Tonight, after seven weird and wonderful seasons, Liz Lemon’s world at 30 Rock comes to an end. Blergh. We’ve been brokenhearted for weeks–crying with one’s mouth doesn’t even begin to explain it–at the thought of saying goodbye to the kooky characters who have become our best friends, eternal crushes, and, in some cases, mortal enemies, as well as the lessons the show within a show has taught us should we ever become famous enough to hire two loquacious and opinionated entourage members.
But there have also been many musical moments that will be greatly missed as well. For Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), every passing second is an opportunity to audition for someone more famous than Harvey Weinstein, while Lemon’s unique philosophies are always best delivered in song. For a reminder of the longstanding rap beefs of Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and the stunning walk-off tributes for Kenneth Parcel (Jack McBrayer) check out our favorites.
What we’ll miss most from Lemon and the gang…
8. Uncovering New Enemies of Tracy Jordan (Season 1, Ep. 16)
We were still getting to know Tracy Jordan in Season 1 and his casual mention of the (many) hip-hop stars he has unresolved beef with, as well as the flashback to him as an intoxicated child starring on a children’s show, solidified our love for this idiot with EGOT aspirations.
7. Danny Baker
Always ready to break into song, be it with a traditional holiday number, funeral ballad or show tune, Cheyenne Jackson‘s character provided the perfect legitimate competition to Jenna, the resident spoiled, attention-loving star of TGS.
6. Novelty Party Songs That Earn Gold Records (Season 2, Ep. 2)
After seven years, we’re no longer surprised when Trey reveals a lifelong friendship with a sitting Cabinet member, or a past accolade he once received for growling in a music video that blends the worlds of horror films and Judaism together.
5. Exit Music From a (Kenneth) Film (Season 2, Ep. 10)
You had to know Tracy’s reign as pseudo-Gladys Knight would only last so long.
Learning Trying To Love White Guys with Guitars (Season 7, Ep. 2)
He already insists on an alternative spelling to “Kris Kross.” How else did you expect her to react?
3. Saying What We Really Think About Tired Telethons (Season 3, Ep. 22)
2. Liz’s Late-Night Snack of Choice (Season 3, Ep. 19)
Capturing both our own personal dairy cravings and go-to karaoke numbers, all from the comfort of a blue slanket.
1. Jenna’s Signature Number, Also Known as “Muffin Top” (Season 1, Ep. 5)
Anyone who dreams of being on cam-e-ra should be able to get through song like this with a straight face.
The final episode of NBC’s 30 Rock air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Sigh. We’ll miss you dearly, nerds. Lemon out!
Have a favorite musical moment from the departing 30 Rock of your own? Let us know in the comments.
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