The new Netflix original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has been met with many raving reviews after the airing of its first season.
The show tells the story of 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who spent 15 years held in an underground bunker by wedding DJ and post-apocalyptic cult leader Richard Wayne Gary Wayne.
The show’s creators, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who also worked together to produce “30 Rock,” made “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as irreverent and witty as possible.
The pilot opens with the rescue of Kimmy and three other women from the underground bunker in Indiana. Kimmy decides to try to “make it in New York.”
The pilot, called “Kimmy Goes Outside!,” sees Kimmy finding a roommate, getting a job, losing the job and attempting to get her job back all in a single day.
Seen through the eyes of a young woman thrown into a world that she believed was destroyed years before, everything seems even more ridiculous and quirky when it is poked fun at by this absurdist comedy.
Modern viewers will immediately recognize the show’s parodies of news reports, viral videos and wealthy, inattentive parents.
The series is perfectly casted, starring “The Office” actress Ellie Kemper, Broadway star Tituss Burgess and Emmy award-winner Carol Kane.
The series has a solid pilot episode, and will hopefully go nowhere but up after this so-funny-it’s-tear-inducing first episode.
There are many unanswered questions solicited by the pilot, which will hopefully be explored more in upcoming episodes.
For example, not much is known about the cult that kidnapped Kimmy. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne’s face has not even been revealed yet in the first episode.
Only the back of his head is seen as he lectured the women he has kidnapped about their “badness” and “dumbness” which caused the apocalypse that has killed every living thing except for the five of them.
Although the series is undeniably hilarious, it also makes you care about the characters. Kimmy has been faced with so many hardships in her life.
Despite this, she is perpetually optimistic and bright. She makes you cheer for her at every turn.
Titus Andromedon, Kimmy’s wannabe Broadway singer of a roommate, is also extremely likeable. Despite his many dreams of making it big on Broadway, Titus is stuck with a job he hates. You can’t help but hope he achieves his dreams.
This pilot concludes with Titus and Kimmy singing happily in the middle of the bustling New York City street.
They are down on their luck, but have many high hopes for the future.
A second season has recently been ordered for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” but its release date has not yet been announced.
Hopefully this series will have a long, glorious run like its predecessors “30 Rock” and “The Office.”