Our own Robert Lloyd eulogizes “30 Rock,” the much-loved sitcom that comes to a close tonight after seven years chronicling the exploits of the eccentric (and temporary Muppet) show runner Liz Lemon.

The humor was so unmistakably smart and self-aware that the writers could get away with the most sexist, racist or scatological remarks and still smell fresh: In its large and able cast, abetted by a league of recurring and guest players, there was a voice for every uncomfortable occasion — if each character had her or his own sort of intelligence, or survival instinct, each also had a special sort of stupidity.

Here’s his full write-up on the series and its significance.

Our own Robert Lloyd eulogizes “30 Rock,” the much-loved sitcom that comes to a close tonight after seven years chronicling the exploits of the eccentric (and temporary Muppet) show runner Liz Lemon.

The humor was so unmistakably smart and self-aware that the writers could get away with the most sexist, racist or scatological remarks and still smell fresh: In its large and able cast, abetted by a league of recurring and guest players, there was a voice for every uncomfortable occasion — if each character had her or his own sort of intelligence, or survival instinct, each also had a special sort of stupidity.

Here’s his full write-up on the series and its significance.

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