TV Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 1

The brilliant comic minds of Tina Fey (30 Rock, Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live) and Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) presented us with the first season of Netflix Original Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in March, proving itself to be a laugh-a-minute, 13 episode bundle of fun.

Kimmy Schmidt PosterAfter being rescued from an underground bunker she has lived in for 15 years, having been led to believe by deluded cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) that the earth has been destroyed by an apocalypse, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) sets out to live a new life in New York City. Befriending her new flamboyant, musical theatre obsessed roommate Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) and accidentally stumbling across a job babysitting for Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), life is going smoothly for Kimmy. However, she’s forgetting that she has to catch up on 15 years of learning, from basic knowledge to pop culture, and she must avoid telling everyone that she is one of the Indiana Mole Women.

Everything about this show is addictive from its catchy theme song Unbreakable, by viral video sensations The Gregory Brothers, to its streaming form. Netflix is undoubtedly the biggest streaming website out there and it encourages binge watching, especially with it playing the next episode of the show without the touch of a button. Kimmy Schmidt conforms to this tactic of binge watching with all 13 episodes released at once, allowing you to watch as much as you want at your own leisure. With each episode running between 22 and 28 minutes, they’re bite-size chunks and perfect to watch in a marathon. It’s shows like this that are leading the way for sitcoms in this format to be produced.

With Tina Fey on board, the show itself is absolutely hilarious, as a Mean Girls era audience would expect no less. Every single character is a comic relief and no one seems to falter with their jokes or timing. It also has a rewatchable element to it, making sure you don’t catch every joke the first time round, and even the jokes you did laugh at the first time will become even funnier.

Kimmy and TitusEllie Kemper and Tituss Burgess are the breakout stars of the sitcom. Kemper perfectly captures the wide-eyed wonder of not only someone experiencing New York City for the first time, but someone experiencing the world for the first time in 15 years. Burgess steals a lot of the scenes with his hilarious delivery but works well alongside Kemper to provide a great duo and an excellent on-screen friendship that the audience wish they could be part of.

It’s hard to understand why on earth NBC rejected this spectacular series after originally commissioning it, making it safe to say that Netflix are laughing now. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy Awards and is set to come out for a second season, compiled again of 13 episodes, in spring 2016.

What did you think to the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?

Comment with your thoughts.

Heather Thornton


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