'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Is The Best, Seriously

by Nicole Pomarico

Original shows on Netflix are still a relatively new thing, but it's quickly becoming my favorite "network." The first season of the latest addition to the lineup, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Sara Chase, is now available to watch instantly, and it is phenomenal and I'm not just saying that because I'm obsessed with anything and everything Tina Fey does. If you miss 30 Rock, if you loved Kemper on The Office, or if you're just a fan of good TV, you're going to love this show. Still on the fence about whether this should be your next binge-watch? There are plenty of reasons why you should spend this weekend realizing that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is your new favorite.

Between the truly solid cast of characters, Kimmy's adorably optimistic outlook on a world that feels like the future to her, and self-aware, smart comedy, you're going to fall in love by the time the first episode is over. Say goodbye to your weekend plans, and say hello to your couch. You have 13 episodes to watch, my friend. There is no time to waste.

The show makes fun of society in the best way

When the "mole women" — Kimmy and the other women who were part of the underground apocalypse cult that gets rescued in the pilot — are finally discovered, their story goes basically how all news stories go these days, complete with an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show and an ambush makeover. We are nothing if not obsessed with tragedy... which is why Kimmy decides to keep her identity a secret the best she can.


When Kimmy finally finds an apartment, she ends up living with Titus, a very gay man who dreams of being on Broadway but instead is a fake Iron Man in Times Square with all the other creepy knock-off characters. At first he takes advantage of her, but they quickly become friends, and he's kind of the best.

The teenage stepdaughter

Kimmy becomes a nanny for a rich lady named Jaqueline (played by Krakowski) who has a 15-year-old stepdaughter, who hates everything, as many 15-year-olds do. She is sassy in a way that reminds you of exactly what it was like to be 15, and she's hilarious in the way that Helen's step-kids are in Bridesmaids.

The theme song is a remix of a news story

You know how YouTube loves when someone comments on a news story so much they turn it into a remix? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has an Antoine Dodson moment of its own when the mole women are first rescued, and that auto-tuned remix becomes the show's theme song. I love it, and that's coming from someone who hates basically all TV theme songs.

The Baby-Sitters Club storyline

Since Kimmy was kidnapped in the '80s, there are few pop culture references she actually understands... and the book she happened to have down in the bunker with her was one of the BSC mysteries. I don't want to ruin it for you, but she uses it to break down the aforementioned stepdaughter, and it's so satisfying.

"You can do anything for 10 seconds"

This is Kimmy's mantra, and she applies it to everything. Except when the 10 seconds pass, she just starts counting again. Isn't that just a metaphor for life?

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