Like most irresponsible college students, we decided that spring break was the perfect time to start a new TV show. We heard about Netflix’s new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, directed by Tina Fey, and we knew we had to give it a shot. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the most bizarre and quirky show we have seen in a while, but in the best way possible. The first season has thirteen episodes that are all under 30 minutes, which make the show perfect for binge-watching, which is exactly what we did.
The main character, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), has been held hostage in an Indiana bunker for the past 15 years by a crazy reverend (Jon Hamm sandwich with a beard) who claimed he was preparing her and three other women for the impending apocalypse. Once she is finally rescued, she decides to go to New York to start over and escape her reputation as one of the Indiana Mole Women (that phrase makes us laugh every time). She rents an apartment with an aspiring, yet unsuccessful as of yet, Broadway singer, Titus Andromedon, played by real-life Broadway start, Tituss Burgess. Their crazy landlady, who often seems high on drugs, is Lillian (Carol Kane). Kimmy even gets a job as a nanny/personal-life-coach/best friend for a rich New York family, including a mother, Mrs. Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), and her hellish teenage daughter, Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula).
Kimmy, having had no education for the past 15 years, is pretty much a middle schooler stuck in an adult’s body, and it’s hilarious. She is completely clueless when it comes to most things, but it’s her most endearing quality. This premise is a gold mine for the writers because the hilarity in the show is just seeing Kimmy react to 2015 aka the future. She still thinks Palm Pilots are a thing (#lame). She avoids telling her friends and boss that she is one of the Indiana Mole Women (lol), so everyone just thinks she’s a weirdo (we can totally relate to that). Her naïvety, though cute, makes her a convenient subject of manipulation, which can sometimes get her into trouble, but her crazy situations are almost always comical as opposed to truly problematic. Kemper does a great job making Kimmy a character that everyone loves.
The character of Titus is arguably the best part of the show. He is the definition of fierce and drops single lines that make us burst into laughter. He truly shines when he makes his iconic Pinot Noir video. If anything, just watch that. Fun fact: The leading cause of Merilla losing her voice is her singing Pinot Noir for hours at a time. Titus (maybe) has Kimmy’s best intentions at heart, despite sometimes taking advantage of her. He also has a knack for creating the best nicknames for her, including Kimbecile, Kimbert and Kimmillionaire (slay, Titus, slay).
The writing is on point, but who would expect anything less from Tina Fey who wrote the most easily quoted movie of all time? OK, maybe that’s a little bit dramatic, but seriously – we’ve quoted Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt every day since we started watching it even when it doesn’t make sense (i.e. Kimmy’s rich boyfriend gives her a dolphin as a present. Like, what?). 90% of the time, we just burst out singing, “PINOOOOOOOT NOIIIRRRRRR”, in the middle of our conversation. By the third episode, we were belting out the catchy theme song for everyone within a 3-mile radius to hear. Netflix Original Series tend to be of high quality (see House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will join the crowd of great TV shows. Needless to say, we’re itchin’ for the next season.
Best quotes of the season:
“Hashbrown, no filter.” – Kimmy
“Pardon my french, but Au Bon Pain.” -Kimmy
“Someday, you’ll wake up and say, ‘Who’s that old woman in the mirror?’ and then she’ll punch you and you’ll say, ‘That’s not a mirror that’s an open window’…What were we talking about again?” -Lillian
“Your greatest accomplishment in life is pulling off that lipstick, which you have to let me borrow. It looks awesome. Now, take your spoiled a** and go to your room.” -Mrs. Voorhees to Xanthippe