Friday, April 02, 2010
Must Watch Friday - 30 Rock
Modern/Presents author Kate Hewitt joins us this Good Friday with a fave show - 30 Rock!
There are so many reasons to like this show, from the offbeat plots to the host of unique secondary characters, but the biggest reason I love it is the amazing rapport between Liz and Jack. I can’t call it a romance, because it isn’t one... yet. Even so, over the course of nearly four seasons, Liz and Jack have grown from adversaries to reluctant colleagues to best friends--even if they don’t admit it! They complement each other so perfectly; Liz is a slightly wacky, politically liberal, heart-on-her-sleeve dreamer, while Jack is a straight-and-narrow conservative who is eminently practical yet naive in surprising ways. They wise each other up wonderfully! Since I can’t do justice to their relationship myself, I thought I’d give you a sample of some of their dialogue:
Jack: It’s after six. What am I, a farmer?
Jack: Lemon, I want to thank you. For showing me that I could have a pleasant evening with a woman my age.
Liz: I'm twelve years younger than you.
Jack: A woman your age then.
Jack: You've been avoiding me, Lemon.
Liz: How do you do that without turning around?
Jack: To be perfectly honest, the first couple of people I did that to were not you, but... here we are.
It’s the middle of season four now, and Jack and Liz are closer than ever. When Liz arranged her root canal on Valentine’s Day so she didn’t have to deal with the holiday, Jack was the one who picked her up and took her home, even though she was embarrassingly woozy and talkative from the anesthetic. If that doesn’t point to true love, I’m not sure what does... and yet while I watch the show on the edge of my seat hoping desperately that Jack and Liz will finally get together, another part of me is reluctant to see all the romantic tension leak out of the relationship--and the show. It seems like whenever the two romantic leads on a TV show get together--think of Ross and Rachel--the show loses its sparkle, or jumps the shark as the saying goes, and I would hate that to happen to 30 Rock, or Jack and Liz. Yet I can’t stand the thought of them not getting their happily-ever-after either... I guess I just need to keep watching!
So if you haven’t yet seen 30 Rock, I encourage you to rent the DVDs from Netflix and see the magic! What TV couples have kept you on the edge of your seat? And if or when they finally got together, was it as good as you hoped? Let me know in the comments and I’ll pick a random winner to receive a copy of my April release, Her Mediterranean Playboy!