Earlier this year when I saw the trailer for Netflix’s new Tina Fey-created comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I was worried it would suck. But then last night I watched the entire first season in one sitting and I fell in love with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that Tina can do no wrong, and I should have had feyth in her, bad trailer be damned.
Believe me when I say this show is great and you need to go watch it right now. If you loved 30 Rock and have been going through withdrawal for the past two years, Unbreakable is the answer. If you need a more detailed explanation than that, I went ahead and put together a little pro and con list to help you decide whether to watch. (It’s only pros.)
1. Ellie Kemper is fabulous.
I’ve been saying for a while now that Ellie Kemper is the most adorable human being on the planet, and she totally lives up to that title as Kimmy, a woman who was held by a cult leader in an apocalypse bunker for 15 years and tries to start a new life for herself in New York. She’s instantly lovable and peppy without being annoying. Ellie nails it.
2. The supporting cast is solid.
Titus Andromedon, Kimmy’s aspiring actor roommate, is played by the hilarious Tituss Burgess, whom you might recognize as D’Fwan from 30 Rock. Jane Krakowski returns to basically play Jenna Maroney as a rich housewife, and I’m not complaining. And don’t forget Carol Kane as Kimmy’s wacky landlady.
3. It’s just as funny as 30 Rock.
I know it’s hard to believe, but this really is on the same level as 30 Rock. It’s hilarious from the get-go, but I laughed even harder with every new episode, because the style gets crazier and more fast-paced, and the jokes get even more layered. The dialogue would fit right in coming out of Tracy Jordan or Kenneth Parcell’s mouth, but it’s a new enough storyline that you don’t feel like it’s trying too hard to recreate the magic.
4. There’s music!
There’s background music reminiscent of the stuff you heard on 30 Rock, and that’s because it was also composed by Jeff Richmond, Tina Fey’s husband. There are also original songs (SPIDERMEN!), and the theme song, an auto-tuned news interview, will be stuck in your head all day.
5. There are awesome guest stars.
The best guest star isn’t revealed until later in the season, so I don’t want to ruin the surprise by saying his name. I also don’t want to reveal most of the other ones because it’s so fun to discover them for yourself. But trust me when I say they’re amazing. That includes Nick Kroll, who I will tell you about because he shows up in everything anyway.
6. It’s inspiring.
This is a show about a kidnapping survivor, after all. Kimmy’s positive outlook on life, despite everything she’s been through, is amazing. FEMALES ARE STRONG AS HELL.
7. You can watch it all in one sitting.
The episodes are all less than 30 minutes, and there are only 13 of them. And since this is Netflix, you can watch them all right now and not have to wait a week in between episodes or deal with annoying reruns during the holidays. The only downside is you’ll soon be jonesing for more.
8. It was already renewed for a second season.
It sucks getting attached to a show only to see it canceled right away, so take comfort in the fact that another season has already been greenlit. You’re not boarding a sinking ship. Just a very funny one.