So, on Wednesday morning when I put on Netflix while I was getting ready, there was a notice at the top of the screen for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I didn’t pay too close attention at first, I just saw that it was brightly coloured and figured it was for a kids show. Once I took a closer look, I realised it was Ellie Kemper. And then I was immediately sucked in. She was a great addition to The Office, and although the show introduced some weird and unnecessary characters, she fit well in the group! I didn’t love her on The Mindy Project, but then again, I thought the Josh character was useless.
She is a funny actress, and can play earnest characters well while still maintaining a darker side- something that isn’t often done successfully. I will be immensely sad if we don’t see a bio from her in the next 3-5 years. (Ellie, if for some reason you are reading this, PLEASE WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS. I want to hear about your time at Princeton. And all the other time.) A show starring Ellie? I knew I had to see it. Especially given that Tina Fey is an executive producer.
I will admit, I watched all thirteen episodes from Friday to this afternoon. The theme song is offbeat but actually fairly perfect for the show. The intro was pretty solid- if you have seen Big Love, it’s the comedic version of the compound, essentially. I found Tituss and Lillian to be overly loud and in-your-face at first, but I think I grew to love them, or at least like them. Jane Krakowski does a fantastic job as a step-/mom, just as neurotic, insane, and insecure as 30 Rock. Tina Fey actually makes an appearance in the last few episodes, and is also as entertaining as ever. Tina, you can be my terrible, 80s lawyer any time you are free and I happen to need a lawyer for something.
And finally, Ellie Kemper. Ellie has a fantastic unbreakable energy (you see what I did there?), and her unflagging smiles and positivity make you root for Kimmy from start to finish. I also enjoy when she snaps- nothing like a crazy, screaming Ellie Kemper to make you spit out your ginger ale. Hopefully this isn’t a spoiler because it is out of the show description, but Kimmy lived underground for 15 years and so has missed 15 years of everything, including pop culture. Ellie plays off her cluelessness incredibly well. I never found myself irritated with her confusion and lack of keeping-up-ness.
Because I don’t want to put any spoilers in my post, I won’t go into more details. What’s the take away? Head to Netflix and check out The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!