Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m doing a little bit of catch-up for the A-to-Z Challenge, so expect to see a few “extra” (read: re-scheduled) posts from me today and tomorrow as we wrap things up. For our next post, U is for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt…
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix original series created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the brains behind 30 Rock. Originally pitched to NBC as a show called Tooken, Kimmy Schmidt was subsequently bought by Netflix and released in early March. The show follows Kimmy (played by Ellie Kemper), an optimistic young woman who was kidnapped and forced to live in an underground bunker as part of a doomsday cult for ten years, as she attempts to shed her troubled past and start anew in New York City.
Kimmy ends up renting an apartment from eccentric landlord, Lillian (Carol Kane), and befriending her Broadway-hopeful roommate, Tituss (Tituss Burgess). But she soon finds her upbeat, positive outlook put to the test as she discovers that life in the Big Apple is not all that she imagined it would be. This is made most evident through her interactions with her new employer, the self-centered socialite, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski).
All in all, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a fantastic successor to 30 Rock. But unlike Fey’s first show, Kimmy Schmidt feels a bit more grounded and real. While the characters and plotlines are still rather quirky and hilarious, they rarely feel as cartoonish as 30 Rock sometimes tended to be. Moreover, Kimmy’s strength and optimism give the show an overall theme of encouragement and empowerment in the face of adversity. As the (exceedingly catchy) theme song states, “Females are strong as hell!”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is definitely a fun show. I highly recommend it, and look forward to the second season, set to be released on Netflix next spring!
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