It seems that no one can stop talking about Netflix’s newest show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Released this past weekend, the 13 episode comedy comes from the minds of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who brought us 30 Rock. I actually unintentionally binged watched this show yesterday, I hit play and suddenly it was midnight and I only had one episode left. It’s a catchy show, with a catchy theme song, catchy dialogue and most importantly catchy characters. Especially lovable, the sweet, kind, hilarious, and unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
There are so many things to adore about Kimmy Schmidt. But let’s start with the greatest and most obvious: Kimmy Schmidt is unbreakable. The premise of this show is that Kimmy and three other women were forced into a bunker 15 years before by a ‘reverend’ who told them that there has been a nuclear apocalypse and they were the sole survivors. The show begins with these women being rescued. Flashbacks to the bunker times show the audience just how strong Kimmy was throughout the entire 15 years. She kept searching for answers and hope, she questioned the reverend, and never truly bought into the cult. She was strong for the other women and helped them hold it together for years. Once the show begins and Kimmy decides to live in New York, she continues to fight for what she wants. With no job, no money, nothing but an eighth grade education, everyone around her pressures her to go back to Indiana, to settle and accept this life she’s been given. But instead, Kimmy keeps fighting, even when all the chips are down and everyone expects her to fail. To quote the theme song, “but females are strong as hell” and Kimmy exemplifies this.
The best thing about Kimmy Schmidt is how she supports other women. While in the bunker, Kimmy spent much of her time encouraging and assuring the women that they would one day find a way out of their situation. Kimmy really takes one of the women, Cyndee, under her wing becoming an almost older sister to her. She is protective and kind and takes the time to really know and support Cyndee. And the best part is that when they are freed and Cyndee comes to visit, Kimmy is upset and frustrated with the way Cyndee is choosing to live, but instead of forcing her to change, Kimmy looks within her self to figure out why she’s acting that way. Kimmy realizes that it isn’t her place to judge, but to recognize that she wouldn’t live life that way, but Cyndee (and all other women) are allowed to live however they want. And it is her job as a friend, to support her friend’s ability to make those choices. Now that Kimmy is out of the bunker, she spends her time helping Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski). The woman has an endless string of problems from marital to self esteem to kids. Kimmy sets out to help Jacqueline work out her problems, mainly by encouraging and talking through them with her. Kimmy uses her crazy life (bunker) experiences to give advice and help others through the situations they are dealing with.
Lastly, another thing I love about Kimmy Schmidt is how inspirational she is. After more than half of her life is spent trapped, underground, thinking the world had ended, Kimmy Schmidt emerges as a upbeat and positive person. The experience of being in the bunker strengthened her will and character and made her appreciate everything so much more. She brings this spirit and perkiness to a group of people who have lost faith in almost everything, especially their dreams. But when their jadedness and disillusionment are challenged by Kimmy’s hope and happiness, they can’t help but be inspired by her. Her roommate Titus especially, has given up on ever achieving anything he’d wanted, but within a day of meeting Kimmy and hearing her story, Titus feels like maybe he has been given a second chance at life and his dreams, too.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a hilarious look at life today and how even though terrible, awful things happen to everyone, “females are strong as hell”. Kimmy Schmidt is proof of that.
All 13 episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are available to stream on Netflix now! Check it out and support our Woman Crush this week!