Rock‘s costume designer, Tom Broecker, told Zap2It that Alec Baldwin was obsessed with his wardrobe on the show. So much so that he took the suits home when the series ended. Broecker said, “He wrote a big check to NBC… He likes his clothes and wants to look good.”
And we don’t blame him!
Liz also has Jenna, her best girlfriend from the time they were roommates in Chicago, just out of college. Liz and Jenna have been through everything together. They even once promised each other to mutually keep their fame in check if either of them got too big a head, but clearly had job has fallen solely to Liz.
Jenna’s charm lies in her ability to make everything about herself. Whether she’s channeling Janis Joplin (oh, sorry, I meant Jackie Jormp Jomp, or was it Janie Jimplin?) by eating a house cat, or creating The Problem Solvers with Tracy, Jenna is watching out for her friends. Wait, did I say her friends? I meant herself.
In a crazy turn of events, SNL alum Rachel Dratch actually played Jenna in the original, unaired 30 Rock pilot.
In the show's pilot, Liz brings The Girlie Show to NBC, and is forced to add comedian Tracy Jordan to the cast, therefore creating the show-within-the-show, TGS with Tracy Jordan.
Tracy loves his lizard, Jeremy, his kids, George Forman Jr and Tracy Jordan Jr, his wife, Angie, and going to strip clubs for the food.
Tracy’s biggest secret is that despite his reputation, he’s never cheated on his wife, Angie, and is horrified when the world discovers that he’s a halfway decent guy. His greatest accomplishment is EGOT-ing (that’s winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony for those not in the know).
Turns out Tracy (whose name was only slightly tweaked for his role on the show… because he essentially plays himself) has been friends with Grizz and Dot Com (real names: Grizz Chapman and Kevin Brown) for many years. Aww.
This is Tracy's wife, Angie. Rather than making Angie an intern, Jack decides to give her her own reality TV show, created the second show-within-a-show of 30 Rock, Queen of Jordan.
Angie is essentially a walking id. She does what she wants when she wants it. Angie’s new single “My Single Is Dropping” is dropping and she will pull your weave out, even if it’s not a weave and is just your actual hair.
As Angie proves time and time again, this show is a fast-paced joke-a-minute joyride, but did you know that there are actually 9.57 jokes PER MINUTE on an average episode of 30 Rock?
That’s not all…