On January 31, we’ll say goodbye to our friends Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy and the rest of the TGS staff for the last time. 30 Rock has become a cultural touchstone over the years, and since its debut in 2006, has garnered a record breaking amount of Emmy nominations, has revitalized much of its cast’s careers, and has become known for its sometimes meta, always outlandish commentary on NBC, television, and America.

In an effort to ease the pain of losing 30 Rock – at least, in primetime, as it has recently gone into syndication – let’s look back at what made the show what it was: a weird mishmash of stuff that could’ve been terrible but was so cleverly executed and it helped the show earn its place in television history.

This article originally had a section for guest stars, but we soon realized there were simply too many names to mention and we had to dedicate a whole article to it. So we did. Even still, there are so many elements that make up the unique and quirky thing that this show is, so please understand when we say that, while we were all over the place trying to highlight the biggest aspects of 30 Rock we might not have caught them all. With that being said, on to the memories!

Liz Lemonisms:

“I want to go to there.”

A term that first appeared in season 3, this is essentially a term of desire. Whether she’s talking about food, a place, or Jon Hamm (watch the clip) the phrase is applicable to just about any instance. More eloquent than saying “I want that,” “I want to go to there” is the perfect way to express your desire for something.

“Blerg!” & “Nerds!”

The equivalent of cursing, these two words are simple terms of expressing frustration. They’ve handily replaced more vulgar vernacular, as FCC law states you cannot curse on television, and because Liz I-Wore-a-Princess-Leia-Costume-To-My-Wedding Lemon doesn’t seem like the cursing type, “blerg” is one of the better (and family-friendly!) colloquialisms to come from the show.

If you find yourself exclaiming either of these terms on a daily basis, you might want to consider investing in a shirt with the phrase on it, just to save you the time.

Honorable mention: “Yes to love, yes to life, yes to staying in more!”

We feel you, Liz. And while we’re staying in, we’re probably eating cheesy blasters and watching some 30 Rock on Netflix. Thank goodness for auto-play, no need to touch the computer with our cheesy hands.

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Jackisms:

“Good God, Lemon!”

Usually spoken in a hushed undertone or in a quick breath, this quickly became Jack’s go-to expression of disbelief whenever his mentee/friend did something ridiculous – which was often. It would make more sense if it were followed with a “pull yourself together,” as Liz often comes to Jack with her life in shambles. The clip below isn’t even Jack saying it, but the way Liz delivers the line at the end pretty much hits the nail on the head.

“Shut it down.”

Does what it says on the label. Immediately stop whatever you are doing, mostly referred to in the show when someone is producing a particularly terrible show or sketch. This is a fantastic compilation video, showing how the term started with Jack, but its use slowly spread to the rest of the characters.

Honorable mention: “It’s after 6 p.m., what am I, a farmer?”

He only says it once but there’s something about this line – the comedic timing of it, the way it’s so quintessentially Jack Donaghy, makes it one of the most quotable among fans. Even if it’s completely out of the context of your conversation, it’s still fun to say.

Meta

The show was generally always aware of itself, and the constant breaking of the fourth wall never ceased to be entertaining, even if we were being told to go buy a Verizon phone.

A show within a show is not exactly a new concept, but never as well executed as TGS was on 30 Rock. This could be perhaps because as much as it was about producing and making TGS, 30 Rock was never wholly centered around the airing of an episode of TGS itself. There are, of course, exceptions, like when Hazel slowly sabotaged Liz the week leading up to an airing in an attempt to take over and become the star, but it was mostly about the antics like in any old workplace comedy.

100th episode

30 Rock‘s pilot is also the start of TGS, and while the show doesn’t follow real-time 24 style, it does on a season-to-season basis. So it would stand to reasn that when TGS celebrates its 100th show, 30 Rock celebrates the milestone achievement as well. The show’s characters express their surprise, and who can blame them? Just go back to 2005 when Studio 60 was supposed to be the smash hit and 30 Rock was maybe going to get a full-season order.

Nibbling at the hand that feeds

For a show that’s aired on NBC and was once owned by GE, 30 Rock goes to great lengths to parody just about every aspect of it. At one point even promoting Jack to VP of East Coast & Microwave Oven Programming – what? Let’s not forget that GE is also originally just a subsidiary for Sheinhardt Wigs. And then season 4 brought the buyout from Kabletown, whose logo looked suspiciously like Comcast’s – which bought NBCUniversal around the same time. Then there was the time the head of NBC was reincarnated as an actual peacock…

Recently, GE released a commercial, thanking 30 Rock for seven years of laughs, and at the same time letting the audience know that it was in on the joke the whole time. In fact, many of the show sponsors have been parodied on the show, but advertising is advertising. GE has curated a list of clips and gathered them here, titled “GE’s Favorite Moments.”

Live episodes

A feat most shows would never dare attempt, and 30 Rock pulled it off twice. Major props have to go to the crews that coordinated the quick set and costume changes. In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey explains the shows were done on the SNL stage and the crew was a mix of 30 Rock and SNL staff. The appearance of guest stars such as Jimmy Fallon as a young Jack or Julia Louis-Dryefus as a stand-in Liz is nothing short of pure genius and cleverly executed. And of course, no show preformed on the SNL stage is complete without Fred Armisen doing something strange in the background.

Quotables

30 Rock may have been the best thing to ever happen to the one-liner type of comedy that seemed on the outs in the modern age of irony. If you poured all of 30 Rock’s scripts into a database that just fired sentences out randomly, you’d probably laugh at at least 70% of them. Choosing the best one is a tough decision but it’s truly hard to top “never follow a hippie to a second location.”

Because we live in a modern era, this has translated into thousands of reaction gifs spread out across the Internet, from “high-fiving a million angels” to express happiness and glee, to the always-applicable gif about Liz Lemon’s food addiction (which could be another post itself).

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New Holidays

30 Rock had its typical Christmas-themed episodes like most other sitcoms, but not since Seinfeld has a show attempted to so brazenly create new holidays for us all to enjoy. If you’re not pouring over post-feminist theory on Anna Howard Shaw Day or trading your children’s tears to Leap Day William for candy on Leap Day, then you’re just not living right.

30 Rock is a lot of things, but normal isn’t one of them. This show grew from a middle-of-the-road NBC comedy into one of the most culturally relevant, funny, and entertaining shows of the decade.

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Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

3:32 pm EST, January 18, 2017

As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

“Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

“While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

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We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.