[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the latest Netflix original series to hit the online subscription service. Created by the fabulous Tina Fey (30 Rock, SNL) and Robert Carlock, it tells the story of Kimmy Schmidt, a 29 year old who, after spending fifteen years in a religious cult, has a fresh start in New York City.
Kimmy, who is played to perfection by Ellie Kemper (The Office US, Bridesmaids), is essentially a fourteen year old stuck in an adult’s body. She is sweet and naive and completely unaware of modern social conventions. Her positive attitude and slightly childish comebacks are hilarious in contrast with some of the more world weary characters. I love that throughout the season she begins to deal with her experience in the cult, and also begins to adjust to life in 2015.
Kimmy moves in with Titus, an aspiring Broadway star and fabulous human being. Played by 30 Rock favourite, Tituss Burgess, Titus may be the break-out character of the show. Although a little grating in the first episode, as the season progresses Titus gets all the laughs. Kimmy and Titus’s landlord, Lilian is a kind of hippy mother and is as equally lovable as Kimmy and Titus.
Rounding out the regular cast is Jane Krakowski’s Jacqueline, a rich, Manhattan socialite that is very similar to her 30 Rock character, Jenna. As usual, Krakowski delivers her barbed and funny lines to perfection. Kimmy gets a job as Jacqueline’s nanny and from there, chaos and adventure ensue.
With so many of the cast and creators involved with Tina Fey’s predecessor, 30 Rock, it’s easy to see Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s comparison with the critically acclaimed show. Both are quick witted and full of pop-culture references. The difference with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the quirky optimism the show embodies – that’s what sets it apart from 30 Rock, and a whole host of other comedies.
So, if you’re wondering whether Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a must-watch like Orange is the New Black, wonder not further: it is. If you are a fan of smart, cheerful comedy with lovable characters and jokes a-plenty, then Kimmy Schmidt is for you. It is definitely a must binge watch, and if you love it as much as I do, fear not, because Season Two is coming next year.
BINGE IF: You’re a fan of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and New Girl
GUEST STARS: Nick Kroll, Tina Fey, Kiernan Shipka, Jon Hamm and Adam Campbell