This is the story of a can-do, adorkable girl-in-the-city and her wacky entourage of colleagues who spoof the vagaries of a media conglomerate — and joust with their lovable anti-hero boss — to make comedy and some sense of the world.
Could be the tagline of
Could also be a tagline for the '70s
And so, as 30 Rock winds down its seven seasons with the show's finale Thursday on
Tracy Jordan, after all, is really the
The vain Jenna Maroney is the MTMS's
Pete Hornberger is Murray Slaughter, the everyman who acts as Our Girl's sidekick and confidant. Stick-thin, slightly saner than the rest, and always middle-aged, they are both a bit behind the eight ball, luck-wise — and going for the eight-ball look, hair-wise.
Jack Donaghy is, of course, Mr. Grant, curmudgeonly and conservative, always challenging his young female protege to be more like him — tough, but not too tough for a woman. Jack and Lou root for their Girl Fridays to find love, yet never really want to let them go. There's even the awkward sexual tension that never quite pans out.
And lastly, there's Liz Lemon and Mary Richards, both single girls past their 20s, searching for love (without the schmaltz), while pursuing a high-octane career. Both women pratfall through their personal relationships and remain, nonetheless, the rock and the soul of this TV family — the daughter figure who, a la
Thank God for reruns,
Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, a lecturer in The Writing Seminars at