Kimmy has just been released from an underground bunker where she has been living for almost 15 years. She was lured in by a charismatic preacher who convinced her and 3 other women that the apocalypse was nigh and only the bunker was safe from the toxic wasteland that the world was about to become. Kimmy, who was 15 at the time of her abduction, is brimming with naive optimism after being freed and decides to move to New York to start a new life.
Reading that back it sounds like the blurb on the back of some dreary airport paperback but it’s actually the start of one of the funniest TV shows I have seen in years. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was created by Tina Fey who was also behind the highly acclaimed 30 Rock, a programme that I am also a great fan of and it has the same sort of comic cast and surreal one-liners. I love the way that jokes are casually thrown out there before zipping on to the next (‘The Smell? That’s just my new after shave Dutch Oven’) even if they are sometimes incredibly strange (‘Oh he never poops, they bred that out of them.’). There’s no wait-for-the-laugh cue or wacky expression to signal a funny. It just moves on to the next silly moment leaving you wondering if she really said that.
I just have the last episode of season 1 to go and I can’t wait. Every episode builds on the previous one and it just seems to get better and better. Anyone with a Netflix subscription and a pulse should definitely give this a go.