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Liz Lemon

Played By: Tina Fey
The showrunner of TGS who has to babysit everyone else.

  • Adorkable
  • Alliterative Name: Liz Lemon
  • All Women Love Shoes: Subverted to show her unfeminine side. Not wearing heels makes her shorter than most everybody else, which adds an element of elfin charm.
  • Author Avatar: She's based on Tina Fey, whose real first name is Elizabeth.
  • Big Eater
    Rosemary Howard: Are you hungry?
    Liz: Always.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Averted. She is seen frequently without her glasses. Lampshaded when she and Jenna got into a fight.
    Jenna: At least I'm not a fraud. She doesn't even need those glasses!
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Brainy Specs: Jenna mentions that she only wears her glasses to look smarter.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catchphrase: "Blerg" and "I want to go to there".
  • The Chew Toy: "There's no chance that I'm blowing this."
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Establishing Character Moment: The very first thing we see her do is buy out a hotdog vendor's entire stock to prevent someone who cut in the line from getting one.
  • Fangirl: For Star Wars and only Star Wars. She dressed like Princess Leia for her wedding and scoffed at visiting Harry Potter World in Orlando: "I'm not some kind of nerdery slut!"
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Of the childish kind: blue with yellow buses.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Is frequently teased for being undateable, but has several boyfriends throughout the show.
  • Hollywood Homely: Very much Depending on the Writer, she is stated to be rather plain most of the time, though sometimes she's treated as actually appears to the viewer. Occasional gags made her out to be ugly, like when she had skin deformities revealed by an HD camera.
  • Hot Librarian
  • Leitmotif: A variation of the very first piece of music heard on the show – the theme song for the TGS sketch "Pam, the Morbidly Obese Woman." See Unique Pilot Title Sequence on the main page. It's very occasionally used behind Jenna and Tracy as well, but nearly all of its appearances are in scenes that feature Liz.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Do not even think of touching her food.
  • Masochist's Meal: "What time do you start throwing out the doughnuts?"
  • Meaningful Name: last name of Lemon gels with her tart, acidic commentary.
  • Moral Guardian / Straw Feminist: In "TGS Hates Women," she chastises new hire Abby Flynn for her blatant sexuality only to discover that Abby was only doing it to protect herself from her abusive and murderous ex-husband by drawing in a large crowd of men to shield her from another murder attempt.
  • Mistaken for Gay: A Running Gag that she dresses like a lesbian.
    Liz: What made you think I was gay?
    Jack: Your shoes.
    Liz: Well I'm straight!
    Jack: Those shoes are definitely bi-curious.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Fey shows off her cleavage frequently, but rarely exposes anything else. This includes stripping down to her bra on more than one occasion.
  • Not So Above It All: She may be the Only Sane Employee, but she has her occasional crazy moment as well.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: She's gotten out of jury duty back in Chicago several times by acting like a delusional Princess Leia cosplayer. Sadly, this doesn't work half as well in the City of Weirdos that is New York City.
  • Obsessed with Food: Food is Liz's main vice, and she's gross enough about it that it manages to make her Hollywood Homely trait plausible.
  • Only Sane Employee: While it's clear that she has her own stock of crazy, she's the one who holds things together between the egotistical stars, dozy writers, executive meddling and everything else that befalls the show.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Jack
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Revealed to be one when she attends her high school reunion.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Numerous times, most notably when she recalls being the picked on nerd in high school only to return for her reunion and discover she was actually the harsh bully putting everyone down for seemingly no reason. It's shown in a flashback that what Liz once interpreted as being mocked by the popular girl was actually an innocent attempt by said popular girl to make friends with her, all to get Liz to stop with the cruel personal put-downs.
  • Show Runner: Liz is TGS's Show Runner. Tina Fey, who plays Liz, is 30 Rock's show runner.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Lizzing. Also, Snarting, a Portmanteau of sneezing and farting.
  • White Guilt: Has her fair share of this, as when she finds it difficult to break up with an annoying black boyfriend played by Wayne Brady for fear of being thought racist. She also admits that she voted for Obama primarily out of White Guilt. She mostly gets over it after a couple seasons of Tracy playing the Everything Is Racist card a few times too often, although characters like his wife Angie can still throw her off-balance by playing off of this trait.

Jack Donaghy

Played By: Alec Baldwin
NBC Executive who regularly calls for changes on TGS.

  • Accent Relapse: in series 4, episode 8 when he talks to Nancy Donovan he falls back into his native Boston accent.
  • Actor Allusion / Shout-Out:
  • Ascended Extra: the original plan was to have Jack be the first of an ever-changing parade of clueless, incompetent executives to reflect NBC Universal's parent company General Electric's policy of rotating its executives through all of the corporate divisions regardless of their fields of expertise.
  • Badass in Charge: Beyond. He not only has emotional depth, he is an honest, snarky, confident alcoholic, with keen wisdom to boot.
    Jack: .. Because it's winning time, you magnificent son OF A BITCH!!!!!!!!
  • Big Eater: A huge stress eater.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Actually pretty good at his job despite his wacky ideas about interpersonal relations, pop psychology, business tactics, etc.
  • Catchphrase: "Good God, Lemon."
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Zig-zagged. Although he's a cutthroat negotiator and his chief motivation in life is money, he also cares about his employees, especially Liz.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets all the best lines.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Horrified that Devon Banks would destroy thousands of jobs for personal reasons.
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe, he does this regularly.
  • Flanderization: Initially he was only a moderate Republican and even set Liz up on a date when convinced she was gay. Overtime, he's called Barack Obama a "communist", keeps a framed picture of Nixon in his office, has Avery wear a Reagan mask on webcam, and is constantly making fun of anything he considers liberal. This is likely a joke about Alec Baldwin's staunch left-wing views. In the finale, he reels off a list of "liberal foes" he's "defeated", including Alec Baldwin.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother wasn't exactly the nicest one.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a tendency to talk this way when trying to intimidate people, something that was lampshaded by Liz in one episode.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: His usual reaction to bad news is to pour himself a scotch. On one occasion, he poured the rest of the bottle into his glass.
  • Invention Pretension: He frequently claims to have invented various business practices, giving them ridiculous names involving buzzwords like "power". Since he's written books and used to give motivational seminars, he may actually be telling the truth about this.
  • The Irish Diaspora: Jack is staunchly Irish American.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Limited Wardrobe: He has almost never been seen without a suit.
    Liz: Why are you wearing a tux?
    Jack: It's after six, Lemon. What am I, a farmer?
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Married to the Job: His single-minded devotion to his job leads to conflict when he finally has a child and doesn't spend enough time with her.
  • Noble Bigot: Despite his casual sexism and occasional ethnic stereotyping, he's a fundamentally nice person and is also aware that he's very privileged as a good-looking, rich white man (with hair).
  • Not So Above It All: Although he tries to repress his emotions as much as possible and project an image of being a tough businessman, he also sometimes bursts into tears over silly things.
  • Only Sane Man: At times.
  • Parental Abandonment: He grew up without knowing his real father, and is shocked to discover that he's a former tenant of his mother's who is now a liberal history professor.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He starts the series as one.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Played for Laughs. For example, a Running Gag that he refers to overly emotional people as "Italians", and another that he thinks women are inferior as businesspersons.
  • Raised Catholic: He doesn't practice it anymore and doesn't feel guilty about it either.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: At times. Despite growing up poor, spending years at the top of the corporate ladder has caused him to become out of touch with everyday schmucks. At one point he refers to his Puerto Rican girlfriend's "adorably broken English" when she was actually just talking about public transportation in perfectly fine English.
  • Sidekick Ex Machina: A lot of the plots have Liz struggling when she is unable to call on Jack's omnipotence or her surprise when he steps in and resolves issues far beyond her mortal ken.
  • Strawman Political: His conservative views are a parody of the Republican Party and act as a foil to Liz' stereotypical liberal values.
  • That Came Out Wrong: He frequently says things which unintentionally sound homoerotic without realizing it.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Seems to be completely ignorant on how grocery shopping works when attempting to make an analogy to his daughter's nanny.

Tracy Jordan

Played By: Tracy Morgan

The famous movie star that Jack brings on to TGS. Played by Tracy Morgan.

  • Adam Westing: Basically playing himself. in "Grandmentor" he shouts "We're on a Show Within a Show! My real name is Tracy Morgan!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Especially when he's off his meds.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Running through traffic in his underwear while holding a toy lightsaber and shouting "I am a Jedi!!" repeatedly. (See: Cloud Cuckoolander)
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is disgusted with the writers making up a religion to deceive Kenneth.
  • Everything Is Racist: Uses this frequently to try and avoid being blamed. It never works.
    • Uses a physical "race card" in the episode "The Natural Order"
  • Fantastic Racism: Trained his dog to attack white people, because most ghosts are white.
  • Genius Ditz: Tracy is an American History buff.
  • Happily Married: He visits strip clubs regularly to maintain his image, but he still loves his wife, Angie.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: He could be the page quote.
    "It's all coming back to me. Oh my God! I slept on an old dog bed stuffed with wigs! I watched a prostitute stab a clown! Our basketball hoop was a rib cage – a rib cage! Why did you bring me here? I blocked all this stuff out for a reason! Oh, Lord, some guy with dreads electrocuted my fish! [Later] All my life I've tried to forget the things I've seen — a crackhead breastfeeding a rat, a homeless man licking a Hot Pocket off the third rail of the G train! [Still later] I've seen a blind guy bite a police horse! A puppy committed suicide after he saw our bathroom! I once bit into a burrito and there was a child's shoe in it! I've seen a hooker eat a tire! A pack of wild dogs took over and successfully ran a Wendy's! The sewer people stole my skateboard! The projects I lived in were named after Zachary Taylor, generally considered to be one of the worst presidents of all time! I once saw a baby give another baby a tattoo! They were very drunk!"
  • It's All About Me: Has this, but not as bad as Jenna.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Large Ham: One of the most loud-mouthed characters on the show.
  • Last Name Basis/The Nicknamer: Refers to people this way.
  • Lethally Stupid: He once almost stabbed Conan O'Brien for no reason other than that he was pretending to be a "stabbing robot".
  • Mad Hatter
  • Man Child: Part of his image since, as a celebrity, he gets to be a Karma Houdini.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Generally, he always grew up poor in the Bronx. Details beyond that seem to be somewhat variable and change according to the needs of the current gag. Of course, you can never be sure how much of what Tracy says about himself is true.
    Frank (while writing his biography) According to wikipedia you were discovered after doing standup at the Apollo in 1984.
    Tracy I have no memory of that. Write it up.
  • No Fourth Wall: When he's off his meds.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Gets brought up from time to time, that his Man Child antics are actually an act.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
    Jack: Tracy, we think your spending has gotten out of control.
    Tracy: (while wearing a shirt made of money) Give me an example.
    • Later:
    Tracy I've put more money into this than my money pit in Connecticut.
    Jack You have a house in Connecticut?
    Tracy No, I do not.
    • Tracy actually admitted he spends money foolishly because he assumed he'd die young. When Dr. Spaceman told him he would live another 30-40 years, he panicked, because he'd have to consider the future.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: In-Universe example. He tried this kind of image change for a while, which included him only making "movies about the Holocaust or Georgia O'Keefe or both", trying to prevent the release of some trashy comedy film of his, and sporting a black beret and turtleneck everywhere. The result is...interesting.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He has it because of his celebrity status.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: After starring in a tough social drama, he can't get anyone to view him as crazy anymore, much to his annoyance. "I can't stop the horrible respect people have for me."
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: A very Fan Disservice version. Played for Laughs, of course.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Invites everyone to his yacht for a party in one episode. Only it turns out the yacht is not his, and everyone is arrested for trespassing.

Jenna Maroney

Played By: Jane Krakowski

TGS's crazy, attention loving star.

  • Attention Whore: Big time. She even considered having a baby to get more attention.
    • Though she does resort to Suspiciously Specific Denial to try to put bad attention behind her: "I don't know what you're talking about, and that was two years ago."
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's actually a genius TV producer, as she and Pete discover in the season 5 premiere. ...Mostly because she's a heartless bitch and has no problem firing redundant staff. She fires herself as producer in the end, she's so good.
  • Dreadful Musician: Actually she's a fairly competent singer, but she always overdoes it to the point where most people find her singing unbearable.
  • Dumb Blonde: Surprisingly averted. She is, however, monstrously self-obsessed and will do anything for attention.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mother was a Stage Mom who was obsessed about making her into a famous singer through a Hilariously Abusive Childhood, which she saw as more like Training from Hell.
  • Generation Xerox: Due to egg donations she has a bunch of biological children with the same looks and obnoxious behaviour as her. The only likable one of the lot is Hollywood Homely.
  • Hidden Depths: Once proved herself a surprisingly efficient businesswoman.
  • It's All About Me: She has this bad.
  • Lack of Empathy: "You look like that flash card they told me means sadness."
  • Noodle Incident: Has an unspecified feud with Raven-Symoné. She also views Jenny McCarthy as her nemesis.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Her constant need for attention means that any press she gets is a good thing in her mind.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Narcissist: A fairly accurate portrayal of a more extreme case. She lacks empathy, has a disproportionately large ego, and is threatened easily by the opinions of others — but she does have genuine affection for a small handful of people, and is capable of (limited) remorse.
    • To a point where she ends up dating a man who dresses up as her for a living. Who takes her whole name when they get married.
  • Parental Abandonment: "My mother's boyfriend raised me to believe..."
  • Punny Name / Shout-Out: name is a play on Janel Moloney.
  • The Sociopath: In one episode, Pete and the writers test her to see if she is one. When she shows genuine remorse for hurting Kenneth, however, he deems her an "extreme narcissist" instead.
  • Toothy Issue: She sports a really obvious set of veneers. They once fell off during a one-night stand with Frank, revealing what he describes as little vampire fangs.
  • Weird Aside: "That's a double edged sword, like the one Mickey Rourke tried to kill me with." "Telling Dennis off last night was so empowering, I was so pumped on the way home that I tossed a brick through the window of a Banana Republic!" "I still think the album would have sold better had he shot me in the face!"
    • In the finale, it's Implied in a Medium Aware moment when she says "I've never met Mickey Rourke" that she made up all those stories.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: She's trying to avert this.

Kenneth Parcell

Played By: Jack McBrayer

The NBC page who is a Wide-Eyed Idealist despite how he's treated by the staff of TGS.

  • Accent Relapse: Occasionally, whin he gits t'thinkin 'bout it he done tawlks lahk diyus.
  • Adorkable
  • The Ace: Perfect at nearly everything he does, and rarely faults. He's also selfless, well kept, and much smarter than initially apparent. He is so good that he actively predicts what Tracy wants. Tracy.
    • In one episode, he arrives with pizza, only for Tracy to chime in that he wanted waffles instead. Kenneth opens the box... containing a pizza-sized square of waffles.
  • All-Loving Hero: He has a genuine love for everybody and everything he comes into contact with, despite no one seeming to give much of a damn for him most of the time.
  • Almighty Janitor: Was one for a little while when he worked as a janitor at NBC and found all sorts of personal secrets in the staff's trash.
  • Butt Monkey: Everyone is horrible to him but he seems to enjoy being so badly mistreated.
    • A montage of people abusing him ends with him mentioning those incidents were just the ones that happened on his birthday.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Maybe not as bad as Tracy, but definitely up there.
    Bird Internet
  • Country Mouse: He's from a farm in Georgia. He's also more innocent and pure than most of the people he works with. Which isn't saying much, but considering how nice he is, it might as well.
  • Deep South: He's from Stone Mountain, Georgia. In reality it's an affluent suburb of Atlanta, but in the series its county technically never rejoined the United States, science classes feature the Old Testament, traditional dishes include Union soldier meat, and there's a constant threat of hill people attacks.
  • Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu: Considering that there's something...wrong with him, his interactions with the other characters essentially is this, considering that for a Humanoid Abomination, he's so damn nice.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Along with most people on the show, but him especially. He's lived forever/300 years/at least long enough to coach Shirley Temple, spent a summer captured by hill folk, his family joined a militia, he randomly speaks Latin...
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Sir, I don't mean to swear, but I am irritated right now."
    • "You are being a real C-Word. That's right, a Cranky-Sue."
  • Honest Corporate Executive: By the end of the series, he has succeeded Jack as CEO. And holds the position for the next hundred or so years.
  • Humanoid Abomination: To begin with, he sees only a white haze when he looks in a mirror. He's also implied to be very old, and according to his mother, said the following when he was born:
    Mama, I am not a person. My body is just a flesh vessel for an immortal being whose name, if you heard it, would make you lose your mind.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton:
    Kenneth: There are only two things I love in this world: Everybody, and television.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Everyone on the staff treats him horribly, but he doesn't complain because he loves his job.
    • Jack goes so far as to fake a "not enough oxygen, Someone Has to Die" scenario just to see how far he'll go. Kenneth tries to sacrifice himself without the slightest hesitation, weirding Jack out.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: Especially concerning his mother's "friend" Ron. One of the last few episodes had his mother finally tell him she and Ron are married.
    • Hilariously averted, after he gives Jack and Tracy some "funny water balloons my mother's friend Ron always asked me to buy", only to whisper "I know those were condoms".
  • Innocent Bigot: Kenneth is by no means spiteful but this doesn't prevent him from saying rather ghastly things because of his religious upbringing.
  • Living Bodysuit: According to Kenneth's mother, he told her when he was born that he was an immortal being using Kenneth's body as a vessel.
  • Never Gets Drunk: He's able to outdrink the Teamsters in a contest after he realizes he's been drinking that stuff since he was a baby.
  • Nice Guy
  • Older Than They Look: Born "May 27, 1781"
  • Perpetual Smiler: Seriously, its becoming a bit creepy.
  • The Pollyanna: He regards a guy he's known for a few days as his "best friend ever... tied with everyone else he ever met!"
    • "I'm gonna be upset until the end of this sentence".
  • Really 700 Years Old:
    Tracey: Ken, you don't wanna be a page forever!
    Kenneth: Who said I've been alive forever?
  • Stepford Smiler
    ''"Every morning when I wake up, I tell myself everything is gonna be alright. I don't know how long I can believe it".
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In later seasons he comes and goes from his job as a page, such as working for another network for a bit (but still doing his page duties out of habit), working in standards and practices for a little while, and being a janitor too. He always seems to come back though.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Maybe.

Pete Hornberger

Played By: Scott Adsit

The beleaguered producer with a big family and a fatalistic outlook.

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He finds out in one episode that he is unbeatable at arm wrestling, something he picked up subconsciously from years of trying to manage his hyperactive kids. Subverted in that his entire storyline in this episode was a daydream he had prior to arm-wrestling Frank, a match he immediately loses.
  • Creepy Child: One of Pete's kids is frequently referenced as "the creepy one".
  • The Cynic: Arguably the most jaded in the entire cast of TGS,
  • Deadpan Snarker: To Liz at times.
  • Demoted to Extra
  • Expansion Pack Past: As told by Pete in season 6 "My father was a congressman, I was valedictorian at St. Andrew's, an Olympic archer, fourth guitarist in Loverboy as a teenager." Immediately lampshaded by Jack " If it weren't all true I would say it doesn't even make sense."
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: In flashbacks to the 80s he's shown to have once had fairly long hair as well as a mustache.
  • Henpecked Husband: His wife is rather shrewish, so he avoids spending too much time at home.
  • Hidden Depths: He's an impeccable archer and a pretty good musician.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's so good that he can shoot just close enough to Jenna to graze her arm and tear her shirt.
  • Jaded Washout: Definitely jaded, though not exactly a washout. Although he did get denied the chance to participate in the Olympics, and a DUI prevented him from being a Congressman. He still manages to keep his sanity and tends not to relive his past glory.
  • Not So Above It All: Has been becoming increasingly unstable as the series goes on.
  • Only Sane Employee: Slightly less sane than Liz, but that's just because he's far more cynical.
  • Parental Abandonment: Inverted. Pete confesses to wanting to run away from his wife with each of her seven pregnancies, but he always comes back.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: It's rare that it's relevant, but there have been a few times where his archery skills resolved the episode's conflict.

Frank Rossitano

Played By: Judah Friedlander

Cerie Xerox

Played By: Katrina Bowden

Liz's young, airheaded assistant, who is treated as the resident hot girl.

  • Comically Missing the Point: A standard with her Ditz status:
    Liz: You need to wear a bra to work.
    Cerie: I really don't. They just kinda stay up there on their own, see? *jiggles boobs*
  • The Ditz: She doesn't catch on when the writers ask her to get things to watch her reach for them, constantly screws up what Liz asks of her, and often can't find her shoes.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the last two seasons of the show. This is explained in the scene in one of the last episodes where the entire staff of TGS quits, where she reveals that she had actually quit two years prior, around the start of season 6, though it's left unexplained as to why she continued to show up.
  • Hidden Depths: She disapproves of Greek treatment of Cyprus, she knows the exact speed of light, and she's just saner in general than most people at TGS.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's not malicious, but sometimes she'll say things to Liz and Jenna that women their age don't necessarily want to hear.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a copy girl, and Los Angeles is apparently brimming with girls who look exactly like her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Goes out of her way to wear revealing outfits, which are often commented on in-verse.
  • Sexy Secretary: As Liz's assistant she fills this role and has the appearance to match.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's obviously from a wealthy background but is consistently sweet and kind.
  • Valley Girl: Has the voice and personality, plus its regularly implied she's from a wealthy family.

James 'Toofer' Spurlock

Played By: Keith Powell

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Boomerang Bigot: James himself isn't one, but he's horrified when he learns that his ancestor, whom he thought was the highest-ranking black officer in the Union army, was actually a Confederate officer.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Graduated from Harvard, and he makes sure everyone knows it.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: He's not very approving of Tracy's behavior.
  • Twofer Token Minority
    • Liz states early on that they call him Toofer because he's black and from Harvard, but it's repeatedly implied as the series goes on that he's gay, which actually makes him a Threefer Token Minority.

Warren "Grizz" Griswold

Played By: Grizz Chapman

Part of Tracy Jordan's entourage.

Walter "DotCom" Slattery

Played By: Kevin Brown

Part of Tracy Jordan's entourage.


Played By: Maulik Pancholy

Jack's assistant, who often annoys him and seems to have a gay crush on him.

JD Lutz

Played By: John Lutz

     Recurring GE/NBC/Kabletown employees 

Danny Baker

Played By: Cheyenne Jackson

  • Canada, Eh?: One episode even revolved around his inability to say "about".
  • One Steve Limit: His name is actually Jack, but Jack Donaghy forces him to change it to Danny.
  • Out of Focus: After all of one episode of him being Liz's lover and Jack's best friend, he immediately fell into the same background status as Josh, with the only gag his character has is that ... he is from Canada and sometimes things are a little different there.
  • Put on a Bus: disappeared after "100" when Cheyenne left the show to protest Tracy Morgan's Real Life homophobic comments
  • Sixth Ranger
  • The Bus Came Back: returned in "Live From Studio 6H", with his absence explained as serving time in a Singapore prison for smuggling something for Jenna

Don Geiss

Played By: Rip Torn

Josh Girard

Played By: Lonny Ross

Kathy Geiss

Played By: Marceline Hugot

Devon Banks

Played By: Will Arnett

Sue LaRoche-Van der Hout

Played By: Sue Galloway

     Liz's Love Interests 

Dennis Duffy

Played By: Dean Winters

Liz's boyfriend at the beginning of the series, a working-class Irish-American who seems to be from Brooklyn or maybe Queens. Generally disliked by all the characters but keeps on finding ways back into Liz's life every so often.

Floyd DeBarber

Played By: Jason Sudeikis
Liz's second boyfriend. A lawyer in NBC's legal department, originally from Cleveland.

Drew Baird

Played By: Jon Hamm
Originally Liz's downstairs neighbor whose mail was accidentally sent to her. Despite being a doctor, he proves to be a complete moron.

Wesley Snipes

Played By: Michael Sheen
An English insurance claims adjustor whom Liz met in the recovery room after a dental operation. It doesn't work well.

  • Fate Drives Us Together: The only reason him and Liz keep interacting in season 4.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Name's the Same In-Universe, this is referenced in the season 4 episode, "Don Geiss, America, and Hope"
    Liz Lemon:Wait, your name is Wesley Snipes? That's insane!
    Wesley Snipes: This is insane? You know what's insane? That the actor is named Wesley Snipes! If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked "who should be named Wesley Snipes", you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
  • Small Name, Big Ego

Carol Burnett

Played By: Matt Damon
An airline pilot Liz meets while reluctantly "dating" Wesley in Season 4. They prove to be too similar to work out.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite acting nice and goofy around Liz and others, Carol enjoys mistreating airline passengers. In "Double-Edged Sword" he openly tortures his passengers (including Liz) and refers to them as "animals."
  • Gender-Blender Name: He literally shares his exact name with a female comedian. People are very confused by it.
  • Put on a Bus
  • Special Guest Star: Granted, most of Liz's boyfriend actors fit this trope but arguably an A-lister like Matt Damon tops any others.

Criss Chross

Played By: James Mardsen
Liz's last boyfriend, a hipsterish artist/entrepreneur who tries to run an artisanal hot dog truck. Well, hot dog van. Well...see below.

     Jack's Love Interests 


Played By: Isabella Rossellini

Jack's ex-wife.


Played By: Emily Mortimer
Jack met her at an art gallery. She's interested in things other than his permanent love and affection.

Celeste "C.C." Cunningham

Played By: Edie Falco
A liberal Democratic Congresswoman from Vermont, and a high-powered tort lawyer. They prove to be too similar to work out.

Elisa Pedrera

Played By: Salma Hayek
The Puerto Ricannote  nurse Jack hires to take care of his mother after she broke her hips (or rather, after he broke her hips...) in Season 3. Jack gets as far as proposing to her, but it doesn't happen...

  • Buxom Is Better: Played by one of the trope's patron saints.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Ooo boy. After returning from a brief trip away she went from an ordinary nurse whose devotions are centered around her religious faith and her love of family, and having a frustrated disdain with Jack's snobby upperclass world... to a cartoonish character completely oblivious to American culture, suddenly speaking in broken English, and completely out of no where turns out to be a serial killer known as the black widow! Quite possibly the most blatantly over the top reason to write her out and keep Jack single a bit longer.
  • Hospital Hottie
  • Latin Lover: Almost a self-conscious parody of the trope.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Put on a Bus
    • The Bus Came Back: Makes a cameo in the finale, appearing so she can join in a threesome between Jack and Nancy. Apparently it was so good it turned her British.
  • Yandere: She killed her husband because she thought he was cheating on her.

Nancy Donovan

Played By: Julianne Moore
Jack's high school crush. A classic Boston Irish Catholic housewife replete with guilt who spends the better part of Season 4 drumming up the courage to divorce her husband. Part of a Love Triangle with Jack and Avery for that season.

  • Betty and Veronica: Betty to Jack's Archie and Avery's Veronica.
  • The Cameo: Appears for the finale during Jack's quest for happiness and meaning. It involves getting into a threesome with Jack and Elisa.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Fighting Irish: Jack calls her "a fiery Irish nutjob descended from bog people"
  • Hollywood New England: Some of her characteristics—including her accent, sports fandom, and attitude towards marriage—are almost ludicrously stereotypically Boston Irish.

Avery Jessup

Played By: Elizabeth Banks
A CNBC reporter. From an old WASP family, she is ruthlessly ambitious, driven, and fiercely attached to her (highly conservative and nationalistic) beliefs. Part of the Love Triangle with Jack and Nancy; she wins (because Jack knocked her up) and becomes Jack's second wife. In the end, they prove to be too similar to work out.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Nancy's Betty.
  • Blonde Republican Sex Kitten:
    Jack: She's like a young Bo Derek, stuffed with a Barry Goldwater.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: At times she gets jealous of Jack's relationship with Liz, which is the very definition of platonic.
  • Determinator: A trait she shares with Jack. Avery refuses to give up under any circumstances.
  • Put on a Bus: Twice.
    • She was kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il at the end of season five and married to his son.
    • After being traded back for a North Korean spy, she and Jack conceded that their relationship wasn't working, and she left for good.
  • Worthy Opponent: Her ability to play psychological games on his level is what attracted Jack to her in the first place.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She developed and intense (but non-physical) relationship with another kidnapped newscaster while in North Korea.

Diana Jessup

Played By: Mary Steenburgen
Avery's widowed mother. Faultlessly aristocratic. Jack falls for her immediately when she shows up during Avery's kidnapping by Kim Jong-Un.


Dr. Leo Spaceman

Played By: Chris Parnell

  • Afraid of Needles: Bizarrely, he gets squeamish giving other people shots.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He is extremely sinister. Becomes less ambiguous when it is all but stated that he killed his wife.
  • Back-Alley Doctor
  • Dr. Feelgood: He's introduced as this to Tracy.
  • In-Name-Only: He's legally required to put quotation marks around his title of "Doctor".
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Everyone but Tracy pronounces it sp'TCHEM-in.
  • The Quisling: Served as a doctor in the First Gulf War. On the Iraqi side.
    "Dr." Spaceman: You have no reflexes, your blood tastes like root beer, and some of your bones appear to have vanished. Now, I've only ever seen this kind of thing on dead people in Operation Desert Storm. I actually wrote a report on it, but the commander refused to pass it on up to Saddam. Kooky times!
  • Worthless Foreign Degree: He got it from the Ho-Chi Minh School of Medicine.

Colleen Donaghy

Played by: Elaine Stritch

Jack's elderly mother, who he has confined to a retirement community in Florida, due to their combative relationship.

  • Abusive Parents: Verbally cruel to Jack for his entire life. She once gave him a myna bird she'd trained to spy for her.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Her marriage to Jimmy Donaghy was very unhappy and he frequently disappeared for months or years at a time. It got so bad that their priest recommended a divorce.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Colleen and Jack may not get along, but they do care for one another.
  • Calling The Old Woman Out: Once per Episode whenever she appeared.
  • The Corrupter: Gets the Lemon family at each other's throats in less than an hour.
  • Evil Matriarch: Her presence evokes equal parts frustration and dread for her son, to the point where even a phone call can drive him into a stress-eating episode.
  • Famous Last Words: "I just want you to be happy." Jack and Liz believe she was being sarcastic. She wasn't.
  • Hypocrite: Disapproves of Jack and Avery having a child out of wedlock, despite doing the same thing herself.
  • Killed Off for Real: In season seven, she dies of a heart attack during a carriage ride to the hospital.
  • Love Redeems: Her relationship with Marta brought out the best in her.
  • Odd Friendship: Gets along well note  with Liz.
  • Racist Grandma: Jack describes her as "an Olympic-level racist."
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Abuses and/or manipulates almost everybody around her, and gets away with it due to her age and poor health.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Had a relationship with her female live-in nurse in her final years.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Colleen had an one-night stand with a tenant during one of Jimmy's long absences in 1958, which resulted in Jack. Decades later she had an affair with a married man.