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New Show Alert: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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So Tina Fey and fellow 30 Rock producer Robert Carlock have a new show coming to Netflix in March. Here’s the description Netflix offers:

From “30 Rock” executive producers, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.


And here’s the ebullient trailer.

Some thoughts:

  1. Tina Fey produced one of the best film comedies out there–Mean Girls–which centers around a girl who is homeschooled in Africa and then gets dropped into public school to learn the rules of high school society. I see, at least in the premise, some similarities here. Instead of Africa, Kimmy has been stuck in a bomb shelter waiting out the apocalypse. This is arguably a MUCH funnier set-up for the fish-out-of-water story. When she and her sisters are discovered, she makes her way to New York, finds a sassy gay roommate, and gets a job as a mean girl’s nanny–played by the wonderful Jane Krakowski. I am definitely all in for a more adult Mean Girls told to me in 13 episodes. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!
  2. Ellie Kemper is just outright joyously bubbly. When a construction worker yells at her that he’d like to be her jeans, her sincere response of, “And I wish I was your yellow hat!” is outright brilliant–like in the “brightly lit” sense of the word. There are energy vampires in the world. She’s the opposite–spilling her own energy in a massive spray over everything on the screen. I could use more of that in my ever-exhausted life.
  3. The trailer is funny. Clearly and immediately funny. With 30 Rock and Parks and Rec over and done, I think our world needs Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more than we know. And I’m grateful that I won’t have to make the Hulu Plus app work to watch it on my television.

Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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