Liz Lemon

Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Fails at Everything It Attempts

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When Danny and Mindy got together a few episodes ago on The Mindy Project, the reaction from fans rivaled that of New Girl’s Nick and Jess shippers. The difference between the two audiences, of course, was that New Girl fans had earned the Nick and Jess relationship after two seasons that did not rely solely on the “will they or won’t they?” tease to carry them through. Moreover, New Girl fans were given an opportunity to actually enjoy the relationship before — spoiler alert — Nick and Jess broke up. Mindy and Danny shippers got one perfect scene of romantic bliss (the airplane kiss) and a couple episodes rife with drama before the split. One episode later, Mindy is back to guest-star flavors of the week, like New Girl’s Schmidt in tonight’s episode, and Danny is hooking up with Peter’s sister. A show has not made me feel so much like I’m doing dating in New York wrong since Sex and the City. Hell, even Girls gets it right more often than Mindy.
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Meta to the End: Saying Goodbye to '30 Rock,' The Show That Got to Say Goodbye to Itself

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30 Rock aired its finale last night in the fashion all television could only hope to do. The beloved show and its viewers knew it was coming, and both sides could anticipate and plan, in their own ways, for the end. The critical flurry surrounding 30 Rock this past week only goes to exemplify how much The End still means to us as television viewers – a formal farewell seemed only right to a story arc so formally conclusive as 30 Rock. Such closure was nearly Austenian (Pride and Prejudice was itself celebrated in classic form this month), and that there would be a release of tears no one could doubt. Viewers, of course we cried.
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Who Will Be the Next Liz Lemon?

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[Ed. note: In celebration of the series finale of one of our all-time favorite TV comedies on Thursday night, we’re going to be celebrating 30 Rock all week long on Flavorwire. Look for a new feature each day, and be sure to check out all of our previous coverage of the show here.] Liz Lemon isn’t just a character — she’s an archetype, just as Mary Tyler Moore and Roseanne Conner were. And like those predecessors, her personality, career, relationships, and development over seven seasons provides a complex (if narrow and incomplete) portrait of what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st-century workplace, her struggles often embodying the successes, failures, and complications of contemporary feminism. Seemingly more than any other TV protagonist of her time, women relate to her, in ways both positive and negative.
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