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Judgment on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

John Kidman



Meet Kimmy Schmidt.


Kimmy, portrayed by Ellie Kemper of The Office and Bridesmaids fame, is out of touch with the modern world. She is labeled as one of the 'Indiana Mole Women,' a group of women lured or kidnapped by a doomsday preacher and kept in a bunker for upwards of 15 years. Sounds dire, right? It's not.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy, available on Netflix, and created by 30 Rock's Tina Fey. Kimmy decides that she does not want to be defined by what has happened in the past and decides she wants to remain in New York rather than move back to her hometown. The show draws a lot of its comedy by highlighting Kimmy's stunted educational and emotional growth, but also features a healthy lack of familiarity with technology and social changes in the last fifteen years.


My typical routine for a new show is to watch three episodes before passing judgments on it, with the exception of atrocities like CSI: Cyber. Kimmy Schmidt kept me actively interested after the first three episodes, but ultimately set the stage to binge watch the entire 13 episode season over the course of two days. The show does provide a bit of situational comedy, but its flippant approach to serious issues through sharp one-liners should also keep you in stitches.



Comedies have taught us that not every single bit is gold and Kimmy Schmidt is no different. Tina Fey, despite co-creating a rather impressive comedy, also posted one of the most disappointing performances with her cameo. These minor missteps became more frequent as the show developed, but they are quite easy to overlook given how quickly the show bounces back through its dialogue. This show has all the hallmarks of a hit for Netflix original programming and is already slated to receive a second season.


I don't generally push subscription services in my recommendations, with the exception of Playstation Plus. This show, however, is delightful and Netflix currently offers a free initial month of service. If you were a fan of the humor on 30 Rock, then this is an opportune time to test drive.






Watch it.


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