I've been waiting for the new season of Netflix's original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt since March, after I watched the whole thing over the course of three days. It became my nightly ritual: get home from work, change into pajamas, and put on Kimmy Schmidt. So what can we expect from the second season of the show that brought us "Pinot Noir, midsize car?"
The best, of course.
A quick rundown of the show for those of you who've been missing out: Kimmy Schmidt has been living in a bunker with three other women since she was 14. After years of being captive by a manic, dorky cult leader (played brilliantly by John "Don Draper" Hamm) Kimmy now has to adjust to normal, modern life in New York City. I realize that this summary might make the show sound like some kind of harrowing drama, but it's not. Trust me.
Last season, Kimmy got a job, kissed two (TWO) boys, testified in court, and helped her old bunker buddy through a serious case of "Hulk-a-mania." So what could be in store for the show's next chapter?
Season two begins with Kimmy missing her boyfriend Dong, a Vietnamese student who married an old woman to avoid being deported and perfected his English by watching the Kardashians on TV. Kimmy goes on a few other dates, but nothing can compare to the guy she bonded with over both their names meaning [certain part of the anatomy] in their respective native tongues. A search for bug poison leads the two back together, setting off the weirdest love triangle in TV history.
At the same time, Kimmy's boss Jacqueline (or Jackie Lynn, depending on who you ask) tries to reconnect with her Native American roots, while Kimmy's roommate Titus is forced to confront his own past. Still, Jacqueline's attempt to replace an heirloom pipe with a vape pen goes over as well as Titus' divorce.
I may say this a lot, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the best parts of having Netflix. It's the kind of show that would probably do just as well on network TV, but the satisfaction that comes with watching several episodes in a row would be lost.
It should come as no surprise that Tina Fey, the mind behind the modern classic Mean Girls, has a hand in the show's production. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is pure, unadulterated silliness, but it works. There's just enough social commentary and relay ability to keep the show grounded, but not too much so as to date itself. Best of all, its appeal spans beyond its demographic, too– it's not the kind of show I would expect my 17 year old athlete brother to enjoy, but he does.
If you're looking for the kind of show that will distract you from your household chores and leave you sitting on the couch watching seasons at a time, look no further than Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. My only complaint is that the episodes aren't longer.