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’30 Rock’: The 25 Episodes You Need to Watch Before Tina Fey’s Iconic Comedy Leaves Netflix

There were so many unforgettable installments of "30 Rock," but here are some we'll miss the most.

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“30 Rock”


“I Do Do”

Season 4, Episode 22

Season 4 built up a number of storylines, and the Season 4 finale brings them all to a head, as Liz Lemon fulfills her commitment to participate in multiple weddings on the same day while also ducking Wesley Snipes (Michael Sheen), her theoretical soulmate. Introducing “30 Rock” super-fan Matt Damon as Liz’s newest love interest, this might be the show’s finest season finale.

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“Live Show”

Season 5, Episode 4

“30 Rock” experimented twice with live episodes in the “Saturday Night LIve” tradition, but their first go-around not only features a genius explanation for the switch in formatting (Jack’s given up drinking) but also the strongest narrative. (That said, “Live From Studio 6H,” Season 6, Episode 19, has its moments.)


Season 5, Episode 5

Jack uses his superpowers on Liz Lemon’s personal issues and may even conquer them. Also, Tracy’s Boys & Girls Club of America commercial proves truly epic.

“TGS Hates Women”

Season 5, Episode 16

Fey and the writers take on the show’s engagement with feminism in an unexpected way in this episode, which owes everything to an incredible guest star performance by Cristin Milioti. Tina Fey and “30 Rock’s” relationship with big issues has always been a complicated one, as Fey’s personal world view doesn’t always fall in line with more traditionally “woke” criticism — something this episode directly addresses.

“Queen of Jordan” / “Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper”

Season 5, Episode 17 / Season 6, Episode 20

Some of “30 Rock’s” most inspired moments in the latter half of its run came when it directly satirized specific formats, in this case the world of Bravo reality TV. (Thanks to NBCU synergy, they were even able to use the actual Bravo logo.) Spotlighting Tracy’s wife Angie and her eclectic friend group, both episodes tear at the tropes of this format while telling character-driven stories that move the show’s plot forward. “Portia reads the papers!”

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“Leap Day”

Season 6, Episode 9

Some of “30 Rock’s” most brilliant moments came when it leaned into the idea that the show existed in an alternate universe with its own pop culture quirks, and “Leap Day” really exemplifies that concept. Creating an entire holiday with its own mythology from scratch — complete with a cheesy “Groundhog Day”-esque movie about it, starring Jim Carrey and Andie McDowell — “Leap Day” was perhaps the show at its weirdest and most unforgettable.

“St. Patrick’s Day”

Season 6, Episode 12

Not only does this episode feature Liz acknowledging her past relationship issues — while showcasing the always-amazing Dennis Duffy — but it truly brings Liz to a new level of intimacy with her ultimate soulmate, Criss (James Marsden). It builds to a final arc that sees the character discover some form of true happiness.

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“Governor Dunston”

Season 7, Episode 2

In its final season, “30 Rock” got more meta than ever after finding a way to incorporate Fey’s weird run on “Saturday Night Live” as 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, which also tied into the season’s ongoing mockery of NBC.

“Mazel Tov, Dummies!”

Season 7, Episode 7

IT’S HER SPECIAL DAY. And it truly is special, because no one gets married like Liz Lemon does — especially when you consider her innate contrarian attitude. Really, everything about this episode can be summed up by this:

“A Goon’s Deed in a Weary World”

Season 7, Episode 11

The explicit “Willy Wonka” homage is important for how it sets up the series finale, while Liz’s journey toward motherhood takes a major step that leads to one of the show’s most heartfelt moments. It’s the perfect lead-in to…

“Hogcock! / Last Lunch”

Season 7, Episodes 12/13

From its notably humble beginning rooted in Liz Lemon embracing motherhood to the bonkers final moments, “30 Rock” crafted an ending that remained forever true to the show’s roots, while also acknowledging the ways in which the show had grown over the years. This was never a perfect show, but it had a truly unique voice that was a blessing to see evolve. “30 Rock” was a gift, and hopefully it will become available on a new platform soon — because going without it will genuinely hurt.

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