I was at home, looking for something to watch on Netflix when I stumbled upon the streaming service’s new original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Falling in love with the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock created series, I binge-watched it throughout a glorious, hilarity-filled weekend and am now recommending 6 reasons why you could easily do the same:
6. The theme song
A creative theme song based on Songify The News’s YouTube comedy videos finds a man’s Kimmy-related interview by a fictitious news channel remixed into a catchy song with lyrics like, “they alive, damn it,” and iconic hook closer, “but females are strong as hell.” It never gets old.
5. All of the references from the 90s and early 2000s
Since the show is centered around a woman who reacclimatizes herself with modern day society after being held hostage in an apocalyptic-proof bunker for fifteen years, Ellie Kemper‘s Kimmy makes tons of awesomely outdated references only true children of the 80’s and 90’s will recognize.
4. It will remind you of 30 Rock
Jane Krakowski and Tina Fey cameos aside. Both shows were created by Fey and feature her comedic styling and witty humor. A win-win.
3. It Discriminates Against Everyone
The show received some negative press for its stereotype-perpetuating racial portrayals but I personally think the media is being too sensitive. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt leaves no race out of the equation.
Whether you’re white, black, hispanic, asian, gay, straight, skinny or plus sized, you’ll be offended at some point throughout the show’s 13 episode run. Deal with it. That’s how comedy works.
2. The Cast
On Unbreakable, layers of multifaceted comedy are woven into Kimmy’s world with the inclusion of multiple characters who bring their own signature comedic elements to the table – often stealing the show.
Carol Kane plays cooky landlord Lillian, above, Jane Krakowski portrays Kimmy’s boss and one percent clinger Jacqueline, below. Tituss Burgess is Kimmy’s self absorbed roommate Titus, below last, and Ellie Kemper is the show’s optimistically naive lead Kimmy, bottom.
The show also features a brilliant supporting cast with stand out performances like Dylan Gelula as spoiled step daughter Xanthippe and Sol Miranda‘s sassy, solely Spanish speaking Donna Maria Nuñez.
The mix of personalities (and dedicated character acting) work well together to sustain laughs throughout the season. If you enjoy the first episode, you’ll easily find yourself having watched all 13 episodes soon after.
1. A Second Season Is Coming
The show is reportedly proving to be a success for Netflix and has been green-lit for a second season. Unsurprising, since it’s so darn funny.