You NEED to Be Watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt



YAY - I started watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (starring Ellie Kemper) last night! It's been the talk of the Netflix world for a few weeks now and now I finally see why.

Basically, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) gets kidnapped in 8th grade along with three other women by a creepy reverend who believes they are the only living creatures alive after the "apocalypse." It sounds like a terrifying thriller but it's what makes the show so great.

When she is finally rescued, she heads off to New York City to start a new life. She hasn't been in the real world for over a decade so everything is different and she still has A LOT of learning to do. Ellie Kemper is the perfect candidate for this role, and one of the only people that can pull of the optimistic, happy-go-lucky, innocent adult.

So, a women who was rescued from a cult starts a life in New York? Not your everyday idea for a television show. Risky, but risky in all the right ways. Like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards or Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is refreshing and pulls in a diverse audience.

The show is literally HILARIOUS. It makes me laugh out loud and the next day I was quoting is constantly in real life conversations. I also found myself singing "PINOT NOIRRRRRRRRR" every few hours.

It captures the everyday struggle of New York (probably thanks to Tina Fey) without sacrificing classic NYC themes, such as construction workers, sketchy clubs and rich white people participating in gentrification.

When I was watching the first episode, I fell in love with Kemper's performance as Kimmy, however, everything changed when Tituss Burgess walked into the room. I don't know what it is about him. This man is pure comedic gold. It's nice to see a character that is black and gay that isn't defined by the fact that he is black and gay. He doesn't follow any stereotypes which is quite uncommon for television shows...how revitalizing is that? Honestly, this man has such a natural gift of hilarious facial expressions, accents, and reactions. End of story.

The writing is inventive and modern with a hint of sarcasm. Sure, there's laughter as well as there's inspiration moments - however, you can tell the writers and producers make sure they don't follow a formula. We need more television like this.

We all hopped on the Orange is the New Black train as soon as we could. I mean, who knew everyone would go crazy over a television show about a bunch of women basically doing nothing in prison?

Well, let me tell you, you want to jump on the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt train as soon as you can. It came out in March, so it's still early, but sooner or later - it's going to be the talk of your cocktail parties and coffee break meetings. Season 2 is confirmed because yes, they really did do that well.