More than two years after 30 Rock wrapped up, Tina Fey is back with a new comedy looking at the foibles of modern life and NYC. Except this time the series created by the SNL alum and 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock is on Netflix not NBC and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt goes to some rather dark places with a disarming sunny disposition. As my video review about says, the Ellie Kemper-starring series that debuts its entire 13-episode first season early tomorrow on the streaming service manages to be both touching and cutting.
Picked up straight to series by the Peacock and then moved over to Netflix for two seasons in November, it is clear that the first season about a women freed after 15 years from captivity by an end-of-the-world cult was mainly finished before it went from network to online. In some ways, as it is right now, UKS sits somewhere between the two in terms of quirkiness – though maybe that’ll change in Season 2. But here’s the thing: Once you get a few episodes in, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt takes on a strong tone and life of its own.
And yes, 30 Rock fans, you’ll see lots of familiar faces besides The Office alum Kemper. Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess appear prominently in the show as well.
Check out my review of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, tell us what you think. Also, tell us if you are planning a comedic binge this weekend.