Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: What Critics Say
Photo of comedian and actress Ellie Kemper during her senior year at Princeton University in 2002.

Netflix will release all thirteen episodes of the comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”on Friday, Mar. 6, 2015. The show stars Ellie Kemper in the titular role, whose character escapes the cult and returns to normal life. She is joined by Jane Krakowski, Lauren Adams, Sara Chase and Tituss Burgess. Tina Fey created the series with Robert Carlock, the same tandem behind “30 Rock.” What do critics think about this comedy? Read our round-up of reviews below.

Wall Street Journal’s critic believes that “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will be your next favorite underdog comedy series. Promising with brilliant one-liners, the critic loves the combination of “Fey’s wit and Kemper’s warm-hearted performance.” There’s a lot going for this show and it’s the critic’s hope that it picks up with Netflix’s viewers.

Variety’s critic lauds Netflix for taking in the series after NBC did away with it, for it makes good business sense. It’s a show that’s good for binge-watching and it’s definitely not a “leftover” according to the review. The show has picked a perfect actor in Kemper and the lines provide amusement in a “non sequitur variety.”

Time’s review calls this show a “must-stream” comedy and thinks that Kemper is a perfect match for the characterization of Kimmy. The critic notes that it understandably doesn’t fit with NBC’s brand, but it is a perfect match on the streaming site, where offbeat comedies can do better.

LA Weekly compares the series to “30 Rock,” Fey’s former series, but think that it has a darker tone. The critic describes Kemper as “goofy and gawky” and notes that the part must have been written with her in mind. The show is currently locked in for a second season, which is a big plus for both the people behind it and its potential fans.

Indiewire thinks that a show about cult survivor will become a “cult hit.” While the episodes present some predictability, it’s hard not to laugh at the way the situational comedy is played out. The review gives “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” a high grade of A.

The Atlantic’s critic finds the show warm and tame, and it works so well with the underlying bleakness as its premise. There are several derivatives from “30 Rock” so fans of this former series will perhaps enjoy this show as well.

Watch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” via Netflix’s streaming service. The site will release the first season on Friday, March 6, 2015. Come back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the updates and recaps of this show.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P