I never gave Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a chance because I got lost in Netflix Originals and the other TV shows added to my queue in 2015. Heck, I never knew Tina Fey was one of two creators, with Robert Carlock being the other mastermind behind the show.
After watching season one — sorry, binge-watching season one — I can’t seem to shake the catchy songs sung by Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), the simple, innocent humor of our main gal, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) and our zany surrounding cast comprised of a landlord (Carol Kane) and a once small town woman struggling with her marriage and goals of staying rich (Jane Krakowski).
All of this coupled with the scenic Manhattan environment made for … a really enjoyable 13-episode season one.
Yeah, the above photo may be confusing, but allow me to try and explain: Schmidt was one of four Indiana women referred to as “Mole Women.” Gretchen, Donna Maria, Cyndee and Schmidt were coerced by a faux pastor, Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) into believing the apocalypse was coming and they must take safety in his underground bunker.
Yeah, dude is bonkers. Well, the “Mole Women” — mind you, Schmidt hates that label — were trapped for 15 years, unaware that the world was alive around them. Basic social skills weren’t learned, food was scarce (Kimmy mentions they had to eat their own feces to supplement for iron) and, well, this is all really dark.
That’s sort-of the appeal with Unbreakable, as Fey and Carlock tie together humor and darker situations. This gives the show layers and keeps you engaged, especially as the end of season one nears.
Well, early into the first episode we see the “Mole Women” escape the bunker and begin life in the real world. The show chronicles experiences through Schmidt, her landlord Lillian Kaushtupper and roommate, the hilarious Titus Andromedon. Along the way Schmidt becomes friends with the woman who hired her as a glorified housekeeper, Jacqueline White
Almost immediately does the viewer fall into the charm of actress Ellie Kemper. Her genuine attitude when acting like, well, a woman who was kept out of society for 15 years of her early adult life is believable without being too over-the-top. There’s never a moment where you feel the show is simply being zany for zany’s sake. I appreciated the show’s identity and that there was never a dull moment in-between the comedy.
Unbreakable is a self-aware comedy series, as well. As you’re watching, whatever current event during that year is included in the butt of many jokes. This is how the show resonates with not only millennial, but those older generations, as well.
This show is progressive, fun and never without laughs. Without spoiling too much, Titus is a gay man living in New York City, struggling to reach his dreams of stardom as an actor and singer. He provides the heart of Unbreakable and often times picks the show up when the mood becomes dour.
Kimmy is the intelligent one of the “Mole Women” bunch, yet has so much to learn. How far behind she is in society is magnified once she begins his housekeeping job with Jacqueline. Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline mocks the typical rich, white woman in New York City.
Lillian is an interesting character brought to life by Carol Kane. She’s never overly hilarious, and she’s not exactly delivering the most memorable lines. However, Kane’s character acts as the glue for the group. If not for Lillian, there would be no Titus and Kimmy under one roof. This trio acts as the foundation for this series, and it’s almost always enjoyable.
With 30-minute episodes, the show is easy to enjoy and has a relaxed mentality. This series serves as an escape from the mundane House of Cards season five — which I watched alongside season one of Unbreakable.
If you’re a fan of Fey’s writing, coupled with a charming comedy that can be stupid, but intelligent, give Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a shot. You won’t regret it.