Now that Netflix has officially launched in Australia, I need to note my top pick for new content that is a must watch for any subscriber.
Located in the US TV category is a sweet yet not so sweet comedy called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is discovering what modern life is like for the first time after being freed from a cult – a cult that lived in an underground bunker where Kimmy and 3 other women were being held hostage for 15 years (they had been told the world had pretty much blown up). It’s a rather macabre premise for a show – especially a comedy.
Wanting to steer clear of the ‘Indiana mole women’ tag Kimmy and her fellow cult devotee’s have been so kindly given, Kimmy decides to make a break and start her life in New York City and in what seems like record time, Kimmy manages to find an apartment with a roommate in Titus (Tituss Burgess) and a job as a co-dependent for wealthy socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski).
Kimmy’s sudden burst into the modern world and her adjustment to this new life away from the bunker provide the base story point for the season and the comedy revolving around dated slang versus modern technology.
As Kimmy, Kemper is perfection. The doe eyed, clueless optimist plays well with Kemper (the role was created with her in mind) who breathes innocence into a woman not wanting to be seen as a victim. her incessant happiness should be annoying but in Kempers hands, her sweet temperament comes off a somewhat adorable. Krakowski on the hand is my favorite. As the perfect image at any desperate cost (foot surgery and all), Jacqueline could be considered to be an older version of Krakowski’s other alter ego (30 Rock’s Jenna Maroney) but it’s easy enough to over-look it with the amount of fantastic one liners she constantly spews out. Jacqueline is the kind of woman you hope doesn’t exist yet you know she does.
The brains trust behind Kimmy Schmidt is of course Tina Fey and 30 Rock producer Robert Carlock. The two working together have created a show that has a familiar feel to it (30 Rock fans should be all over this) but is so separate from the creators roots, new viewers should stick around.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, complete season one is available on Netflix Australia.