The much awaited sophomore season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt hit Netflix this week (April 15), and if you’re a fan we’re sure you binged through those in a matter of sittings. If not though, we’re here to tell you why you should check it out.
What’s the name of the show? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
How many seasons are there? Two full seasons are available on Netflix, with a third already in the works.
What is this show all about? After being held captive alongside three other women in an underground doomsday cult for 15 years, a 29-year-old Kimmy must readjust to life outside the bunker and in New York City.
Who does it star? Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids; The Office) heads up the cast as the relentlessly cheery lead Kimmy who teeters between charmingly endearing and occasionally irksome. Titus Andromedon plays a fictionalised version of himself as Tituss Burgess, Kimmy’s roommate. From the outset it becomes increasingly obvious the series acts as a double-hander between the two. He is an absolute scene stealer never failing to provide the highlights of each episode. Carol Kane portrays Lillian Kaushtupper, a street-wise hustler and true New Yorker who acts as the pairs landlord.
Jane Krakowski rounds out the cast as Manhattan socialite Jacqueline White who hires Kimmy as a nanny. If you enjoyed Krakowski’s performance on 30 Rock, her humour is quite similar here as a flashy Real Housewife-type. Jon Hamm makes several appearances as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the man who imprisoned Kimmy and the other captives prior to the show.
What’s it similar to? Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the minds behind 30 Rock, the show has a similar wit, mixed with the ditzy pop-culture brain of The Mindy Project, and laugh out loud moments of Parks and Recreation. The show often spirals into ridiculousness but maintains its heart, exaggerating the absurd nature of life.
What about the eye candy? While Hamm is featured, we doubt his hefty beard and religious regalia will get you going. Ki Hong Lee is the main hottie here as the central love interest Dong. Points go to the show for casting an asian as the leading love interest. A parade of attractive men make appearances throughout as love interests to many of the stars but few return. Titus even bags himself a partner which develops further through the second season played by Mike Carlsen, who is adorable.
How does it compare to the first? We have already given you the lowdown on season one a few months back, and its safe to say we fell hard and fast for the new show. As the second season begins we truly feel as though we know and are rooting for these characters now as they increase in depth from their previous caricatures. Kimmy continues her upward trajectory of growing as a functioning member of society, exploring difference capacities of her personality. Titus remains the shows quirky, quotable songstress dabbling in more adult principalities this time around. Lillian still remains an odd presence who flies mostly under the radar, though her battle with gentrification provides us with something. Jacqueline surprisingly endeavours the most of a change dealing with her divorce, loss of wealth, reconnecting with her native american heritage and coming to terms with her social status.
The show pretty much gives us more of the same, which is honestly what we all wanted. Though this time around we are expecting most of it by now, we could really use a new series regular to mix things up. Even the introduction of Tina Fey’s bipolar therapist ended up becoming predictable. While there are still a great deal of hilarious moments there are a few more misses than the first suffered.
At 30 minutes per episode now as apposed to the previous 22 minutes, the stories become much more bloated, no longer begging the more-ish quality we felt during its original run. Perhaps a rationed approach will prove more enjoyable rather than our regular binge-fest.
Read our review of season one HERE.