Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My 4 Favorite Minor Characters From 30 Rock

Jacob and I just finished rewatching 30 Rock all the way through, so I figured now would be a perfect time to do a quick round-up of my favorite recurring characters from the show. I've already spoken of my love for its main character, Liz Lemon, and now it's time to mention just a few of the awesome others, especially those who have only appeared in a few episodes. This list is in no particular order, just a list of people whose appearance in an episode always made me yell, "YAY!"

1. Devon Banks (Will Arnett). Nothing Will Arnett has done since Arrested Development has really taken off, but this is my favorite of his non-G.O.B. roles. Devon Banks is Jack Donaghy's gay nemesis, and whether he's flirting with Kenneth the page or pretending to be straight so he can marry his boss' daughter and take control of the company, he's always trying to come up with a way to destroy Donaghy.

2. Drew Baird (Jon Hamm). At first glance, this guy seems like the total package, but as Liz starts dating him, she discovers that he has lived in a bubble of good looks his whole life. Everything he does, people tell him he is really good at it, even though it's almost never true. He turns out to be horrifically bad at, among other things, tennis, cooking, the Heimlich, and doing smart things in general. His total incompetence makes him a bad boyfriend but a really entertaining character.

3. Wesley Snipes (Michael Sheen). My favorite of all of Liz's rejected exes, Wesley is a pretentious, thoroughly unlikable British man who insists on using (not really British) phrases such as "foot cycle" for bicycle and "sweeps" for spring cleaning. Despite the fact that he and Liz really hate each other, he decides they're destined to be together because it's time for both of them to settle. She agrees to marry him, but fortunately meets someone else immediately afterward and feels comfortable breaking up with Wesley forever.

4. Dr. Leo Spaceman (Chris Parnell). Nearly every line out of Dr. Spaceman's mouth is brilliantly quotable. He is purported to be an excellent doctor, but when it comes down to it, he seems to be the only doctor anywhere in New York City. He freely dispenses pills to himself and his patients, asks his patients' help in deciphering test results, and laments that there's no branch of medicine that studies the brain. If this list were in order, he would probably be at the very top.

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