It’s the rare comedy that’s hilarious right off the bat, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is exactly that.
The story of a young woman who tries to rebuild her life in Manhattan after being rescued from an underground cult in Indiana, Kimmy is an uplifiting and utterly hysterical creation. It helps that the show’s title character (portrayed by Ellie Kemper) is an absolute hoot. The specifics of Kimmy’s captivity are murky but undoubtedly disturbing, and yet Kimmy is a fiery ball of energy who can’t help but see the good in people. Her enthusiasm and zest for life are simply contagious at every turn.
As for the supporting cast, well let’s just say they’re perfectly cast across the board. First off is Kimmy’s roommate Titus Andromedon (yes the name is insane) magnificently played by Tituss Burgess. It would be far too easy for this character to be a one-note joke, but Burgess imbues just enough heart and warmth underneath the snappy exterior. Equally spectacular are Jane Krakowski – who plays Kimmy’s boss Jacqueline – and Carole Kane who plays Kimmy’s eccentric landlord Lillian. Both ladies do such a magical job inhabiting their characters that they steal every single scene they’re in. Truth be told, all three performers are standouts who could easily headline their own spinoff if need be. They’re that complex, lovable, and plain funny.
And really the comedy is spot on. In fact, this show is funny you can barely keep up with the sharp zingers and consistently epic exchanges. I had a permanent smile plastered on my face throughout this 13-episode debut season, and that’s no easy feat.
With a highly original premise and a heartwarming message, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a quirky and rousing success in every way.