15 First Jokes, Roasts, and Zingers from Iconic Characters

15 First Jokes, Roasts, and Zingers from Iconic Characters

A great show can really sum up a character’s personality in their first moment. The genius of the show’s creators and writers were subtly on display here because, although we may not have known it at the time, we actually learned a lot about these now-iconic characters from their first lines. Some characters evolve over the years, and some never learn any lessons, but either way, it’s always nice to look back on the incredibly flawed person they were in the beginning (and for a large portion of the show’s run). 

If we’re hooked, and follow the show season after season, a once over of the pilot feels like an old yearbook. They have these primitive, sometimes almost embarrassing atmospheres that were luckily good enough to keep the show chugging along. As money flowed in, the characters started looking a lot better (or worse if you’re Rob McElhenney tackling this trope). And as the actors and writers worked to round out the character, they became finely crafted into someone to love for the long haul. Let’s look back to where it all began with these 15 of your favorite character’s first ever lines of dialogue.

Liz Lemon

CRACKED LIZ LEMON Whoa, excuse me! There's a line, buddy! 30 ROCK Her assertive street justice moment paired with the fact that she's buying a hotdog is classic Lemon right off the hop.


Leslie Knope

CRACKED LESLIE KNOPE Hello, hi. My name is Leslie Knope, and I work for the Parks and Recreation Department. Can I ask you a few questions? PARKS AND REC Moments later, she sweeps a drunk man down a slide, so her professionalism is paired nicely with the ongoing joke of Pawnee's trashiness.


Michael Scott

GRACKED MICHAEL SCOTT Alright, Jim. Your quarterlies look very good. How are things going at the library? THE OFFICE Jim didn't get the library sale, so Michael cockily mugs to the camera like watch the master at work. Не gets the sale but mistakes a woman for a man. A great intro to Michael Scott.


Michael Bluth

GRACKED MICHAEL BLUTH You can't just comb that out and reset it? ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT This line about Lucille's hair is a response to her line, Look what the homosexuals have done to me.


Red Foreman

CRACKED RED FOREMAN Eric! What the hell happened to Bob's hair? His head looks like a poodle's ass. THAT '70S SHOW This startles Eric (showing his fear of his strict father), and also shows Red's old world contempt for all the trendy '70s B.S.


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