This is a really well-done series of observations about Liz Lemon from 30 Rock that start with this one:
The popular television sitcom 30 Rock premiered in the year 2006. Since that time, each man that I have dated has made a point of saying how much I remind him of the main character on that show, Liz Lemon.
They said this, in each case, while we were breaking up.
But instead of just being a “just because I’m smart and funny don’t call me Liz!” piece, Sady over at Tiger Beatdown hits on some of the things that have always annoyed me about 30 Rock. She calls 30 Rock’s brand of feminism “Liz Lemonism”. Come in and get another taste!
On the lack of other good female characters on the show:
She can’t keep a boyfriend, she’s never been married, she rarely has sex, in the company of men she’s awkward, weird, dorky, inappropriate, too smart, not sexy enough, too opinionated, not giving enough, just plain wrong. More than one man on the show has compared her to the comic strip “Cathy.” These qualities are frequently endearing to other women, or frankly irrelevant; there’s a reason so many women, including me, relate to the character. But women never show up and become important to Liz.
On the character of Cerie specifically:
The character of Liz Lemon is played by beautiful, successful, smart, funny, apparently happy person Tina Fey, and is meant to be unattractive, only semi-successful, smart, funny, and unhappy. It’s interesting that “smart” and “funny” get to stay in the picture, as long as the looks, the success, and the happiness are toned down; it tells you something about who you’re allowed to like. Cerie, on the other hand, is beautiful, unsuccessful (and unambitious), not smart, not funny, and very happy. And we simply aren’t meant to like her much.
Go read the whole thing, it’s really really good.