This week, we’ve found ourselves repeating the phrase “You haven’t seen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? You have to see it!” one too many times. Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the sitcom follows 29 year old Kimmy Schmidt as she is freed after spending 15 years locked in an underground bunker. Fresh from 1998, Kimmy has a lot of catching up and growing up to do. If you’ve not yet indulged, here are our top 5 reasons that you should come join the UKS party.
1) It’s on Netflix. Remember when you had to wait an agonising week before your next fix of your favourite TV show? The awkward silences you endured while you and your friends ran out of things to talk about? Well, not so with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s leapfrogged mainstream TV and gone straight to Netflix. So you can cancel your Sunday plans, sit back and binge watch all 13 (advert-free!) episodes. We recommend accompanying your UKS session with some good old fashioned binge eating.
2) Tina Fey created it. And everyone loves Tina Fey. She has the Midas touch. From Golden Globe opening monologues to hit series 30 Rock, there’s nothing to which she can’t turn her talents. Employing her trademark dry sarcastic style, UKS introduces us to a strong woman, it’s laugh out loud funny and steeped in social and political commentary. And if that weren’t enough, she cameos as an inept prosecutor in court scenes that are the highlight of the series.
3) It’s uplifting.This isn’t Game of Thrones. There will be no Red Wedding in UKS (and thank goodness, because we’re still not over that.) From Ellie Kemper’s child-like naïve positivity and optimism (think Tom Hanks in Big) right through to the use of bright colours, this is a thoroughly ‘feel-good’ sitcom. Even The Reverend (the show’s baddy, played brilliantly by John Hamm) packs a strong comedy punch (again, look out for the court room scenes, you won’t be disappointed.)
4) 90s Nostalgia. Every 90s girl is going to love this show. From the get-go, we’re hit with Babysitters Club references and out-dated phrases (“word up”). Kimmy’s clothes are bright, her shoes light up and she owns a walkman. She’s refreshingly oblivious to smart phones and selfies. She admits she hasn’t had a clock since her Tamagotchi died and she wants Hanson playing at her thirtieth birthday party: “Sorry I don’t know Hanson’s current hits, Titus, I haven’t been to a Sam Goody since 1998.” With the 90s being so “in” right now UKS is both up-to-date and a nostalgic trip own memory lane.
5) The Cast And in particular, Jane Krakowski, who steals the show (for us). She plays a self-obsessed, wealthy housewife, Jacqueline Vorhees, who’s running from her past. Having worked with Tina Fey on 30 Rock, and playing a very similar character (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?), Krakowski delivers a perfect performance with more of an endearing, human side to her in Jacqueline Vorhees than we saw in Jenna Moroney. Along with Kimmy’s over dramatic, gay, struggling actor roommate, her anti-establishment possibly murdering landlady and a nemesis in cold-hearted teenager Xanthrippe, the cast ensure the show stays laugh out loud funny from start to finish.
So there you go. Get involved. And if we’ve not convinced you to by now, here’s one more reason: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is here to stay. The second season is already ordered and YOU need to catch up!