Liz Lemon

Liz Lemon

    30 Rock
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up... in a supportive nuclear family in White Haven, Pa. Liz's parents were always outwardly encouraging of her decisions in life but, in private, were often skeptical of the route she took.

Living... in Apt. 3B at 160 Riverside Drive in Manhattan, usually alone but most recently with her boyfriend, Criss. It is spacious, well-kept, and has been her home for many years thanks to the financial stability provided by her work.

Profession... head writer and occasional actress on the TV sketch-comedy show TGS with Tracy Jordan. She created the show and often feels it necessary to micro-manage lest it be ruined, in large part due to the incompetence and immaturity of many of her employees. She especially has to babysit her melodramatic stars, Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney. Fortunately she can always count on advice from her network boss and mentor, Jack Donaghy, though Jack more often tells her that she’s doing everything wrong rather than simply letting her vent like Liz might prefer.

Interests... Star Wars. Liz's love of the movie franchise goes well beyond normal fandom. She often compares members of her staff to characters in the movies, quotes various scenes, and uses Star Wars references as a primary vehicle to articulate her feelings.

Relationship Status... perpetually in pursuit of love. Alas she has extremely high standards and also seems slightly uncomfortable with the whole concept. She once recoiled when someone used the word “lovers,” saying, “That word bums me out unless it’s between the words ‘meat’ and ‘pizza.’” Arguably her most committed relationship is her platonic one with Jack. As much as they clash, they respect each other and typically banter like an old married couple.

Challenge... balancing her artistic integrity with corporate success. In the TV business, the battle between art and commerce is a never-ending one. For instance Liz initially conceived her show as a woman-powered vehicle called The Girlie Show and starring Jenna, only to watch NBC add mercurial movie star Tracy to the cast and re-brand it entirely as TGS with Tracy Jordan in order to attract a larger audience. But hey, that’s show business.

Personality... Type A. Liz is described by Jack to be "New York third-wave feminist, college-educated, single-and-pretending-to-be-happy-about-it, over-scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says 'healthy body image' on the cover and every two years you take up knitting for... a week." Liz’s longtime friend Pete immediately agrees with the assessment, because it’s pretty dead-on. Liz is also a very skilled writer and is generally highly regarded and appreciated by her staff. 


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