It's been three and a half years since 30 Rock wrapped, and though we're lucky enough to have all seven seasons on Netflix, life just isn't as fun when Liz Lemon's not working on her night cheese every Thursday. And while Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were the billed stars, 30 Rock's real protagonist is the very concrete bunghole where dreams are made up in which it's set and filmed. Though Liz Lemon's New York is a little zanier than the real deal (but not nearly as wacky as the one on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the TGS crew deals with a lot of the same issues as us, like bedbugs, jury duty, rough subway rides, and the Red Hook IKEA. Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite moments on one of our favorite NYC shows...

Tree Bag

In New York, there is no such thing as perfection when it comes to real estate, whether you're plagued by demon landlords or unwanted critters or an elusive plastic bag trapped in a tree. In the Season 5 episode "Everything Sunny All the Time Always," Liz goes to battle with the bag that taunts her "right outside the window of [her] soon-to-be-perfect-life," and though she manages to best the one pest, in the end, the City always wins.

Jury Duty

Liz Lemon's infamous move to get out of jury duty is to dress up as Princess Leia and feign incompetence. This works splendidly in a small town like Chicago, but the New York court system's no stranger to hologram jurors, and in Season 3, Liz is stuck serving. The good news is, her absence from TGS leads to the birth of the Funcooker (both the pocket microwave and Tracy's full moon), so everyone wins!

New York Is Overrated

Even Liz Lemon gets New York fatigue from time to time, though thankfully she wasn't scared off by enough aspiring Midwestern prostitutes in the sixth season episode "The Tuxedo Begins" to pen a "Goodbye to All That" essay. Though, honestly, we'd read that.

Subway Lady

More from "The Tuxedo Begins"—Liz has suffered her fair share of local injustices, but when someone sneezes on her on a crowded subway train, she takes matters into her own hands. Note that this strategy won't help you when your morning commute gets FUBAR, but it looks like a pretty good way to combat manspreading Hitlers.

Maple Syrup Smell

In 2005, the city was captivated by a mysterious maple sugar smell that swept over Manhattan like a delicious breakfast plague. Now dubbed the "maple syrup event," experts eventually discovered the scent came from a factory in (of course) New Jersey that was processing fenugreek seeds. Still, when 30 Rock parodied the event in season 2, Jack suggested the scent could be northrax, a chemical weapon the U.S. sold the Saudis that smells exactly like maple syrup. We'll never really know the truth.

Tracy Jordan Talks To A Pigeon

Pigeons might have no self respect, but they never forget a face.

NY In The Spring

New York—no matter how good you feel, there's always someone around to shove you in a pile of trash. Usually that person is an internet commenter.

Subway Hero Dennis Duffy with Mayor Bloomburger

Sadly, the clip is no longer available online, but ne'er forget that Mayor Bloomberg had his day in the 30 Rock sun long before the de Blasio's furnished Gracie Mansion with West Elm. In the season 2 episode "Subway Hero," Bloomie bestows Liz's eternal ex Dennis Duffy with a medal after he saved someone's life at a subway station, much like Bloomberg did IRL with subway rescuer Wesley Autrey in 2007. Duffy calls Bloomberg "Mayor Bloomburger," which is pretty great.

Brooklyn Bridge Meetup

Long before Peter Dinklage met some dragons and rocked out in his Space Pants, he was mistaken by Liz for a small child during her "baby-crazy" pre-adoption phase in season 3. Though Liz attempts to date Dinklage in an effort to prove she did not think he was a little boy when she first met him, this ruse falls apart in a very non-romantic moment on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jack Gets Bedbugs

Bedbugs plague even the most well-coiffed, well-dressed wizards of negotiation, and even Jack Donaghy wasn't able to fend off every New Yorker's nightmare pest in season 4. Bonus points for top-notch Jack/Kenneth banter: "I don't have bedbugs, Kenneth, I went to Princeton." "Sir, anyone can get them. Back in Stone Mountain, even the mayor had bedbugs. And she was a horse...The mayor had to burn all her pantsuits."

Brooklyn Without Limits

Back in 2010, Brooklyn first started emerging as a "brand," so obviously 30 Rock had to parody it. Liz buys a perfect pair of jeans at Brooklyn Without Limits, a store so cool they dress their mannequins in straitjackets as an homage to its past as a mental institution. Sadly, though Liz thinks the jeans are "Handmade in USA," they're actually hahnd made by Vietnamese slaves in their island prison, Usa. Surprise!

Carrie Fisher Takes Us To Little Chechnya

One of 30 Rock's all-time best pieces of Donaghy advice is to "Never go with a hippie to a second location." Unfortunately for Liz Lemon, this wisdom comes too late, and she follows out-of-work comedy writer Carrie Fisher to her apartment in Little Chechnya, a place with more murders per capita than Detroit. "Try not to write when you're living here!"


30 Rock is quite good at satirizing real life NYC events, and when Philadelphia-based Comcast bought NBC from GE in 2009, Jack Donaghy got traded to Philadelphia-based Kabletown. One must assume that had the series continued, fictional 30 Rockefeller Plaza would also be branded with an ugly sign.

Tracy Jordan's G Train Past

Trips back to Tracy Jordan's childhood are always welcome—"I once but into a burrito and there was a child's shoe in it!"—and it's important to remember he used to be a regular rider on the G train. In the season 4 episode "Emmanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land," he tells a child actor that he once saw a homeless man "licking a Hot Pocket off the third rail of the G train." And in season 6, he tells Liz he found a Buck Rogers decoder ring on the floor of the G train in the 1970s and shoved it up his nose ("I knew if my foster mom saw it she would make me sell it at a pawn shop to get our family a Cheerio.") THE G TRAIN, NERMAL.

The Red Hook IKEA Couples Trip

It's a well-known fact that a trip to IKEA can make or break a couple, and it's a leap Liz Lemon and hot James Marsden BF Criss Chros take despite the odds. There's nothing specifically New York-ish about IKEA, of course, but it's nice that the show shot on location in Red Hook, plus the bickering elderly couple are NYC old people to the T. They probably live on the Upper West Side.

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