When I first watched 30 Rock I remember it quickly became one of my favorite comedies. And then I was elated when Netflix loaded the whole series and I binged watched to my heart’s delight. Every time I re-watched an episode I caught jokes that I hadn’t caught before. The same can be said for one of my favorite new comedies, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
From the brilliant minds of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the show tells the story of, you guessed it, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) who at age 15 was trapped in an underground bunker for 15 years by an insane religious leader (Jon Hamm). She was there with three other women, two of whom were also teenagers where the other was an older Latina woman. A very feisty gentleman saw, and I quote, “forty-hundred policemen” who busted through the bunker doors and rescued the four women.
Once Kimmy is rescued she decides to hell with going back to Durnsville, Indiana where the kidnapping took place. Instead she decides to stay in New York City where she gets a job from the rich and fancy Jacqueline Voorhies (Jane Krawkoswki), becomes roommates with aspiring Broadway performer Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) and thus becomes tenants to the criminally-ambiguous landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (the incomparable Carol Kane).
The show was originally developed for NBC but the network wanted to stay away from another quirky 30 Rock-esque comedy. So Netflix saved the day by picking it up and airing all 13 episodes at once. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is extremely binge-able, something I can personally attest to as I spent one weekend of March 2015 on my couch doing just that. And also a few more weekends after that where I saw the show for a second time. There might also have been a third time. After all my watches and re-watches I felt as if life had no purpose. But my frown quickly turned into a smile when Netflix picked up the show for a second season.
As the show’s very addictive theme song says the characters truly are unbreakable. Check out the Gregory Bros remix of the song below. They alive damn it, ’cause females are strong as hell!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 is set to stream on Netflix on April 15th.