Is Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt the new black?

Essence Gibson
Guest Writer

A new Netflix Original Series made its debut on March 6, 2015. Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock most commonly known as the producers of 30 Rock.

The series tells the story about two people who are trying to “make it” in the Big Apple after facing a few setbacks while trying to reach their dream. Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper from Bridesmaids, wants to forget about her past and move on.

Titus, a gay black man, played by Tituss Burgess, just wanted to be on Broadway but never made it. The story begins when Kimmy and three other women were discovered in a bunker in Durnsville, Indiana after been missing for 17 years.

When Kimmy moves to New York she meets Titus and the two encourage each other to pursue their dreams which for Kimmy are to get a GED and a job and for Titus to perform live on Broadway.

Kimmy finds a job as a housekeeper for socialite, Jane Karkowski. Titus finds a job at a themed restaurant where he must dress up as a werewolf.

As a fan of many of Tina Fey’s works, I have noticed that she likes to poke fun at society and how the media plays a huge role in the viewer’s perception. It seems to be obvious that she is making light of how easy it is for people to become famous because of bizarre antics.

In one episode, it seems that Titus will finally become famous because he embarrassed himself on live TV and it got a lot of views on Youtube. It also seems that Fey and and Carlock make fun of the cult culture and their religious beliefs. The show is a reminder that people face adversities but its light hearted twist to handling it with humor.

Before I watched the show I had high-expectations because I knew Tina fey was one of the executive producers but to be honest, I was a little disappointed. However, the show provides necessary comedy relief and and the show makes for pleasant entertainment.


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