Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was just released on Netflix a few days ago. If you haven’t yet been part of the world of Kimmy, here are a few reasons why you should start binge-watching it, like, yesterday. It’s time to go, girl!
1.) Tina Fey’s writing
That’s right, one of the brilliant minds behind this show is none other than Tina Fey. I wasn’t into the idea of watching the show when it first premiered until I realized that she was one of the co-creators. I’ve admired her work for a long time, and she never fails to make me laugh. If you’re a fan of 30 Rock, you’re already in the right comedic frame of mind.
2.) Titus Andromedon
Even if you haven’t seen any of the 3 seasons, you may have heard of Titus Andromedon, star of Peeno Noir and the best Lemonade parody I’ve yet seen. Played by Broadway singer/actor Tituss Burgess, Titus is Kimmy’s amazing, openly gay, sometimes-voice-of-reason roommate. An inherently selfish person who is constantly trying to better himself, Titus is the comic relief in a comedy. Believe it or not, it works.
3.) And everyone else!
We can’t forget the rest of the cast. Is it cheating to include everyone in their own category? I don’t care. From Kimmy herself (Ellie Kemper) to Lillian (Carol Kane) to Xan (Dylan Gelula), each character comes to us as more than second bananas in yet another sit-com. Each person struggles to find their place in the ever-changing world, and they’re able to make us laugh while they’re doing it.
4.) More than a comedy
It’s no coincidence that my two favorite shows at the moment are Kimmy Schmidt and The Last Man on Earth. Each of these half-hour series is a comedy on the outside, but full of devastating real-world problems on the inside. Much as Last Man deals with death and the survival of the human race, Kimmy Schmidt tackles issues such as PTSD, kidnapping, rape, and racism. Head’s up: if you didn’t already know, the show begins when Kimmy is rescued from a bunker where she was kept for 15 years by a crazy cult leader. Not only were her teen years and early 20s stolen from her, but she now must deal with surviving in the outside world. We learn that she represses her trauma, but had suffered multiple types of abuse at the hands of the “Reverend.”
5.) The Quest for Identity
Arguably, the theme of the show could be called the Quest for Identity. Kimmy is trying her hardest to adapt to life in a world for which she is no longer equipped. Who is she post-bunker, post-abuse? She earns her GED, but what does that give her? Similarly, Titus is searching for the dream job he’s wanted since before he came out, and Lillian struggles with the fact that the neighborhood is changing all around her.
Give Kimmy a try, and you won’t regret it. Or at the very least, watch some Peeno Noir.
The Collected Mutineer