Tina Fey is one of my favorite people working in television today. She is unbelievably witty and intelligent, with a distinctive, screwball comedy style all her own. Now, she with Producer/Screenwriter Robert Carlock has brought you "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a Netflix exclusive.
The show unsurprisingly stars a woman named Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper, most notably Erin from "The Office") who is finally released from a bunker where she was kept for 15 years by a reverend who thought the apocalypse was approaching. After being released, she moves to New York to escape her dark past and find a better life.
By the way, yes this show is a comedy. And, I know what you might be thinking. Yes, the premise of the show is inspired by the horrific kidnappings done by Ariel Castro that were revealed in 2013.
Let's be honest, that is a terrifying backstory for a lead in a comedy. But by only lightly addressing the dark backstory through funny flashbacks and using Kemper's ability to portray unyielding optimism, the plot is able to veer away from a lot of that darkness.
Kemper is helped out by an incredibly talented supporting cast as well. Tituss Burgess (D'Fawn from "30 Rock") plays Titus Andromedon the gay, black roommate with an inclination towards laziness and an amazing singing voice. Jane Krakowski (Jenna Maroney from "30 Rock") plays the blissfully ignorant rich woman; think Jenna Maroney, but without the camera lust. And Carol Kane (Allison from "Annie Hall") plays the heroine-addicted, gentrifying-fearing landlord.
Now, to be fair, "Unbreakable" in terms of comedy style shares a lot of DNA with "30 Rock," which comes as no surprise considering the fact that Tina Fey is a mother to both. So haters of "30 Rock," will find "Unbreakable" hard to digest.
But for those who still have that two-year-old "30 Rock" itch, will find that Kimmy has good nails for scratching.