The first two lines of 30 Rock.
I love how 30 Rock was about something.
I love how these lines totally set up the power dynamic that was at the core of the show - the conflict between Liz in the world, but also, the conflict between old white men with power and everybody else.
I love that this guy is the kind of person Tina Fey hates more than anything in the world and that she made a show about her and a guy like this learning to be friends. The first line shows Liz’s inability to let herself be freed from the rat race and the second line shows the person responsible for the rat race existing.
30 Rock was about the trade off between power and happiness. It was about Liz learning that to enjoy her life she had to give up on her dreams and ideals just a little bit. But she had to work for that failure. Settling has to be earned.
It was a really beautiful message.
What a good thing.