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Synopsis:

Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a wannabe Broadway actor and the unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out! Titus reintroduces Kimmy to modern life, and she provides him with the inspiration to follow his dreams. Together they’ll make it through whatever life throws at them.

Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), this acclaimed comedy series earned 18 Primetime Emmy nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series for each of its seasons. The cast includes Ellie Kemper (The Office), Tituss Burgess (Dolemite Is My Name), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) and Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) with guest appearances from Amy Sedaris, Jon Hamm, Josh Charles, Fred Armisen, David Cross and Tina Fey!

What We Thought:

When Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt first hit Netflix I couldn’t quite get into it. I watched an episode or two and thought it was alright, but I gave up on it quickly. Then others I know started watching it and as the seasons added up, I kept hearing better and better things. So I revisited the show and it definitely grew on me.

I was a big fan of The Office and liked Ellie Kemper from her time on that show. She’s the reason I gave this a shot in the first place. I will say that as they adapted characters and figured out who worked best, the show got much better. That’s not a slight on Kemper, all shows do better when supporting characters flourish.

Tituss Burgess easily became the breakout star of the show. As Kimmy’s roommate who helps her discover this new, non-cult world she’s living in, Tituss not only gets big laughs, but packs a lot of heart into his character having to deal with this young woman. Jane Krakowski is always great in roles where she can be snippy. Jon Hamm wasn’t in every episode, but I loved how they referenced Mad Men at times even saying his character claimed to have written the Coca-Cola jingle I want to buy the world a Coke which is definitely a throwback to Don Draper.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was a very quirky show. It’s definitely a lot more strange than 30 Rock and The Office, it is after all a show about a young woman living in today’s world after being in a cult for 15 years. But it did fill the gap those shows left behind. It was a critics and award show darling netting 18 Primetime Emmy nominations. Thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment, this is the first time the complete series has been available on home video so if you were a fan, this is a great addition to your collection.

 

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