Breaking Apart The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Alexandra Rumford, Staff Writer

Bunkers, New York and a child’s naivety combine to make the crazy whirlwind of the hit television show The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s totally underrated and available on Netflix for streaming now! Plus, the episodes are only twenty to thirty minutes long, which makes it incredibly easy to binge. There’s four seasons already out on Netflix, so depending on how many episodes you watch per day you can make the show last! For reference, I just finished it, and it’s been around a month because I watched two episodes per day!

The premise is that Kimmy Smchidt, the title character (played by Ellie Kemper from Bridesmaids), moves to New York after being trapped in a doomsday cult bunker with three other women for 15 years. She somehow survives, but emerges from this experience with a lot of nervous habits (like punching people or using the toilet every time she sees a plastic pumpkin). She was kidnapped by the “Reverend,” also known as Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, who preached about how the world would end on June 6, 2006, which is apparently the day of the devil, 6/6/6. To escape her “mole woman” identity,  she moves to New York and starts a new life. While the other mole women seem to want to use their fame to their advantage, Kimmy wants none of it and tries to go underground so she can avoid her traumatizing past.

This show is crazy and every episode is different, involving various characters and subplots of character development.  I’ve never been bored watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In addition, Kimmy’s friend Titus, who she meets in New York, provides one-liners and classic humor that never fails to make the show interesting. He has a strong personality and can seem self-centered and rude at first, but, fortunately, his likable qualities quite easily trump his self-absorbment. He and Kimmy both live together in a basement apartment run by their landlord, Lillian, who requires them both to have jobs.  Since Kimmy only has the education of an 8th grader (she was kidnapped when she was fourteen), she has trouble finding a job, so in the first season, she works for a rich housewife called Jaqueline and helps her with her (numerous) problems.

In the first season, Kimmy goes to a GED class so she can become a crossing guard and soon realizes how the world has changed since being released from the bunker. It’s interesting to see her struggling with things that we don’t think twice about, like current slang and the dreaded smartphones. Critics agree, rating Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt a 95% tomatometer! I thought that Kimmy Schmidt was a really funny and mature sitcom for ages 12 and up. Although some of the topics are for mature audiences, the show usually handles them in a smooth manner.  TL;DR: Kimmy Shmidt is a fresh coming-of-age television show that never fails to get laughs. Written by Tina Fey, this sitcom is one that you don’t want to miss!