Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (2015)

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Blessed with originality and a spot-on performance from Ellie Kemper, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is as odd as it is hilarious.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2015

The series premiere of this comedy centering on a woman who starts life anew in New York City after living in a cult for 15 years.

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Kimmy tries to keep her job with the wealthy Voorhees family by throwing a children's birthday party.

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Kimmy and Jaqueline keep secrets about their pasts. Meanwhile, Titus deceives Lillian about money.

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Kimmy has a shock-and-awe moment when she's introduced to Jaqueline's plastic surgeon. Elsewhere, Titus auditions for a Spider-Man musical.

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Kimmy's bunker-mate visits with her new boyfriend, who is immediately outed by Titus. Elsewhere, Charles makes his move with Kimmy.

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Kimmy's GED class doesn't quite make the cut. Meanwhile, Titus shoots a music video in Jaqueline's house.

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Jaqueline enlists Kimmy to help plan a dinner party, where Jaqueline can confirm whether her husband is cheating on her.

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Kimmy studies for her math GED exam. Meanwhile, Jaqueline reconsiders getting a divorce.

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Kimmy's 30th birthday is saluted with a party, yet Kimmy's hope to celebrate adulthood falls short.

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Kimmy is torn between two men. Meanwhile, Titus finds a unique acting coach.

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The first season of this sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock follows an Indiana woman, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), following her emergence from an underground bunker 15 years after the leader of a doomsday cult, Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm), convinces her and three other girls that the apocalypse has arrived. Fueled by her resilience and positive nature, Kimmy decides to take the $13,000 that she received from the "mole women" fund and travel to New York City in pursuit of a new beginning. After arriving in the city and having all of her money stolen, she finds a job as a nanny for a rich, eccentric Manhattan socialite, Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski). Kimmy then befriends an unusual landlady, Lillian (Carol Kane), and becomes the roommate of an animated yet pessimistic aspiring Broadway singer, Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), who works a series of odd-end jobs in hopes of eventually achieving his dreams. In the inaugural season, Kimmy learns to adapt to life in the 21st century, finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, and joins forces with her fellow mole women in an attempt to put Reverend Wayne Gary Wayne behind bars once and for all. Tina Fey, Martin Short and Jerry Minor make guest appearances.

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Critic Reviews for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 1

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (36)

Kemper is delightfully daffy in this modern Mary Tyler Moore role, oozing wonder as she discovers the marvels of the new millennium -- matching tattoos?

Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There never was any doubt that Ellie Kemper could anchor her own comedy series. She's all lightness, charm, vitality and teeth -- big bright ones that have a character all their own.

Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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In case you couldn't tell, this is a comedy. And it's a good one, warm and charming, genuinely funny, and also odd enough to come from Tina Fey and writing partner Robert Carlock, late of 30 Rock.

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Despite the darkness of its premise, Schmidt's tone, like that of its heroine, is indomitably sunny.

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The execution of the high concept is rich with many excellent details, gags, and characters.

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It's a hilarious, sneaky-exhilarating ode to losing yourself in the big city - and just maybe finding your way in the process.

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A straight sitcom that has pure darkness lurking on all sides.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[Ellie] Kemper is a fantastic physical comedian. Even a casual lean against a door that proves just a shade too far away - a move nearly as classic as a slip on a banana peel - is freshly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant

Apr 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Leave it to Tina Fey to turn a seriously disturbed storyline into a perfectly quotable laugh-out-loud comedy.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the best shows of 2015.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Thankfully, almost every line in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a double entendre or clever, zeitgesty pun. The jokes come so fast, in fact, that if you laugh too hard at one, you'll miss the next.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

There's nothing generic about the funny (and charming) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1

  • Sep 11, 2020
    This show is absurdly original, great performances, good story and AMAZING comedy, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock somehow found a way to mix things that you think would never work , but they make it work , if I would tell you about a show that's about a childish girl that got abducted at 15 y/o , then she got back to the world went to New York and live in a basement with the funniest, gayest black man in the world, I bet you would've tried to figure out what drug I was on (if you don't know about the show, of course). Tituss Burgess STEALS the show with his amazing performance as Tituss Andromedon , Carol Kane is fantastic as Lillian and Ellie Kemper literally doesn't have to act because that shiny personality that Kimmy has, for Ellie I bet it was like going back to the personality she had when she was 10 years old. Amazing show.
  • Sep 03, 2020
    This show is so wonderfully bizarre. I love the absurd humor and how it also works as a smart social commentary.
  • Jul 05, 2020
    The first couple of seasons were so fun and refreshing, after that it became predictable and lost the magic it had in the beginning
  • May 31, 2020
    I absolutely love the way this show presents trauma and growth with positivity and inclusivity.
  • May 30, 2020
    Give this quirky show a chance and watch every season.
  • May 18, 2020
    The first season had me laughing, but not all of the punches hit. It was a good first season for a show. It's obvious that the show is figuring out what it wants to be, which is NOT bad.
  • May 16, 2020
    Cringey and awful. Just a waste of time
  • Oct 31, 2019
    Ugh. Forgettable. The positives: there is no laugh track, and I DID laugh in spots. There is some quick-witted humor here and there. Negatives: The plot is roughly 'single girl makes it in NYC' - there isn't really anything else to it. The whole mole woman thing seems to have no bearing on the rest of the show other than to get a few quick jokes in here and there. The lead seems perfectly well at home in NY almost from episode 1. I get the impression this is supposed to be a fish out of water story, but the fish is fine in the tank and one of the LEAST standout-ish characters, other than annoyingly large amounts of energy that cause her to flap about alot. I can almost hear the director 'more arm flapping!' Most of the characters are almost caricatures - vain couger boss, gay black friend, crazy cat lady landlord, upbeat hardworking but unintentionally funny immigrant. It is hard to watch as they insert random PC snipes from what might be considered prejudiced stereotypes - eesh. This show is clearly not for my demographic, so I am probably harsher to it than the show deserves, and I suspect for the show to make it 4 or 5 seasons or whatever, there must be some character development later on.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt Season 1 because it's oddly hilarious and obviously the best Netflix Original Comedy Seires!
  • Apr 22, 2019
    I am (very) late to this party, but the show is great. Amazing writing & casting choices. Even better than 30 Rock. Should be a prime-time show on a major network as well as Netflix. Love all the fat jokes from Krakowski & her daughter, and Carol Kane is great as Lillian. Oh, and the obvious play on the FLDS cult is hilarious. "Mole women". LOL.

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