If you ever wondered what Erin from The Office is doing now, she’s starring in Netflix’s newest sitcom, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Have you seen this show? For those who are currently watching or plan to watch, I’ll try to talk about this show as much as I can without any overt spoilers.
The story behind this sitcom centers around Kimmy Schmidt, a former resident of Durnsville, Indiana who was trapped in an underground bunker for 15 years by a doomsday cult! Kimmy escapes the cult, finds out the world didn’t end and promptly goes to live in New York City. She moves in with a hilarious, flamboyant, no filters man named Titus (played by Tituss Burgess) and works as a nanny for a narcissistic one percenter named Jacqueline Voorhees (played by 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski) and her equally narcissistic and horrible children (Xanthippe is easily the most annoying teenage character ever). Kimmy’s adventures center around her figuring out her career, work, love life, friendships but a large piece of the storyline is about Kimmy “getting over” what happened to her.
Because the show is created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, both of 30 Rock, the show contains a lot of absurdity intermingled with the touchy feel-good parts. Kimmy’s nervous banter and Jane Krakowski’s self-absorbed character are both hilarious references back to the show, but there are smaller references, too. The construction worker that catcalls Kimmy is the same construction worker that catcalls Liz Lemon! Titus and the werewolf costume? It reminded me of Tracy Jordan dancing at the werewolf bar mitzvah.
However, I was totally annoyed about the sheer number of how many times there are cheap jokes at the expense of Indiana & the entire Midwest in general! (At one point, a character from Indiana say, “The board of education is letting me pick which chapter to take out of a textbook for this month!”) It’s a little frustrating, and did feel a bit like maybe the show is for a different audience. In this case, comedy equals taking cheap shots at anywhere that is not New York. It made me wonder if Tina Fey had a bad experience in Indiana, and took it upon herself to make sure the Midwestern states know exactly what the rest of the country thinks of them.
You can watch the entire first season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Look for cameos from Jon Hamm (remember when he was on 30 Rock?), Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper from Mad Men), Nick Kroll, Horatio Sanz and Amy Sedaris.
And finally, in honor of the great Tina Fey and her cool creations, who can forget the night cheese?