Fact: Tina Fey is one of the funniest people ever, therefore 30 Rock is one of the funniest TV shows ever. I quote the show almost constantly and know most episodes by heart, so it was nearly impossible for me to come up with my favorite Liz Lemon moments. This list originally began as a top 10 and ballooned up to 20 when I kept cracking up at YouTube videos while I was gathering clips and images.
20. Liz oozes confidence and charisma
In this great clip, she gives herself a pep talk.
19. Liz would do anything for love
Including wolfing a Teamster sub so she could reunite with the man of her dreams at the airport. Ah, just like a romantic comedy, but with a lot more dipping sauce.
18. Liz is a feminist
Tina Fey is my heroine, and by that I mean “lady hero” not that I want to inject her and listen to jazz. Naturally, I loved the episode (“Rosemary’s Baby”) where Liz got to meet the TV writer that inspired her. Unfortunately for Liz, her heroine turned out to be crazy and they ended up roaming the streets of Little Chechnya with delusions of grandeur.
17. Liz faked a pregnancy
Jack’s girlfriend, Avery, is hiding her pregnancy and her work rival, Carmen Chao, is out to expose her. Liz steps up to the plate and pretends she’s with child to fool Carmen. The result is this photo shoot. “Rufus T. Barleysheath is kicking!”
16. Liz is tenacious
She works hard for her beloved show and nobody’s gonna take that away from her.
15. Liz is the boss
Who run the world? Girls! Liz Lemon is at the top of the food chain on TGS, and in this clip, she finally started getting the respect she deserved.
14. Liz’s love life
Floyd, Dennis and even the studly Dr. Baird (Jon Hamm) have all courted Miss Lemon. We get a great example of Liz’s taste in men when she discovers that Dennis was on To Catch a Predator.
13. Liz knows how to party
Liz has had some wild times in her past. Everyone knows there ain’t no party like a Liz Lemon party, ’cause a Liz Lemon party is mandatory.
12. Liz is resourceful
After purchasing, and subsequently ruining a wedding dress with ham grease, Liz found a new use for the dress when she used it to prop up the leg of her Swedish ready-to-assumble furniture.
11. Liz gets freaky
Though she keeps it on the down low, Liz can be a bit of a freak in bed, as Jack finds out when he puts a black light on her.
10. Liz was a bully
All these years, Liz thought she was a lowly nerd in high school, picked on and teased by the likes of Kelsey Winthrop and the popular kids. It’s only later that she learns she was actually the mean girl.
9. Liz’s success song
“I’m a star! I’m on top! Somebody bring me some ham!” All of us have little motivational songs we sing ourselves, though most of them probably don’t include ham.
8. Liz should not be photographed in 1080p
Hi-def isn’t for everyone, and it certainly isn’t for Liz Lemon.
7. Liz is a bad hooker
What would Liz do if TGS suddenly got canceled? She’d start turning tricks. But she’d be really, really bad at it.
5. Liz sleepwalks…and sleep eats
And on the subject of Liz’s diet, she once ordered a pizza in her sleep. That’s a true skill.
4. Young Liz Lemon
One of my favorite things about 30 Rock is the flashbacks to Liz’s past. What aspiring actress hasn’t been represented by Suzanne’s B+ Talent as some point?
3. Astronaut Mike Dexter
There can be no greater made up boyfriend that Liz’s fantasy man, Astronaut Mike Dexter.
2. “I want to go to there!”
The phrase was originally coined by Tina Fey’s then three-year-old daughter, but has now been used the world over when describing something you want so much that it erases all your knowledge of grammar. For example, I used it the first time I saw Jason Momoa without a shirt on.
1. Two words: Night Cheese
There are so many more, but I’m limited to what clips/pics I can find online. This list doesn’t include the time she accidentally called Floyd’s girlfriend and pretended to do a survey for the Ranford Group but ended up yelling “Who is this?! I’m your worst nightmare is who I is!” Other great moments I unjustly left out: the Dealbreakers talk show, the time she tried to refill the water cooler when she got in a fight with Tracy about gender equality, when she pretended a lego train was a robot penis or the time she had a drunken phone break up with the co-op board of the apartment she wanted.