The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix-original series currently in its second season. The series follows Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, who has just been rescued after spending the past 15 years of her life in a cult living underground, completely disconnected from society. She decides to move to New York upon her rescuing and the show follows Kimmy as she navigates big city-life with an eighth grade education. Kimmy rents a room in an apartment from Titus, a roadway star-on-the-rise, who is able to help Kimmy reacclimate to society. Kimmy gets a job working as a nanny for Jacquline Voorhies (Jane Krakowski), a rich New York socialite, who also plays an important role in Kimmy settling into 21st Century life.
Created by Tina Fey and Richard Carlock, the show is truly a combed with a heart. At first, the show feels like another great comedy but I quickly found myself attached to the characters. Kimmy’s genuine optimism is refreshing and the people around her, although at first not knowing how to approach it, learn as much from Kimmy as she does from them. The show is incredibly funny and, although the over-arching plot isn’t super realistic (which deterred me from watching the show for a long time), the way Kimmy handles the transition into big-city life/adulthood/living with cell phones is hilarious and believable.
The show is unpredictable and is unlike anything I’ve seen. Kimmy’s quirky and dated pop-culture references coupled with a lack of understanding of technology and 21st Century life make for a naïve yet likable character (she tries really hard). Although a bit disconnected, as the show progresses we see a genuine heart who is capable of giving really good advice. Honestly, I kinda wish I could call Kimmy when I’m down because despite spending her formative years underground, she is incredibly insightful.
Some favorite guest appearances of mine include those by comedy greats Tina Fey, Martin Short, John Hamm, Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, and Richard Kind. In the second season, Kimmy is a bit more comfortable with herself and her new adult life but is still a bit clueless. Those who are already fans of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will enjoy the shows progression and the characters’ growth.
Check out the trailers for seasons 1 & 2 (depending on whether you’re brand new to the show or if you haven’t gotten started on the new season yet).
Season two aired earlier this month and, so far, is up to par with what I expect from the show. Both seasons are available to watch(/binge) on Netflix and the series has been renewed for a third season. As always, let me know thoughts below!