The Unbreakable, Yet Maybe Bendable Kimmy Schmidt

Nick Perez  |  Contributing Writer

Now that Netflix is a major player with original content, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is no old news to the game. It is Netflix’s first comedy series, but it is not the first time for the series’ production team and cast.

Tina Fey created the series along with her longtime friend and coworker Robert Carlock. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is Tina Fey’s great comeback after the “30 Rock” series finale. The series stars “The Office’s” Ellie Kemper as the title character.

The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adventures and adjusts to New York City. The pilot starts off with her getting rescued from an Indiana doomsday cult’s underground bunker along with three other women. They spent 15 years in the bunker.

Schmidt is optimistic about trying to lose the identity of “mole woman” while trying to make it in New York City. She moves into a rundown apartment with larger-than-life gay black man Tituss Burgess (Titus Andromedon), who is trying to make it big as a Broadway performer. On the top of that, she has a landlady (Carol Kane) who is either drunk or high most of the time. The series also stars Jane Krakowski as a rich New Yorker who hires Schmidt as a nanny.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a funny show while having a “30 Rock” style to it, but with more overtly feminist ideas.

The theme song is unforgettable and I often catch myself watching the intro many times after each episode. It is not the only good aspect of the show. The series has a lot of late ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture and slang references uttered infamously by Schmidt. It also has some product placement as well, but not as much as “30 Rock.” While dealing with several serious issues, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is very playful as well such as with immigration, trying to adapt to current technology and the rich.

Overall, the series is very funny, but it does not have an overarching storyline besides Schmidt trying to get a new identity and going to court for legal issues. In the end, you will like the series and enjoy many aspects, including the exuberant episode titles that you would see on other series like “Friends” or “Scrubs.”

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