December 18, 2017

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix

Comedy is such a random and personal thing that I hesitate to recommend a sit-com program, but I bravely bring Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to your attention if you have not run across it.

Originally set to air on NBC with Tina Fey and Robert Carlock as producers, you can see why the peacock network got a little scared with its lead character having been held captive by a cult leader for 15 years. The show starts when the now 29-year-old Kimmy (refreshingly played by Ellie Kemper) commences her life in “the real world of New York City” after her long years with an Indiana doomsday cult. Not your normal comedy scenario, eh? Thankfully Netflix picked this quirky show up for two 13-episode seasons.

Some of the old crew from 30 Rock are in harness, most notably Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees, a boorish New York socialite as well as Jon Hamm in a minor role as the creepy cult reverend, Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. Karol Kane plays Kimmy’s kooky landlady, Lillian Kaushtupper joined by Tituss Burgess as her outrageous actor/singer room-mate. The dialogue whips past with barbs about paleo diets, Pilates, and other current topics which frequently evoke the phrase, “Did they really say that?” In fact, the humor is of the same flavor as 30 Rock, but magnified with the “anything goes” spiciness of the streaming platform.

Even the show theme song, “Unbreakable” lets you know that the show will be smart, technologically savvy and eccentric. One tv critic deemed it the “first great sitcom of the streaming era,” but your funny bone may or may not be tickled. Hey, we don’t have a button on us that commands laughter! A Marlo Thomas “That Girl” for 2015, Kimmy wears brighter clothing, gets into more trouble and has wackier friends. Might this be your new cult comedy?

Comments

  1. Ginny Bales says:

    Great to read your review of this show! We will definitely check it out. Ellie Kemper’s two cousins have been Jay’s students so we feel a familial curiosity about this show she is starring in!

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