Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the new comedy series created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock of 30 Rock, debuted Friday on Netflix. It stars Ellie Kemper from The Office and Jane Krakowski from 30 Rock. Unbreakable is already getting fabulous reviews and for good reason. I love it!
OK that might be strong, but I'm definitely enjoying it and I'm already six episodes in. It's light, silly and witty as well as very brightly colored. It's a nice uplifting ying to the yang of the dark and twisted shows I usually watch...i.e. basically everything on cable.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has a lot of similarities to the quirky The Mindy Project as well as Fey's 30 Rock. But not surprisingly, the network geniuses at NBC passed on the show and Netflix grabbed it up like a wedding dress at Filene's Basement.
So this is the set up:
Kimmy was part of a group of girls ("mole women") who were lied to by a culty preacher and kept prisoner in an underground bunker in Indiana for 15 years. They were rescued and - long story short - Kimmy moves to NYC to start a new life with a third grade education and a Jansport backpack full of cash.
Her "new life" involves: a kooky landlady (played by Carol Kane); a gay black roommate/wannabe Broadway star named Titus (played by Tituss Burgess, also from 30 Rock); her new rich lady boss, Jacqueline Voorhees (Krakowski, doing what she does best); a couple of bratty rich kids and a series of dates, friends and "mole women" who visit her in NYC.
Ellie Kemper is perfect for this role. She knows how to be cheery and smiley and inquisitive without being obnoxious. There's intention to the naivete in everything she does. Seeing NY through Kimmy's innocent, third grade level eyes is actually really amusing. The other perfect piece of the puzzle is Tituss Burgess as "Titus," Kimmy's eccentric roommate. Titus is going to be one of those characters that will become everyone's favorite, mark my words.
TV reviews aren't necessarily my strong suit so I will leave it at that. Go watch for yourself and see what you think.