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Saturday, March 21, 2015

What I'm Streaming....Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

What I'm Streaming- Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
Momma Told Me: Sometimes you just need a fresh set of eyes.

I don't usually watch 'current' programming. This is partly due to the fact that we do not subscribe to cable since giving it up for various streaming services a few years back. However, a new trend in streaming is occurring and streaming services, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix are becoming their own sort of networks with self hosted television shows. While some are disgruntled that their paid streaming services are now advertising internal programming, I rather like the idea of fresh, current, shows that I can still binge all at once. Of course I'm still waiting on that new season of Orange Is The New Black *cough, Netflix, cough* but the beauty in streaming is that there is always something to watch.
What I'm Streaming- Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
I waited 2 weeks before giving Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) a try. It seemed a bit silly and the promos were getting quite repetitive to the point they were annoying. When I take on a show in bulk I like to feel as though I'm discovering it, not reliving every highlight with the rest of the world.

Unbreakable, as we'll call it, was originally pitched to NBC by it's creators Tina Fey (who does guest star as a questionable defense attorney) and Robert Carlock. The off-the-wall premise casts The Office's redheaded Ellie Kemper as one of 4 women freed from an Apocalypse cult after living 10 years underground with their faithful reverend (Jon Hamm of Mad Men.) The intro to the show is very campy and borders silly at most points, so I encourage everyone to give this show a 2 episode chance. I can't quite tell why the plot skewed towards plain silly during the first episode but it does do a good job of setting up the series for the remainder of the season.
What I'm Streaming- Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
As you can imagine the story centers around Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper,) just one of 4 affectionately labeled mole women rescued from their 10 years of captivity underground. While Kimmy's underground friends do play a part in her story she is ultimately the star of the tale with her new-found larger-then-life aspiring performer and flamboyantly gay friend, Titus Andromedon. While the bulk of her story is focused on the reintegration of her life among the 10 year gap the plot also likes to poke fun at her character's naturally innocent, yet determined, and woefully ignorant, core characteristics.
What I'm Streaming- Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
In all I have mixed feelings about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt- It was indeed entertaining and an easy watch. There were several times I found myself doubled over in laughter at key 'Did she really just say/do that?!' moments- however, there were also several over-the-top comedic attempts that just fell flat for me. As colorful as Kimmy is, all of the characters and situations in the show are equally exaggerated and while this can touch on comedic gold sometimes it also rounds tasteless and plain offensive. Watch cautiously, but definitely give it a try if you are a fan of anything Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live, or Parks and Recreation. You can catch the first season of Unbreakable streaming on Netflix now.

What Daughter Says: While I don't see Unbreakable as a new hit sensation it is a charming show worth the laughs.


6 comments:

  1. I keep meaning to check out this show, so thanks for the reminder. I have heard nothing but good things.

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  2. I saw an ad for it in passing the other day, but didn't stop to look. Interesting. Not sure this would be my speed or not, from what you've said. As someone who spent the 90's (ages 5-15) in a cultural black hole (I was an abused child; we moved 19 times before I turned 18, and I was extremely socially isolated until I was in high school in the 2000's), I sometimes struggle with humor that spends a lot of time picking on a character who isn't at fault for his or her social ineptness. I've adapted well, but still carry wounds from that kind of humor, and I know many people with similar backgrounds who never really adapted at all because the "humorous" cruelty was just too much, and they withdrew completely. So...I appreciate the warning, I guess? #lol Interesting concept, though.

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    1. Hi Alena, Thanks for stopping by- While it is a slapstick style comedy that borders absurd at times the message is very positive towards the main character. She is smart, determined, and completely loveable. I didn't write the show but I'd theorize this is precisely because she was not a part of the modern culture through the decade and has a very positive outlook to share thanks to her ignorance. It certainly is a fine line, but Kimmy is, as the title says, Unbreakable- like all women!

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  3. I just finished the final episode to season one! YAY! Kimmy saved the day! Such a fun show!!! Netflix has the best original lineup!

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  4. I've never seen this but thanks for the review. I'm always interested in checking out new shows.

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  5. I just finished this show and I agree. A lot of it fell flat but there were a few pretty funny moments. And the guest cast was very impressive! They were definitely easy to watch though!

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