After narrowly avoiding getting the axe following its 2006 debut, Tina Fey's "30 Rock" went on to win 14 Emmys and 12 Screen Actors Guild Awards, establish a cult following, and spawn more catchphrases than Frank (Judah Friedlander) has trucker hats.
After seven seasons, fans of the NBC series aren't the only ones struggling to say goodbye to Liz Lemon and "TGS."
CNN caught up with some of the cast members ahead of the series finale to find out what they'll miss the most. They shared their favorite "30 Rock" moments, what props they pinched from the set, and the ways in which Fey's masterpiece of a sitcom changed comedy forever.
On the cast:
Tracy Morgan ("Tracy Jordan"): I was working with some of the best people in show business. Great actors like Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and Jane (Krakowski) and Jack (McBrayer). Those are some of the better actors in show business. It's like playing for the Chicago Bulls. When you're playing with Michael Jordan, you don't have any other choice but to get better.
I love Jack. Jack was the kindest, most sincere, generous person around me. He always treated me kindly and with respect and I love him for that.
Grizz Chapman ("Grizz"): Tracy and I were pretty good friends before "30 Rock." The chemistry you see on camera -- that's what it is. What you see on camera -- that's just friends, so that's why it comes across so well on TV.
Kevin Brown ("Dot Com"): (Grizz and I) met at the audition. I'm rarely around people that are bigger than me. So when I see someone bigger than me, that gets my attention.
Jack McBrayer ("Kenneth Parcell"): We were so lucky to have so many incredible guest stars. Tim Conway in season two was one of my comedy legends from way back. It was a sincere honor working with him, and just chatting with him on set. He was a class act.
Scott Adsit ("Pete Hornberger"): I've worked with these people a long time -- seven years. But I also knew a good deal of them before that. ... I've known Tina since '93 or something. ... I've known McBrayer almost as long, from Second City. And there are people on the crew that I've worked with on other things. So it's sad, but I feel like it was nice that we had our time, as well. It's rare that you get to work with people you love even before the project starts.
The sad thing is just leaving our friends and breaking up this ... group that's been together all these years. We know each other so well that jumping into something else and something new is exciting, but not as cozy.
Judah Friedlander ("Frank Rossitano"): We did something and we finished it -- it's an awesome feeling. It's a bummer that you won't get to work with a lot of the people anymore. But I was happy. It was a great experience and I look forward to other great experiences -- Tina's next project, Alec's next project, Jane's next project, I'm looking forward to seeing what they do. I'd love to work with any of them again. That'd be great. That goes without saying.
On changing comedy:
Adsit: (The show) kind of opened the door for really dense comedy. A DVR comedy is what I would call it, in that it goes by so quickly, and all the jokes are so densely packed one on top of the other, that you almost have to rewind to catch everything. I have friends who say they watch the show but are constantly rewinding it because they're laughing through the next three jokes.
So maybe we're training the world to think faster. That'll be our legacy.
On the props they pinched from the set:
Morgan: I took my TJ chain. ... I wouldn't wear it off the set. I don't want to confuse people.
Adsit: Pete has a prop mug on his desk, and he sometimes holds it, which is apparently made by one of his kids and he feels really obligated to use it. ... It's big, yellow and bulky and ugly and has cracks in it. We never see this, but in my mind he's always cleaning up from all the leaks in it. So I plan to take that home.
On working with Tracy Morgan:
Brown: Tracy is a wild child. But he is tamer now than he was when we first met.
Tracy Morgan off camera is the most entertaining person you ever want to be around. Tracy doesn't go to the clubs -- he does his show between scenes. He's loud and hilarious and gets everyone's attention, and keeps us cracking up.
He goes off script all the time. He goes off script because he never looked at the script!
Morgan: If I didn't read the script, I wouldn't have been able to do my lines. I read the script all the time. Every day. It's just that (Brown) never saw me reading the script. I like to have fun. ... I come from a stand-up background and the first three letters in the word funny are fun. So I always had fun with it and I guess I made it look easy. I made it look like I wasn't reading the script.
On memorable on-screen moments:
Adsit: I don't know how often I repeated it on the show, but it seems to be the one that people mention to me on the street, which is just yelling the name Hornberger in a moment of meek victory. I think Pete got some ridiculous little victory over Jack and yelled "Hornberger!" It may have happened once or twice more. ... That seems to be Pete's catch phrase.