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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 6, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) moves to New York to start over after escaping from a doomsday cult in this comedy originally created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for NBC.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Feb 18, 2015
    91
    Right there in the title, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells you its central character is stronger than what's been done to her, and she will survive it. Plus, it's funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 5, 2015
    83
    It's at once a twisted parody of every "plucky single gal in the big city" story ever told, and an often hilarious version of the real thing.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 12, 2015
    83
    Creators Fey and Carlock instill Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with the infectious positivity of their title character, who won’t give up, no, she’ll never give up. Still, her hard knocks life starts taking its toll in later episodes, draining some of Kimmy’s ebullience and replacing it with a little petulance. The sunny side up Kimmy is much preferable.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Mar 3, 2015
    80
    On its own, the show’s concept might have just been a throwaway 30 Rock subplot; what sustains it is how it applies the concept of unbreakability beyond Kimmy. Each character is a survivor.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    The execution of the high concept is rich with many excellent details, gags, and characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    It feels like 30 Rock. There’s the same deadpan, high-octane pacing, penchant for the completely silly, love of weird names, and passion for bizarre pop-culture reference.... But Kimmy Schmidt has a bigger heart than 30 Rock.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 18, 2015
    60
    The net effect, though, has a slightly tired feel to it--or at least, one that doesn’t feel wholly worthy of Netflix’s premium-TV niche. Indeed, in terms of laughs, the show essentially peaks in its first few minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 7 out of 49
  1. Mar 7, 2015
    10
    Absolutely loving Kimmy Schmidt. Can't wait for Season 2! FYI: I am a fan of Community, Parks and Rec, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23, andAbsolutely loving Kimmy Schmidt. Can't wait for Season 2! FYI: I am a fan of Community, Parks and Rec, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23, and love Last Man on Earth so far. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2015
    10
    Pure gold. Wit, verve, warmth, and did I mention wit? So dense with laughs that you have to watch more than once. Casting is perfect andPure gold. Wit, verve, warmth, and did I mention wit? So dense with laughs that you have to watch more than once. Casting is perfect and energy is off the charts. I don't know, chica hamburguesa, this might be my favorite of this century. Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2015
    10
    Best laugh I've had in ages, could not stop watching. Every episode is a classic, the new Arrested Development. Can't wait to see if thereBest laugh I've had in ages, could not stop watching. Every episode is a classic, the new Arrested Development. Can't wait to see if there will be a season 2. Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2017
    8
    Doesn't quite get into the emotional subtext that the next season does, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's first season is really, reallyDoesn't quite get into the emotional subtext that the next season does, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's first season is really, really hilarious thanks to Tina Fey's stellar creative direction. One of the most witty shows on TV, to the point where it can be a bit hard to catch the next joke because there are so many per episode.
    Tituss Burgess is a truly dynamic supporting character, one who will be remembered a generation from now. In fact, most of the characters in this show work terrifically (with the exception of Kimmy's stepdad, whose only notable quality is that he's a terrible, boring person).
    A great cast and a terrific script set this up for an even better second season.
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  5. Mar 18, 2015
    8
    While there's no major "twist" on the fish out of water, perky, wide eyed innocent girl takes on the big city, the writing is excellent andWhile there's no major "twist" on the fish out of water, perky, wide eyed innocent girl takes on the big city, the writing is excellent and the episodes move with really nice pacing and rapid, witty jokes that often build from uneasiness. Titus Burgess is allowed to be a big personality, and yet show some heart in a role that could have been overdone, but isn't. Kemper doesn't just duplicate the gleeful, airy sweet-but dumb character she's perfected. She's got real range and fortunately is given really good material to chew. Her effervescence is genuine and infectious, and thankfully, Kimmy isn't just a goofy doormat. She lives the title, and it's funny through and through. But for me, the real surprise is Jane Krakowski, who I feared was to play the same character she's been in 30 Rock and various commercials. Alas, no....what starts as a formulaic character is given a chance within the first three episodes to actually grow and interact meaningfully with others, and Krakowski is dead on perfect in her role. It's a funny show, and a premise the writers can run with for miles. Expand
  6. Apr 20, 2015
    5
    This show really puzzles me. It seems like its target audience is adults, but the style of humor is reminiscent of something on the DisneyThis show really puzzles me. It seems like its target audience is adults, but the style of humor is reminiscent of something on the Disney channel. It's quirky, full of energy, and occasionally very funny, but I generally don't appreciate intentionally bad puns, which this show relies on heavily. The characters are also extremely one-sided and animated. I understand that's part of the effect they're going for, but honestly, every character annoys me to some extent, and they're all just really, really stupid. Maybe it's just my preference, but I think comedy is best when it exaggerates real life while still maintaining some level of believability. This show, however, relies too much on extreme caricatures of real people making inane decisions. I'm sure some people find that hilarious, but most of the time I think it's cringeworthy. Expand
  7. May 27, 2017
    0
    Pretty much shockingly bad. I can't imagine anyone with a brain liking this. Is it made for kids or something? I would rather read a book,Pretty much shockingly bad. I can't imagine anyone with a brain liking this. Is it made for kids or something? I would rather read a book, than watch this garbage. Expand

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