Netflix’s newest original show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is making a large impression on the Netflix audience. Released on March 6th, the show appeared to be girly and slightly kiddish; however after watching the entire season I can say in all confidence that there is so much more to the show than meets the eye.
The show follows the life of a twenty-something girl named Kimmy who has been kidnapped and held in an underground bunker for 15 years by a crazy man (John Hamm) preaching about the end of the world. When she is released with 3 other captives, they are given the name “mole women” and become an international news story.
At first, I thought that this was going to be another cheesy pre-teen humor kind of thing. Even though I was pretty convinced of this, I decided to at least finish the first episode.
I started to change my mind when the 4 “mole women” were shown in an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC. In the scene, Lauer was being overly prying,only referring to the women as their commercial name (mole women), and actually forced one of the girls into a “SURPRISE MAKE OVER!” The entire situation was so insensitive and showy. This was when I realized the show was totally making fun of how people today handle certain tragedies in terms of the media. It was genius.
Once the satire started rolling, there was no stopping it.
After being given an NBC goodie bag and pushed out of the studio by a man repeating “bye victims! bye victims!” Kimmy decides to stay in New York and create a new life for herself to escape the story of the “mole women.”
While Kimmy searches for an apartment and a job, you meet most of the main characters. Titus-her soon-to-be roommate- is an African American, homosexual performer in between jobs.
Titus’ character shows some of the hardships of living in society as gay and especially as an African American man. Later on in the season, Titus actually gets a job at a themed restaurant where he has to dress like a werewolf
everyday. In this costume, he discovers how much easier life is dressed as a werewolf than it is being African American. He attempts to wear it everyday to avoid cops following him for no reason and people treating him like a constant threat.
Titus is also in my opinion the funniest character in the show. Below is a link to a music video he creates in hopes of being scouted onto Broadway-it is definitely a must-watch!
Another character you meet in the first episode is Kimmy’s new employer, Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski). Voorhees is a New York social lite with more money than she knows what to do with, a cheating husband, and a very superficial personality. Her character is a spot-on imitation of the rich and famous people we look
up to in our society. Voorhees introduces plastic surgery, trophy wifing, and body image insecurities to Kimmy. Kimmy makes it her personal mission to help Mrs. Voorhees out of the shallow world she lives in, but to no avail.
Throughout the show, many other societal issues are pointed out by Kimmy’s obliviousness to the modern world. Since Kimmy hasn’t actually been in society in 15 years, what we see as normal is completely disturbing to her. One of my favorite scenes of the show is when Kimmy is walking down a street in New York and a construction worker cat-calls her. Unknowing of what was actually going on, Kimmy
initiates an upbeat conversation with the guy. He grows very uncomfortable because he thinks Kimmy is trying to make a point and eventually says “I know that I say these things to women even though I got a mother that I love and three beautiful sisters, ok?” The entire scene was a big “yes!”.
Normally when I am sitting alone in the dark, I don’t tend to laugh at jokes I see. But, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” had me laughing to the point of tears during every episode. The amount of discrete satirical jokes made at our lives today is endless and really fun to watch out for in the show. I highly recommend watching this show-you will NOT be disappointed.