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17. '30 Rock' (NBC)
Why It Works: Tina Fey and her writers were smart enough to realize that an appropriate series finale required emotional moments, so we got Jack going to find his Bliss and Liz's adopted kids and a surprisingly heartfelt scene between Liz and Tracy. But they also realized, more than anything, that the finale had to be like an episode of the series itself, so the "30 Rock" finale works because, well, it's a hilarious episode of "30 Rock." The highlights include the classic "Hitler to Hitler," on-screen chyrons for "Grizz & Herz," a cameo from Nancy Pelosi, all the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" inside humor you can deal with and the callback-of-callbacks, "Rural Juror: The Musical." And then some daffy, demented soul also decided that the "30 Rock" finale would be an appropriate time for a B-story about Lutz and his love for Blimpies. Both "30 Rock" and "The Office" had top-notch finales in 2013 that could have made this spot, but "30 Rock" had the edge in our staff vote.
- Daniel Fienberg