I’m emphasizing on the word ‘binge’ because there is no other way you can savor this phenomenal new show. It is actually impossible to divert your eyes from the delight that ‘Unbreakable’ is. Created by the ’30 Rock’ power-team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, this show debuted on Netflix – all 13 hysterical episodes of it – and the world wasn’t such a bad place anymore. I’m serious, because of Kimmy the world has started to seem a little better, brighter and more delightful to me.
When I heard about its premise I thought it’s out of something dark and gritty like “True Detective”, but surprisingly it takes that dark story and turns it into a never-ending joy-ride for us viewers. Kimmy was kidnapped at the age of 14 along with two other young girls and a woman by an underground apocalypse cult run by the insane preacher Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, but 15 years later they are finally rescued from that hideous bunker/prison. Kimmy then moves to New York City and befriends a wacky (and slightly crazy) land-lord ‘Lillian’ and an aspiring stage-actor/singer ‘Titus’ (“who is very isolated, but so talented, but disillusioned, but a genius and he’s single, but very gay”) and she goes to work as a nanny for a socialite ‘Jacqueline’ (who is certainly nuts).
Before I convince you to start watching this show if you haven’t already, I would like to say a few personal words for Ellie Kemper, who plays the always marvelous, vivacious and unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I know I’m straight but if I had the chance I would marry this woman just so I can sit with her, watch her smile and listen to her talk endlessly for the rest of my life. I have developed a serious case of girl-crush on Ellie after watching Unbreakable. And I can give you a money-back-guarantee that you will too once you’re done with the first season. So now here are the Top 5 reasons that you must start watching UKS, right now, this instant!
Reason 1: If you’re feeling blue and want something to instantly cheer you up
Unbreakable is a show that makes you smile (and laugh) constantly until your jaws hurt. It has this certain energy to it that it makes you forget all your problems. Yes, some jokes might seem foolish, but that is where this show becomes so much fun to watch! Sometimes it’s good to be a little kookoo; it’s fun to enjoy foolishness again. The sharp, witty and constantly hilarious script of this show keep you bursting with laughter. Another best thing about this show that immediately pumps you up is it’s theme-song. Inspired by the “Hide Yo’ Kids Hide Yo’ Wife” viral video, the theme-song “Unbreakable” instantly crawls into your brain and embeds itself there. Whenever it comes on you can not help but turn up the volume and sing-and-dance along to this infectious tune. “Unbreakable! They Alive! Damnit! It’s a miracle!”
Reason 2: It’s a show about moving-on from your past and being the best person you can be to the people around you
The prevalent theme of this show is Kimmy moving on from her past, not letting it define her and overcoming her fears in this new unrecognizable world she now lives in. She can be insecure and naive at times but when it comes to showing absolute courage and determination, nothing falters her. I myself have found a new role model in Kimmy. This show teaches us that moving on is some of the hardest things a person has to do. There will be times when you just want to break down. But it’s your inner strength and your sheer belief in the goodness of humanity that you rise again, take up new challenges, spread positivity to everyone around you and face the world with a new-found bravery that you never thought you had.
Reason 3: Supports feminism but does not rely on it all the time
When you watch and listen to its theme song, you know that it’s about ‘Girl Power’; the words “these females are strong as hell” resonate the feminist side of this show. But the surprising thing is that UKS does not rely on feminism all the time that it becomes irritating. They’re not afraid to make fun of women, they show their flawed side as much as they show the stronger one. It does guide us women on how to overcome our insecurities and lead a more empowered life but also tells us that being reliant on other people when you need strength isn’t wrong. The bottom-line is that both men and women will have a great time while watching this wonderful show.
Reason 4: Has one of the strongest and uproariously funny ensemble of characters
Kimmy may be the highlight but the rest of the phenomenal cast doesn’t shy away when it comes to stealing the spotlight. My personal favorite characters are Titus Andromedon (Kimmy’s gay roommate) and Jacqueline Voorhees (her boss). Every word that comes out of their cynical/witty mouths is rib-tickling funny. And not just these two. Just like Parks and Recreation, every recurring character and extra is outstanding in his/her role. This show offers a staggering package of laughter.
Reason 5: Bombards you with nostalgia
Oh yes, another prevalent aspect of Unbreakable is that Kimmy is still mentally-stuck in the 90’s, and that means that us viewers get back-to-back hysterical pop culture references from that wonderful era. I myself am a 90’s kid so I had to watch each episode twice because I couldn’t pay a 100% attention to it the first time because of breaking into continual laughter every other minute.
I will share a brief list of quotes from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in my next post just so I can give you a glimpse into what you’re missing out on.