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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season One - Review

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Published June 21st 2015
Kimmy's crazy hijinks in New York
Kimmy gets saved from a doomsday cult. Kimmy has been living in an underground bunker for the last 15 years. Kimmy gets rescues and starts a fresh in life in New York city. With unfailing optimism, Kimmy faces life's troubles to prove she's unbreakable. She's a survivor.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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This comedy is from Tina Fey. If you loved 30 Rock, you'll like Kimmy. There are many similarities between the characters of both shows. Kimmy is similar to Liz Lemon in that they both sprout funny phrases that are often socially awkward. Jane Krakowski's character Jacqueline has the same flamboyant tendencies as Jenna; her 30 Rock character. Jacqueline is Kimmy's wealthy upper east-sider boss who always needs assistance even though Kimmy is technically the nanny. Jacqueline is a less attention needy version of Jenna, however some of her scenes are the most outlandish in a good way.

Kimmy's flashbacks to the bunker work well into the comedy of her current happenings. It's the scenes where we are reminded so much, yet she doesn't understand today's world that are the most poignant. The show is funny however at times it feels like the storylines are only superficially worked through. There's also a sense that there could be more going on.

The music video for Titus's 'Peeno Noir' song perfectly captures the essence of the show



I'm a big fan of 30 Rock and can't help comparing it with Unbreakable. Although Unbreakable is not on par with 30 Rock, it does give some nice surprises. Tituss Burgess rounds out the cast. Having played D'Fwan beautifully in 30 Rock, Tituss' character Titus Andromedon is a scene stealer. He is a mix of Tracey/Jack to Kimmy's Liz Lemon. In short, Titus is the gay aspiring actor who's big personality nails it.

Sometimes it seems like Titus could be the main character. Carol Kane, who also plays Penguin's mum in Gotham, is Kimmy and Titus's eccentric landlady. She's basically Titus's entourage and I look forward to seeing what they get up to.

Kimmy's life in New York has its ups and down. Pop culture references are heavily used to show how times have changed. There are lots of gags around the absurdity of some of the things that we do now and what we didn't do 15 years ago. Kimmy's navigation through it all is full of pitfalls but she takes it all with crazy results.
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