It’s not often that I get really thrown into a show, Fangirls. Especially silly ones, I get bored with them easily. I need something more intense to keep me hanging on. However, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has completely defied that rule for me. This seriously is one of the best comedy shows I’ve ever seen. It seemed to pop out of nowhere, just like it’s main character did.
I hadn’t ever heard anything about it, then suddenly, maybe a day or two before it’s premier on Netflix, I saw a quick ad with just a picture and short description. It looked alright. Once it premiered, it took me a few days to first watch it, but in those few days, glowing reviews were thrown at me. Texts, tweets, gifs, everything Kimmy Schmidt was everywhere. I couldn’t wait another day to see what this hype was all about, so I sat down to watch it. A binge of 6 episodes later, I would say I’m absolutely in love with this series.
Kimmy Schmidt was kidnapped as a middle school student, put in a bunker and was told that the world had ended. She was filled with ridiculous information by her kidnapper, mostly known as “the reverend,” named Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. After 15 years, Kimmy and the three other women were rescued. Kimmy emerges not only into a world she thought didn’t exist, but one vastly different than when she disappeared. So now, she starts in New York City trying to make a life for herself with her 7th grade education & lack of up to date pop culture knowledge. What ensues is fucking hilarious.Kimmy is outrageously optimistic, after living through what she did and also having none of that bring-you-down life experience. Her tendency to be oblivious is charming and hilarious, and only shines more with the cast of supporting characters. They are what really make this show. Kimmy gets a job as a nanny for an upper class, secretly self loathing woman Jacqueline Voorhees, played by the brilliant Jane Krakowski. There’s Kimmy’s impossibly dramatic & gay roommate, Titus Andromedon, who has some of the most hilarious one liners in the whole show. However, I seem to get the most giggles from Kimmy’s landlady, Lillian, who rambles on about the most random things, and has incredibly funny flashbacks to her odd life in the 70’s. Other great character’s come & go per episode, featuring a fantastic cast of comedy favorites, aka the funny friends of Tina Fey, the show’s creator. Appearances by people like Martin Short & Horatio Sanz make things even more delightful and, of course, gut-busting.
One of the best things about this series, is that it’s a Netflix Original. Series like this make me bounce all over with excitement & joy because of their accessibility. Having work and other lame responsibilities to take care of, it’s not easy for me to sit at a television at a set time every week to watch something. Having shows be made for Netflix like this make it much easier for people like me to enjoy things to the fullest without missing out. Plus, on those days when there’s not so much to do, I can sit and binge on entire new season of something, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Let’s all also take a minute to thank the Netflix Gods for buying up this series from NBC, where the show was set to premier it’s first season. Then, Netflix snatched it up and signed a contract for two seasons. We’re some lucky Fangirls.
Everything about this show is brilliant and funny beyond belief. It’s a comedy masterpiece. Of course, I expect nothing less from Tiny Fey. The actors are on point, the episodes are so well done, and it is just so much damn fun to watch. Plus, the theme song is gold.
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