Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt intertitle.png
Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Unbreakable" by The Gregory Brothers and Mike Britt
Composer(s) Jeff Richmond
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Editor(s)
  • Ken Eluto
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–28 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Broadcast
Original channel Netflix
Picture format 1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Original run March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06) – present

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015.[1] Originally set for a 13-episode first season on NBC for spring 2015, the show was sold to Netflix and given a two-season order.[2]

Premise[edit]

The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana. The pilot opens with her rescue from the cult's underground bunker, where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City. She quickly finds a roommate, struggling actor Titus Andromedon, and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Vorhees. With their help, Kimmy struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar world and jump-start the adult life that had been taken from her.

Cast[edit]

  • Ellie Kemper as Kimberly "Kimmy" Schmidt, a naive but surprisingly resilient woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York.[3]
  • Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon, a flamboyantly gay, aspiring Broadway performer.[3]
  • Carol Kane as Lillian Kaushtupper, Kimmy and Titus's landlady.[4]
  • Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees, a wealthy and insecure Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.[5]
  • Sara Chase as Cyndee Pokorny, Kimmy's best friend from the cult.[6]
  • Lauren Adams as Gretchen Chalker, a willing member of the cult, who believes everything she was told.[6]
  • Sol Miranda as Donna Maria Nuñez, a cult member who pretends to not speak English,[4] and is revealed to be using the "Mole Woman" name to advertise products.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Dylan Gelula as Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees, the pretty, popular and seemingly bratty stepdaughter of Jacqueline, who is later revealed to be hiding her high achieving, 'good girl' personality.[7]
  • Mike Britt as Walter Bankston, a witness to the raid on the Bunker, whose remixed interview (set to music by The Gregory Brothers) serves as the series' theme song. Walter Bankston is loosely based on Charles Ramsey, one of the rescuers of the female captives of the Ariel Castro kidnappings.[8][9]
  • Tanner Flood as Buckley Voorhees, Jacqueline's son.[10]
  • Andy Ridings as Charles, Buckley's tutor, who has a crush on Kimmy.
  • Adam Campbell as Logan Beekman, an upscale man from a wealthy family who was interested in Kimmy.
  • Ki Hong Lee as Dong Nguyen, Kimmy's GED study buddy and love interest.
  • Susanna Guzman as Vera, Jacqueline's housekeeper.
  • Tim Blake Nelson as Randy, Kimmy's stepfather, an incompetent state trooper.
  • Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the man who imprisoned Kimmy, Cyndee, Gretchen and Donna in an underground bunker for fifteen years and led them to believe that they had survived the end of the world.
  • Tina Fey and Jerry Minor as Marcia and Chris, incompetent prosecutors in the case against "the Reverend". They are based on Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, the lead prosecutors in the OJ Simpson murder case.[11]
  • Sheri Foster and Gil Birmingham as Fern and Virgil, Jacqueline's Lakota parents seen in flashbacks.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Release date
1 13 March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)
2 13[1] Spring 2016[12]

Production and development[edit]

On October 31, 2013, NBC placed a 13-episode straight-to-series order under the title Tooken, with Ellie Kemper attached to star in the lead role of Kimmy Schmidt. The series is created and written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who also serve as executive producers alongside David Miner.[13] The following May, the title of the series was changed from Tooken to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.[14]

On November 21, 2014, it was announced that NBC had sold a two-season order of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Netflix, with the streaming service releasing the entire first season on March 6, 2015.[1] In late January 2015, Netflix released a first look trailer for the series.[15]

Casting announcements on the remaining roles began in March 2014, with Tituss Burgess cast in the role of Titus, Kimmy's room-mate, an extremely talented singer who works odd entertaining jobs such as dressing up like a robot in Times Square or as a singing waiter at a theme restaurant.[3] Shortly afterwards, Sara Chase and Lauren Adams joined the series. Chase signed onto the role of Cyndee, Kimmy's closest friend during their years in the cult; while Adams was cast in the role of Gretchen, a 10-year member of the cult, who believes everything that they were told.[6] Jane Krakowski was later cast in the role of Jacqueline Voorhees, a wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny. The role was originated by Megan Dodds before she was recast with Krakowski.[5]

Reception[edit]

The first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt received acclaim from critics.[16] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a rating of 94%, based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Blessed with originality and a spot-on performance from Ellie Kemper, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is as odd as it is hilarious."[17] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 78 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]

Scott Meslow of The Week called the series "the first great sitcom of the streaming era", praising its wit, edge, and feminist tone.[19] Brian Moylan of The Guardian noted that it is "the sort of show that could benefit from multiple viewings, because the jokes are so packed in you’re sure to miss something while laughing."[20] TV Guide named it the "best new comedy of 2015".[21] IGN reviewer Max Nicholson gave the first season an 8.3 out of 10 'Great' rating, saying "Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is another winner in Netflix's original series catalog. Not only is it charming and funny, but it's unabashedly kooky, and Ellie Kemper nails the lead role."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wallenstein, Andrew (November 21, 2014). "Netflix Nabs ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ from NBC". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 11, 2014). "NBC 2014-2015 Schedule: 'Parenthood' Renewed; 'State of Affairs' & 'Marry Me’ To Air Post-'Voice'; 'The Blacklist' Moves Midseason + 'Parks and Recreation' Final Season Benched". Zap2it. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2014). "'30 Rock's Tituss Burgess Joins Tina Fey & Robert Carlock's NBC Series 'Tooken'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Netflix to Premiere Globally in March 2015 the New Tina Fey and Robert Carlock Comedy Series Starring Ellie Kemper". The Futon Critic. November 23, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Reed, Kayla (May 12, 2014). "'Jane Krakowski joining Tina Fey's New NBC Sitcom'". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Development Update: Wednesday, March 19". The Futon Critic. April 5, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Giacomo Gianniotti Joins ABC's 'Selfie'; Andy Ridings & Dylan Gelula In NBC's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'". Deadline Hollywood. August 15, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/03/11/interview_with_the_creators_of_unbreakable_kimmy_schmidt_s_theme_song_jeff.html
  9. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2015/03/10/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-mines-comedy-out-of-sexual-abuse/
  10. ^ "Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" starring Ellie Kemper on Netflix March 6th". The Laugh Button. January 7, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
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  12. ^ Snetiker, Marc (April 2, 2015). "Everything we know about season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 31, 2013). "NBC Picks Up Comedy Series From '30 Rock's Tina Fey & Robert Carlock Starring Ellie Kemper With 13-Episode Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Development Update: Tuesday, May 6 – NBC Gives "Tooken" New Moniker of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"". The Futon Critic. May 6, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ Berenson, Tessa (January 22, 2015). "Watch the New Trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Time. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Has Two Native American Actors. It Needed Three". Indian Country Today. March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. March 6, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Is the First Great Sitcom of the Streaming Era". The Week. March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ Moylan, Brian (March 6, 2015). "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Tina Fey’s joyous new creation". The Guardian. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ Eng, Joyce (March 5, 2015). "Netflix's Sunny, Dark Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is the Best New Comedy This Year". TV Guide. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  22. ^ Nicholson, Max (March 6, 2015). "Unbreakable Kimy Schmidt: Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

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