Friday, April 22, 2016

TV Show Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2)

The bingeable and positive Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns for a hilarious second season. Kimmy, Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline are back with even more complex and hilarious jokes and one-liners. Plenty of punchlines went right over my head and the only way to get every joke is to be the most astute pop culture observer. Creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock pack layer upon layer into every joke make the most out of every line of dialogue.

Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is still working to get over her years spent in a bunker after being captured by a deranged Reverend (Jon Hamm). Kimmy's roommate Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) is still struggling with his fledging acting career and starts a new relationship with a construction worker in this season. Kimmy's landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) fights to keep her crummy neighborhood from gentrification. Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) is kicked out of her tribe and returns to New York hoping to regain wealth since her affluent husband divorced her.

The show is full of so many jokes that had me laughing out loud nearly every scene. Tina Fey shows up as an alcoholic child psychiatrist who attempts to help Kimmy with her abandonment issues. There a plenty of cameos throughout the season that lead to even more jokes by the self-deprecating actors that show up but one of the funniest is Lisa Kudrow popping up in the last episodes as Kimmy's mom.

The show moves at a fast pace and keeps plot point coming while shooting off one-liners so quickly that it makes the show a little too easy to binge watch and leaves an empty comedic hole when it's over. I think this may be one of the smartest comedies out there and when I think about my top ten list, I will be sure to consider it for my comedy in competition with It's Always Sunny and possibly South Park. 

Netflix knows they have a hit on their hands and set it up for a third season in the last few minutes of the finale. I am a fan of what Kemper has done with the character and the brilliant writing on the show. I'll be excited to watch again next year! 

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