Netflix’s New Hit Is Unbreakable
By MIKAELA ADWAR
With its infectious theme song and cast of uniquely memorable characters, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” may be one of the best new shows this season, despite the fact that it did not premiere on network television. Though the show was originally meant for NBC, the comedic geniuses behind “Unbreakable,” Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, came to an agreement with the network, and the show later found its home on Netflix. In an interview with Variety, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt stated that, “When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series.” Its 13-episode debut on March 6th made the 22-minute show an absolute hit with Netflix binge watchers.
“Unbreakable” is, without a doubt, the breakout comedy of the year. The subject matter of this comedy may be surprising to those who have not yet seen the show. The first episode opens as Kimmy Schmidt, played by the hilarious and ebullient Ellie Kemper (one of the four so-called “Indiana mole women”) is freed after 15 years of captivity from an underground bunker kept by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the leader of an apocalyptic cult. She deviates from the paths of her fellow victims and decides to stay in New York City after an appearance on the “Today Show,” equipped with her purple JanSport backpack and positive outlook. Schmidt eventually finds a place to live in a basement apartment with her new roommate and aspiring Broadway actor Titus Andromedon, portrayed by Tituss Burgess. Kimmy finds a job as a nanny for a wealthy and aloof mother, Jacqueline Voorhees, played by Jane Krakowski.
Each episode follows Kimmy as she attempts to navigate her way through the Big Apple and become a “normal” person, though she is armed with only an eighth grade education and outdated ’90s lingo. Despite all the obstacles placed in her path, Kimmy skips along in her sparkly sneakers, both baffling and impressing everyone in her wake. Whether she is dealing comebacks to Jacqueline’s troublemaking daughter Xanthippe, attending an adult GED class, being caught up in a love triangle, or faking her way through an Upper East Side party, Kimmy is nothing short of effervescent. It is no surprise that the show was picked up for a second season.
Though the show can be enjoyed by students and parents alike, it seems to have gained a large teenage following. Jericho High School senior and television aficionado Sam Newman said, “‘Unbreakable’ is the new ’30 Rock.’ Tina Fey continues to master her brand of comedy in this fun, new series. It was very easy to watch, and I finished the show very quickly as the episodes are very short. I would definitely recommend the show to anyone looking to binge watch a show.” Senior Samara Chafitz agreed with Newman and said,” There are so many witty comments said throughout the show if you pay close enough attention. This show is awesome for anyone looking for a laugh and a catchy theme song.”